It has been almost a week, but we still haven't completely moved on from the loss of Gilas Pilipinas against China.
Despite the heartbreaking defeat, Malacañang lauded the silver medal-winning performance of the Philippine basketball team.
In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: "Throughout this tournament, our team displayed the Philippine brand of selfless, creative, passionate basketball, fuelled by the warm and vocal support of Filipinos at home and abroad."
"Our people have shown the world what it means to be Filipino," he added, "and this serves as inspiration for all of us to work even harder in our respective endeavors, fulfill our individual potentials, and secure the national pride we have reclaimed, one success after another, in varying fields."
Kind words, but it doesn't quite give us what we really want. We're talking about seeing these superb Gilas art works printed on T-shirts everywhere.
Fan art by Khristian Vinuy
Fan art by Bernard Kenneth Pena
Fan art by Vince Serrano
Fan art by Jayson Soriaga
Fan art by Jet Tavarro
Fan art by Jay Legion Capacite
Fan art by Glenn Vecino
Fan art by JoBel Gojit
These fantastic portraits were sent by fans to Rappler via their Facebook account. We think there is no greater way to showcase the talent of our kababayans and at the same time pay tribute to the hard work of Gilas Pilipinas than making everyone wear these artworks with pride.
What can you say, Gilas fans? Join our call using hashtag #WeWantGilasShirts!