VOLLEY fans get a rare treat as the Shakey’s V-League holds the first-ever All Star Game Sunday, capping a busy All-Star Weekend at The Arena in San Juan.
Dindin Santiago and Jovelyn Gonzaga, who split the MVP honors this season, headline Team Smart that includes Maru Banaticla, Jamenea Ferrer, Jennelyn Reyes, Gretchel Soltones, Fille Cainglet, Pau Soriano, Alyssa Valdez and Charo Soriano with Roger Gorayeb as coach.
Six of the 10 players voted as the most popular in the league’s first 10 years, on the other hand, banner Team Shakey’s, including Suzanne Roces, Angeli Tabaquero, Mary Jean Balse, Michelle Carolino, Aiza Maizo and Rachel Ann Daquis with Angelique Dionela, Rubie de Leon, Maureen Penetrante-Ouano and Tina Salak completing the squad to be handled by coach Nestor Pamilar.
Spicing up the All Star Game is the participation of GMA talents including Bettina Carlos, LJ Reyes, Lala Roque, Vonne Aquino, Raffy Tima and Dano Tingcungco.
The match starts as 4 p.m. as the league stars battle not only for pride but for a cause as organizers turned the event into a fund-raiser for victims of super typhoon Yolanda.
“Everybody is thrilled and upbeat over this All Star Game. Not only are these players willing and raring to help in the fund drive for their brothers and sisters in the Visayas but also give the fans a match to remember,” said Moying Martelino, chair of the organizing Sports Vision.
A meet-and-greet at 9 a.m. will kick off the day-long affair sponsored by Shakey’s and Smart Communications, with the fans’ and players’ skills games set at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively.
Tickets are pegged at P350 (ringside), P250 (lower box) and P100 (upper box) for the whole day affair and P300, P200 and P50, respectively, for the afternoon activities.
Around 80 volley players aged nine to 17 years old took part in Saturday’s volleyball camp where the league stars shared their knowledge in setting, spiking, serving and digging with the participants.