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Tanduay Athletics joins MPBL, sets in motion grassroots program

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Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr.

Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr.

Tanduay Distillers, Inc. president Lucio “Bong” Tan Jr. is taking his support to grassroots sports a step further as he goes on full offensive for Batangas Tanduay Athletics in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).

Tan, whose passion for basketball was cultivated in childhood, believes he saw a formidable ally in MPBL founder Sen. Manuel Pacquiao in providing opportunities for local talent from the regions to advance their basketball dreams.

“When we formed Tanduay Athletics, we had grassroots youth development as one of its major thrusts. We believe we can give equal opportunities to aspiring basketball talents from the cities and the regions through MPBL,” Tan said.

The MPBL features teams that represent a province, city or municipality in a home-and-away set up, where players get to play in front of hometown fans. Each team is required to have at least three players that are homegrown to the area they represent.

Aside from Batangas Tanduay Athletics, other teams playing for the MPBL include the Bataan Defenders, Bulacan Kuyas, Valenzuela Classic, Marikina Athletics, Caloocan Supremos, Navotas Redcore and Muntinlupa.

The Batangas-Tanduay Athletics had earlier posted wins over the Valenzuela Classic and Bataan Defenders behind ex-PBA Val Acuña and Lester Alvarez.

MPBL games air every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m in ABS-CBN Sports and Action.

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