Funnyman Empoy brings the laughs as judge in Slam Dunk Contest

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 30, 2017 08:04 PM
Empoy brings the laughs as judge in Slam Dunk Contest
KITA KITA. Following his starmaking turn in the film "Kita Kita," Empoy remains in demand - even on the basketball court.

While it was his role as a man who falls in love with a blind woman that shot him to stardom, actor Empoy Marquez will need full use of his eyes when he takes part in the NCAA Season 93 All-Star.

The 36-year-old will be one of the judges for the Slam Dunk Contest on Friday.

Empoy is fresh off the critically-acclaimed film “Kita Kita” which turned him, along with actress Alessandra de Rossi, into a nationwide sensation.

In the film, he played the part of “Tonyo” who got close to de Rossi’s “Lea” by making her smile.

Now, the funnyman will be bringing the smiles to the midseason classic of the oldest collegiate league in the country.

Joining Empoy in the judging panel will be Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag and main man Ray Parks Jr. as well as actress Ria Atayde and NCAA Press Corps president Cedelf Tupas.

They will oversee a field that includes favorites such as Lervin Flores of Arellano University and Arnaud Noah of San Beda College as well as darkhorses like Renato Ular of Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Allyn Bulanadi of San Sebastian College-Recoletos.

Other contestants include Justin Gutang from College of St. Benilde, Rustan Bugarin from Emilio Aguinaldo College, Jefferson Sarmiento from Jose Rizal University, Yancy Remulla from Lyceum of the Philippines University, and Kervin Lucente from University of Perpetual Help.

Mapua University will not be fielding a contestant.

Last year, Yankie Haruna won the event by leaping over MMA fighter Brandon Vera.

The NCAA 93 All-Star will still be LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and

Telecast begins at 1:00 PM with the Skills Challenge, Shooting Stars, Three-Point Shootout, and the Slam Dunk Contest preceding the All-Star Game.


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