READY and confident.
That’s how officials of the four teams of the Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA) describe their preparations for the coming 25th ASEAN Veterans Basketball Conference scheduled Aug. 21-27 at the Chiang Kai Shek College gym and the Manila Downtown YMCA gym in Binondo.
Opening ceremony is set on Aug. 22 at the Chiang Kai Shek gym.
Led by PBA legends, FCVBA is defending the titles in three of four age divisions -- 40 years old and above 50 years old and above and 60 years old and above -- and seeking the crown in the 65 years old and above category, which is being introduced this year.
Former PBA MVPs Alvin Patrimonio and Allan Caidic and Jerry Codiñera and Gerald Esplana will banner the FCVBA 50-above team, while 1998 MVP Kenneth Duremdes, Braulio Lim, Ernesto Ballesteros and Benny Cheng will lead the FCVBA 40-above team.
“We are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the success of the tournament, which we are again hosting,” said FCVBA chairman Jaime “Jimi” Lim of Ironcon Builders.
The FCVBA line-ups:
40 years old and above -- Kenneth Duremdez, Braulio Lim, Ernesto Ballesteros, Benito Cheng, Louie Kaw, Royd Tan, Joseph Realista, Dexter Quan, Francis Sy, Arnel Syyap, Lorencio Lim and Gerardo Santiago.
50 years old and above -- Alvin Patrimonio, Allan Caidic, Jerry Codinera, Gerald Esplana, Gerry Gonzales, Silverio Palad, Oscar Go, Ng Yuk Chi, Daniel Pascual, Gerardo Tee Lawrence Chongson, and Lucio Tan Jr.
60 years old and above -- Eduard Tio, Jose Lao, Kenneth Yap, Andrew Ongtengco, Conrad Siy, Renato So, James Chua, Johnny Chua, Danny Co, Julio Cruz, Morris Lee, Joseph Whang and Noli Banate.
65 years old and above -- Virgilio de la Cruz, Antonio Go, Zotico Tan, Lee Ching Ka, Que Chin Po, William Lao, William Lee, Peter Ley, Francisco Tan, Johnson Lao, AlbertoTo and Jaime Lim.
The week-long competition sponsored by Ironcon Builders, Rain or Shine, Freego Jeans and Philippine Airlines are Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and host Philippines.
With Lim in the FCVBA are Terry Que, vice-chairman; Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr., president; and Edward Tio, vice-president.
Edster Sy of Headstart Sports Academy said the participating teams are Hatyai (Thailand), Hornbill Sarawak (Malaysia), Miri Kinsar (Malaysia), Brunei Basketball Association, KLVBC (Malaysia), ZAAP Bangkok (Thailand), Meteor Pontianak (Indonesia), ASABA (Indonesia) and FCVBA (Philippines).
Assisting SY are Sunny Co, commissioner and Willy Chan, deputy commissioner.