THE 27th Filipino Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF) opens a new season on Saturday with all eight teams in the premier Division A expected to go all out for places in the prestigious Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.
Multi-titled Chiang Kai Shek College starts its “Drive for Five” against Paco Citizen Academy Foundation at 5:30 p.m. in what could be the highlight of a heavy schedule for the day as action in Division B and Developmental Division also get under way in different venues.
The game between CKSC and PCAF will be held at the newly-renovated CKSC gym in Tondo with Uno High School and St. Stephen High School hosting some of the games of the tournament sponsored by Freego Jeans with Molten as official ball.
The top three finishers in Division A will earn invitations to the Philippine Secondary Schools Basketball Championship in December.
FCAAF founder Chan Cuan will be the special guest in the opening ceremony with league president Alex Yap Cho Ty and chairman Daniel Ong, and tournament director Sunny Co expected to welcome players and other guests.
Edster Sy, a sports marketing specialist, believes Hope Christian High School, led by Harvey Pagsanjan, will be the biggest stumbling block in CKSC's five-peat bid.
Jonas Tibayan and Martin Galinato will spearhead CKSC’s bid.
Other teams competing in Division A are Manila Patriotic School, St. Jude Catholic School, St. Stephen High School, Philippine Christian College, and MGC New Life Christian Academy.
Division B will have 14 teams divided into two groups, with Philippine Sun Yat Sen HS leading Group A and St. Peter de Apostle School in Group B. Twelve teams are entered in the Developmental Division with CKSC out to extend its reign to five years.