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Tabogon, Siquijor to join Vismin Super Cup caging

Emmanuel B. Villaruel (The Freeman) - February 26, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The municipality of Tabogon in northern Cebu headed by mayor Zigfred P. Duterte and the province of Siquijor under the leadership of governor Zaldy “Jecoy” S. Villa are the latest addition to the growing list of teams that will be taking part in the inaugural season of the Pilipinas Vismin Super Cup set to take off next month.

“Yes, they’re (Tabogon and Siquijor) confirmed already. We’re just waiting for their lineup,” Super Cup COO Rocky Enghuat Chan and secretary-general coach Chelito Caro jointly announced yesterday.

“We will also have Cagayan de Oro team (for the Mindanao Division),” Chan added. “We will have more updates on Friday but their possible players are JR Cawaling, Carlo Lastimosa, and Jayjay Helterbrand.”

The entry of Tabogon and Siquijor brings to six the number of teams set to see action in the Visayas Division of the country’s newest professional cage league that aims to promote sports tourism, give opportunities to players in the provinces, and provide livelihood for those who are involved in basketball during this time.

The other four are the ARQ Builders/Lapu-Lapu City Heroes, KCS-Mandaue City Eagles, MJAS Zenith-Talisay City Aquastars, and the City of Danao. The XUR Homes Realty-Eastern Samar reportedly backed out due to undisclosed reasons.

Because of the rising Covid-19 cases in Cebu City, the league plans to stage its Visayas bubble play in Alcantara town south of Cebu led by mayor Fritz Lastimoso on April 9 under strict health and safety measures.

“The well-being of everybody is of paramount importance to us that is why we are leaving no stone unturned in putting in place all health and safety protocols for our upcoming league as mandated by the government amid the pandemic,” Chan assured. — EBV

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