MANILA – The Pilipinas Super League (PSL) is now gearing up for its baptism of fire on Friday.

The newest regional basketball league will be introducing itself on the said day with a grand opening event at the Dipolog Sports Complex in Zamboanga del Norte.

Despite being pressed for time, PSL president Rocky Chan said he and the rest of the league officials, the more notable being Chief Executive Officer Dinko Bautista, Vice President Rey Alao, and Commissioner Marc Pingris, are now ecstatic to see the grand launch of their cagefest.

"Medyo tight ang preparation, pero we're quite excited lalo na with the launching and inauguration of the Pilipinas Super League, ang bagong pambansang liga ng Pilipino (The preparation is slightly tight, but we're excited especially with the launching and inauguration of the Pilipinas Super League, the new national league of the Filipinos)," Chan said.

The PSL’s inauguration will begin with the opening ceremonies at 2 p.m.

An exhibition match will then take place right after the opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. pitting a group of team and local government unit (LGU) officials to be known as the Cocolife Executive-LGU Team and well-known personalities that will make up the Ripples Celebrity All-Stars.

Then the real war begins with a 6 p.m. showdown between tournament hosts Roxas Vanguards taking on the Davao Occidental Tigers.

"Gusto naming i-bring back yung entertainment talaga in basketball. Hindi lang siya totally basketball. Kumbaga, super saya, may mga papremyo tayo, and super exciting ang mga laro (We want to bring back the entertainment in basketball. This is not just pure basketball. That is, this should be very fun, there will be prizes, and the games will be super exciting)," Chan vowed.

Chan said the league officials are working double-time to assure that the opening rites will be a huge success.

“Almost 24 hours nagtra-trabaho ang mga personnel para lang maibigay natin ang excitement sa opening sa (The personnel are working almost 24 hours a day so that we can give the excitement in the opening on) March 18,” Chan further said. “That’s how excited we are.”

The rest of the field, Basilan, Bicol, Cagayan Valley, Cagayan De Oro, Pagadian, and Lapu-Lapu, will be seeing action once the league moves to Roxas, Zamboanga Del Norte for the remainder of the first conference. (PNA)