Flying V chief Chito Villavicencio denies any plan to join PBA despite foray into D-League
Flying V chairman Chito Villavicencio says the company has no plan to enter the PBA despite its foray into the D-League. Reuben Terrado

FLYING V has no plan to enter the PBA in the immediate future, but is more than happy to help players realize their dream of making it to the pro level through its participation in the PBA D-League.

Flying V chairman Chito Villavicencio said the company is excited about its entry in the PBA D-League, where he hopes the team can give opportunities to players aspiring to make it to the PBA.

But he was quick to note that their D-League entry is no indication that they plan to enter the pro league soon.

“For you to be in the PBA, you have to do a lot of things to deserve that. You can’t do that in one year or two years. You have to work it out and deserve it kasi may screening din yan,” said Villavicencio during a press conference last Monday at the Flying V office in Quezon City.

For now, the company’s focus is the PBA D-League.

“The more teams there are in the D-League, the more players (are given chances). I am trying to give more chances for potential players to show their wares and that’s one of the reasons why we formed a team,” said Villavicencio.

The D-League stint is just the latest sports venture for the company, which manages the Filoil Flying V Centre, formerly known as The Arena in San Juan, and supports the La Salle Green Archers and the La Salle Lady Spikers, to name a few.

Villavicencio is not putting any pressure on the team to win a championship in its maiden conference, saying he only hopes for a team under veteran coach Eric Altamirano.

“Of course, we are positive. It depends on the players that we will get. No pressure. The important thing is to join and we are part of it,” said Villavicencio.

The team is in the process of negotiating with players it is eyeing for the squad.

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