AS THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) 45th season finally come to an end, the league along with its players and coaches from various teams recently expressed gratitude to Clark executives and personnel for hosting a successful bubble event in Clark Freeport.
In a video greeting, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial extended his gratitude to Clark Development Corporation (CDC), Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and all this Freeport’s stakeholders for their efforts and support throughout the duration of the PBA bubble.
Marcial likewise mentioned the suitability of this Freeport as the ideal choice for conducting the bubble set-up.
“Maraming Salamat kay Secretary Vince Dizon, sa CDC, sa Quest para sa mga suportang ginawa nyo, at sa mga tulong at pag asikaso sa amin ng mabuti. Maraming maraming salamat po, at tama po, na ito ang pinili namin. Kaya kung may irerekomenda ako, ito pong Clark ang tama para sa bubble sa kahit anong sports,” he said.
Marcial also shared how they are well taken care of during their stay here. He also cited the standard safety protocols and procedures that they follow to keep them safe.
“Tama na pinili ng PBA ang Clark kase one yung testing nila and mga protocols nila , security na tatlong layers bago ka makarating sa hotel . Yung mga testing ng mga empleyado ng hotels and bus drivers at kung may mangyayari alam nila ang gagawin nila. Malaking tulong ang CDC at si Secretary Vince Dizon sa ginawa nating bubble nato. Alam nila yung protocols eh. Alam ng CDC, alam ng hotel kung anong dapat nilang gawin sa mga protocols. Yung kung may magpapasok ng gamit dinidisinfect yung mga pagkain talagang safe lahat dito sa Clark. Maganda rin ang environment ng Clark, pwede kang mag ikot ikot, pwede kang mag jogging kase ang ganda ng environment at ang babait ng mga staff ng hotel at inaasikaso talaga tayo. Ang ganda parang at home ka,” Marcial furthered.
For his part, NLEX Road Warriors Coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiao expressed his delight as he also takes pride in all the potentials of this Freeport.
“As a Kapampangan and a committed advocate for the development of Clark Freeport Zone and its environs, I am delighted and proud in the conduct and successful hosting of the recently concluded Clark PBA Bubble. I express my gratitude and appreciation for the tireless and competent service of all the personnel and staff of the CDC, Quest Hotel, AUF, and the local government of Angeles City. They have been like family for the PBA players, staff, media and the rest of the support crew for the last two months,” he added.
Guiao also acknowledged the initiatives of BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and CDC Officer-in-Charge for the Office the Chairperson Vivencio Dizon and former CDC president and CEO Noel F. Manankil in making the PBA bubble event possible.
“To BCDA chair Vince Dizon, and former CDC president Noel Manankil, this would not have been possible without your tenacity, determination and guidance. You have proven once again the true potential and great possibilities that Clark can offer,” Guaio said.
Meanwhile, Joe De Vance of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel thanked the state-owned firm and its personnel for their support to the league.
“Thank you guys for all your support and you did a great job in everything to keep everybody safe. So I appreciate you and you guys take care,” De Vance said.
Scottie Thompson also cited all CDC employees in a separate video message.
“Shout out to all CDC staff, mabuhay kayo at mag-ingat kayo palagi,” the Ginebra San Miguel star player said.
This Freeport was chosen by the PBA to host one of Asia’s premier basketball leagues due to its ideal location, first-class facilities, and amenities which made it the Sports Tourism Destination of the Year for 2015, 2018, and 2019 as recognized by the Philippine Sports Tourism Awards. (PR)