Former champion returns to ABL as Alab Pilipinas backer

Former champion returns to ABL as Alab Pilipinas backer
Alab Pilipinas has a new dance partner in the form of San Miguel

Looks like the “GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA!” chants were a premonition for Alab Pilipinas.

The Filipino representatives in the Asean Basketball League are poised to welcome a new primary sponsor in the form of San Miguel.

The Philippine team is yet to make an official announcement, but the development was confirmed by team owner Charlie Dy himself. “We’re just very happy and thankful sa San Miguel dahil when they heard (about what happened), nung lumapit kami sa kanila, they really welcomed us,” he said.

He then continued, “They believe in our vision and ayaw nilang ma-disappoint namin yung mga Filipinos na sumusuporta sa team.”

According to a team official, this will be how the team’s new logo will look like:

San Miguel replaces Tanduay, Alab’s initial backer, which reportedly backed out from its commitment following with differences with head coach Jimmy Alapag.

This marks the return of San Miguel to the Southeast Asian professional league after its Beermen won the championship in 2013.

The move is set to be smooth as the Filipinos’ leading scorer just so happens to be Justin Brownlee, the resident import of Ginebra in the PBA.

Ginebra is under the umbrella of the San Miguel Corporation.

Brownlee has been showered with cheers of “GI-NE-BRA! GI-NE-BRA!” wherever he plays, even in Singapore.

Now, those chants will not only be for the American reinforcement, but indeed, for the entire Philippine team as well.

Alab and San Miguel unveil their partnership on the court on Sunday when they travel to Singapore to take on the Slingers.

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