Originally known as the Mindanao Aguilas, the new team joining the Asean Basketball League (ABL) has changed their official name into Pacquiao Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas after another Philippine team, Racal Motors, backed out just weeks before the opening of the league’s sixth season.
The pull-out of the Racal Motors paved the way for the Pilipinas Aguilas to solely represent the Philippines and thus using ‘Pilipinas’ instead of ‘Mindanao’. Mindanao is the southern part of the Philippine archipelago.
The new team is composed of young and experienced athletes mainly from Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Boosted by two-time PBA Most Valuable Player Willie Miller and two-time PBA Best Import AZ Reid, this team is definitely set to rule the hoops in the ASEAN level.
|Val Acuña *||SF||6 ft 4 in||Filipino|
|Chad Alonzo *||PF||6 ft 4 in||Filipino|
|Alex Austria||PG||5 ft 11 in||Filipino|
|Adrian Celada||F||6 ft 3 in||Filipino|
|Nico Elorde||PG||5 ft 10 in||Filipino|
|Mike Gamboa||PG||5 ft 7 in||Filipino|
|Jerramy King||G||5 ft 0 in||Filipino|
|Charles Mammie||C (Import)||6 ft 7 in||Sierra Leone|
|Sam Marata *||SG||6 ft 2 in||Filipino|
|Willie Miller *||G||5 ft 11 in||Filipino|
|Leo Najorda *||SF||6 ft 3 in||Filipino|
|Emmerson Oreta||G||6 ft 2 in||Filipino|
|Arizona Reid *||F (Import)||6 ft 5 in||US American|
|Eric Salamat *||PG||5 ft 10 in||Filipino|
|Sunday Salvacion *||G/F||6 ft 3 in||Filipino|
|Jondan Salvador *||F||6 ft 3 in||Filipino|
|Carlo Sharma *||F/C||6 ft 6 in||Filipino|
(* Known PBA players.)
PBA veteran and retired player, Zaldy Realubit, is now its head coach, with Bien Orillo as the team manager.
Pilipinas Aguilas will use the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) Gym in Davao City, Lagao Gym in General Santos City, and the Philippine Arena in Bulacan for their home games.
The team has four games to be played in Bangkok against two Thai teams: Hi-Tech Bangkok City and Mono Vampire Basketball Club. This is signified by the yellow background in the schedule below.
|October 29, 2015||7:00 pm||Mono Vampire (Thailand)||USEP Gym|
|October 31, 2015||2:30 pm||Westsports Malaysia Dragons||MABA Stadium (Malaysia)|
|November 4, 2015||7:00 pm||Saigon Heat||USEP Gym|
|November 15, 2015||7:00 pm||Hi-Tech Bangkok City||USEP Gym|
|November 18, 2015||7:00 pm||Singapore Slingers||USEP Gym|
|November 27, 2015||7:00 pm||Mono Vampire||USEP Gym|
|December 5, 2015||7:00 pm||Singapore Slingers||USEP Gym|
|December 12, 2015||3:00 pm||Mono Vampire||Chulalongkorn University Stadium (Thailand)|
|December 16, 2015||7:00 pm||Hi-Tech Bangkok City||Lagao Gym|
|December 20, 2015||7:00 pm||Hi-Tech Bangkok City||Thai-Japanese Stadium|
|January 6, 2016||7:00 pm||Saigon Heat||USEP gym|
|January 10, 2016||4:00 pm||Singapore Slingers||OCBC Arena (Singapore)|
|January 13, 2016||7:00 pm||Westsports Malaysia Dragons||USEP Gym|
|January 17, 2016||5:00 pm||Saigon Heat||CIS Arena (Vietnam)|
|January 24, 2016||4:00 pm||Singapore Slingers||OCBC Arena (Singapore)|
|January 27, 2016||7:00 pm||Westsports Malaysia Dragons||USEP Gym|
|February 3, 2016||2:00 pm||Mono Vampire||Mono Vampire Gym|
|February 13, 2016||7:00 pm||Hi-Tech Bangkok City||Thai-Japanese Stadium Gym 1|
|February 17, 2016||7:30 pm||Saigon Heat||CIS Arena (Vietnam)|
|February 21, 2016||2:30 pm||Westsports Malaysia Dragons||MABA Stadium (Malaysia)|
Powervit Pilipinas Aguilas is under the ownership of Pilipinas Legends Group, a joint venture of Rep. Manny Pacquiao and businessman Dick Balajadia. Powervit is a multivitamins brand in the Philippines.