WITH a lot to offer in the thriving Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), the El Salvador City's hosting of the semi-professional league initiated by Senator Manny Pacquiao is expected to be a sure-fire hit.
Slated on Friday, Nov. 29 at the new El Salvador City gym in Misamis Oriental, it will feature reigning Datu Cup titlist San Juan Knights against the Manila Stars as one of the MPBL Lakan Season's out-of-town games.
"Although established na kaayo ang PBA, for me mas exciting ang mga games karon sa MPBL kay paspas unya daghan rising players gikan sa probinsiya nga dili ilado pero potential," observed Green CdeO Eagles Club shooter Ed “BI” Gustilo.
For one, exciting guard Renzo Subido of the University of Santo Tomas will reportedly suit up for the San Juan Knights after the UST's Finals loss to Ateneo de Manila University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Men’s basketball tournament.
The MPBL debut of the 5-foot-8 but sleek-moving Subido is a welcome development to the San Juan fans. He will be an added firepower to the Knights' roster already solidified by ex-pros Mac Cardona, John Wilson and Larry Rodriguez.
Former PBA cagers playing for the Manila Stars include Gabby Espinas, Mac Tallo and hometown hero Carlo Lastimosa, formerly with Xavier University Junior Crusaders.
It's a double-header for the official MPBL games in the City of Divine Mercy with Imus Bandera of 2008-2009 PBA Season MVP Jayjay Helterbrand and actor Gerald Anderson battling Mark Yee and the Davao Occidental Tigers in the opener.
"Actually, 2,000 ang seating capacity sa gym pero 1,600 ra among gipa-release nga tickets," said newly-minted El Salvador City Sports coordinator Rey-Cris Dangcal.
Dangcal, the multi-titled coach of Southern Philippine College (SPC) Sharks, said ringside and upperbox tickets are pegged at P1,500 and P1,000 each. General admission is P500.