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(The Arena, San Juan City)
12:30 p.m. – Generika vs Petron
2:30 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
3 p.m. – Foton vs F2 Logistics
Four competitive teams with strong foreign reinforcements start their respective campaigns when the 2016 Asics Philippine Superliga Grand Prix presented by PLDT Home Ultera blasts off today at The Arena in San Juan City.
Defending champion Foton and All-Filipino Conference titlist F2 Logistics square off in the anticipated nailbiting match at 3 p.m., while Generika and two-time winner Petron meet in the 12:30 p.m. curtainraiser.
A simple opening ceremony is set at 2:30 p.m. with organizers parading RC Cola Army and Cignal in this import-laced conference.
Matches can be watched live for free as a treat to audience, and will be also televised via TV5, AksyonTV and Hyper.
Foton will be parading a formidable and intact lineup composed of players who saw action at the AVC Asian Women’s Club Championship last month in Laguna.
Reigning MVP Lindsay Stalzer and Ariel Usher will continue to provide firepower for the Foton Tornadoes, who will now be mentored by veteran Serbian coach Moro Branislav.
“Our team has the talent,” said Branislav, who previously coached club teams in Yugoslavia, Gree, Kuwait and North Korea.
Apart from their American reinforcements, Foton will have a strong local roster in Jaja Santiago, Cherry Rondina, Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz.
The match will also see the return of Dindin Manabat, who briefly took a break from competing after giving birth to her firstborn.
But F2 Logistics boasts of cohesion as it is composed of former La Salle standouts led by Mika Reyes, Ara Galang, Kim Fajardo, Aby Maraño and Cyd Demecillo.
The F2 Cargo Movers, however, will be playing with one import for the moment in Sydney Kemper as Hayley Spelman has yet to arrive from her stint in Kazakhstan.