December 16, 2021 | 2:13 p.m.
MANILA, Philippines – Stars of the local basketball circuit and the entertainment industry will meet at a charity event ahead of Christmas Day.
Billed as “Battle Of The All-Stars: Play To Inspire”, this charity event will feature PBA legends Marc Pingris and Jayjay Helterbrand, celebrities Gerald Anderson, JC Tiuseco and DJ Loonyo and some of the country’s top cagers who will join forces for this two-day charity basketball event which kicks off December 22 at SV Ball Park.
A member of the PBA Grand Slam team of the former Purefoods franchise and nine-time champion, Pingris will be back on the hard court since announcing his retirement playing in the pioneering professional basketball league of Asia.
This time, he will play in the 3×3 basketball event where he will share the pitch with Helterbrand, former Barangay star Ginebra who was the PBA’s MVP in 2009.
The two former PBA players Billy Mamaril, Rico Maierhofer and KG Canaleta join the two in their PBA Moto Vlog squad.
Anderson, Tiuseco and Loonyo, disc jockey and professional artist, will play in different teams.
Sam Verzosa, the founder of the event who is also the man behind Frontrow Enterprise, organized this event for its primary beneficiary – the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, an organization that supports people with disfigurements and other debilitating ailments. such as cleft lip, eye conditions such as cataracts, clubfoot and prostheses.
âThis charity basketball event is not only inspiring, but helping. At Frontrow, we’re always helping and changing people’s lives. Of course, so is too. for the love of basketball, for the players and our chosen beneficiary, âsaid Verzosa.
âWe have been doing charity for 10 years and we donate. Now we want to change lives so we chose Mabuhay Deseret, people who need surgeries like cataract surgery, cleft lip surgery and clubfoot. It will be a life changing experience. We want to be a part of it. “
The âThe Battle Of The Stars: Play To Inspireâ Charity Basketball Event is sponsored by Tutuk To Win Party List and Frontrow Cares with Wilson as the official ball.
Other notable players attending this event are former PBA stars Mac Cardona and Ryan Arana, and 3×3 specialist Jay-R Alabanza, who will see the action for Spade Vapes, international player Mac Tallo, Dan Reducto, Mark Yee and Jerwin Gaco, who play for SV Squad, Fran Yu, who will support Luxxe Slim, brothers Ricci and Prince Rivero and Jojo Cunanan for Frontrow Cares, former PBA star Ronald Tubid, playing for Luxxe White and Paolo and Derrick Hubalde for Luxx3 Protect.