PBA team owner donates P50K for Crispa’s Atoy Co jersey

Maris Federez   •   May 28, 2021   •   1126

MANILA, Philippines — Dioceldo Sy of Ever Bilena Cosmetics Inc. and owner of Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) team Black Water Elite has donated P50,000 to the PBA Legends Foundation Inc., in exchange for a framed, signed epic jersey of Atoy Co.

Fortunato “Atoy” Co, Jr was one of the star players of then Crispa Redmanizers, the arch-rival of Toyota Super Diesels in the 1970s up to the early part of the 1980s.

Co wore the yellow Crispa jersey back in the PBA 1981 season when the Redmanizers won the Reinforced All Filipino Conference, the height of the Crispa-Toyota rivalry.

Atoy’s most prolific game that season was on July 7, 1981 when he scored 35 points in a 133-118 victory over Toyota.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation strives to continue helping its members.  Last April, it launched its collectible jersey project which was aimed at raising funds to continue helping PBA veterans during the difficult times brought by the crisis.

It was in this project that Sy saw Atoy’s jersey and subsequently pledged P50,000 to the Foundation in exchange for it.

Co, who chairs the PBA Legends Foundation, personally delivered the framed jersey to Sy’s office and received the donation of the latter in a simple exchange on Friday, May 28.

The PBA Legends Foundation, Inc. was created in 2017 with the seed money of P1-million donated by UNTV’s Kuya Daniel Razon that paved the way for the Foundation to reach out to and link with former PBA players who have automatically become its members. —/mbmf

IATF allows opening of new PBA season; hosting of Asian volleyball tournament

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has allowed the holding of two major sports events in the country.

According to IATF and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the task force on Thursday (July 15) approved the restart of the 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the hosting the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, July 15, 2021, approved the request of the Philippine Basketball Association to restart their 46th season,” he said.

The Palace official, however, said that this is still subject to the strict compliance of the health and safety protocols as provided for under the guidelines of the Games and Amusement Board.

The PBA is set to begin the season on July 16 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City after being delayed for several months due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The IATF also gave the go signal for the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) to host the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

Roque said the IATF also reminded the PNVF regarding the strict implementation of health protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. —/mbmf

IATF OKs request for hosting of FIBA qualifiers; PBA practices in GCQ, MGCQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has green-lighted the request of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to hold scrimmages and team practices in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ, Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, however, stressed that this is subject to health and safety protocols and vetting of Games and Amusement Board.

“Pinayagan ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) ang mga scrimmages at practices ng Philippine Basketball Association sa mga lugar na general community quarantine at MGCQ subject to the health and safety protocols na pag-aaralan muna ng Games and Amusement Board,” Roque said in an online briefing.

The local government of Batangas City earlier agreed to host the team practices of the Philippine Basketball Association in certain local venues. Batangas City is under GCQ until May 31.

Roque also announced that the IATF likewise approved the request of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to host the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers in June 2021 in Clark, Pampanga.

Roque said this activity will be held under a “bubble-type” setting and subject to health and safety protocols.

“The testing and quarantine protocols of arriving foreign participants shall be subject to the FIBA-required protocols as presented, to the extent applicable, without prejudice to the entry travel restrictions,” stated Resolution 114 issued by the IATF-EID on Thursday.

The resolution also said that all non-player participants not covered by FIBA rules are mandated to self-isolate upon arrival in the venue and undertake RT-PCR testing on the sixth day before their release.

“The designated hotels within the bubble shall not accept other guests outside of the FIBA participants,” the resolution read.

As the national government agency with the visitorial and supervisory authority, the Philippine Sports Commission has been directed by the IATF to “assume responsibility for monitoring and supervising the compliance of the health and safety protocols of the event.

FDA warns public against purchase, use of Ever Bilena’s lip & cheek stain night berry

Robie de Guzman   •   March 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public not to purchase and use cosmetic product, Ever Bilena Lip and Cheek Stain Night Berry, which it said contains microbial contaminants.

In an advisory, the FDA said the product, based on its test, was found to contain microbial contaminants beyond the 1000 cfu/g set by the agency, and as published in the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD).

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“The aforementioned adulterated product is found to be non-compliant with the existing standards, and, thus, pose potential hazards to the consuming public,” the FDA said.

The use of adulterated cosmetic products may result in adverse reactions, including but not limited to, skin irritation, itchiness, anaphylactic shock, and organ failure, it added.

In a statement posted on social media, Ever Bilena said its currently conducting testing of the said product to validate the FDA’s findings.

“We are doing our own internal testing, results should be out in 7 days. Simultaneously, we are also engaging with a 3rd party lab for their findings,” it added.

It also clarified that the FDA advisory only pertains to batch #19A03QW of lip & cheek stain night berry variant.

“We would like to inform everyone that all of our products go through quality control before they are go signaled for distribution to the market. Each Ever Bilena product is subjected to microbial testing prior to release to trade. Everything released from the warehouse is FDA compliant,” the company said.

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