After that memorable "Miracle of Hanoi" game against Vietnam at the My Dinh Stadium in 2008, the Philippine Azkals has become the emerging power in regional football especially in the AFF Suzuki Cup, However, the national team has yet to win the title despite being the highest rank team in the region (excluding the Australia, the Socceroos decided not to participate in this tournament. Powered mostly by Fil-Foreign players, the team has leapfrog the competition even though the Philippines has yet to meet the level of standards and competitions that major footballing countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam has enjoyed.


We don't have gargantuan and cavernous football stadiums like the Sports Hub Stadium, the Rajamangala Stadium, the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium or the Shah Alam Stadium but we now have the largest football / athletics stadium in the country - the Philippine Sports Stadium. Built near the world's largest indoor arena - the Philippine Arena, this venue will host the home games of the Philippine football team. Talk about a major upgrade from the old Rizal Memorial Stadium or the UFL's Emperador Stadium, its about time that our team needs a big boost hometown support that our opponents already have.










Imagine 25,000 screaming fans crying their hearts out after a Phil Younghusband goal. A good home support will work wonders on a team that is still trying to win the hearts and minds of the predominantly basketball-loving country. With the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup on the radar as host, the Philippine Sports Stadium will help fuel a football revolution in the country. It is also being eyed as venue for the 2016 Palarong Pambansa and the 2025 Southeast Asian Games.

Winning on a hostile turf can be difficult but having a good home stadium to fall back on can improve the chances of the Azkals winning the tournament. Whatever the results of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, we have to look long term and hopefully, that new footballing venue will help jumpstart a solid grassroots football program so we can build a team for the future.









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Now that the Philippine Arena has established itself as the newest sporting destination in the country by hosting the biggest basketball crowd in the PBA, Davao will have its own gargantuan venue with the much-talked about, yet-mysterious KJC King Dome of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

Not much is known of this newest construction project as details of this sports arena / religious venue is still under wraps. It is said to have been kept secret until the Philippine Arena was completed so that the KJC King Dome will have the chance to break 55,000-seat barrier that the former has set. They will go out to reach 75,000 seats so that it can host a future boxing card involving Manny Pacquiao.


It will function as the main venue for Quiboloy's religious services as it is said to have a fully-automated stage and 26 built-in cameras. The structure, scheduled to be operational by third quarter of 2016, is being built beside the Francisco Bangoy (Davao) International Airport complex.


No rendering has been released but a leaked yet out-of-scale photo from a magazine showed that KJC King Dome as a large church-like structure and not a sports arena that we know. Another thing that has not yet been talked about is the line of sight from the spectators' perspective considering the fact that it is expected to be bigger than the Philippine Arena. In a 75,000 indoor arena, a clear sight into the stage or playing area without compromising the atmosphere can be a very big challenge. A big LED screen may be installed in the center so that everyone will see the action.



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There is a lot of talk about building the best sporting venue in Cebu for quite sometime. There was the ill-fated Cebu Megadome project that was expected to replace the aging, oven-hot "New" Cebu Coliseum. The planned state-of-the-art arena fell through the cracks as a big white elephant was constructed, the under-maintained, now-damaged Cebu Convention Center.

As the city grows with new businesses being built, new shopping malls constructed, more tourists flocking the shores and more people from the province move, there is big clamour for a new public venue for sports, concerts and other events. The recent success of the national basketball team has propelled stakeholders of the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas to consider the idea of hosting the 2019 FIBA World Cup. It is natural for Manny Pangilinan and company to collaborate with the public and private sector to make sure that it will happen. SM City is the natural choice to help the bid become a reality. In fact, the mall chain has already built the best basketball arena in the country - the Mall of Asia Arena.


After Iglesia ni Cristo's Philippine Arena hosted the biggest basketball game in Philippine history, there is a growing push for more basketball arenas to be built in the provinces and its not a surprise that Cebu is one of the place that needs to have the very best venue. Davao is said to be building the so-called KJC King Dome of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy with a mind-boggling 75,000 seat capacity that would easily become the world's largest indoor arena / church!


No details have been released yet but a rendering has already been presented as a sneak preview of what it would look like. It is said that the 20,000-seat arena will be built in 2015 by the time SM Seaside City would open to the public. Also built alongside is the SMX Convention Center.

Unlike the modern-glass designed MOA Arena, the SC Arena has a green design similar to the mall with accentuated with a outdoor park bridge that connects it to the convention center. Lush green trees and manicured lawns will make sure that the entire surrounding will have all the trimmings of a green, environment-friendly architecture.


Since the 2019 FIBA World Cup needs at least 4 venues for the tournament, the SM Seaside City Arena would probably be host to the preliminary group play of at least 6 of the 32 teams that will compete in the tournament. It would probably host one of the quarterfinal or semifinal game. The final would probably be held in the Philippine Arena.


I would love to see an NBA Global Game in the SM Seaside City Arena or perhaps Gilas Pilipinas play one of its home games in the FIBA Asia qualifying tournament. CESAFI will have a permanent venue that will give the UAAP and NCAA a run for their money. Perhaps, it is time for the PBA to reconsider the idea of going home-away with Cebu having its team of its own for the first time since the Cebu Gems played in the MBA. Renewing the Gems-Slashers rivalry would be a blast now that they will have their own arena as well! Even without a team in the local pro league, it is expected that Cebu will have a team in the Asean Basketball League, that is if the league will still be around by 2017. Maybe having a UFC card in the city is also a good idea as well!



