Jarencio Jarencio (left) and Tan: Trading places.


January 15, 2023 Robert Andaya 313 views

IF reports are to be believed, NorthPort Batang Pier coach Pido Jarencio and team manager Bonnie Tan are trading places before the PBA Governor’s Cup starting Jan. 22.

Although no official announcement was made by NorthPort officials, reports claimed Jarencio is set to take the place of Tan as team manager of the Batang Pier.

Tan, on the other hand, will assume the role of Jarencio as head coach.

Rumors of the switch of the roles of Jarencio and Tan at NorthPort surfaced as early as last month after the latter steered the Knights to a third straight NCAA men’s basketball championship.

Tan also did not confirm nor deny the reports when asked by People’s Tonight during the Millennium Basketball League-Wang’s Ballclub yearend thanksgiving party hosted by Letran team manager Alex Wang in Mandaluyong last Dec.28.

Tan, however, hinted at several changes in both NorthPort and Letran as part of the two teams’ efforts to improve their chances in the PBA and NCAA.

Both Tan and Jarencio clarified no formal appointments have been made by NorthPort management yet.

“I’m still doing managerial works for NorthPort. Matagal na yung mga ganyang plano, pero wala pa namang formal appointment,” said Tan.

Jarencio, on the other hand said he will wait for official announcement before making any comments.

Wala pang official announcement, so no comment muna tayo. Baka next week, maglabas na sina Boss E,” said Jarencio.

Earlier, the Mikee Romero-owned franchise bolstered its line-up by acquiring Joshua Munzon and Paul Zamar in a pair of trades already approved by the PBA.

NorthPort sent veteran forward Kevin Ferrer to Terrafirma in exchange for former top pick Joshua Munzon.

NorthPort also received Paul Zamar and San Miguel Beer’s 2025 second-round draft pick in exchange for Allyn Bulanadi.

Bulanadi was acquired by NorthPort in a separate trade with Converge for Jerrick Balanza.

NorthPort is hoping to make a good impression in the coming PBA Governor’s Cup, with former Miami Redhawks star Marcus Weathers as import.

The 6-5 Weathers, who also played for the SMU Mustangs in the 2021-22 season, was the original choice as import of San Miguel Beer before settling for balik- import Cameron Clark.