FILIPINO basketball fans in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia get a chance to see anew their heroes like Abe King and Marlou Aquino in a series of exhibition games featuring former PBA stars from October 24 to November 2.
Games will be played in the cities of Dammam, Jeddah and Riyadh, as part of the annual celebration of the Hajj season from October 24 to 29 in Saudi Arabia. Hajj is the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.
King and Aquino will be joined by E.J. Feihl, Bonnel Balingit, Rodney Santos, Bong Hawkins, Gherome Ejercito, Gerald Esplana, Vince Hizon, Bal David and Noli Locsin along with PBA Legends USA Foundation chairman and president Ponky Alolor.
The program, according to PBA Legends USA Foundation secretary general Ruffy Ignacio, is supported by His Royal Highness Prince Nawaf bin Faisal bin Fahad, President General of Youth Welfare, Ministry of Sports and Welfare of the Kingdom.
Select local teams from Saudi Arabia will participate in the also event aimed at strengthening athletic and cultural ties between the host country and the Philippines.
The program is being managed by Coordinations Est. Company, in cooperation with various regional Filipino basketball organizations in Saudi Arabia — the Pilipino Basketball Association (PBA) in Dammam, Overseas Filipino Basketball League (OFBL) in Jeddah, and the Philippine Arabia Basketball Association (PABA) in Riyadh, Ignacio disclosed.
The group has been conducting basketball tournaments year round in various regions in Saudi Arabia for the last 15 years.
The program is under the overall leadership of Fahad Ibraheem Al Sekaity, and Abdul Aziz Virgilio "Jawo" Dizon, a Filipino expatriate executive in the Kingdom for the past 19 years.