The highly anticipated Mayor Frederick W. Siao’s Invitational Basketball Tournament 2023 officially commenced with a dazzling Opening Ceremony on the evening of September 21, 2023, at the illustrious Asenso Iliganon Gym.

As the city’s basketball enthusiasts gathered in high spirits, the stage was set for an action-packed tournament featuring four formidable teams vying for the coveted Championship title. The participating teams include Arno CDO, Mr. Kim/Stampede, KSB Glass Iligan, and Damacus Team. Adding to the excitement, former PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) stars and local heroes, including Cyrus Baguio, Bam Gamalinda, Don Hontiveros, Hercules Tangcay, Jeff Biernes, and Patrick Cabahug, are set to showcase their skills and lead their respective teams to victory.

The Opening Ceremony was graced by esteemed dignitaries who underscored the significance of this sporting event in fostering community unity and promoting athletic excellence. Vice Mayor Dodong Alemania, Councilor Queenie Belmonte, Councilor Pisyong Larrazabal, Iligan City Sports Director King Belmonte, and Chief-of-Staff to the City Mayor, Mr. Verne Padilla, collectively presided over the event’s inauguration.

With the stage now set and the anticipation palpable, Iligan City gears up for a thrilling display of basketball prowess and camaraderie as the 2nd Mayor’s Cup Open Invitation Basketball Tournament 2023 unfolds. Basketball enthusiasts and proud Iliganons eagerly await the epic showdown that will determine this year’s champion on the upcoming Sunday. Stay tuned for the latest updates and thrilling highlights from this year’s basketball extravaganza.

Photos by Councilor Queenie Belmonte