MANILA, Philippines – Meralco big man Asi Taulava is pushing through with his charity game, “Built Upon The Rock,” after the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) approved the endeavor.
The charity game, which will be held on August 26 at the Ynares Arena in Pasig City, will be for the benefit of the victims of the massive flooding brought about by torrential rains that swept Metro Manila last week.
The PBA approved of the game before tackling official business during their annual planning session in Macau.
“It’s so nice that our players are taking the lead,” said PBA commissioner Chito Salud in an interview with the league’s official website.
Arwind Santos, Dondon Hontiveros, Renren Ritualo and Macmac Cardona are among the players who have confirmed their participation, with more players volunteering.
“It’s so nice they’re embracing the bayanihan spirit, especially the Fil-Am players who many thought are distant and unaffected,” Salud added.
Rizal Governor Junjun Ynares allowed the event’s organizers free use of the Ynares Arena, while the PBA is providing game officials for free.
Aside from PBA players, some showbiz personalities are also expected to participate in the game.
“They’re working on details and they’re choosing their beneficiaries,” Salud said.
The PBA and the MVP Sports Foundation have also donated P1 million each for the benefit of the flood victims.
As of Saturday, August 11, tickets for the VIP section were already sold out. Courtside tickets (P200) and upper box tickets (P100) are still available.
For more information, visit the event’s official Facebook account. [http://www.facebook.com/AsiForCharity]