Yesterday March 22, 2017. The MMDA has officially started the Metro Manila Sports Festival by giving the rules on the 16 under basketball league entitled the Metro Basketball Tournament or MBT. The MMDA’s slogan “Isang Liga, Isang Laro, Para sa Pagbabago” will be hosting 18 teams namely the 17 cities and the MMDA  team.

At the 2nd meeting of the Metro Manila Sports Fest (MMSF), 17 teams, which will participate at the upcoming Metro Basketball Tournament (MBT), were present except Caloocan City.

The rules were clearly discussed by former PBA star Billy Reyes who is the Associate Tournament Director. The tournament aims to promote sports and competition among the cities.  According to the rules one must be officially a constituent of the city in order for him to play for the city.

It will be a month long series of basketball games as the 18 teams will be divided into 3 divisions namely the NORTH, the CENTRAL and the South Division.

The North Division is comprised of the following cities:

VALENZUELA

MALABON

NAVOTAS

CALOOCAN

MARIKINA

QUEZON CITY

The Central Division is comprised of the following cities:

SAN JUAN

PASIG

PATEROS

MANDALUYONG

MANILA

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The South Division is comprised of the following cities:

MUNTINLUPA

MAKATI

LAS PINAS

PASAY

PARANAQUE

TAGUIG

As of press time only MUNTINLUPA has submitted a line up while the other teams are still having their tryouts. The MMDA has set that the last day of submission of their LINE UP on APRIL 17, 2017.

All of the Sports heads in various cities are excited and even expressed that they would want to host the opening ceremonies but to settle this the MBT organizers decided to draw lots and the city of MANILA will be the HOST CITY of the FIRST MMDA BASKETBALL project, the METRO BASKETALL TOURNAMENT.

On a sad note one of the cities in the north division, CALOOCAN, has not yet officially expressed or committed to field in a team, sans monetary issues and schedules, the MBT officers still wish that they could compete in this first noble endeavor by the MMDA chairman TIM ORBOS.

Some cities have also submitted their team monikers like the PATEROS MIGHTY DUCKS, MUNTINLUPA EAGLES, QUEZON CITY BIG STARS, MANDALUYONG FIGHTING TIGERS, LAS PINAS BAMBOO ORGAN, PASAY TRAVEL CITY, and NAVOTAS BIDAS. The other cities still have until March 24 to submit their official moniker.

The commissioner of the league Basketball Superstar Legendand Champion Coach, PIDO JARENCIO, told all the teams that they should bring their best because all the games will be live streamed thru Facebook page of MMDA and MMSF and might be shown on TV (still under negotiation.)

“ LAKASAN NYO MGA TEAM NYO DAHIL PARA SA CITY NIYO ITO!” coach pido exclaimed.

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