‘Tis the season where children are on school break, where most people go out on vacations with their loved ones to cool off from the hot summer sun, and the season where Filipino basketball enthusiasts are all fired up for one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year – the local basketball leagues.
Every summer, the basketball courts in the Philippines become a place where everyone in the community, both young and old, can get together to forge strong bonds with one another.
Basketball fans, friends, and families filled the local gym at the opening of the inter-purok tournament in Carmona, Cavite. (carmonagov.net)
For Filipinos, the local summer leagues are like a big fiesta, complete with colorful parades, performances, and speeches by local officials. With opportunities for competition in every corner of the country, local basketball leagues are a great way for people to meet and bond. Almost every town holds their own tournament, often sponsored and organized by local officials, with some areas even organizing inter-barangay leagues pitting their local stars against those from neighboring towns.
Complete with muses, balloons, marching bands, and uniforms, this barangays tip-offs their summer basketball with a colorful parade around town. (pagbilao.gov.ph)
With a trophy and/or a cash prize at stake, games can get competitive as, despite the heat, players are cheered on by their families and neighborhood friends. Even though the majority taking part are amateurs, the barangay leagues are a great place for them to showcase their skills, as the rules and regulations of the game are the same as those used in the professional leagues.
Community members come together to have a good time while cheering for their local stars the local summer basketball leagues. (valenzuela.gov.ph)
Today, Filipinos consider the local basketball leagues to be more than just events to look forward, but as an annual tradition – one where basketball enthusiasts can showcase their skills, have fun, and, yes, share their passion with the whole community.
Truly, ‘tis the season.