The Victoria Cup Basketball tournament was held last May 19-21 at the Hoopdome. The Cup, named after Filipino community philantrophist Dr. Victoria Santiago was a success.
York Grizzlies Capture the 2012 Victoria Invitational Basketball Tournament Championship Staff Inspector Doug Quan and Duke U Veteran Robert Brickey greet participants by Rey Tolentino
The 6th annual Victoria Invitational Basketball Tournament concluded the 2-day weekend games at the Hoopdome in Downsview Park with some heart pounding championship games that went down to the last seconds of the game clock to determine the winners.
|Filipino Centre Toronto president Linda Javier addresses the players.|
The Grizzlies Basketball Club emerged as the new VIBT Champions for 2012 by virtue of their wins in the Tykes and the Bantam Divisions. They unseated the Toronto Falcons who were defending their 4-time consecutive wins in the tournament.
|Dr. Victoria Santiago (second from left) poses for some photographs.|
Filipino Centre Toronto, President Linda Javier and Chairman of the Board Dr. Victoria Santiago were on hand to greet guests who included Staff Inspector Douglas Quan of the Toronto Police Service who came for Staff Superintendent Jane Wilcox, Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific
Community Consultative Committee; Robert Brickey, Duke U veteran and currently Head Coach of the Oshawa Power of the National Basketball League of Canada; Staff Sergeant Ronald Khan and Sergeant Skitting of the Community Mobilization Unit of the Toronto Police Service; the 2012 FCT Paraluman winners and sponsors TFC – ABS CBN, FOREX Toronto, Body Bliss and FV Foods.
|The Raptors cheerleading squad made an appearance at the opening.|
The NBA Toronto Raptors Mascot along with the NBA Toronto Raptors Cheerleaders gave out prizes as they entertained the huge crowd of participants and spectators who filled the courts of the Hoopdome.
|The Raptors mascot made for a hilarious opening.|
|Tess Panaligan, Edessa Andrada and Alyssa Datu of the Little Divas wait to sing.|
The Little Divas of Toronto: Alyysa Datu, Edessa Andrada, Maria Teresa Panaligan and Jheo Navarro led the singing of the National Anthems to open the opening program and endeared themselves to the audience with a medley of songs that showcased their individual and melded talents. All 4 are past individual champions of the Filipino Singing Idol competition sponsored by the Filipino Centre.
|The Little Divas performs some songs.|
The Asia Pacific Community Consultative Committee in cooperation with the Community Mobilization Unit of the Toronto Police Service sponsored 2 exhibition games between the FOREX team led by 2012 FCT Entrepreneur of the Year Joseph Alilio and select players of the Toronto Police led by Sergeant Philip Mendoza and PC Renato Valdez. Forex won the first game while the Police Officers team won the 2nd game. The friendly competition will continue in next year’s tournament.
10 Basketball Clubs participated in this year’s VIBT with teams that competed in 7 divisions of youths aged 8 to 19. The basketball clubs that were invited to compete in this year’s tournament included The Angiels, Bayan, Dream Large Basketball, Gladiators, Durham, Toronto Falcons, Grizzlies, MYAA, North York and Vaughan. The Divisions they competed in were Mosquito - 8 to 9; Tykes – 10 to 11; Pee Wee – 12 to 13; Bantam – 14 to 15; Midgets – 16 to 17; Junior – 18 to 19; Girls ages 16 and under.
|The Toronto Police team wait to play the Forex team.|
|Staff Inspector Douglas Quan make a speech.|
Philip Beloso, Tournament Director, supported by long-time VIBT volunteers Lyn Tabula and Cris Reyes with the help of Arnel Santos and Rowell Pacson managed the game schedules, referee and scorer assignments, conflict resolution and ensured the 78 games were played on schedule and results recorded accurately. President Linda Javier led the rest of the FCT officers and volunteers who made sure the tournament was a success: Efren de Villa, Dr. Mario & Perla Andres, Mary Ann San Juan, Mercy Maliglig, Malou Parcero, Frank Cruzet, Theresa Lumanlan, Suzette Cresencia, Felino Javier, Babes de Villa, Vicky Gerra, Paul and Wendy Arena, Ron Carpio and so many more.
The Filipino Centre Toronto under the leadership of Rosalinda Cerrudo-Javier and Dr. Victoria Santiago is starting out its 2nd decade of operations that started out with the Tax Preparation assistance programs in March and April earlier this year and the recently concluded President’s Ball last April 28 at the Royal York Hotel. As we have completed the VIBT tournament, we now turn our
|Rey Tolentino hosts the opening ceremonies.|
|Rey Tolentino, Police Inspector Douglas Quan, Philip Beloso and Duje University vet Robert Brickey pos for a photo.|
attention to the preparations for the Dr. Guillermo de Villa Memorial Golf Tournament in July; the Miss Paraluman competition and the Cabbage Town Festival in the fall. In the meantime, the Free Clinic and other programs that support seniors, students, new comers and many other social events in the FCT calendar continue as scheduled. All of these programs are being completed while successfully
|Joseph Alilio of Forex cargo coaches his team against the Toronto police team.|
managing the FCT building property and its tenants. The 19 members of the Board of Directors as well as numerous supporters and volunteers provide the support and foundation needed to ensure the services of the FCT continue year in and year out.
Thanks to FV Foods who provided the food stand, we were able to eat breakfast.