The Philippines' bid to stage a major international hoops event came to a screeching halt when the FIBA Central Board awarded China the rights to be the host country for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup last Friday night (August 7).
Our country's final pitch, which focused on the Pinoy's passion for the sport and social media savvy, wasn't able to work its magic with the board. They seemed to have been swayed by China's presentation, which centered on their infrastructures and overall progress.
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Though it was a sad day for our nation, netizens readily consoled one another with heartfelt and encouraging messages, bannered by the hashtag #PUSO2019.
Congratulations, China! Great, great pitch and effort and bid, Team Philippines. Now on to support our Gilas Pilipinas team!!!! 👊 #PUSO2019— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) August 7, 2015
The biggest fan passion and the power to spread it globally. AAAAAAAAAH NAKAKAIYAK. #PUSO2019— Bianca Gonzalez (@iamsuperbianca) August 7, 2015
Sportscasters and sports journalists also joined the conversation-slash-mudslinging.
Inhale, exhale and then tell me... What moral did you pick up from this story? #PUSO2019— Erika Flores (@rikiflo) August 7, 2015
Lets learn and get better from this. Opportunity to rise mga kapatid. We were as one, let's stay together and get it done! #PUSO2019— rizza diaz (@diaz_rizza) August 7, 2015
Maybe not now but we'll get there for sure. Atleast we tried and gave it our all.... pero masakit talaga eh 😭 parang sa love lang. #PUSO2019— Apple David (@apppledavid) August 7, 2015
2015 is the year of the paasa. Wow. #PUSO2019 💔— Tin Gamboa (@suzy899) August 7, 2015
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The players themselves, meanwhile, started their offensive.
Great display of our country's love for the game and the overall impact the World Cup will have on the nation moving forward! #PUSO2019— Gabe Norwood (@GNorwood5) August 7, 2015
Now you're gonna see the real Filipino spirit come 2019. This just added more fuel to the fire. #Puso2019— Don C Allado (@alotofDON) August 7, 2015
Some even managed to make light of the situation.