PBA considering Ilocos Norte as bubble host for Season 46

While the PBA considers vaccination as top priority for the upcoming season, the league is still open to the possibility of holding the 2021 Philippine Cup inside a biosecure bubble.

According to commissioner Willie Marcial, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Manotoc has offered to host Season 46 in his province.

“Sinabi ko sa mga governors, kausap ko si Gov. Matthew Manotoc last week at kahapon. Ino-offer niya na mag-host ng bubble sa Ilocos Norte, at nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya,” said Marcial.

“Kaibigan natin si Gov. Matthew. Sinabi ko ang mga kundisyon, kung paano. Sinabi ko, intayin lang natin kung ano ang direksyon ng governors. Hindi namin sinasara ang bubble. Ganoon ang usapan namin,” he added.

Aside from Ilocos Norte, Marcial is also in talks with Jun Ynares, the former mayor of Antipolo City who has already offered the Ynares Center as the venue for the league’s opening day.

“I’m also in conversations with Jun Ynares and said they’re open to hosting the PBA in a bubble or in a semi-circuit setup as long as it’s approved by the IATF,” explained the amiable league executive.

“So ayun ang dalawang LGUs na handang tumulong sa atin.”

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