FOR a long time, the Singson family of Ilocos Sur, led by patriach and former governor Chavit Singson, has been tagged as king makers in politics.
Now the family hopes to do the same in basketball.
The well-known family from the North has waded into new territory as young Christian Luis Singson has put up a basketball team of his own, the Mandaluyong Tigers, in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL).
The Singsons' participation in the MPBL, which is owned my boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, did not come as surprise as the eight-division world champion is close to the governor.
And now that Singson’s 22-year old son is part of the MPBL, Pacquiao believes that the young cub will bring his father’s winning tradition.
“We hope so. Kilala naman natin ang mga Singson. May winning tradition,” said the MPBL owner.
And it seems the Mandaluyong team is on the right path.
The young Singson vowed that he will form a competitive roster in a bid to help Mandaluyong immediately create an impact in the fledgling league.
Singson, himself a former playmaker of the British School Manila at the Bonifacio Global City, said he is looking to beef up his roster with five players from ABL side Alab Pilipinas, which is owned by Mandaluyong Tigers’ patron Charlie Dy.
“We will make this team exciting and we’re going to pull off surprises sa pagbuo pa lang ng lineup namin. We don’t want to be a pushover kahit bagong team kami,” said Singson, now the youngest team owner in Philippine basketball.
“Pressure din kasi ito dahil ayaw kong mapulaan ako ng daddy. Alam niyo naman si governor, he is a born winner. And I want to follow in his footsteps rin in being successful sa mga endeavors,” he said.
Singson said tryouts for the team will be held in the coming days to give the locals of Mandaluyong the chance to achieve their basketball dreams.
“Syempre po, malaking bagay para sa amin ang mga young players na gusto ring sumikat. Di lang naman natin isesentro sa mga sikat na at kilala na ang pagbuo ng team,” said the soft-spoken Singson.
“Kaya maghanada-handa na po sila lalo na 'yung mga taga-Mandaluyong. Kasali po sila sa team na ito,” he added.