Hometown Apalit, Pampanga gives birthday gift to MVP
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 21, 2019 06:58 AM
(Photo courtesy of Smart Sports)
Manny V. Pangilinan dedicated his life to helping Philippine basketball.
For this, his hometown of Brgy. San Juan in Apalit, Pampanga made sure to give him a perfect birthday present.
For Pangilinan's 73rd birthday on Friday, the local community, together with Smart Sports, refurbished the Plaza San Juan Basketball court in honor of their favorite son.
The community court is located just one block away from Pangilinan's ancestral home and is just in front of Apalit Church.
"Well of course, we want to honor the great man who dedicated his life to sports by giving him a mural in the place where he was born," said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Board of Trustees member and Region III Director Gil Cortez. "Lagi siyang tumutulong dito. Since 2006, dito ginagawa yung birthday niya."
On one end of the court, the words "HAPPY BIRTHDAY MVP" was painted on it together with the logos of Smart, Gilas Pilipinas, TNT Katropa, SBP, Ateneo Blue Eagles, and San Beda Red Lions.
Pangilinan is the President and CEO of Smart, the team owner of the Katropa, the chairman emeritus of the SBP, and the program booster of the Blue Eagles and the Red Lions.
On the other end, murals of Gilas' Jayson Castro, TNT's Roger Pogoy, Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena, and San Beda's James Canlas were sketched on a sky blue canvas.
To inaugurate the court, Smart Sports held a basketball clinic for 50 kids from the area. The session was facilitated by SBP-accredited coaches Kerwin McCoy, Denden Bautista, Draymond Borromeo, and Jeff Patawaran.