MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan: Basketball superstar LA Tenorio of crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra San Miguel team in the Philippine Basketball Association told young athletes of Bulacan that the province could become the breeding ground of Olympic champion.
Tenorio, who was the guest of honor during the opening of the 4th Bulacan Collegiate Athletic Association (BCAA) on Tuesday, hailed Malolos City Mayor Christian D. Natividad for organizing such a sporting event that aims to hone the skills of young Bulacan athletes.
“The Malolos residents and the Bulakenyo youth are lucky because they have Mayor Natividad who is doing this kind of sports program. I do believe that time will come that there will be athlete from this province who will bring home medals like the he elusive Olympic gold medal,” Tenorio, a former member of the Gilas Pilipinas basketball team, said.
He also told the young athletes to never give up and always do their best.
“At the end of every game it is not how you win but how you played the game,” Tenorio said generating a standing ovation followed by the famous “Ginebra, Ginebra” battle cry.
Natividad, for his part, thanked the presidents and officials of different colleges and universities in Bulacan for their unwavering support in making BCAA one of the most awaited sporting events in the province.
The young top city executive said that BCAA started as basketball tournament but has transformed into a multi-sport completion with the addition of Volleyball, table tennis, badminton and chess.
Natividad also commended Jose Anthony Villanueva, head of the city sports department, for a job well done in organizing the 4th BCAA games.