Monday, June 16, 2014

support Gilas Pilipinas' bid for 2014 FIBA World Cup gold and fly to Spain for free this August!

Over lunch yesterday, Max's Restaurant hosted me and Cebu's top bloggers an 'intimate' event. 

The event launched the #PusoToTheMax hash tag to rally all Filipinos here and across to globe to support Gilas Pilipinas (Team Philippines) in its bid, if not for gold which is rather ambitious, to be in the finals in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this August. Mr. Bobby Simborio (Media and CSR Manager) who was there to personally meet all of us mentioned about surprises. I don't like surprises. So, will see how that one would go.

In the course of our dribbling (pun intended) the knife for the sarap to the bones goodness of Max's signature fried chicken and dunking each slice (with 3 different sauce to choose from: Hainanese, chilli and gravy; chilli was hands down everyone's favorite), the 'surprise' and 'intimate' catchphrases that were free thrown earlier were finally revealed: teleconferencing with coach Chot Reyes! WOW! Coach Chot gamely answered all the questions. He also gave out some juicy information about the national team. Foul! Just kidding. The vibe was light and fun through and through! 

The surprises did not end there. Max's Restaurant will be sending two lucky Filipinos to watch the match live! In Spain! All expenses paid including visa! WOW! I could not recall the mechanics. Sorry. So visit any Max's branch. Plus one more! By just posing with your fist on chest and with #PusoToTheMax hash tag posted in twitter will give you the chance to fly to Spain, too! All expenses paid.   

The last time the Philippine Team reached the final round of FIBA World Championship was in 1978. The year I was born.

During the 1974 FIBA World Championship in Puerto Rico. (left to right: Abet Guidaben (9), Yoyong Martirez, Tembong Melecio (6) and Robert Jaworski (7). photo lifted from

My first memory of basketball was 4 years later, a few months after electricity lines finally reached my sleepy town. My family owned the first television set in town. Word got around, so every night, the living room of the house was filled with what looked like the whole town watching and rallying for their PBA and NBA teams.  

Last year, the whole nation saw how our Team Philippines (Gilas Pilipinas) almost clenched the gold against Iran (71-85) during the 2013 FIBA Asian Championships held in Manila. That sealed our Gilas Pilipinas a spot for this year's FIBA World Cup in Spain. The games will begin in a couple of months.

Gilas Pilipinas belongs to bracket B (the games will be in Seville, Spain) with Senegal, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Greece and Croatia. Click here for the System of the Competition and here for the Group Standings.

The 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain is from August 30-September 14. Let's express our support and national pride by storming the social media with #PusoToTheMax hash tag!

Who knows, with our support (despite the chance being slim) Team Philippines might just surprise us with a trophy.

1 comment:

  1. I already sent my single raffle ticket last week. Although my chances for that all-expense paid trip to Spain are very, very, very slim, I just would like to rally behind Gilas in playing their hearts out in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. #puso


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