THE NEWLY-organized Pilipinas Vismin Super Cup aims to give aspiring Basketball players from the provinces a chance to bring their game to a higher level. The groundwork for the community-based league has already be laid out and the organizers are just waiting for the green light from the government for the resumption of amateur sports.
Among the cities that have expressed interest to join are Cebu, Mandaue, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Davao, Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Pagadian and the municipalities of Sindangan and President Manuel A. Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte. Teams will surely save on costs since they will be divided and play will be confined within either the Visayas or Mindanao thus eliminating the need for long distance travel.
Each team is required to enlist at least six homegrown players from the area that they represent. Two conferences are being targeted, one exclusively for Filipinos and the other featuring imports.
The league hopes to discover the next generation of superstars that will make it to the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas. Except for those who tried their luck in Metro Manila, opportunities are scarce and limited for varsity players after graduation forcing them to see action in town fiestas and short-term tournaments.
The Pilipinas Vismin Super Cup is a brainchild of Mindanao-based businessman Vicente Guingona. Acting as coordinators are Rocky Chan for Mindanao and Coach Marvin Caro for Visayas.
Southern Philippines last witnessed high-grade commercial Basketball via the Mindanao-Visayas Basketball Association (MVBA) of Cebu City Councilor Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba in 2006. By 2008, the MVBA merged with the Manila-based National Basketball Conference (NBC) to form Liga Pilipinas which operated until 2011.