By: William Yen
Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The Taiwan chapter of the Confederation of Ilocano Association, Inc. (CIASI), or Samahang Ilocano, a Filipino organization that aims to help its compatriots in different countries, kicked off its 2019 summer basketball league tournament in Taipei Sunday.
Officials and renowned members of Taiwan’s Filipino community lead the players and audience in singing the national anthem of the Philippines at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday.
The CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019, which follows on from the last time the tournament was held in April 2016 in Taipei, features 17 men’s teams.
Apple Jane Dionaldo (front, third left), “muse” of Sanlong St. basketball team, poses with her team at the opening ceremony of the CIASI Taiwan Basketball League 2019 in Taipei on Sunday. CNA photo May 19, 2019
Rheden Delumen, national chairman of CIASI’s Taiwan chapter, which has 13 sub-chapters with approximately 700 members in the country, said the basketball teams are made up of members of Taiwan’s Filipino migrant worker community and is aimed at creating unity, sportsmanship and respect. [FULL STORY]