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Globalport players share Christmas spirit

  • Written by Ed Andaya
  • Published in Basketball
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DESPITE their busy schedule in the 2016  PBA Philippine Cup, the Globalport Batang Pier have found a way to share  their blessings during their annual outreach program at the Silong Tanglaw Foundation Center  in Quezon City last Sunday. Dec. 18.

Globalport  Batang Pier stars Terrence  Romeo,  Stanley Pringle, Billy  Mamaril,  JR Quinahan  and KG Canaleta  led  Globalport  Batang Pier players in playing Santa to the  under-privileged children of Silong Tanglaw.

Romeo and  Pringle , clearly the  most  popular players of the team, spent some time sharing stories with several children of Silong Tanglaw during their early weekend visit.
The Batang Pier’s 1-2 punch were  clearly overjoyed by the  warm  welcome given  by the streets  children and promised to return to  the foundation in the coming years.
“This is our way of sharing our blessings with the underprivileged  children in our society. Globalport  Batang Pier, led by  our boss Mikee  Romero,  really want to spread some cheers to this all-boys shelter home,” said  Batang Pier team  manager Bonnie Tan, who also lauded  the  support of  Waiyip Chong of Bread Story.
“Our players (Batang Pier)  readily  agreed to come with the team to Silong  Tanglaw,” added Tan, who also  previously visited the orphanage  during his stint as head coach of the Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirates in the NCAA..
“They spent some time to help out in  the shelter’s cause of rehabilitating boys and sheltering  them from being exploited as street children. It is  truly an uplifting act before  the  holiday season,”added Tan.
Tan said the players made good use of their short visit, conducting short basketball drills and partnering with the kids in a shooting contest to  bring  smiles on their faces. Later, the  players and the  children  shared meals inside the foundation.    
The soft-spoken Batang Pier manager said  he  wanted to impart to his players that they should  take some time off their busy schedule  as  PBA stars and  give back to the community, as well as  making  them  realize that they are fortunate  enough to play the game of basketball on  the elite level.
The other Batang Pier players who  joined the  outreach program are  Mick Pennisi,  Mike Cortez, Rico Maierhofer, Karl  Dehesa and Philip Paredes
Also with the group are Johnedel  Cardel,  Eric Gonzales Oliver Bunyi and conditioning coach  Joe Ward.
Two years ago, Tan and the LPU  Pirates  partnered with Bread Story, World Balance, Gerry’s Grill,  Frabelle Corporation, T.A. Fresco Corporation, and One World  Music  and  Sports to bring  the same good will to the 30-plus children of  the foundation.
Silong Tanglaw is a non-profit organization located at  G. Araneta Ave. cor Kaliraya St. in Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City.        
The organization provides underprivileged children with shelter, guidance and education.
Silong Tanglaw Foundation, Inc. can  be reached at its address  at 644 G. Araneta Ave. cor. Kaliraya St. Quezon City, with tel.  (632) 742-3099,  website: http://www.silongtanglaw.org and email :info_silongtanglaw @yahoo.com