By Persel G. Esman
Designed to promote sportsmanship and camaraderie among court
employees through basketball, the 2008 CA Basketball Tournament formally opened on June 16, 2008
with a parade of the participating teams namely: Orange, Gray, White, Green, Black, Blue, Yellow and
Red Teams, with the Supreme Court Team as a guest team headed by Court Administrator Jose P.
Perez and Assistant Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez. The opening ceremony was graced by
Supreme Court Associate Justice Dante O. Tinga who gave an inspirational message and by CA Justices
led by Presiding Justice Conrado M. Vasquez, Jr. who gave the welcome remarks. Other highlights of
the event were the CA Justices Shooting Contest where our beloved magistrates gamely tried their
luck in the three-point corner and the presentation of the award for the Most Beautiful Muse where nine
beautiful ladies from the Court vied for the title.
After the two-month-long tournament and after earning an over-all standing of 8
wins-0 losses, the CA Basketball Red Team savored its sweet victory when no less than the PJ awarded
it the trophy and medals for being the champion team in the awarding ceremonies held on August 19,
2008. The Green and White teams were awarded the 1st and 2nd
runners-up trophies, respectively. ACA Jose Midas P. Marquez likewise received a plaque of
appreciation on behalf of the SC Guest Team.
Following a successful tournament, basketball players and enthusiasts in the court
have officially formed the CA Basketball Club which aims to make sportsmanship, team spirit and
competitive attitude a means of improving employees’ performance, morale and attitude. This is short
of saying that basketball tournaments are now something to look forward to in the Court of Appeals.