PBA  ALL-STAR  WEEK  IN  CEBU, AUGUST 8 - 15

MANILA, June 2, 2004
 
(MALAYA)
As part of its efforts to bring the games closer to the fans, the PBA will hold its annual All-Star Week in Cebu City from Aug. 8-15, according to league chairman Buddy Encarnado.

This will mark the first time the All-Star Week will be held out-of-town since the PBA was organized in 1975.

Encarnado, appearing in yesterday's PSA Forum at the Manila Pavilion along with PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, said the PBA has also decided to revert to its old format of dividing the All-Star players into the South and North teams.

In previous years, the Veterans were pitted against the Rookies-Sophomores-Juniors side.

The PBA, which has shifted from the three-conference to the two-conference format per season starting this year, also plans to hold more games in countries like Guam, Hong Kong and Brunei.

There are also plans of holding games in the United States and in other Middle East countries. Provincial games are also expected to reach farther north and south under Encarnado's term, which ends middle of next year.

"We will always try to come up with new plans. And they're not just to ensure that the PBA fully recovers from a bad year last year but to ensure the PBA will be here forever," said Encarnado, the representative of Sta. Lucia Realty in the PBA board.

The ongoing Fiesta Conference has turned out to be a big hit with the fans as seen in records set in attendance, particularly during provincial games. The quarterfinals will feature two foreign teams that will be joined by six local counterparts.

Encarnado said one of the foreign teams competing is the University of British Columbia, the reigning West Coast champion from Canada. Its starting point guard is Carlo Villanueva, a flashy, 5-foot-3 Filipino.

A US selection made up of former NBA and US NCAA players will most likely be the second guest team.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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