The PBA opens its 43rd season on Sunday, December 17, and you know what that means: intense local hoops action is back, and even for one night only, a dozen women lighting up the darkened Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Majority of the teams have already selected their respective muses; fans can't wait for the remaining squads to take their picks. Notably, this year's batch of basketball beauties is rather familiar with the sporting world.
TNT KaTropa - Laura Lehmann
Our candidate to the Miss World 2017 pageant was a former women's national softball team member, before serving as courtside reporter for Ateneo.
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel - Myrtle Sarrosa
The newest Ginebra calendar girl and FHM November 2014 cover girl apparently spent time on the sidelines during Season 91 of the NCAA.
Phoenix Fuel Masters - Rhian Ramos
When she's not acting or hosting, Rhian is playing the part of racecar driver, despite only learning how to drive a few years ago.
NLEX Road Warriors - Rachel Anne Daquis
Kia Picanto - Phoemela Baranda
Like Rhian, the hot momma and FHM favorite (three covers) struts her stuff on the speedway, as well as the runway. She also plays badminton and squash.
GlobalPort Batang Pier - Hillarie Parungao
Hillarie, who finished in the Top 10 of Miss World 2015, is quite the sports fan, idolizing the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Kobe Bryant.
Blackwater Elite - Ashley Ortega
The actress-host once won eight gold medals while representing the Philippines in figure skating competitions abroad. She is a good friend of Michael Martinez.
Magnolia Hotshots - Jodie Tarasek
Paulo Avelino's girlfriend may have no record of competitive sports, but starring in a beer commercial alongside a PBA player (Sol Mercado) counts, right?
Who do you think the Alaska Aces, San Miguel Beermen, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, and the Meralco Bolts will banner on opening night?