Phoenix Volley Masters undergo major revamp
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 04, 2017 10:34 AM
Instituto Estetico Manila, a loyal supporter of Sports Vision and its volleyball program, has temporarily sidelined some of its veteran players including setter and club owner-manager Dr. Reyvic Cerilles himself (standing, second from right) to welcome new members and allow them to play in big-time leagues such as the Premier Volleyball League.
Instituto Estetico Manila, on record the defunct V-League’s only men’s champion, is fielding 10 new and returning players in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference as a way of giving back to the volleyball community.
Only four from its PVL First Conference lineup – Ian Conde, Rudy Gatdula, Greg Dolor and Ferdan Guanzon – have been retained.
Out for the time being are such regular Phoenix Volley Masters as Dr. Reyvic Cerilles himself, the club owner and manager, debunking notions that the much-sought-after cosmetic surgeon had founded the ball club so he and his close friends could continue playing competitive volleyball whenever they wanted to.
“That was not the reason why I founded the ball club,” rectifies Dr. Cerilles. “Originally, it was to promote the IEM cosmetic surgery and dental clinic in Magallanes Village. The reason has gone beyond that for years now as IEM has embraced as well the vision of the founding fathers of Sports Vision to give Philippine volleyball a shot in the arm in their own humble way.”
In the tradition of its hugely successful V League which had bred the past and present superstars in the sport, Sports Vision launched in April this year the PVL featuring men’s and women’s plays in partnership with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball.
IEM bagged the men’s championship the first and only time the V League held it in 2014 and was a regular competitor and supporter of the Sports Vision-organized Spikers’ Turf, a men’s league, which ran for two seasons before the visionary sports outfit decided to incorporate both the men’s and women’s divisions under the groundbreaking PVL.
“IEM is deeply grateful to Sports Vision for regularly inviting us to its men’s tournaments and trusting in our competitiveness,” says Dr. Cerilles. “We want to give back by continuously exposing our players to the big-time stage in volleyball and help them sharpen their kills. If someday some of my players get noticed and considered for the national training pool, then IEM shall have served its purpose.“
Meanwhile, the Phoenix Volley Masters, according to Dr. Cerilles, will continue holding tryouts for new members from the last of which IEM has granted membership to national pool trainee John Kenneth Sarcena of Cebu City and a pair of San Beda Red Spikers, Mark Christian Enciso and Adrian Viray.
Setter Renz Ordonez is also staying on the team but this time as non-playing coach. Dr. Cerilles remains the team manager.
Most of the new team members are actually returning original players of IEM who, by virtue of their work, had to play for their companies in the past.
These are team captain Eden Canlas, Gilbert Longavela, Manolo Refugia, Ronchette Villegas, Mark Chumbingco, Rence Melgar, and Kurl Rosete, who last played for Sta. Elena Construction in the PVL First Conference.
Hopelessly hooked into volleyball
But can you really take the Phoenix Volley Masters away from volleyball?
The answer is a resounding no.
Those who were taken off the lineup may now attend full time to their work, but you cannot stop them from training and playing.
They continue to serve as training partners of the revamped IEM team and competitors in minor tournaments here, there and everywhere.
The Phoenix Volley Masters made the finals of the tough Vikings Cup this year and fielding three teams owing to IEM’s depth of talents, finished 1-2 in a recent one-day tournament held in San Mateo, Rizal, with Dr. Cerilles and Ordonez having their hands full as setters.