Chooks To Go looking to join PBA, hopes to buy existing franchise 'before end of year'
Ronald Mascarinas, president of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., with Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes, team manager Butch Antonio, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and members of the national team. Jerome Ascano

CHOOKS TO GO is going all out in its support of Gilas Pilipinas, but it is also looking to deepen its involvement in basketball in the  near future.

The fast-growing chain of stores selling roasted chicken and processed meat is looking to join the PBA, hopefully by buying an existing franchise, its top official bared on Wednesday.

"We're really on the lookout. The shortest route is if there is an available franchise for sale,' said Ronald Mascariñas, president and general manager of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc.

Mascariñas said the company is hopeful a sale could happen 'before the end of the year.'

"There are possibilities but nothing really concrete at this time. Mukhang may possibility na before the end of the year, we might be able to negotiate a buyout of an existing franchise."

The company's PBA interest notwithstanding, Mascariñas reiterated their focus is on supporting the national team, especially with the Seaba Championship just two days away.

Mascarinas said Chooks To Go's partnership with Gilas isn't just until the Seaba, but could go on until the country achieves its goal of a return to the Fiba World Cup.

"We are very excited to be part of the journey of Gilas Pilipinas as they take the next step towards realizing their dream of reaching the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup and the 2019 FIBA World Cup," Mascarinas said.

"I'm not just happy. I'm very happy with how coach Chot (Reyes) selected this lineup."

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