Pinoy Youth Dreamers 16-under team left yesterday (Nov. 25) to compete in the fourth MVP Cup International High School basketball championship scheduled Nov. 26-Dec. 3 at the CRC Kulim in Kedah, Malaysia.
To be headed by PYD president-coach Beaujing Acot, the Filipinos will battle Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Macau, Malaysia and Brunei in the week-long competition being held for the fourth straight year.
“Our players are ready. They have been training very hard for this tournament,” said Acot.
Acot said the Filipinos are hoping to improve their runner-up finish behind host Malaysia in the tournament last year.
Acot also said the whole PYD family is thankful for the support of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), headed by Chairman Jose Jorge E. Corpuz and General Manager Alexander F. Balutan.
The members of the team are Angelo Aniñon (Pasig Catholic College), Sandre Banluta (Siena- Taytay), Jose Andres De Guia (Pateros Catholic School), Justin Mark Ollesca (Pasig Catholic ), Ernest Cesar Oliveros (Siena-Taytay), Jan Daniel Geronimo (Pasig Catholic College), Elchard Santos (La Immaculada Concepcion), Angelo Masagca (San Sebastian College Recoletos), Charles Palaspas (Pasig Catholic), Carlos Miguel Jacob (Pasig Catholic College), Dwayne Brent Fabroa (St. Margaret), Allen Valeriano (St. Lawrence Foundation ), Alexander Perez (La Consolation College), Gerben Baguhin (San Beda College Rizal), Rufino Sablaon lll (Jesus the Loving Sheperd Christian College), Kurt Teaño (St. Raphael Mary School), Gabriel Douglas Yim (De La Salle Antipolo), Aries Jay Paunil (La Salle Antipolo), Paul Raganit (San Sebastian), and Kenneth Gonzaga (La Consolation).
Aside from Acot and Pelipel, the other officials of the team are Mario Fernandez, head coach; Vengie Gabales, deputy coach; and Lemerell Julia, Edgar Valeriano and Glenda Villaflor, assistant coaches.
The PYD team is supported by Sonny Barrios and Bernie Atienza of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Susan See of Regent, Christian Cheng of Aqua Safe, Waiyip Chong of Star Bread, James Barraza of JAMAN, Pax Pelipel of PP Bus Line, Rain or Shine, Roger Chan of Xpress Printing, Chairman Joselito De la Merced and Josie Macapagal of Barangay San Antonio and Kelly Williams.