Every Filipino ball player has grand dreams of flashing his skills on nationwide television in the country’s biggest professional basketball league someday.
Majority of them, however, don’t make it either due to the stiff competition or the lack of opportunity to show their true worth.
A genuine grassroots program for basketball has now been institutionalized to give these battle-ready street ballers a chance to follow the footsteps of their local basketball heroes.
The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League has answered the call as the league focuses on providing these players from the barangays a platform that will eventually help them showcase their talents on a much larger scale.
The MPBL, a regional tournament where teams come from various cities in Luzon, will kick off its inaugural season on Septempber 23.
The league will kick-off with at least twelve teams, which will vie for the Supremo Crown, the season’s overall championship trophy after five grueling conferences.
Games are scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will be aired nationwide by a still unidentified network.
While rabid basketball fans can watch the games on television or see their favorite players live for free (upper box and general admission sections only), an inter-barangay tournament in cities where an MPBL ballclub is based can be viewed on livestream during Wednesdays and Fridays.
The top discoveries from these barangay tournaments can easily get a crack at stardom as their mother ballclubs in the MPBL can pick them up anytime and include them in the official lineup.
The MPBL teams and the league’s barangay grassroots component was unveiled during a press conference on Tuesday at the Aristocrat Restaurant in Manila with no less than Senator Manny Pacquiao as guest of honor.