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Perlas Pilipinas tests mettle of Australia, Singapore fives

The national squads of  Australia and Singapore will play against the Discovery Perlas Pilipinas women’s national team when the second Discovery Women’s Basketball Invitational-Jessie M. Robredo Memorial Cup gets going from Aug. 22 to 25 in Naga City. Organizers, led by businesswoman-sports patron Cynthia Tiu, announced this during a press launch yesterday. Tiu said the tournament will help the Discovery Perlas Pilipinas squads prepare for a possible stint in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar. “This is the second time that the invitational has been brought to the province. This is our way of reaching out to the grassroots community,” said Tiu during discussions with scribes at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. A selection from Australia’s Gold Coast is coming over, along with the national team of Singapore for the four-day cagefest. Tiu added that they have invited India, but it is not sending a team to the cagefest following a ban imposed by the International Olympic Committee on its National Olympic Committee since December last year. The tournament is held in honor of the late Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Jessie Robredo, who died in plane crash off the waters of Masbate on Aug. 18 last year. The Discovery Perlas squad is made up of players, who won the seventh Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship in 2010. “Nagkataon na magsisimula ang tournament malapit sa death anniversary ni Secretary Robredo. This is timely and meant to be,” said Tiu, who was around with tournament commissioner Noli Ayo.
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