The PBA Commissioner’s Cup begins today with a doubleheader featuring Talk ‘N’ Text against Blackwater and the Star Hotshots against Meralco at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Texters are the defending champions but they’ll start off crippled as import Ivan Johnson will serve a one-game suspension for scuffling in a tune-up with the team they’re facing in the opener.
When former UP Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Administration Martin Gregorio passed away Tuesday last week, the PBA lost a fiercely loyal fan. Papa Mart loved the PBA which he followed with a passion from its inaugural season in 1975. It was like a dream come true for Papa Mart that as time went by, his three sons became involved in Asia’s first play-for-pay league.
Two worlds suffered a great, irreplaceable loss over the weekend. Supreme Grandmaster Ciriaco “Cacoy” Cañete passed away. He would have turned 97 this year. Not only did arnis – more commonly known as Filipino Martial Art or FMA around the world – lose perhaps its greatest proponent, Filipino culture lost a great pillar of its richness and history.