Philippine Consulate General in New York Team.  (Photos by NYPCG)

As part of efforts to reach out to more Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in the U.S. Northeast Region, the Philippine Consulate General in New York participated for the first time in the North American Basketball Association (NABA) Tournament.

The tournament, now on its 30th edition, was held in Mannheim, Pennsylvania from Sept. 1-3, 2017 with crowds of around 4,000-5,000 Filipinos and Fil-Ams either taking part in the competition or supporting their respective teams.

While the bulk of participants come from the U.S. Northeast, specifically the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New England region, other teams come from Maryland, Washington, D.C., Baltimore; some cities in the Midwest and West Coast; and teams from Montreal, Winnipeg and Ontario, Canada.

Aside from fielding a team composed of personnel from the Consulate General, the Philippine Mission to the United Nations, the Philippine Center in New York, and family members, the Consulate also set up an information booth on Consular, Pag-Ibig and tourism services for the information of the participants and spectators at the event.

Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega (center) at the Opening Ceremonies with North American Basketball Association Directors.

The event allowed the Consulate to reach out to a larger segment of the Filipino Community and to establish new contacts in different states under its jurisdiction.

Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega likewise met separately with the NABA Commissioners and Directors to discuss other ways to promote community-building through sports and to seek the NABA’s support for the Philippines’ hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

The NABA tournament remains one of the most popular sports-oriented programs in the U.S. and boasts of being the training ground for present and future Filipino-American players at the collegiate, amateur and professional levels in the Philippines.

The tournament is regularly scouted by sports agents in the Philippines to identify possible recruits for university, professional and national teams.

Consul General Theresa Dizon-de Vega with some members of the Consulate Team.

A view of the simultaneous games played at the tournament.

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