Kalilintad frustrated the boys of Gen San to clinch the coveted championship title at the recently concluded third Season of the Filipino Muslim Basketball Tournament (FMBT) organized by the Maranao Community in UAE (MARCOM).
This season of the FMBT League was participated in by 12 teams representing the major Filipino Muslim tribes including the converts, or “Balik Islam” expatriates with the aim to foster unity and camaraderie among them through sports.
The event was well attended by most of the fans of every team and members of various Muslim groups that enlightened the crowd and inspired the players with a much intense play. Maranao cultural dance performances like Kapamalo malong and Pakiring made the night cooler as an ice breaker.
The event was also graced by the presence of Engr. Tata Dayot, chairperson of the Filipino Clubs in Dubai and Northern Emirates as well as the group’s vice chair, Ericson Reyes.
It was an initiative by the Marcom group with Roy Tamano, as the FMBT overall chairman for seasons 1 to 3, assisted by the League Commissioner Shaharullah Wattari Tahir and Dep. Commissioner Jamel Pangandaman as well as with support of the Marcom committee officials and active members led by its President Jalil Paudac.
The championship game and awarding ceremony was held at Al Shaab Sports Complex, Sharjah, UAE on Friday, March 10, 2017, exactly four months when the tournament kicked off.