Tuloy ang pananalasa ng Bicol Volcanoes sa Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), ang fast-growing regional league ni Senator Manny Pacquiao, na hangad masungkit ang kampeonato sa liga.
“We’re aiming for the championship. Medyo ambisyoso kami. But we are focused on what we intend to achieve and we told our players about it,” pahayag ni Bicol Volcanoes team owner Gil Orense sa 31st Usapang Sports ng Tabloids Organization in Philippine Sports (TOPS) nitong Huwebes sa National Press Club sa Intramuros.
“Our goal is really to represent the entire Bicol region. We built a team composed mostly of homegrown players – 13 of them, in fact. We want our fellow Bicolanos to be proud of the team and we even now use the hashtag Purong Oragon to drum up support.”
Present rin sa two-hour sports program na sponsored ng Philippine Sports Commission, National Press Club, PAGCOR, Community Basketball Association at HG Guyabano Tea Leaf Drinks sina Bicol Volcanoes vice president Mark Tan at LCC Malls officials Eric Poiret, Ed Ponce at Christian Tan.
Magkasama na sinusuportahan ng Tan family-owned Volcanoes ang koponan katuwang pa ang leading regional retailer sa Bicol na LCC Malls.
“LCC is really the pride and joy of the Bicolanos in terms of shopping experience. And now we see a good opportunity to be a part of a regional team like the Bicol Volcanoes,” paliwanag ni Ponce.
Ayon kay Tan, vice president for supermarkets ng LCC, swak ang kanilang pagsuporta lalo na para sa Volcanoes.
“As a basketball fan, I am happy I can now mix business and pleasure,” bahagi ni Tan.
“Actually, LCC is always around to support every project beneficial to the Bicolanos. We already had tree planting, medical mission, job fairs and feeding programs.”
Saad pa ni Tan, na co-owner ng team, nakikita nito ang United Bicol sa hinaharap.
“It is more of a shared passion. We believe in the power of sports in how to inspire and empower the Bicolano athletes,” wika nito.
“As far as the team is concerned, we see LCC as a regional conglomerate that’s helping in various fields, known and unknown, They are also heavily in the field of education. They have a lot of underprivileged scholars in terms of education,”
“Sports will always be a part of the lives of the people.”
“In fact, three of our ex pros — Ronjay Buenafe, Alex Nuyles and Jonathan Aldave – all come from Bicol.”
Highlight sa pagbisita ng Bicol Volcanoes owners at LCC Malls officials sa weekly forum ang ginawang signing of the sponsorship agreement para sa 2019 season.
Nagkaroon rin ng symbolic Bicol Volcanoes jerseys presentation sa pagitan nina Orense at Mark Tan para kay na LCC officials – Poiret, Ponce at Christian Tan.
Dumalaw rin ang ilang Volcanoes players sa weekly session na ipinalabas sa Facebook live via Glitter Livestream.