by H. James G. Toga
The transformation of the checkered cement of the Bacolod Public Plaza as a
venue for the inter-barangay basketball tournament could not be more than in the
right place and at the right time.
No other city mayor has allowed such activity in front of the Bacolod
Cathedral. It is not surprising since the city executive has been a sportsman
all his life.
Mayor Monico Puentevella was once a Philippine Sports commissioner, chairman
of the Philippine Olympic Committee, member of FIFA (International Federation of
Association Football) TV & Marketing Committee, and other capacities as head of
national and local sports associations.
Last Saturday, 32 teams paraded during the successful opening ceremony of the
9th Monico Cup Inter-Barangay Basketball Tournament 2015 wearing proud of its