Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is continuing its support for grassroots sports through BanKo Perlas.
The BPI’s micro financing arm recently assigned a new coach and new players for the new Premier Volleyball League (PVL) ongoing season.
The major changes in coaching staff and player roster are expected to help boost BanKo Perlas’ performance during the transition year.
Nicole Tiamzon, Team Captain of the BanKo Perlas said in a statement sent to Good News Pilipinas, “We are really trying hard to give our best because this season is going to last a while. Actually, it will run for six months, so every day of training is really important for us.
In the previous year, we tried training twice a day. We trained for two and a half hours or three hours maximum. Now, we extended our training. One hour before training, we already start to visualize what’s going to happen in the training.”
The former coach of Thailand’s Women’s Volleyball Team, Apichat Kongsawat is now with BanKo Perlas. The veteran coach was also the former head coach of renowned Indonesian volleyball team PGN Popsivo Polwan.
Kongsawat was also head coach of collegiate and professional volleyball teams in Thailand and Vietnam. He was assistant coach to Bangkok Bank and National Youth World Championship, both for Men’s and Women’s divisions.
The new BanKo Perlas coach began his career in volleyball as a player in Bangkok Bang Club when he was 15 years old, and eventually in National Thailand Team from 1991 to 1994.
Kongsawat says BanKo Perlas has good chances this season. “The team really gives their 100 percent in training. They are very keen to learn and succeed this year. I believe in their common desire to reach their goal to have a strong finish this season,” Kongsawat shared.
“We should know how to win, and we should know how to lose, and then prepare how to get better,” the new BanKo Perlas coach said.
American import Lakia Bright rejoins the team this new PVL season. Turkish import Yasemin Yildirim will also be joining the team in the new PVL season.
BanKo, the microfinance arm of Bank of the Philippine Islands, has continued its commitment to support BanKo Perlas.
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“The BanKo Perlas know what they have to do to win, and we admire them for their drive and willingness to do the hard work. They do this for their fans, who come mostly from the grassroots.
In a similar way, BanKo reaches out to the grassroots by making financial services more accessible to the underserved, especially now that we aim to be the most financially inclusive digital bank.
We hope to continue working with Perlas to make a difference in the lives of our fellow Filipinos through sports and financial services,” said BanKo President Jerome Minglana.
BanKo Perlas had recently appeared at the Premier Volleyball League Grand Fans Day held at the Trinoma Activity Center.
Tiamzon said the event was a great opportunity for members of the team “to let their hair down and enjoy the day with fans,” some of whom even flew in from different parts of the Philippines just to see their idols.
“What people see on the court is very different. The Grand Fans Day was a memorable day both for us and all those who took the effort4 to come and see the players. It was like a bonding moment among the team members as well,” Tiamzon said.
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