Tanduay Distillers Inc. president Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr. gives full support to grassroots sports development. He goes on full offensive for Batangas Tanduay Athletics in the new Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
Tanduay Athletics pushes for grassroots development
Tan sees a strong ally in MPBL founder Sen. Manuel Pacquiao in providing opportunities for local talents to advance their basketball dreams. Both Tan and Sen. Pacquiao are avid basketball fans, having cultivated their passion for the sports since childhood.
“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 local talents through MPBL,” Tan said.
Tanduay Athletics playing at MPBL
The MPBL has teams that represent a province, city or municipality in a home-and-away setup. The players get to play in front of hometown fans. It is important that each team has at least three players that are homegrown to the area they represent. Other teams playing for the MPBL aside from Batangas Tanduay Athletics are Bataan Defenders, Bulacan Kuyas, and Valenzuela Classic. MPBL also has the Marikina Athletics, Caloocan Supremos, and Navotas Redcore.
“We put our hope in the next generation. We support avenues that will enable them to become useful to society. It is our aim that they make better their lives through sports like joining the MPBL,” Tan stressed out.
“We have a very encouraging start with the strong performance of the team. We hope to continue the momentum. But in every league or sport we support, what’s important is how we are making a difference in the lives of the athletes. How they develop as individuals and how they will continue to inspire a nation as an athlete like Manny Pacquiao is why we are here to support,” Tan concluded.
Tanduay Athletics early lead
The Batangas Tanduay Athletics had an early win during a match with Valenzuela Classic and Bataan Defenders. Val Acuna and Lester Alvarez, both former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) players, led the group’s victory.
Tan considers Batangas as close to home. This is because Tanduay Distillers’ alcohol refinery Absolut Distillers Inc. has been operating for 26 years in Lian, Batangas. It is one of the country’s most advanced distilleries. Also, Absolut Distillers Inc. has received multiple local and international awards for operating on zero waste and employing green practices.
MPBL games air every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 pm to 11 pm in ABS-CBN Sports and Action.