The 2018 PBA All-Star week is going to be an entirely different experience for Beau Belga.
The Rain or Shine center is one of the 12 participants seeing action in the Obstacle Challenge side event of the meet, which goes novelty this season by featuring some of the league's big men racing against time while showing their dribbling, passing, and shooting skills.
Belga admitted he hasn't done the skills challenge, which is more suited for smaller players, in his entire career.
"Never, I haven't tried it before. That's why I was surprised they changed the format this year," he said about the special side event which will be staged during the second leg of the All-Star extravaganza in Batangas City on May 25.
"Maybe they changed it to switch things up a bit. Fans will get to see big men dribble, pass and go court-to-court. I think this is going to be a fun All-Star."
Apart from Belga, also entered in the event are Kelly Nabong (GlobalPort), Raymond Aguilar (Barangay Ginebra), Sonny Thoss (Alaska), JP Erram (Blackwater), Russell Escoto (Columbian Dyip), Ken Bono (Meralco), Justin Chua (Phoenix), Aldrech Ramos (Magnolia), Yancy de Ocampo (San Miguel), Yousef Taha (TnT Katropa), and former MVP Asi Taulava (NLEX).
"I know how to pass, but to dribble zigzag, I haven't tried it before," said Belga. "I can bring the ball up the court straight up, but I haven't done that by dribbling zigzag."
The three-leg yearly spectacle has Phoenix Fuel with Phoenix Pulse Technology as major sponsor and backed by Peak Sports Apparel, Rain or Shine, Gatorade, TAGHeuer, PBA RUSH-Cignal, Nature's Spring and Molten.
Belga is having second thoughts on whether he'll practice for the event or not.
"Because if I practice for it, I might get stiff during the competition. We'll just see what happens," he said.
The innovation adopted this year is for the fans to further enjoy the All-Star show which is what the mid-season classic is all about.
"For me, it's all about making the PBA fans happy," he said. "The All-Star weekend is for the fans, and we'll participate in these events for them."
Aside from the Obstacle course, regular fare such as the Slam Dunk contest and the Three-Point shootout are part of the All-Star side events.
The All-Star week kicks off on May 23 in Digos, Davao del Sur pitting the men's national team against the PBA Mindanao selection, before it proceeds to Batangas for the second leg that will see the Philippine team this time going up against an All-Star selection representing Luzon.
The final phase then goes to Iloilo on May 27 for the game between the Visayas selection opposite the national squad.