O further enliven the Christmas season, the City Government will host the 1st Cagayan de Oro Asian Friendship Cup from December 6 to 11, which will be participated in by eight basketball teams from all over Southeast Asia.
In a press conference, the Friendship Cup’s head organizer Alfonso Kaw said the participants include Aldino Basketball Club from Jakarta, Indonesia; Taiwan Taipei Veterans Team, Team Nanjing China, Team Fujian Old Friends from Xiamen China, Meteroro Basketball Club from Macau, China, and from the host country Team Philippine Airlines, Team Alpha 7 Manila and Team Cagayan de Oro bannered by no less than City Mayor Oscar Moreno himself.
Kaw said the 8 teams will be divided into two brackets, so that every team gets to play the other teams.
The best team with the best record among the two brackets will meet in the finals scheduled on December 10.
Moreno said, the event, Originally scheduled during the city fiesta, Moreno said the event aims to promote goodwill, harmony, and peace among the Southeast Asia nations.
“Basketball creates not just goodwill but also camaraderie since the sport has a very high sense of teamwork and you can relate to each other. The undying love of the game is the reason why they are here,” Moreno said.
The Mayor said the foreign visitors will be a boon to the city’s investment and economic status which had been affected by the Marawi crisis.
“If we want to adopt investment, we want to adopt tourist, if you want other people to have faith and invest with us, if you want other people to visit us then you need to establish not just our equity but also our credibility, we need people from the outside to believe in us and to believe in Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao and Mindanao,” he said.
Moreno also assured the foreign visitors that security measures are in place.
Moreno said the city will not be spending a cent during the stay of the visitors here, pointing out that the players will pay their hotel accommodation, while the city will only answer the venue, which will be at the Xavier University Gymnasium.
The mayor urged the public to witness the basketball games, as admissions are free.
“There are no prices on this event; it is a friendly invitational basketball tournament introducing 50-year old above teams from China, Taiwan, Macau, Indonesia and Philippines which is the host of the once in a lifetime occasion,” he said.
“The Local Government is happy to serve this event and this event would not be possible without the help of our Chinese community and of course, the Local Government of Cagayan de Oro City,” Moreno said.
The 1st Cagayan de Oro Asian Friendship Cup is a friendly invitational basketball tournament, featuring 50-year old above teams from China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and host Philippines.