The air was filled with excitement and everyone felt the spirit of camaraderie as eight teams attended the formal opening of the two-day Edson Filipino Inter-Town Basketball League, Saturday, at the Holy Redeemer Catholic School.
Players did not mind travelling for hours just to grace the opening ceremony and get the chance to play with fellow Filipinos, known for their love of basketball.
Rodel Gravides, who spoke on behalf of the organizing committee, kept thanking the teams from Slave Lake led by Neil Cruz, Drayton Valley led by Bong Biala, Whitecourt led by Ken Berdilas, Hinton led by Louie Ferol, Grande Prairie led by Ervin Hinojas Lanada and Edmonton led by Joey Doctolero and Gary Perpetua of PSA and Chester Tiongson of Crosstown Auto Centre for honoring their invitation and making sure that their event becomes successful.
“We are grateful to see many long-time friends and meet new acquaintances this day,” said Gravides, whose committee organized the league for the second straight year.
He expressed his appreciation to Crosstown Auto Centre through president Joe Medina for sponsoring the trophies, ATB Financial through Albert Bonus and Terry Yu for providing the uniforms for the host Edson team, Mr.Darci for the committee uniforms, Tim Horton’s and Subway.(pinoy edmonton news)
Philippine Sport Association vice-president Gary Perpetua (extreme left) joins the Edmonton teams in Edson.(pinoy edmonton news)
Organizing committee member Joey Manalang leads the oath of sportsmanship.(p.e.n.)
Rodel Gravides thanks the participants, volunteers and sponsors.(p.e.n.)
Crosstown Auto Centre team with PSA president Joey Doctolero(6th from right), coach Allan Angeles (extreme right) and their muse Allison Angeles.(p.e.n.)
KIA North Edmonton team led by coach Allan Angeles(5th from left) and daughter-team muse Allison.
Team muse Janice Thompson with the Hinton Knights, composed mostly of temporary foreign workers.(p.e.n.)
Grande Prairie team led by Ervin Hinojas Lanada.
Team Whitecourt with team muse Sophia de Jesus.
Team Slave Lake with team muse Micaela Cortez.
Team Drayton Valley-Filipino Store Oriental Perks.
Host team ATB Financial-Edson with playing coach Albert Bonus(4th from right) and ATB personal banking specialist Terry Yu(5th from right).Team muse is Jacelyn Carriaga(4th from left).(pinoy edmonton news)
Crosstown Auto Centre’s Chester Tiongson with muse of the league winner Micaela Cortez of Slave Lake.(pinoy edmonton news)
Hinton Knight Louie Ferrol congratulates muse of the league Micaela Cortez.(pinoy edmonton news)
Committee members (left to right) Aileen Gabito, Randeza Cagalitan and Gravides in a light moment during the break of running the games.(pinoy edmonton news)
Neil Cruz of Team Slave Lake(extreme left) shares a light moment with Crosstown Auto coach Chester Tiongson and some players.(Photo by Moses Billacura/pinoy edmonton news)
Jeff Canada of ATB Financial-Edson at the free throw line in their game against KIA North Edmonton, Saturday.(Photo by Moses Billacura/pinoy edmonton news)