In Huddle

P1M bonus each for Gilas players


GILAS Pilipinas may have failed to beat Iran in the title game of the 27th Fiba Asia Championship on Sunday night, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan said he will continue to support the team.

“This is only the beginning,” MVP said during a dinner celebration he hosted in honor of the team late that night at Oceana Restaurant in Pasay.

Hosting a basketball event in the magnitude of the Fiba World Cup is said to have titillated MVP. I guess no one will be surprised if he makes a solid move toward this direction in the near future.

Word has it that every Gilas player will receive a bonus of P1 million cash from MVP, who kidded the wives of the players during the dinner to make sure that the amount declared by their husbands is accurate.

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No one from MVP’s group is entirely certain what the tycoon’s expectations were in the recent Fiba Asia tournament.

Based on the discussions during the birthday celebration of Mon Segismundo, Meralco’s governor in the PBA board, last Aug. 2—the tournament’s second day—I got the impression that the target was one of the three continental slots to the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.

At the table were MVP Sports Foundation president Al Panlilio, Maynilad president-CEO Ricky Vargas, Maynilad VP Pato Gregorio, Gilas team manager Butch Antonio, Meralco-Talk ‘N Text-Gilas media bureau head Virgil Villavicencio and PBA chair Robert Non.

Apparently, the focus of the MVP group then was divided between the ongoing Fiba Asia event and the fast-approaching PBA third conference, which incidentally starts today.

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It wasn’t really the championship game between Iran and the Philippines but the semifinal game last Saturday between South Korea and the Philippines that got emotions zooming to fever pitch at Mall of Asia Arena. So much was at stake in that game.

When the final buzzer sounded, the crowd went into near-hysteria. So did MVP and the entire Gilas Pilipinas team.

“Not only MVP but all of us who were with him at ringside,” said Gregorio.

Overwhelmed with emotion, Vargas fell on his knees in thanksgiving, as the other high-powered men seated at ringside with MVP pulled out their hankies to wipe away tears. Men like Secretary Albert Del Rosario, Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella and top executives of MVP companies like Smart’s Doy Vea, PLDT’s Polly Nazareno, Metro Pacific Tollways’ Ramon Fernandez  and Panlilio.

“MVP for President!” the crowd shouted.

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HOOPVINE: During the postgame interview, a tearful Ranidel de Ocampo could hardly speak. Groping for words, he thanked all Gilas supporters, especially MVP. “Let’s all pray that MVP lives a long and healthy life,” he said in a broken voice… Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao almost lost his voice as well from too much shouting and cheering during Sunday’s game against Iran… Japeth Aguilar credits our silver-medal finish to hard work and dedication. “Playing on homecourt also helped a lot,” he said… That’s also what Globalport owner Mikee Romero said just before the Korea-Japan game, as he mimicked the shooting stances of the Koreans, who he said could convert from any angle, probably even with their eyes closed. “But we have the homecourt advantage and that gives us a huge percentage of success,” according to the man who is in the list of Forbes’ 50 richest Filipinos this year.

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  • Komentador

    tanong lang po, sa karamihan ng topics ng column na eto, madalas nababanggit si Mikee Romero, bakit?

  • tarikan

    Pinoys are obsessed with big men’s game of basketball. Hindi na lang mag-concentrate sa soccer (futbol), dragon boat, iron man, tennis, chess at tumba preso.

  • oh_noh

    ang nakakagulat dito, wala ngayong mga epalogs (senatongs at tonggresmen) na nagpapa-piktyur at may pakimkim :-)

  • kino

    Among the victories, the sweetest was getting back at the Sokors who gave us many heartbreaks in the past. And this was with crowd support and Gilas grit not with seven footers. However, it is time to face reality: we will receive a drubbing from teams with behemoths in Spain.

  • Philcruz

    This is one hell of an asslicking article. And why call the group of companies the MVP group of companies? Does he personally own those companies? It is owned primarily by the Indonesian money of the Suhartos. He is just the CEO and part owner. And he is only Number 50 in Forbes List of Top 50 Billionaires of the country.

    MVP for President?! And let him and his Indonesian bosses exploit the country’s natural resources and monopolize the country’s industries?

    • bicolokano

      huh?! may sinabi bang MVP GROUP OF COMPANIES?

      MVP Group probably means the group headed or lead by MVP. “MVP’s group” probably meant the people he brought there for the dinner.. ~_^

    • tarikan

      Correction partner. MVP is a dummy of the Salims of Indonesia. MVP was a former employee of Hong Kong based First Pacific Holdings and was sent by the owner Sudono Salim (Liem Sioe Liong, Chinese Indonesian businessman) back to Philippines for the sole purpose of hostile takeovers of Philippine companies. As a reward he (MVP) became Chairman/CEO of all companies taken over. Notice how he offered a price for his first takeover I think it was PLDT. He offered PLDT could not refuse.

