SW Cobras to see each other again-A A +A
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
AFTER 22 long years, Cebu's South Western University's basketball alumni from Mindanao finally get the chance to see each other again and have some fun.
Known as the fighting "Cobras" in Cebu's collegiate and high school leagues, the Mindanao-based stalwarts then of South Western's multi-titled ballclub hold their first ever reunion today at Marco Hotel, Alwana Business Park in Cagayan de Oro.
"We're so lucky that our "big sister" then has her family now settling in Cagayan de Oro. Without her, this reunion may not be possible," said Marlon "Pinggoy" Castro, referring to lady Cobra Jackie Almario Labit, who initially hosted a dinner gathering to some Cobras at her place in Barangay Puerto some nights ago.
Promising businessman James Abucejo shared that the fresh-from-Canada Almario-Labit used to be their "manluluwas" (savior) during their trying times in Cebu as struggling varsity players.
"Siya gyod among mother of perpetual help nga ga-support sa among paningkamot sa una mga tina-tinapa or 555 nga survival," Abucejo told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.
Today's activity will start with an 8 a.m. basketball game onward, to sharing nostalgic moments and memories over sumptuous foods and drinks until 3 p.m.
Iligan City's Erwin Marata, younger brother of the now deceased PBA star RicRic Marata, said fellow Cobras from as far as Zamboanga will be attending the reunion.
Misamis Oriental coaches Jun Noel and Hermogenes Anciado are also expected to join the momentous event along with Xavier University coach Manny Diaz, Saturnino Aquino, Along Ebalang, Bhodie Mendoza, Madz Acedo, Adler Galarrita, Jun Pong and Samboy Uy, among others. (LLS)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 09, 2012.