Huge cash windfall awaits winners in Chooks to Go MPBL Invitational; PBA star player Marc Pingris to see action

Huge cash windfall awaits winners in Chooks to Go MPBL Invitational; PBA star player Marc Pingris to see action

Marc Pingris aims for a twinner in this bit of action during his PBA days (Fastbreak courtesy)

MANILA — A huge cash windfall amounting to around P3 million awaits the winners in the upcoming Chooks to Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said.

The former three-point shooting star commissioner claimed that action in the coming MPBL Invitation tournament is expected to be as hot as they can get as there will be a highly-charged field of 22 teams all pinning to lord it over in the 13-day pocket tournament which is offering whopping pot money of P2.750 million.

Duremdes said the winner in the Invitational stands to receive a cold P2 million cash prize even as the second and third placers, will receive P500,000 and P250,000 cash prizes respectively, aside from gleaming trophies.

It was confirmed that former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) star defender and rebounder Marc Pingris will be suiting up for Nueva Ecija Rice Vanguards when the league reopens on December 11, 2021, at MOA for the Invitational in which collegiate and Fil-foreign players are expected to see action.

MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes said that they are expecting live fans spectators in the much-awaited Chooks to Go MPBL Invitational tournament.

The former Burger Machine 3-point hotshot commissioner also said they are expecting a limited but live audience during games inside the 15,000-seater MOA Arena.

But this, he said, all depends on the green light from the local government unit of Pasay City and from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

“We’re expecting (audience in the venue) as long as i-allow tayo ng LGU natin which is Pasay and of course with the approval of the IATF,” said Duremdes, one of the best shooter the defunct Philippine Basketball League ever had before.

Before the pandemic bowled over MPBL in March last year, the league usually had big crowds with its home-and-away format.

“Di pa tapos yung laban natin sa COVID ‘yun ‘yung pinaka malaking difference. Unlike ‘yung sa previous season na we’re doing the home-and-away format so more on engagement sa mga fans, napakaraming nanonood,” Duremdes stressed.

“Ngayon limited but hopefully sa Pasay LGU bigyan tayo ng kaunting crowd para naman masaya yung mga laro natin,” adding that if MPBL gets the green light, games will be free for live audiences who are fully vaccinated.


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