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    Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua oversees massive buildup of Petron volleyball team

    Jan 23, 2017
    SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua with one of his prized signings, former La Salle star Mika Reyes (with manager Charlie Dy).

    IF you see Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua spending a lot of time watching volleyball games these days, it doesn't mean he has wandered into the wrong court.

    Chua simply has a new mission.

    The champion coach has been tasked to oversee the rebuilding of Petron's volleyball team in the Philippine Super Liga as part of his role as sports director of San Miguel Corp.

    "I watch all the games, mas madami na nga akong napanood na volleyball kaysa sa basketball eh," said Chua, a fixture at ringside during the PSL All-Filipino Conference last year.

    Chua is not leaving his Ginebra job anytime soon, but he has become busier since he was tasked to the revamp of Petron's team following failures in the PSL All-Filipino and Grand Prix tournaments.

    "Kasi dati humahawak sina ano, ibang tao, pero sabi sa akin ng boss ko, 'Al, manood ka na dyan, pakialaman mo na 'yan. Tignan mo na kung ano ang kailangan dyan,'" shared Chua.

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    Chua immediately buckled down to work.

    Best remembered for building up powerhouse casts with Stag in the PBL as well as with Tanduay, Sta. Lucia and later Ginebra in the PBA, the former UST guard is in the process of doing the same at Petron.

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    He has signed the biggest free agents in the market, bringing in Mika Reyes from F2 Logistics, setter Rhea Dimaculangan from Foton, and Mela Tunay in time for the PSL Invitational Conference next month.

    The sports executive also brought in building blocks for the future by signing Sisi Rondina and Ria Meneses of University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University standouts Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma.

    "That's why I'm doing my best para mapalakas ang team. Actually, yes, I'm very hands on," said Chua.

    Despite the star-laden pieces he has so far put together, Chua doesn't expect immediate success, saying building a champion team takes time.

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    "Wala naman (much expectations) kasi it's a process," he said. "We realized we need more power for the team so we acquired more players pero sa ngayon, wala masyado expectations kasi sa Invitational (Conference) karamihan ng nakuha natin nag-aaral pa, so sa All-Filipino siguro (lalaro)."

    "Sa All-Filipino titignan pa rin natin kasi adjustment period pa rin 'yan eh," he added.

    As impressive as his free-agent signings are, Chua said more are set to come.

    "We're not done yet eh, actually we're looking for more players to recruit kasi ang Foton napakalakas eh," he said.

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    SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua with one of his prized signings, former La Salle star Mika Reyes (with manager Charlie Dy).
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