Camarines Norte plays host to 5th AUBC
by RB Manlangit
Daet, Camarines Norte (18 April) -- This province plays host to the 5th Asian University Basketball Championship (AUBC) Unity Cup with the opening ceremonies held April 16 at Agro Sports Center, at the Provincial Capitol grounds here.
The AUBC unity cup aims to promote the sport and foster unity and cooperation between Asian countries.
The AUBC was established in 1998 by six people who have shown unwavering support to their respective countries.
Dr. Carl Menky Ching of China-Hongkong, Dr. Ekedjatmiko Sukarso of Indonesia, Mr. Shin Deng Pa of Korea, Mr. Lu Lian Jie of China and Mr. Park Hyun Mo of Korea together started the AUBC.
The first AUBC games were held in Manila in 1998 hosted by the University of Manila. St. Francis College of Assisi of the Philippines won two successive AUBC games in 2001 and 2003, both held in Manila.
The 4th AUBC games were held in Dumaguete City in 2005 with Myong Ji University of Korea emerging champion.
The AUBC unity cup staging in this province was made possible through the support of Governor Jesus Typoco, Jr. and Congressman Renato Jojo Unico to the efforts of Dr. Abundio G. Palencia Jr., Provincial Sports Consultant of Camarines Norte, BAP regional director and 5th AUBC organizing committee chairman.
Dr. Palencia said that the event gives rise, not only to great basketball games and good sportsmanship, but also paves the way for future cooperation and projects between the participating athletes and their respective countries.
The participants in the 5th AUBC include: Hua Qiao University and Ji Mei University of China, Putra Riau University of Indonesia, Sungmo University of South Korea, the Bicol Selection, and Emilio Aguinaldo College, Rizal Technical University, University of Baguio, and University of Perpetual Help all of the Philippines.
The celimination games will last until April 20, the Semi-Final games on April 23, while the Top 4, Finals and Awarding ceremonies willbe held on April 22. (PIA Camarines Norte) [top]