Rhenz Abando and Allen Liwag have been teammates for the past few days in Gilas Pilipinas.
But before they head to war with the national team, the two will face off one last time for this collegiate season as the two banner the Saints and the Heroes in the NCAA Season 97 All-Star Game on Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Centre.
As what has been the tradition for the past four seasons, the Saints will be composed of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, San Beda University, University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, College of Saint Benilde, and San Sebastian College-Recoletos.
Meanwhile, the Heroes will have Mapua University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, Arellano University, Lyceum of the Philippines University, and Jose Rizal University.
Joining Abando are teammate Brent Paraiso, San Beda’s Yukien Andrada and Ralph Penuela; Perpetual’s Jielo Razon and Kim Aurin; College of Saint Benilde’s Will Gozum and Prince Carlos; and San Sebastian’s Ichie Altamirano and Ammar Cosari.
Reinforcing the team are actors Rocco Nacino, Paul Salas, Kirst Viray, Jose Sarasola, Gil Cuerva, and Pancho Magno.
Meanwhile, Liwag will have Mapua’s Paolo Hernandez and Warren Bonifacio; Gelo Sablan and Kai Oliva of Arellano; JL Delos Santos and Marwin Dionisio of JRU; Enoch Valdez and Mclaude Guadaña of Lyceum; and fellow General Ralph Robin.
Mark Herras, Jason Abalos, David Licauco, Ervic Vijandre, Mavy Legaspi, and Luis Hontiveros are the Heroes’ guest players.