THE first Shakey’s All Star Weekend powered by Smart unfolding this weekend at The Arena in San Juan will not only be a gathering of the league’s luminaries and rising stars but will also serve as a fund-raiser for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
The sponsoring Shakey’s and organizing Sports Vision have earmarked a considerable amount to spearhead the fund drive with proceeds from the two-day event, set November 16-17, to benefit the victims of one of the worst storms on record that swept through Central Visayas last Friday.
“Shakey’s and Sports Vision are one in sympathizing with the victims of super typhoon Yolanda and we’re doing our share to help raise some funds for them through the All Star,” said Sports Vision president Ricky Palou.
The Shakey’s All Star will cap a milestone 10th season for the country’s premier women’s volley league with the top stars making up the elite cast in the featured match on Sunday, including Mary Jean Balse, Michelle Carolino, Rachel Ann Daquis, Aiza Maizo, Suzanne Roces and Angeli Tabaquero.
They will spearhead Team Shakey’s, which also includes Angelique Dionela, Rubie de Leon, Maureen Penetrante-Ouano and Tina Salak with Nestor Pamilar as coach.
Roger Gorayeb, on the other hand, will handle the Smart team to be led by Dindin Santiago and Jovelyn Gonzaga, who bagged the MVP honors in this year’s conferences, along with Maru Banaticla, Jamenea Ferrer, Jennelyn Reyes, Gretchel Soltones, Fille Cainglet and Pau Soriano and the two other most popular players voted in the league’s first 10 years – Alyssa Valdez and Charo Soriano.
“Shakey’s is always ready to help, particularly in this calamity that severely hit our brothers and sisters in Central Visayas,” said Shakey’s executive vice president and chief operating officer Vic Gregorio. “Through the All Star staging, we hope to raise some funds to help the nationwide fund-drive and relief efforts.”
The All Star Weekend will kickoff with a volley interaction camp on Saturday that will have the league's stars conducting a two-session clinic for volley enthusiasts and aspirants. A maximum of 40 participants per session will be accommodated in the clinic, which will feature digging, setting, spiking and serving.
The camp is open to girls aged nine to 17 years old.
Registration starts at 7 a.m. on November 16 on a first-come, first-served basis with fee pegged at P200 per session, inclusive of a camp shirt. Session times are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with a mini-tournament to be held after the clinics.
Tickets for the Nov. 16 event are pegged at P50 (free seating) and will be available at The Arena gates starting at 7 a.m. while tickets for Nov. 17 are priced P350 (ringside), P250 (lower box) and P100 (upper box) for the whole day affair and P300, P200 and P50, respectively, for the afternoon activities.