San Miguel marks its return to the Asean Basketball League (ABL) after a four-year absence via Alab Pilipinas, the Philippine representative to the regional league owned by sports agent Charlie Dy and coached by PBA and Gilas legend Jimmy Alapag.
The team was previously sponsored by Tanduay but differences in team composition apparently caused the sudden pullout of the Lucio Tan-owned company.
Dy made the announcement on his Instagram account.
ALAB PILIPINAS welcomes our new partners #SanMiguelPalePilsen #Petron and #Magnolia and will now be called #SanMiguelAlabPilipinas 🍻🔥🇵🇭 #Serbisyo #Malasakit #BuhaySMB
San Miguel’s return to the league it ruled in 2013 was made possible through an unlikely connection.
Sources recounted that Jimmy Alapag reached out to former Gilas teammate LA Tenorio after Tanduay’s pullout. Tenorio then relayed the message to Brgy. Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua who also happens to be the Sports Director of San Miguel Corporation. Chua brought it to the attention of SMC President and COO Ramon Ang and the rest is now considered as history.
Alab will now be known as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and the team will showcase their new uniforms when it takes on the Slingers this coming Sunday at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.
The team currently holds a 7-4 win-loss record after its stunning win over Chongson Kung Fu last Wednesday at the City of Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.