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Filipino summer basketball league kicks off in Taipei

2019/05/19 21:27:10

Basketball muses pose with their team's banners at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The Taiwan chapter of the Confederation of Ilocano Association, Inc. (CIASI), or Samahang Ilocano, a Filipino organization that aims to help its compatriots in different countries, kicked off its 2019 summer basketball league tournament in Taipei Sunday.

Officials and renowned members of Taiwan's Filipino community lead the players and audience in singing the national anthem of the Philippines at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday.

The CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019, which follows on from the last time the tournament was held in April 2016 in Taipei, features 17 men's teams.

Apple Jane Dionaldo (front, third left), "muse" of Sanlong St. basketball team, poses with her team at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019

Rheden Delumen, national chairman of CIASI's Taiwan chapter, which has 13 sub-chapters with approximately 700 members in the country, said the basketball teams are made up of members of Taiwan's Filipino migrant worker community and is aimed at creating unity, sportsmanship and respect.

Board of judges members Manila Economic and Cultural Office Deputy Director Nestor Mayo (third left), The Migrants newspaper magazine publisher Nene Ho (fourth left), CIASI Taiwan National Chairman Rheden Delumen (sitting, second right), and Alpha Martial Eagles Production
head Allan Viray (sitting, first right)


Liezel Laxamana (second, left), Bulacan basketball team "muse," poses with her team at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019

With the knowledge that sometimes overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have to face challenges while abroad, such as trying to keep physically and mentally fit, in addition to fighting homesickness, Delumen said the tournament will help by uniting OFWs in Taiwan.

Rosebelle dela Cruz (center), "muse" of Ying Yi basketball team, poses with her team at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA Photo May 19, 2019

It gives Filipino migrant workers the opportunity to meet and play sports against each other in a friendly and competitive manner, Delumen pointed out.

Bisdak Fighters basketball team "muse" Moselblick Madera (front, third left) poses with her team at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019

In addition to the players, during the opening ceremony, each basketball team also had a "muse" -- a female who represented each team.

Saints basketball team "muse" Mafe Agad (front) presents herself to a panel of judges at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019

These muses accompanied their respective teams in front of a panel of judges, who decided which team's muse was to be awarded with the title of "Best Muse" and which team was to be attributed with "Best Uniform."

Rapper Dicky Fox (front, right) of Filipino hip hop super group Brown 101 presents Mafe Agad (left), "muse" of Saints basketball team, with "Best Muse" award. CNA photo May 19, 2019

Ronald Li (front, center), one of the judges, presents Itawis basketball team with "Best Uniform" award at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday.

The tournament, which will be played in a round-robin format before proceeding into elimination rounds, is expected to be held until late July or early August, Delumen said.



(By William Yen)
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