Livelier Kadayawan basketball with Mayor Rody and Pacquiao-A A +A
Sunday, August 25, 2013
DAVAO City basketball fans were treated to a livelier annual Kadayawan basketball tournament organized by sportsman and hotelier Glenn Escandor, CMO-Royal Mandaya Hotel team manager Christopher Lawrence Go and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Mindanao director Regino Boy Cua.
Inspired by the historic comeback of the Philippines from its long 30-year absence in world basketball, former PBA and developmental league players treated their fans to high-flying, speedy action to the delight of thousands taking advantage of the free basketball show at the Davao City Recreation Center recently.
This year, the main sports festivity was made more successful with the backing of no less than Mayor Rody Duterte and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao, who regaled Davao fans with his exploits in basketball which is the favorite cross-training diversion of the 8th-division world boxing champion.
For the criminal elements and kidnap-for-ransom gangs in the city, Rody Duterte is the worst mayor Davao City ever had. The Duterte family has been blessed by the people with the leadership trust and confidence that extend to his daughter former Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and current Vice-Mayor Paolo Duterte.
Meanwhile, lively action shifts to Davao del Norte this week for a full-blown 26-event gathering, this time at the newly-built sports facilities of Tagum City. Located some 50 kilometers northward, our neighbor city is this year’s host of the POC-PSC organized yearly Batang Pinoy Games.
Events in basketball for boys and girls, as usual will be the main fares while Davao del Norte football takes a greater chance of development and a more competitive game against the champions from Davao City, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities. The host football team has the edge of playing at home court aside from taking the constant backing and inspiration from Gov. RDR and son Congressman Anthony del Rosario, who was a football player during his elementary and high school days.
Another crowd-drawing ball game will be the boys and girls volleyball. Our teams in volleyball have shown a lot of improvement under the strict training regimen by the coaching tandem of former national Palaro standout Soledad Torino and Manuel Ramirez, who had his stints in the UAAP and the Philippine national youth team during the 90’s.
We admire the unique idea of Batang Pinoy Games grassroots sports development considering that participation to the individual and group events extend to organized teams at the barangay level through the concept of LGU sponsorship.
We are not sure if volleyball will have better accommodations this year in terms of set standards. When the Davao del Norte sports facilities was unveiled for the first time during the Davraa games, volleyball was the least in the priority of event organizers. All volleyball games were conducted in very dangerous, slippery volleyball courts made of cement at the nearby Tagum City national high school.
The country has been buffeted not only with typhoons year in and year out but more so with the damning issues of alleged misuse by the billions of pesos of the highly scandalous PDAF, the so-called Priority Development Assistance Fund or pork barrel funds of congressmen and senators.
Let me bring to your attention the unfinished, deplorable, substandard volleyball court of the city’s biggest national high school built with congressional funds.
Congressmen, who are in the COA list of pork barrel billionaires should make amends and study the rules before building substandard volleyball courts made of cement and consult their respective national sports associations.
One of the sacrosanct rules of FIVB states that it is forbidden for children to play in volleyball courts made of cement.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2013.