Patrimonio to lead PBA Legends in LT fund raiser

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Sunday, August 24, 2014


A MIX of former top collegiate ballers are expected to give a tough challenge to four-time PBA most valuable player Alvin Patrimonio and eight other former pro-cagers in a benefit game slated August 29.

Persons with disability and elders in the locality will be the beneficiary of the exhibition game at the CCDC gym starting at four o’clock in the afternoon.

The former PBA star and San Mig Coffee General Manager known as The Face and The Captain will see them battling an all-star Benguet side, many former college basketball players, and are seeing action in the G-String Cup.

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Former University of Baguio stand out and Benguet Electric Cooperative top player Bart Parrocha will be among those facing Patrimonio.

Parrocha was part of the early 90s UB squad which lost to the former Baguio Colleges Foundation, now the University of the Cordilleras, way back 1995 in the defunct Baguio-Benguet Collegiate Athletic Association, the forerunner of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League. He plays for Crossroads.

Former UC star Rudolf Eilenger, who briefly saw action in the semi pro leagues, out of Isaac will also see action in the August 29 event.

Others to see action are Reagan Acdong of Crossroads, Brent Esteban of Jaaned, Kurt Panagan of Saints, Janrey Epler of Optimus, Von Santiago of RJ, Jake Junio of Jaaned, Jong del Rosario of Revelation and Jun Godio of Joseans, among others.

“PWDs and medicine for our elderlies will be our main thrust in organizing the event,” said Kathleen Cirilio-Fagyan of the organizing G-String/Crazy Kay Productions of the PBA Legends All Stars basketball charity exhibition game in Buyagan, La Trinidad.

Patrimonio will be backed by former teammates Bong Hawkins, EJ Feihl, PBA’s tallest player ever and former rivals, Marlou Aquino, Noli Locsin, Bal David, Bong Hawkins and Johnny Abarientos.

“We still have to get players from the 57 team G-String Cup,” said G-String commissioner Jerry Jimenez, former Saint Louis University basketball coach.

The event will also feature a game between two BBEAL teams, most probably SLU and rival and defending champion University of Baguio, Jimenez added.

Fagyan said the former PBA stars will have an autograph signing and photo ops. Souvenir shirts will be sold as well during the event which could yet be the biggest basketball outing in the capital town.

Tickets for the event will be P700 for the courtside tickets (rows 1 and 2), P500 for other courtside seats and P200 for the upper bleachers, added Fagyan.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 25, 2014.

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