Catrina, Moreno just have some fun in Jr. WNBA camp

Jaime A. Frias II

CAGAYAN de Oro’s veteran cagebelle Catrina June Pong-Biongcog celebrated motherhood with a special treat, even as rising star Zhan Paolo Moreno made her mommy proud on Mother’s Day.

The 34-year-old Biongcog made to enjoy what had been instructed for her to do during the National Training Camp of the Junior NBA/WNBA Philippines 2017, which culminated last Sunday at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall in Manila.

The versatile Catrina made out her best in conducting drills and motivation to aspiring cagebelles in the training camp that earned for her the title as the Jr. WNBA best coach of the year.

“Dako kaayo akong kalipay and I thought I was there to learn coaching,” said Biongcog, who was among the lucky 10 Jr. WNBA coaches handpicked to join the all-expense paid trip to the national camp.

She said the competition for the title was stiff especially against aspiring coaches from imperial Manila.

“As in grabe. Naay coaches nga hilom kaayo ug naa sab uban nga halosa na manggawas ang mga mata, but me I’m just cool and be friendly with the instructions,” Biongcog humbly said.

Biongcog was no ordinary athlete during her prime as she led Cagayan de Oro to a championship finish in the 2002 National Adidas 3-on-3 ladies division along with teammates Bulitt Chavez, Rhea Nacalaban and Manilyn Go.

Off the hardcourt, she’s now leading the newly-organized Cagayan de Oro Women’s Basketball League as its ever dynamic president.

“I’m sharing this award sa tanan nga mga inahan,” said Biongcog, whose leadership in the CDOWBL was attributed to women empowerment through basketball.

Meanwhile, Moreno of Xavier University Grade School gave a special gift to her mother Hazel Lañas on Mother’s Day by winning the Jr. NBA’s Rising Star of the Year citation.