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