Better year ahead as ABU League starts off 17th year with 1st Boysen Cup


By Frank Leo O. Aniscal 

The 17th year of Architects Basketball Union (ABU) League has opened on a promising note as it commenced the 1st Boysen Cup at the Central Colleges of the Philippines (CCP) Gym last February 16, 2019.

Consisting of seven teams, the first ABU tournament of the year is expected to become a heavy competition, but with camaraderie not being left out.

Capping off the opening night, Titan Elastomeric punished Wallguard in a 72-55 win, Permacoat used a fourth quarter run to outduel Acrytex, 89-75, and lastly, Virtuoso overcame Konstrukt with a 62-56 debut.

"We feel very proud of ABU's success. Actually, 2019 marks the 17th year of the club. Madalang yung club na umaabot ng ganun at nasu-sustain yung programs and events," said the ABU League President Arch. Don Ferrer, who also plays for Titan Elastomeric.

"In this club, we prioritize camaraderie than the competition. For the love of the game and your relationship with your colleagues, 'yon ang bumubuhay sa ABU League," he added.

In an interview with the ABU President, Arch. Ferrer reminisced how the league started from just a weekly friendly games of its pioneers until it became a successful organization prioritizing Filipino architects, accounting to a total of 336 members in the present record.

"ABU started way back in 2000. College graduate kami nu'n. Estudyante ng mga professor from FEU, UE, sa UP and others. Then, they want to play every Saturday. Sa paglalaro na yon, naghahanap sila ng mga bagong makakasama."

"The professors then decide na magbuo ng grupo. Affiliated din sila sa ibang organizations, like UAP or United Architects of the Philippines. 2002 na-establish yung mismong club. And now, we are composed of more than 300 members.

Arch. Ferrer also shared the importance of having Boysen as its major sponsor and how the country's famous paint brand provided huge impact in the organization's success.

"After makabuo ng team, and because they are big names na din as architects, nakapag-invite ng sponsors, which made us affiliated with Boysen na kilala na din sa pintura at connected sa line of profession namin. Since then, inalagaan ng Boysen ang ABU," Arch. Ferrer proudly said.

With the services being catered by KOTC / STR8 Philippines, ABU President expected this year to become a memorable experience for the members, especially in driving them to play even harder in each game.

In addition to that, he also expressed desire to have a strong and lasting partnership with KOTC / STR8 Philippines.

"We like the (Kings of the Court's) idea of giving records of what happened during the game through stats, photos, write-ups na pwede namin maibigay sa players ng ABU. We want to give them pride by seeing themselves posted on a website or social media which is already offered by KOTC," Arch. Ferrer detailed.

"ABU League wants a lasting relationship with KOTC because KOTC offers everything when it comes to organizing a basketball tournament."

On another interview with ABU Vice President for Tournaments, Arch. Earl Bello, he narrated the plans and targets for the three conferences of the league.

According to Arch. Bello, ABU is expected to welcome minor sponsors along with the present major sponsor Boysen. There are other basketball-related activities to be conducted as well.

"Basically, para maging maganda ang liga, we want to get more sponsors as we can since ABU is a non-profit organization. With the approval of Boysen, which is our major sponsor, magpapasok na din kami ng minor sponsors this year," said Arch. Bello.

ABU League will be having its 2nd Boysen Cup at the latter part of 2019, while their Corporate Cup, where minor sponsors will be included, is set in the middle of the year.

To become a member of ABU League, interested Architects must accomplish the following requirements; (1)valid PRC Registration Card, (2) current Professional Tax Receipt, (3) Membership fee of P1000.

The continuous growth of the league gives way to more opportunities for the members to highlight their moves on the hardcourt. In this modern era, ABU League was able to adapt the development of technology and innovate better ideas for the welfare of its members.

With the support of its partners, ABU League is set to stay as a hotbed of basketball-lover architects in the country.