April 17, 2011

PBA All-Star Weekend goes to Boracay

Carlo Quevada was brimming with enthusiasm as he ticked off the long list of events that will highlight this year’s PBA All-Star Week in Boracay.
 “This year, it will be different. We’re not going to have just the usual All-Star ingredients. There will be much, much more,” he said, showing me the five-page calendar of activities from May 18 to 22.
Carlo is the alternate governor of Rain or Shine team and is also president/CEO of the newly formed Crea8 Events Asia, the outfit that will promote the All-Stars in Boracay.
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The week would be a very busy one for the PBA stars: Autograph signing, photo-ops, motorcade a welcome dinner at Puka beach on arrival; coastal cleanup, basketball court painting, tree planting and hospital visits and gift-giving on the morning of the second day. The rest of the day is reserved for practice games and beach games which include a hug-of-war, three-on-three volleyball and a contest in sand castle-making.
 “Don’t you mean ‘tug of war’ instead of ‘hug-of-war?’” I asked Carlo, thinking that there might have been a typographical error in the document.
 He said there was no error.  “It is an improvised version of the tug of war where we dispense with the rope and the opposing teams hug each other to  stay connected .
 Carlo said that candidates of the Mutya ng Pilipinas contest which Cre8 Events Asia is also organizing,  will participate in the beach games.
 A player and a Mutya candidate will alternate in the hug of war.
 A mix of players and Mutya beauties will also model beachwear in a fashion show that will precede dinner on the second day.
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 “The whole event will be known as ‘Hala Bola’. ‘Hala Bora’ would have been more appropriate, but Boracay mayor John Yap said people might be misled because there’s also a  Bora-Bora in the island,” Carlo said.
 “Mayor Yap and Mayor Fil Tandog of Carabao Island, venue of several All-Star activities, have been most supportive. They’re doing everything to make the Boracay All-Stars a big success and a most memorable event.”
 On the morning  of Friday, May 20, the PBA will hold an outreach clinic for the indigenous community of the island. The All-Star competitions which include the three-point shootout,  the obstacle challenge, the slam dunk contest and the rookies-sophomores blitz game will be staged starting at 5:30 p.m. An awarding ceremony immediately follows.
  “On Saturday, May 21, we will have our own version of the reality show  ‘Amazing Race,’ where PBA stars and Mutya beauties will participate. This will be a whole day affair,” said Carlo.
 The highlight of the five-day affair, the North versus South All-Star game will be staged on the last day, Sunday.
 “There will be a lot of ferrying from one place to another so prepare to be immersed in water,” Carlo warned.
 Last year the All-Star week was held in Puerto Princesa with Mayor Ed Hagedorn playing the perfect host.
 The event was simple but successful.
 With the more elaborate and ostentatious preparations in Boracay, I told Carlo I expect the All-Star to be even more successful this year. 

Source: Inquirer.net


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