For Alden's Hapee
toothpaste ad, he received P5 million, said a fourth source.
Officials of Rain or Shine and Blackwater had earlier expressed support for Hapee
's entry to the PBA but Uytengsu had little enthusiasm for adding a 13th member to the league.
Mentored by NorthPort assistant coach Rensy Bajar, the Blue Dragons are expected to assert their will early against the rookie team in a bid to get their campaign going in the league backed byCafeFrance, Yakult, Gerry's Grill, Hapee
Toothpaste, MaxSell Power Tool and Tough Mama Home and Kitchen Appliances, Tanduay Athletics and Toyota Motor Philippines.
The company manufactures Hapee
Toothpaste, a former off-brand product that, over the decades, has eaten into the market share of other rivals made by multinationals.
A PBA owner and a top official of another team yesterday welcomed the formal application of Hapee
Toothpaste to become a member of the professional league, saying that having the team as a 13th member adds value to the PBA.
"We are confident we can help the basketball association find new talents for future international tournaments." Aside from Yu, other sponsors of the event are Hapee
Toothpaste owner Cecilio Pedro, Blackwater's Dioceldo Sy, Freego Jeans' Eduard Tio, Terry Que of Poly Gloss and Rain or Shine, Che Lu Bar and Grill's Jimmy dela Cruz and MEC Computers' Leoncio Chua.
The tournament was conceived four years ago through the efforts of Freego's Eduard Tio, Blackwater Sports' Dioceldo Sy, Hapee
Toothpaste fell short from winning back-to-back championships in the PBA D-League, but team owner Cecilio Pedro's plan to join the PBA has not been diminished.
Also included in the board are Cecilio Pedro of Hapee
Toothpaste, Freego Jeans' Eduard Tio, Terry Que of Poly Gloss, Che Lu Bar and Grill's Jimmy dela Cruz, Jimi Lim of Ironcon Builders, MEC Computers' Leoncio Chua and current chairman Rudy Yu of Dickies Underwear.
The Bakers, fresh from another title conquest with the CEU Scorpions in NAASCU, eye domination this season with perennial contenders Hapee
, Cebuana Lhuillier, and Cagayan Valley foregoing their participation.
Hardly noticed before the start of the tournament, CafAaAaAeA@France tri to make a noise today as its goes for its first PBA D-League title when it battles Hapee
Toothpaste in the deciding Game 3 of the Foundation Cup finals at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
days in the PBA Developmental League over?