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Laguna Krah Heroes

LAGUNA KRAH HEROES, is new expansion team that recently joined the MAHARLIKA PILIPINAS BASKETBALL LEAGUE.  Laguna Krah Heroes is team formed for Laguna province with Biñan City as the LGU Partner spearheaded by the most sports enthusiast, Vice Mayor Gel Alonte of Biñan City in Laguna.

Laguna Krah Pipes team during a match
Laguna Krah Pipes team during a match
Giving their best to win the match
Giving their best to win the match

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)  is a regional men‘s professional basketball league in the Philippines. It is founded by no other than the World Boxing Champion, now a senator in the Philippines, Senator Manny Pacquiao.  The  League was founded in August 29, 2107 and started  the founding league with Bulacan Kuyas Team emerging as the Champion last year.

Senator and World Boxing Champion Mr. Manny Pacquiao
Senator and World Boxing Champion Mr. Manny Pacquiao
Mr. Sajid Anonuevo motivating his team
Mr. Sajid Anonuevo motivating his team

In January 25, 2018, the League kicked off its first formal  Inaugural MPBL CUP, The Anta Raja Cup where 10 Teams had participated and just recently,  last April 17, 2018, Batangas Atheletics Team  was the Champion and known to be the Team to beat in the League. The MPBL features both Regional Commercial and Barangay-Level League with teams on the commercial side to have a Home-locality. The League is initially organized in Luzon with plans to expand to include teams in the Visayas and Mindanao.  MPBL plans to conduct the next conference Season which will be patterned after the NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION (NBA) with additional expansion team including those from the Visayas and Mindanao Regions wherein the Teams will be divided into Northern and Southern Divisions.

The two winning team from the two divisions will face off the National Championships and the winner will bring home a 10-million worth of trophy and ball rings to be given for the members of the  Champion Team.  The tournament will be inaugurated  to coincide with the 120th year of Philippine Independence since its declaration on June 12, 1898 in Kawit, Cavite. Senator Manny Pacquiao is duly supported with very able ex-professional basketball players from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).  The Chief Operating Officer or COO is former PBA Player,  Zaldy Realubit and the MPBL Commissioner is also a former PBA Star Player , Kenneth Duremdes. The games are aired on national television live every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday thru the ABS-CBN Sports Channel 23 S+A and can also be watched by audiences from the other parts of the world thru the Filipino Channel. MPBL is a novel project of  Senator Manny Pacquiao that aims to give GRASS ROOTS ATHLETES  who are still young and  have the capacity, skills, power and passion in Basketball but never been given the chance to play in bigger leagues, never been drafted and tapped to showcase their skills and pursue their Basketball Dreams.   

Ms. Tess Alforque giving a speech
Ms. Tess Alforque giving a speech
Instructing the team for the game
Instructing the team for the game

With MPBL, these Athletes will now have the chance and opportunity by joining with the expansion teams for MPBL like Laguna Krah Heroes.Laguna Krah Heroes Team aims to really put up a strong and formidable Team in the League.  After the Franchise Agreement was signed on April 5, 2018, immediately the Coaching Staff formed went on conducting try outs in the various localities in the Province to scout for good, strong, power players who are determined to take this rare opportunity in their lives to be a part of the MPBL Expansion Team. The Coaching Staff formed also went thru a thorough selection. The faith of the Team in the upcoming Conference Season is a  big challenge to the Coaching Group particularly on Alex Angeles, the Head Coach to train the players selected and lead the Team to the Championship this coming Second Conference Season of the MPBL.   

coaching staffCoaching staff of the team

A message of HOPE, COMMITMENT, AN OPPORTUNITY that comes only once in the lives of the players who came to participate in the Tryout  with perseverance and patience in the 2-week try out and selection for 3 hours a day.  Mr. Sajid R. Anonuevo, one of the two owners of the Laguna Krah Heroes gave a brief inspirational message to all the selected players.

Author:
Krah Pipes Manila, Inc.
Philippines