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Sep 18, 2014
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FHM went to the Smart Araneta Coliseum last night to cover the massive street party held by Smart, Max’s, and Sports5 for Gilas Pilipinas, and it turned out to be one of the happiest sports rallies we’ve ever been to. Kulang na lang motorcade, eh!

The event also served as a send-off party for the team’s upcoming Asian Games stint in Incheon, South Korea later this week, which means there'll be more #puso moments coming our way. Scroll down to see how last night’s festivities went down!


The street party wouldn’t begin in an hour or so, but the venue was already filled with hundreds of Gilas supporters from all walks of life. No wonder the Philippines won the FIBA award for Most Valuable Fans!

Gilas


Before the party, however, the team spent some time with the media for a press conference. “We play for pride, we play for the country, and we play for our families,” says Coach Chot Reyes, who thanked the news outlets for spreading word of their run in Spain. “Sa mga bumabatikos sa atin, lahat naman tayo dito Pilipino. Let’s just support each other.”

Gilas


Reyes and team captain Jimmy Alapag then conducted a little Q & A session with the members of the press. “We’re not in the habit of making promises,” says Coach Chot of their chances in the upcoming Asian Games. “But nobody’s going to try harder. We’re going to practically die just to make everyone proud. That’s the only promise we’ll make.”

Gilas


Just how popular are these guys? The waiters and waitresses at the restaurant we were in dropped their trays for a second just to have a photo-op with their basketball idols. #PusoToTheMax

Gilas


Marcus Douthit and the gang also granted one-on-one interviews with reporters, but the crowd has waited long enough. Let’s take this party outside, boys!

Gilas


NEXT: A gallery of happy Gilas players
 


Photos Mark Jesalva
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