AFTER stints in the collegiate and commercial leagues, AMA Online Education has officially expressed its intent to join the PBA in the coming years.
AMA senior vice president Arnel Hibo said the company has already given a letter of intent to the PBA recently, showing its seriousness in joining the pro ranks.
“We already submitted our application letter to the PBA board of governors. Hopefully, in three years, we become an active member in the PBA. We hope to be there,” Hibo said during a press conference introducing its team in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
AMA has been playing in different leagues beginning in grade school, high school, college, and commercial tournaments, so it is just time, the company believes, to be part of the PBA.
“We used to participate in the collegiate level. We wanted to go to the NCAA and the UAAP. However, we were not able to do so. The coaching staff said, ‘Why not join the D-League.’ Eventually, we were accepted in the D-League.
“Our dream is to be a member of the PBA,” Hibo added.
Hibo believes competing in the PBA will be the crowning glory of AMA's long participation in basketball.
“We started with the D-League and maintain our participation in the collegiate sports activities. We are a member of the Naascu and other big leagues. We also created a grassroots team in the elementary and high school. Sa PBA na lang,” said Hibo.
Before moving to the PBA, AMA is keen on putting on a strong showing in the PBA D-League beginning with this season’s Aspirants Cup as the Titans selected La Salle’s Jeron Teng first overall in the draft last December.
AMA vice chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Amable C. Aguiluz IX hopes the elusive PBA D-League title will be within reach following the entry of new players led by Teng.
“Marami kaming first. Thirdy-seven years ago, we were the first to open the only IT school in the Philippines. Three years ago, we were the first to open the first online school in the Philippines.
“Ngayon, gusto ko rin na may isa pang first, ang ating first championship,” said Aguiluz to the delight of the players who were in attendance in the presser.