THE PBA will be staging a video tribute and final-buzzer ceremony on June 16 for the late Carlos 'Bobong' Velez, who is hailed for revolutionizing sports television in the country with his Vintage Enterprises' coverage of the pro league from the early eighties to the 90s.
Velez died on June 3 at the age of 71.
Willie Marcial, a former Vintage floor director who is now the PBA's communications and external director, said the final send-off for Velez will be held most likely at halftime of the semifinal game between San Miguel and Star in the Commissioner's Cup.
The video tribute lasting eight to 10 minutes includes interviews with veteran panelists like Quinito Henson, Sev Sarmenta, Andy Jao, Chino Trinidad and Anthony Suntay - who were all part of Vintage's coverage of the PBA games from 1982 to 2002.
It also includes tributes by coaches Yeng Guiao, Tim Cone and Norman Black, San Miguel Corp. sports director Alfrancis Chua, who at one time or another became part of the Vintage coverage team.
Current commissioner Chito Narvasa and former commissioners Sonny Barrios, Chito Salud and Noli Eala will also pay homage to the man hailed as a 'visionary' after acquiring the television rights to the PBA games in 1982 for P5.2 million and turning it into one of the most profitable sports programs ever.
Narvasa will also lead the final-buzzer ceremony for Velez.
Meanwhile, Velez's family has announced that the wake will be from June 13-15 at the North Forbes Pavilion in Makati. Masses will be held daily beginning at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked friends to make a donation in the name of Bobong Velez to the Fairplay For All Foundation https://fairplayforall.org/ in Payatas.