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I have always been a basketball fan and with that passion, I love the game so much that I always want to see a thrilling, challenging and compelling game that I always in the look out for the greatest rivalries in the NBA from the Boston Celtics-Los Angeles Lakers rivalries of the 80s to the PBA's Manila Clasico Bgy. Ginebra-Purefoods grudge games.

In recent years, the rise and fall of the fabled Gilas Pilipinas team has ushered renewed interest in the game not just for me but all basketball-loving fans out there. In fact, the PBA has started opening itself to new ideas and innovations except the Pacquiao mania in the hardwood. Nevertheless, there is a growing need to maintain our national success by getting more talents and developing the game to meet global standards. One of the things that I think should be tackled is the revision of the old tournament format of the PBA.


Let's face it, its getting obsolete and its just too boring that game attendance grow if there is the much awaited Manila Clasico or key playoff games. We need more compelling and quality games to watch like having more out of town games. Speaking of out of town games, why not adopting designated hometowns for each teams and then slowly integrate it as their own so that we can enjoy more hometown rivalries. Isn't this familiar?

We had the MBA before and its shortlived series has shown its potential of creating great basketball. Although financial viability and logistics caused its early demise, why not give it another go. We all know the NBA absorbed the ABA and it helped the former reached new heights. Why not reconsider this idea? Decentralizing the league would mean new jobs in the provinces. Teams, private enterprises and even the provincial governments will invest in building new stadiums and facilities with the long term goal of developing more local talents.

How will we envision a PBA that adopts the MBA as its model? How will be league be organized? (Actually, I found this interesting scheme posted by JORDS33 from SkyscraperCity forum site but little changes from my part).

NORTHERN Conference
Manila (Bgy. Ginebra)
Pasig (Blackwater Elite)
Pampanga (Rain or Shine)
Bulacan (NLEX)
Olongapo (GlobalPort)
Naga City (Expansion Team)
Legazpi City (Expansion Team)
Puerto Princesa (Expansion Team)
Baguio City (Expansion Team)
Laguna (Alaska Aces)

SOUTHERN Conference
Cebu City (San Miguel)
Negros (Purefoods)
Iloilo (Rain or Shine)
Tacloban (Expansion Team)
Dumaguete (Expansion Team)
Davao City (T.N.T.)
C.D.O. (Barako Bull)
Gen. San. (KIA Motors)
Zamboanga City (Expansion Team)
Butuan City (Expansion Team)

Two tournaments: All Filipino and Reinforced
Each team plays against each other twice (home and away): 30 games
Reinforcement: 1 non-Asian and 1 Asian imports, unlimited height. Bottom four teams in each conference can have 2 non-Asian imports.

Imagine a 2015 PBA All-Filipino Playoffs like this:

Northern Conference Quarterfinals
(1) Manila vs (8) Puerto Princesa 2-0
(4) Bulacan vs (5) Olongapo 1-2

(2) Pasig vs (7) Legaspi City 2-0
(3) Pampanga vs (6) Naga City 2-1

Southern Conference Quarterfinals
(1) Cebu vs (8) Gen. Santos 2-0
(4) Tacloban vs (5) Dumaguete 1-2

(2) Negros vs (7) CDO 2-1
(3) Iloilo vs (6) Davao 1-2

Northern Conference Semifinals
(1) Manila vs (5) Olongapo 3-1
(2) Pasig vs (3) Pampanga 2-3

Southern Conference Semifinals
(1) Cebu vs (5) Dumaguete 3-0
(2) Negros vs (6) Davao 3-2

Northern Conference Finals
(1) Manila vs (3) Pampanga 4-3

Southern Conference Finals
(1) Cebu vs (2) Negros 4-3

PBA Finals
Manila vs Cebu 4-3

Bottom team will be relegated and the PBA D-League team will assume the spot in the next season.

As for the financial viability of the league and the team operations for that matter, JORDS33 even broke it down to simple maths:

30 Games so it means a team would have 15 home games

7,000 fans per game X 300 pesos average ticket price = 2,100,000

2,100,000 X 15 home games = 31,500,000 

+ sponsor earnings = 50,000,000 (6 months)

gross income = 81,500,000

let's say the average expenses per person on a road game is 50,000

50,000 X 25 people X 15 road games = 18,750,000

average salary = 300,000 (this is 100,000 more than it is today)

300,000 X 20 people (players and coaches) X 6 months (1 conference) = 36,000,000

total expenses = 54,750,000 

81,500,000 - 54,750,000 = 26,750,000

How will the team will look like?

Well, I am currently working on fantasy jerseys of each teams by considering the former MBA team and merging it with a current PBA team. So in this case, I will be updating this post whenever possible.

For now, let me show you the fantasy Iloilo team. Since the Iloilo Megavoltz was the team that represented the city during its MBA days, I created a jersey with an altered logo and used the Meralco Bolts color scheme.

Meralco Iloilo Megavoltz
You may be wondering how the Socsargen Marlins jersey would look like. It would look great by using blue and teal to better represent the monicker. It would look bad if they over-emphasize Pacquiao but as a compromise, the KIA Sorento branding would fit on the back. Maybe a little touch of MP logo on the shorts will do the trick. So here it is:

KIA Socsargen Marlins
If Talk N Text would have a home team then they should probably adopt the Davao Eagles as their team in an MBA-type setting. Their strong and passionate home support would do wonders especially if they have a loaded lineup with the likes of the Blur, RDO and Mighty Mouse. Check out the fantasy Talk N Text Davao Eagles jersey.

Talk N Text Davao Eagles
How about reviving the most exciting teams of the MBA with the PBA assuming full control of these defunct ball clubs? Remember the Negros Slashers and Cebu Gems? How about the Cagayan de Oro Amigos?




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