  • archerfan

    stop stop saying na si mvp ay tycoon dahil hindi naman sya ang may ari ng mga kumpanya. manager at employee lang yan ng First Pacific!! Front man lang yan!! ang tycoon sila Sy, Ty, Gokongwei, cojuangco, kasi sila majority share holder ng kumpanya. etong mga gastos kuno ni mvp, investment yan ng first pacific para ma good shot sya sa taong bayan. para pag nagtaas nag singil sa ilaw. tubig, toll way at pag binungkal na yung gubat natin ng mining nila, di tayo makakaangal or magagalit kasi napaligaya tayo kuno ng fairytale panalo.

  • MArk

    Add 1 million PHP more. Get the additional 1 million PHP from the benefits of the AZKALS team na puro porma at pa pogi lang! Send home the half breeds.

    • tarikan

      Pre, mas marami naman ang international wins ng Azkals kesa Gilas. Send home the Fil-Ams and the naturalized PFilipino in Gilas.

  • on_hindsight

    we hope too that Gilas will prepare hard for Spain and really work as a national team. the entire country is behind them.

    • leomar101

      No way pre na magka chance sila sa Spain. Masaya na kung kahit isang panalo sila. hahahaha. Dream on na lang kayo mga dreamers.Be realistic walang binatbat ang Filipino players compared doon sa ibang mga nag qualify sa World champoinship. That’s reality. huwag kayong magalit. hehehhe

    • tarikan

      Merung chance ang Gilas sa Spain kung gagawin nating naturalized PFilipinos ang magkapatid na Gasol. Kahit hindi na si Tio Paeng Nadal hehehe.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Go Gilas but dammit dont joke about MVP for President. Are you guys crazy? Lol.

    • popeyee

      Why not. Sure he’s a lot better than Binay & Roxas combined..

      • Elias Ibarra Jr


      • popeyee

        Running a country is like running a business. If the the CEO or the president does not know how to run the business or the country, respectively, if you’re not an idiot you know what will happen..

        You said that businessmen always looking for business. But don’t you know that the businesses are the ones propelling the country to run?

      • Pedromarco123

        Running a country should never be deduced to running a business. Because the latter what’s at stake is personal interest while the former is the national interest. Hope you always bear that in mind.

      • popeyee

        Running a business is not for personal interest alone, but for the interest of the business itself. Running a country is not always for national interest, but for personal interest as happened here and it is happening, please bear that in mind..

      • Pedromarco123

        grabe ka… your mind is already corrupted… running a country should never for personal interest… kaya nga i SAID that IT SHOULD NEVER BE DEDUCED TO RUNNING A BUSINESS!… NA-I-IN-TIN-DI-HAN mo ba yan?! But if kung ganyan ang perspective mo well sa’yo na yan… Kaya nga naka-enshrined yan sa ating 1987 Constitution that public office is a public trust. Public officers and empoyees MUST AT ALL TIMES BE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PEOPLE…. Hope you ALWAYS BEAR THAT IN MIND!

      • Pedromarco123

        ang by the way… LEARN the meaning of the words…”shall/should”, “will/would”, “may/maybe”, etc… GO TO LANGUAGE SCHOOL and if you want to internalize it, GO TO LAW SCHOOL!

      • popeyee

        ikaw siguro ang dapat mag-aral ulit, kasi di ka marunong sumulat ng opinyon base sa opinyon ng iba..

      • Pedromarco123

        O tingnan mo nga… BOBO ka talaga! Ang opinyon ay di sinusulat, ipinapahayag. Ok! Aral2x din ng grammar pag may time.

      • popeyee

        Kung gusto mong pumuna ng opnyon ng iba, hindi ang sumulat nito ang punahin mo, kundi ang opinyon nito. Ganon dapat pag edukado ang tao..

      • Pedromarco123

        there are educated opinion and there are stupid opinion. Yours is a mix of both. So next time pag may time… pwede educated na lang…

      • popeyee

        Presidency is not a destiny but the highest government position that all greedy politicians are salivating for to become powerful, untouchable, at para lalong yumaman, maging sikat, for their business protection and so on…

      • Pedromarco123

        President in the strictest sense is not the highest government position. It is a co-equal of Senators and Representatives and Supreme Court Justice….

      • bangopuwet

        The President is the highest official of the land. That’s why he is called the Chief Executive of the nation. The President executes the laws promulgated by Congress and interpreted by the Supreme Court. Ask any sane man and he will tell you why the President is the most poweful official of the land. Need I mention to you the dictator Marcos as an example?

  • rbsp

    They surely deserve it. Also to encourage others to come out for National Service. Hope we can also entice young Filipinos local and abroad to hear this and come out. Hope this is a start of something good for Philippine Basketball

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