Value of loyalty

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Saturday, March 15, 2014


OUT of 32 teams expected to join the 8th Monico Cup inter-barangay basketball tournament for 21-Under players, only 18 have been screened and approved by the Office of Youth and Sports Development (OYSD).

Some big barangays loaded with talents are surprisingly missing from the list. Taculing, Punta Taytay, Sum-ag, Singcang-Airport, and Estafania have yet to submit their entries.

The March 8 deadline for submission has been extended to March 22 to give more time for those "playing-hard-to-get," those in a quandary to join or not for personal reasons, or just simply will not have the MKK logo stitched in the upper jersey of the participants.

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Twelve barangays which intended to play have yet to submit their credentials and the OYSD office at Bays Center has one week to wait.
Sports coordinator Jack Marañon said on Thursday that those "missing and/or not interested" lack or has no budget for the tournament. Quite impossible don't you think?

Whether the justification is valid or not, this is a democratic country. And it is only basketball. The sun will rise tomorrow and rescue efforts will continue to look for the missing Malaysian Airlines that mysteriously disappeared.

The world will not end if the target 32 teams will not materialize.
Monico Cup is the name that has been registered long ago to the minds of those who aspire to finish their studies through athletic scholarships. It has been there when now Mayor Monico Puentevella was a congressman of Bacolod City.

So why the fuss about its eighth edition. Unless participation to the tournament lessens the loyalty of those village chieftains to their "protectors and financers," in the past electoral campaigns, there is no sense in not joining the competition.

If one thinks of the future of his/her constituents to be "discovered" by scouts during the tournament, there is no reason not to give one's blessing and allow a team to the Cup.

It is just a matter of choice. But we Filipinos have been immersed in the value of "utang na loob" that we do not want to "hurt" the feelings of those who have helped us one time or another.

And that value made us blind to the realities that we sometimes are forced to say no when it is right to say yes, or vice-versa.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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