The team known as the Pacquiao PowerVit Pilipinas Aguilas will now be known as the Pilipinas MX3 Kings they found a new title sponsor in MX3, a natural food supplement developed and traded by Living Tropical Fruiticeutical, Inc.
Now fully owned and managed by SportsLegends Managers, Inc. led by businessman Dick Balajadia, the team also revamped their management staff which is now being headed by their Team Manager, Jean Alabanza. Alabanza, who previously starred for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) and previously managed the Pharex Bidang Generix in the defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and the Tan-family owned Boracay Rum Waves and Tanduay Light Rhum Masters in the PBA D-League.
The Kings have also signed Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) legend and former UAAP Commissioner Chito Loyzaga as their Team Consultant.
The ASEAN Basketball League’s lone representative from the Philippines for the 2015-2016 season was originally named Mindanao Aguilas, led by Zamboagueño businessman Junnie Navarro. This was then renamed to the Pacquiao PowerVit Pilipinas Aguilas, after boxing icon Manny Pacquiao backed the team. The team was eventually acquired by Balajadia’s SportsLegends Managers, Inc. group.
The Pilipinas MX3 Kings are led by former PBA Best Import Arizona Reid and up-and-coming stars in Alli Austria and Jerramy King. They are backed by PBA veterans Carlo Sharma, Sunday Salvacion, and Jondan Salvador.
Their opening salvo under their new name will be against a tough opponent in reigning ABL champions Hi-Tech Bangkok City bannered by two-time World Import MVP Chris Charles, former PBA import Steve Thomas, and recent Thai-American acquisitions in Tyler Lamb and Freddie Goldstein. The Kings will test their visiting opponent’s mettle at the San Juan Gym, San Juan, Philippines, this Sunday, November 15.
About the ASEAN Basketball League
The ASEAN Basketball League is the first and only regional professional sports league in Southeast Asia. The ABL, currently in its sixth season, has six teams competing across five countries. Founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Erick Thohir, it is sanctioned by the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA). The ABL is committed to the development of basketball both on and off the court. Marketed as a sports and lifestyle property, the league is incorporated in Singapore with operations based in Manila, Philippines. For more information please visit the ABL’s official website at http://www.ASEANBasketballLeague.com/.