THE long awaited Mindanao leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup will tip off on July 7 at the Ipil Provincial Gym in Ipil Heights, Zamboanga Sibugay.
League officials led by Chief Operating Officer Rocky Chan raced against time to get clearance from the local government unit and the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) to start the competition on Wednesday, July 7. After clearing the submission of the regulatory requirements that included health screening, drug testing, and related documents, the league was finally given the green light to begin around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
"We are just happy that Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay accepted us without hesitation as we tip-off our Mindanao leg," said Chan.
"We would like to thank Mayor Anamel Olegario and Governor Wilter Palma for hosting our games and the Games and Amusements Board, headed by Chairman Baham Mitra, for giving us the necessary licenses to resume our league," he added.
Powerhouse teams ALZA Alayon Zamboanga Del Sur and the Basilan Peace Riders will raise the curtains on the competition at 1 p.m. followed by the game between the Kapatagan Buffalo Braves and the Iligan City Archangels at 3 p.m.
The Mindanao Leg of the league was initially slated to begin on June 22 in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur. However, Zamboanga Del Sur has been under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine since June 15 while Zamboanga Sibugay is under General Community Quarantine.
Games in Ipil will take place on July 7, 8, 9, 11, and 13. The league and the LGU of Pagadian City are hoping to begin play at Plaza Luz starting on July 15 if quarantine measures ease up.
With this, the league is strictly enforcing a home-venue-home set-up. Other teams competing in the Mindanao Leg are the Roxas Vanguards, the Pagadian Explorers, the Clarin Sto. Nino, the MisOr Brew Authoritea, and the Zamboanga City JPS. (JNP)