MANILA, PHILIPPINES – After the postponement of the league’s 41st season opening last Sunday due to Typhoon Lando, the PBA Board of Governors decided to dedicate the 41st season opener to victims of the typhoon.
Headed by new Chairman Robert Non, he announced that the proceeds of season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 21 (Ph Time), will be donated to the victims of Typhoon Lando, after their special board meeting on Monday (Oct. 19).
“We in the PBA feel for our countrymen who have been affected by the storm. On this note I would like to encourage our basketball fans to come and watch our season opener on Wednesday. You will not just enjoy the games, you will also be helping our kababayans in need,” Non said in an interview with Philstar.com.
The PBA was forced to cancel the opening ceremonies of the league after Lando made its landfall in Northd Luzon and felt all the way in Metro Manila.
PBA decided to move it on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena instead of the original schedule on the Smart Amanita Coliseum due to booking problems. The Sunday tickets will be refunded, and new tickets will be released for the Wednesday schedule in Pasay City.
“Wednesday’s opener will be something different. Because everyone – from league officials to the players down to the fans – will come there with a purpose and that is to help,” Non added in his interview with Philstar.com.
The league’s opening ceremonies was said to have lost some of gleam due to schedule conflicts of performers and team muses after the cancellation on Sunday.