MAKE way for the first Pilipinas Super League (PSL) team to represent Metro Manila.
A team from Pasig has formally made its entry into the fledging regional basketball league in the 21U Division.
The team shall be called by the name Pasig – Cocolife Pirates, and they were officially welcomed to the PSL 21U through a memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing between the league, Pasig City government, and team sponsor Cocolife at the Pasig City Hall last Friday. PSL president Rocky Chan, Cocolife president Jose Martin Loon, and Mayor Vico Sotto were present during the MOA signing.
“On behalf of our CEO, Mayor Dinko Bautista, we would like to thank the honorable mayor of Pasig, Mayor Vico, for taking part and being part of the Pilipinas Super League family… and to Pres.
Martin Loon of Cocolife na walang sawang sumusuporta not only the team that is participating sa Pilipinas Super League but to the league itself,” Chan said.
Dor his part, Sotto said: “We’re very thankful and excited to have this partnership between the local government of Pasig and Cocolife.”
Meanwhile, Loon believes the partnership between the Pirates and Cocolife will lead to greater things ahead for both sides.
“Thank you for making this partnership possible. It’s an honor for Cocolife to be given the chance to partner with Pasig and Mayor Vico, and we look forward to greater things,” Loon said.
He then specified the greater things, saying, “Ang dami naman nating pwedeng maging common advocacies and projects together, and abangan natin sa susunod kung ano pa yung pwede nating gawin para palaguin ang pagsasamang ito. Ito lang yung simula ng napakarami pang opportunities and possibilities.”
Loon added that Cocolife has something in common with Sotto that made the partnership forging easier.
“We share Mayor Vico’s commitment to good governance, and the private sector has always been committed to that,” Loon further said.
He also sees the partnership to further develop sports development not just for the Pasig youth but also for all the young Filipinos too.
“We’re very grateful to Pasig and PSL for this opportunity to work together for basketball and the development of the Filipino youth. Cocolife has always been a consistent partner to the youth and their development, especially through sports, and it’s a great honor for Cocolife to be partners with Pasig, Mayor Vico, and of course, PSL,” Loon said.
On the other hand, Sotto hopes that the Pirates will get huge support from his fellow Pasiguenos as they play in the Luzon leg of the PSL 21U, which will begin on July 9 in Pampanga.
“Meron tayong team sa PSL, so we’re really looking forward na sana suportahan ng bawat Pasigueno,” the Mayor said.