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Apr 10, 2015
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We’re used to seeing our local basketball players drenched in sweat, diving for loose balls and swinging elbows at one another banging bodies in the paint. But what if they decide to ditch their #swag-errific after-game attires for coats and ties?

FHM recently attended the Philippine Basketball Association’s FAB@40 event, which brought together former and active players, officials and friends of the league at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre of Resorts World Manila to celebrate the 40th season of Asia's first professional basketball association.

Aside from the PBA honoring its 40 Greatest Players, adding 15 more to the original 25 selected back in 2000, our hardcourt heroes also had the chance to hit the runway in a mini-fashion show of summer and formal garb.

Here are some of the fabulous sights of the momentous occasion!


SO LONG, SALUD - Outgoing PBA commissioner, and soon-to-be PBA CEO, Chito Salud addresses the crowd in attendance

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JA-WORS-KI - Robert ‘The Big J’ Jaworski was among the original PBA Greatest Players present at the event.

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FOR A CHANGE - Sports5 courtside reporter and FHM Cover Girl Erika Padilla, out of her usual, wet, celebratory element

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CONTROVERSIAL - Forty Greatest Players new additions Kelly Williams, Chito Loyzaga, Kerby Raymundo and Willie Miller went for simple coat-and-tie outfits. Loyzaga and Raymundo's inclusion to the list drew a lot of flak from netizens when it was announced late last year.

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SOMEBODY GIVE HIM A COAT -  Jayjay Helterbrand—pictured here with Jayson Castro, Danny Ildefonso, Eric Menk, and Arwind Santos—also took home the night's Most Underdressed Dude Award.

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SUPERSTARS - In bow ties or no ties, these five gentlemen (Marc Pingris, James Yap, Mark Caguioa, Jimmy Alapag, and Asi Taulava) are arguably the most recognizable players in the game today.

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REALLY? - Asi’s wife is not quite amused with him rocking the mohawk.

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SHE BELONGS SOMEWHERE (*wink) - Do you still remember that video of Mrs. Rico Maierhofer, Jeck, being a bully. We neither. Do you think she deserves a spot on FHM? Kami rin!

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LUCKY DUDE - Barako Bull's JC Intal with wife Bianca Gonzales

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AH SILA PALA... - San Miguel Beermen's David Semerad and girlfriend, Miss World-Philippines 2011 Gwendoline Ruais

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GROUNDED - Five-time PBA Slam Dunk champion KG Canaleta and wife Mavis Pamatmat

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BOY BAGYO - What's with the hat, Arwind? And by the way, don't tell your wife she's wearing the same gown as Bianca G.

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SI TUBID BA TALAGA YAN?! - Ronald Tubid (pictured here with her wife Marizon) shows his non-trash-talking-and-maangas-side. #baitbaitan

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THE CAPTAIN - Alvin Patrimonio practices for his role as "jeepney-barker-with-hidden-basketball-skills" for the sequel to Last Two Minutes (Google it, millennials!)

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OLD, BUT DEFINITELY STILL GOLD - Can you name the 25 Greatest Players in this photo?

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BEST DRESSED - The ceremony ended with James Yap donating his silver ensemble to the German Moreno Walang Tulugan Closet. We kid, Big Game James. We kid.

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Photography KC Cruz
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