DYNASTIES WILL collide as the annual search for the one true national college Basketball champion takes place at the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Championship. The tournament will begin with the National Capital Region qualifiers on January 23 and 24 at the Paco Arena as four teams take the first step in their journey to the Nation al Collegiate Championship to be hosted by Davao City from February 22 to 23.
Four-time National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) champion Saint Clare College of Caloocan, three-time Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (MNCAA) champion Centro Escolar University, two-time Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA) champion La Consolacion College-Manila and back to back Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) champion Diliman College will put their domination of their mother leagues on the line. This marks the first time in a long while that the tournament has drawn true champion schools from many leagues.
Two schools will advance from the NCR qualifier to the Luzon qualifier in Naga City from February 9 to 12. They will be joined by the survivor of the North and Central Luzon qualifiers and three representatives from South Luzon and Bicol to determine the sole team to go on to the Nationals.
At the same time, the UAAP/NCAA Challenge will be played at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City on February 8, 9 and 15 where two slots in the Nationals are up for grabs. It is hoped that reigning PCCL and UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila University and runner-up University of Santo Tomas along with NCAA champion Colegio de San Juan de Letran and runner-up San Beda University will represent their leagues.
The final qualifier will be held in Davao City from February 17 to 20. The fourth qualifier will chosen among newly-crowned 19th Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation champion Southwestern University-Phinma and runner-up University of the Visayas and a representative each from Visayas and Mindanao.
This also marks the first time that the Nationals will be held outside of Metro Manila. The champion will receive the President’s Trophy from the Philippine Sports Commission and the Manuel V. Pangilinan Cup from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.