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THE NEW LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS CAN’T STOP SMILING because finally their efforts paid off after undergoing a very tedious review on the Course Work for Massage Therapy before taking the Licensure Examination on December 2011. Forty LMTs in Davao Region took oath on January 27 at Grand Menseng Hotel, Davao City. (Photo by Melvia Malubay/LMT)
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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Digos City hosts PBA finals game

by R. G. Alama

DAVAO CITY Jan. 24 (PIA)-- The City of Digos recently hosted the first game of the Philippine Basketball Association’s 2011-2012 Philippine Finals Cup at the modern Davao del Sur Sports-Cultural and Business Center Complex.

Last Jan. 19, two PBA teams, the Talk and Text Tropang Texters and the Powerade Tigers battled it out on the hardcourt with the favored Talk and Text team winning 116-100.

The championship series will be decided in seven games, the rest of the games to be held in venues in Metro Manila.

The game was brought to Digos by Davao City-based Phoenix Petroleum Philippines which is a sponsor of the PBA-Phoenix On Tour. Since 2008, the company has sponsored PBA out-of-town games.

The Davao del Sur Sports-Cultural and Business Center Complex is a 5,000-seater coliseum worth P268-million. The modern sports facility is expected to spur economic growth for the province.

The coliseum is part of the P500 million five-structure components designed for the Davao del Sur Sports-Cultural and Business Center Complex to include convention centers, swimming pool, volleyball court, dormitory and restaurant, parks and playground and track and field. The January 20 finals game is the first PBA Finals game to be held in Davao del Sur though the facility has been hosting PBA games since 2010.

The first PBA game was played by PBA teams Talk ‘N Text and Rain or Shine during the grand opening of the coliseum on December 4, 2010. The event has earned the province some P1.58 million net proceeds.

The second PBA game was played on June 25 as part of the week-long celebration of the 44th Araw ng Davao del Sur. This game provided about P700,000 net income for the province.

According to Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas the Philippine Sports Commission is eyeing the facility as a major sports training center in Mindanao.

Another facility in the region where regular PBA games are held is located in Panabo City in Davao del Norte where another modern gymnasium is located.

Davao City the major urban center of the region has no sizeable modern sports facility comparable to Digos and Panabo.

An 8,000-seater modern gymnasium is in the process of completion located inside the University of Southeastern Philippines campus in Davao city when completed it can host PBA games and other events like concerts and conventions. (PIA/RG Alama)

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