MVP NBA shindig sold out

GENERAL admission tickets were finally available for what is turning out to be this year’s most prestigious sports event dubbed as the Ultimate All-Star Weekend, organized by the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF).

The Areneta Coliseum will host two eventful basketball games this coming weekend, on two separate days – NBA superstars versus the Philippines’ home-grown players. Ticket prices are P5,700 for patron seats, P3,800 for lower box, P1,600 for upper box, and P350 for general admission.

7 pm, just two hours after, tickets were almost sold out. Scalpers are having a field day selling patron seat tickets at jacked-up prices ranging from 7,000 to 10,000 pesos. Rumors are already flying around regarding ticket hoarding. People are wondering where the legit tickets have gone. Some even get to the point to being left out.

While big time newspaper members of the press are thankful for the two complimentary tickets per broadsheet handed out to them, small newspapers and tabloids sports editors cannot help but feel ostracized for not being treated with the same courtesy. These ‘minor’ newspapers, together with a handful of sports websites, of which there is a steady increase of popularity amongst  the online community, also played their part, and continue to do so, in the success of the MVP Sports Foundation and its projects.

The sports community, meaning, major newspapers, minor newspapers and tabloids, plus the sports websites, as a whole, support Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP), the Samahang  Basketbol ng Pilipinas and the MVP Sports Foundation. People really can’t blame others for not reconciling with the fact that an event as big as this will be missed out on.

Come Saturday, July 23, 7 pm, the 8-man NBA team will have a go against our very own PBA select. Kobe Bryant will coach the NBA team comprising of teammate Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets,  Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, James Harden of the Oklahoma Thunder, DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The eighth member of the roster will be announced soon, as per MVPSF President Al Panlilio. Reports say that it will be either reigning MVP Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls or former Rookie of the Year awardee Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder.

Bryant will arrive the night before the game while the rest of the NBA team will be here on July 21 to take part in a scenic tour of the Philippines. Boracay’s white sand beach will be one of the stops for the basketball superstars’ short vacation before game time.

The PBA team, on the other hand, will comprise of James Yap and Marc Pingris of BMeg, Mark Caguioa and JC Intal of Ginebra, Arwin Santos and Rabeh Al-Hussaini of Petron Blaze, Ryan Reyes, Jason Castro and Larry Fonacier of Talk N’ Text, Sonny Thoss and LA Tenorio of Alaska, Sol Mercado of Meralco, Gary David of Powerade, Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine and Danny Seigle of Air21. MVPSF Executive Director Chot Reyes will coach the PBA select.

On Sunday, July 24, the NBA team will then match up with our National Team headed by Coach Rajko Toroman. Members include Smart Gilas’ Marcus Douthit, Chris Tiu, Mark Barroca, JV Casio, Mac Baracael, Marcio Lassiter, Japeth Aguilar, Chris Lutz, Dylan Ababou and Jason Ballesteros. Talk N’ Text’s Kelly Williams, Jimmy Alapag and Ranidel de Ocampo, Meralco’s Asi Taulava and Air21’s Dondon Hontiveros will also join the nationals roster.

The Ultimate All-Star Weekend is brought to the country by Smart, PLDT, Meralco, Maynilad, TV5, Metro Pacific Tollways and Investment Corp., and Philex Mining.


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