THE Visayas and Mindanao now have a pro basketball league of its own with the creation of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup featuring a pioneering cast of 12 teams.
Action will start the six-squad Visayan leg on April 9 at the Cebu Coliseum in the cage-crazy province.
“This (league) will catch fire,” Games and Amusements Board chairman Baham Mitra said yesterday during the virtual launch of the league featuring standouts from both regions.
Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup chief operating officer Rocky Chan said the league was created by the desire “to discover standouts from both regions, provide employment opportunities as well promote sports tourism.”
Chan said four of the pioneering 12 teams come from the Zamboanga peninsula – Zamboanga city, Pagadian, Zamboanga del sur; Roxas and Sindangan, both in Zamboanga del Norte – plus two more from the region.
In the Visayas, teams will come from Cebu City, Talisay, Lapu-lapu, Mandaue plus two others, according to Chan.
“This league is a manifestation of our love and passion for the game, especially me, a product of a community-based league 20 years ago,” said Cebuano basketball icon Dondon Hontiveros, the league’s goodwill ambassador and a member of the Cebu Gems in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.
“This is perfect for the city of Cebu to have the first leg here. I am happy and excited to have the first VisMin Super Cup to be held here. We will give our best so that the health and safety protocols will be observed,” added Hontiveros, currently a Cebu city councilor.