MANILA, Philippines – As Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) rapidly expands, newcomer Zamboanga Valientes vie to make some noise and stand out from the rest of the pack.
“This has always been a dream for Zamboanguenos to have a team on the national stage,” said team owner Yacob Ati. “We want people to know that Zamboanga City is a beautiful and peaceful place and we have good basketball players and solid basketball programs.”
The Valientes netted ex-professional talents in their roster led by team captain Jonathan Parreno, who last played for Kia Picanto (now Columbian Dyip) in the 2014-2015 season. He joins an array of talents like former San Miguel player Leo Avenido, Australian-based guard Eric Miraflores, Chico Lanete’s brother Von Lanete and ex-Barako Bull Reed Juntilla.
“We want the young Zamboanguenos to be in sports and stay away from drugs,” said Ati as the Valientes partnered with Family’s Brand Sardines and even came up with a team jingle.
Renowned novelty song writer Lito Camo composed the team jingle “Viva Zamboanga,” team officials said during the launch on Friday, June 8, in Taguig.
With a full roster, a major supporter and a catchy team jingle all in the bag, the Valientes just can’t wait for the season to tip off. – Rappler.com