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    Cage great Cezar's new challenge: reinvigorate Manila's sports program

    Jul 4, 2013
    New Manila Sports Council head Philip Cezar, left, discusses his plans with (from left) Robert Evangelista of the Manila City Engineer’s Office, and former PBA player Norby Rivera.  

    THE Manila Sports Council (Masco) has just been revived and who better to head it than one of the greatest players Philippine basketball ever produced.

    Former cage superstar Philip Cezar was appointed by newly-elected Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada to spearhead the sports and youth development program of the country’s premier city.

    The Crispa legend, voted one of the 25 Greatest Players in PBA history who played a key role in the Redmanizers’  pair of Grand Slams (1976 and 83) in the pro league,  had his first day of office this week and already laid down plans on the various sports activities to be organized by Masco.

    Aside from basketball, tournaments in boxing, volleyball, badminton, football, swimming, track and field, chess, table tennis, among others will be held in and around the country’s capital.

    Cezar has tapped former San Miguel player and former Philippine Youth teammate Norby Rivera to be part of the group first launched by former Asian taekwondo gold medalist and now Manila City councilor Ali Atienza in 2000.

    “Panibagong challenge ito,” said Cezar, the 1980 PBA Most Valuable Player who was a former vice mayor of San Juan.

    Shortly after retiring from basketball, Cezar went into coaching and handled the San Juan Knights in the Metropolitan Basketball Association, and later on with the PSBA Jaguars in the NCRAA.  

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    New Manila Sports Council head Philip Cezar, left, discusses his plans with (from left) Robert Evangelista of the Manila City Engineer’s Office, and former PBA player Norby Rivera.  
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