The Premier Volleyball League unofficially kicks off its third season today (Saturday, Feb. 2) with the traditional All-Star Game featuring the very best and some of the rising stars from the country’s premier league at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Alyssa Valdez, long considered as the face of the sport and the reigning Open Conference MVP, and fellow power hitter Myla Pablo, also a former league MVP, head the two teams facing off in the league’s special offering aimed at giving back to the fans who have supported the league through the years.
The 4 p.m. match, to be aired live on ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream, is also staged to generate funds for the benefit of the Hero Foundation.
“This is our gift to the fans who have been supporting us as well as to raise funds for charity,” according to Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision Management Group, Inc.
A series of activities will precede the All-Star Game, including autograph signing and photo ops at 1 p.m. to be followed by the fans’ skills game featuring dig relay, dig, set and shoot, rocket fire and service shootout.
Tickets are pegged at P50 (upper box), P200 (lower box) and P500 (ringside, inclusive of a shirt and photo ops with the players).
Pablo, who will banner Motolite’s campaign starting this season, will skipper Team X which features Creamline’s Jia Morado and Jema Galanza, Jonah Sabete and Cherry Nunag of PetroGazz, BanKo Perlas’ Jem Ferrer and Joy Dacoron, Akari-Adamson’s Rose Ponce, Pocari-Air Force’s Dell Palomata, Tacloban’s Dimdim Pacres, and Ateneo’s Vanessa Gandler, Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon with Oliver Almadro as mentor and Jasper Jimenez as assistant.
The two-time champion Valdez, on the other hand, will banner Team Y that includes Creamline teammates Michelle Gumabao, Risa Sato and Melissa Gohing, BanKo Perlas’ Nicole Tiamzon and Kat Bersola, Ateneo’s Dani Ravera, Deanna Wong and Maddie Madayag, Jessey de Leon and Chie Saet of PetroGazz, Iriga Navy’s Grazielle Bombita and UP’s Isa Molde with Jerry Yee as coach and Air Padda as his assistant.