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Aquino, Binay, Pacquiao at MOA Arena to cheer for Philippines in Fiba Asia

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MANILA, Philippines — No less than the top of two leaders of the Philippines were in attendance in Smart Gilas Pilipinas’ 27th Fiba Asia Championships gold medal showdown against Iran on Sunday.

President Benigno  Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar “Jojo” Binay were seated at different sections at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Binay sat just a few seats away from Sarangani representative and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, who came with his wife Jinkee, at the patron section.

Aquino, meanwhile, was seated at the one of the suites in the VIP gallery.

Pacquiao, a known basketball fan, arrived just before the opening tip.

Binay, whose presence was acknowledged by the coliseum barker during the bronze medal match, was wearing a white Philippine team jacket.


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  • frankstupid

    hahaha kaya pala minalas ang gilas pilipinas dahil nandyan ang mga pulitiko na inuuna pang panoorin ang gilas pilipinas sa fiba kaysa paghandaan ang paparating na bagyong labuyo.

  • desi derata

    I am not a basketball die hard fan, in fact I believe that Filipinos should not spend time, money and effort on basketball. But when the Philippine squad faces another country’s team, my sympathy and goodwill would be for my kababayans.

    If the Philippines can produce 3 Shin-dong-pahs or Pete Maravich, then we can hope that somehow, height and heft can be overcome.

  • Spokesman2

    Kaya pala minalas sa 3-pt shooting, mas 3 malas sa loob ng MOA
    Pati si Labuyo gustong sagasaan ang MOA.

  • walapadintatalosaalaska

    Persians: What is your profession?

    Gilas: TAHO! TAHO! TAHO!!!

    ayun olats… ang hihina kasi sa shooting ng pinoy kanina.

    • Kai Yoton

      ang corny naman

  • RedvD

    Good game by Iran. PH was simply outmatched and we missed alot of open 3pt shots. Congrats to Iran but still mission accomplished for the Philippines! Proud of our team!

    • iriga1_city1_boy1

      To RedvD,
      “…..and we missed a lot of open 3pt shots”——–Your post.Very True.
      Congratulations to the Team for bagging Silver.They had open shots.Yun ang sayang na mga bato pag pinakawalan.It has to fall.On the other hand,The Iranians can shoot.Our team has a year to practice and sink those released balls before 2014 FIBA.
      Still proud of out Team.

      • walapadintatalosaalaska

        sabi ko naman sa inyo kung wala si douhtit eh wala tayo mapaapla. kadaming tirang pinakawalan ng pinoys ayun sablay huhuhuh…

    • nizon

      maalat si Jeff Chan, isa lang yata pumasok sa mga 3-point shot nya.

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        To nizon,
        Pare,the Team (everyone) has to improve and become ‘sharpshooters”.Anyone can take a cue from that deadly boy Korean Ming Goo.When that boy shoots,punch the score before the ball drops.One year for our Team to practice before”Espana FIBA”.Because when they get to Spain,there are more deadly shooters from other nations.Swish! as they drop like silk everytime.
        As i say, i’m still proud of our Team for bagging silver.

    • walapadintatalosaalaska

      tama ka, mahina tayo sa shooting eh. sayang wala nang caidic ngayon.

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        To walapadintatalosaalaska,
        Pare,they got 1 year to become “Allan Caidics” before 2014 FIBA.

  • oh_noh

    kung wala si hadadi – may kalalagyan itong IRI.
    kaso, nandyan e, so settle for the silver na lang tayo…



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