Jimmy Alapag has become some sort of East Asia Super League legend by now.
Last year in the Summer Super 8 tournament, Alapag, fresh from an ABL championship with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas, led the coaching clinic in Macau, sharing his knowledge with over 50 basketball coaches in the region.
Just recently, Coach Jimmy was back in Macau to help promote the 2019 Terrific 12 joust.
His latest trip was focused on sightseeing, interacting with local fans and enjoying all the tourist attractions that Macao SAR has to offer. Alapag visited the Philippine Consulate, a locally owned Filipino restaurant, hosted Q&A sessions with fans and hosted East Asia Super League merchandise giveaways.
The former PBA MVP and 11-time All-Star kicked off the day by visiting some of the most iconic destinations including Rua do Cunha at the center of Taipa as well as the Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral.
“Macao’s tourism sector is consistently growing and this is a great location for events. People from so many different countries come to visit and enjoy the culture, food and people,” Alapag said.
“To bring a big-time sports event like The Terrific 12 to Macao is huge for locals and tourists. There’s a ton of sports fans in the region and they can all converge in Macao to watch their favorite and the best basketball teams fight for The Terrific 12 crown,” coach Jimmy added.
With tourist stuff done, Alapag now turns his attention to the actual Terrific 12 tournament where he finally gets the chance to compete in the East Asia Super League.
Alapag serves as an assistant coach for the mighty San Miguel Beermen and the reigning five-time Philippine Cup champions are hoping to make a title pit stop in Macau before resuming a Grand Slam chase in the PBA.
In the Terrific 12, the Beermen will have defending champion Ryukyu Golden Kings from Japan, and China’s Shenzen Aviators in group play.
Aside from San Miguel, TNT KaTropa and the Blackwater Elite will also see action for the PBA.
“The Terrific 12 is the best international club to club competition platform in the region and this is something that coaches and players have desired for a long time,” Alapag said.
“Playing in this amazing tourist destination against new opponents offers an incredible opportunity for our club and our league to showcase what we can do to basketball fans across the world,” he added.
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