SMC toasts big year

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Reality bites in PBA Draft; road to pros not always easy View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Over the din of the music and celebration, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero screamed into the microphone: “I hope there are more events like this in the future!”ADVERTISEMENT While waiting for top rookie pick Christian Standhardinger, the San Miguel Beermen topped the PBA Philippine Cup (against the Hotshots). Standhardinger was still playing for Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League and joined the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup, which was eventually ruled by Barangay Ginebra (against the Beermen).The team that went on to capture the Asean crown? Alab Pilipinas, which was backed by SMC and whose imports eventually went on to play for the Beermen (Renaldo Balkman) and the Gin Kings (Justin Brownlee) in the PBA.The triumphs of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia, Petron and Alab Pilipinas were hardly coincidental, said SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua, who credits the strong support system laid out for the different teams by SMC big boss Ramon S. Ang.“Whatever the teams need, we try to give them,” said Chua.“We’re like family. We treat each other like family, that’s why we’re like this,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT That was Friday night, when the Hotshots partied at the San Miguel Corp. headquarters to toast the franchise’s 14th PBA crown, the season-ending Governors’ Cup.The day before, Petron’s Blaze Spikers ruled the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino conference for that franchise’s second crown this year. Petron’s volleybelles had earlier captured the Grand Prix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMagnolia’s crown came on Wednesday when the Hotshots scored the first 12 points and coasted to the title in Game 6 of the Finals series.The back-to-back wins by squads under the SMC group underscored the comglomerate’s dominance in the country’s sporting landscape. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “[This] just shows that San Miguel, especially Boss Ramon S. Ang, is focused—not only on the business side of it all. He’s hands-on with everything.”And Victolero may get his wish for more parties like this. The SMC group doesn’t look like it is slowing down any time soon.“We’re not going to stop now. 2019, 2020, we have to find ways to make us competitive,” Chua vowed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more