The Women’s National Basketball League is more intent on promoting talent rather than looks after gaining professional status from the Games and Amusements Board.
Wednesday saw the WNBL earn the distinction as the first women’s league to turn pro following the GAB approval in a move seen as a shot in the arm for lady cagers seeking to continue their careers after college.
But NBL executive vice president Rhose Montreal said the league will put more premium on showcasing the skills of women players.
“I believe there is a surplus of talented women ballers in the Philippines,” Montreal said in Wednesday’s announcement. “And for us, we don’t care about their gender preferences, we don’t care if they sport the short hair or the long hair, we don’t care if they wear pekpek shorts or long shorts but for us we want to sell their skills.”
The WNBL is eyeing about seven to nine teams for in its second season which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expected to return are inaugural champion Philippine Air Force and losing finalist Taguig Lady Generals.
Several members of the Philippines’ breakthrough gold medal win in last year’s Southeast Asian Games also played for WNBL clubs, most notably Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos.
Like its men’s league counterpart, the WNBL is requiring teams to have players from their localities.