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MVP not giving up on Gilas Pilipinas, sets eyes on 2023 and 2027 World Cup

MVP not giving up on Gilas Pilipinas, sets eyes on 2023 and 2027 World Cup

first_imgBecoming his own man “Right after the Italy game,” he added.That was Gilas Pilipnas’ first game in the World Cup and the Filipinos were unprepared for what the Italians threw at them, That ended in a forgettable rout. And it only got worse from there.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40But Pangilinan isn’t one to give up just yet—even as cries for him to drop basketball divert his funding and dedication to other sports where Filipinos have a chance to excel internationally have ramped up on social media.“It’s the Filipinos’ favorite sport. How can we turn our back on that?” he said. View comments MOST READ Ateneo dominates NU for 5-0 record Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pangilinan also has a strong emotional connection to basketball, having grown up in a basketball family.“Especially my mom. She was a keen fan of San Beda. In fact [before going to] the games, she’d go to the school first to prepare sandwiches for the team with other moms. Ganun sya ka fanatic,” he said. “And she speaks Spanish so she could converse with [former San Beda great and Filipino hoop legend] Caloy Loyzaga.”“Best friends sila eh,” Pangilinan added.The PLDT/Smart chief is neck-deep in preparations to rebuild the Gilas Pilipinas program from the wreckage of the recent World Cup stint, hoping to reignite the people’s love affair with the national squad like in 2014, when the team became the darlings of the country­—and of Filipinos all over the world.Pangilinan said the first order of business would be to craft a program that would cover two World Cup cycles—2023, which the country will host, and 2027.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Manny V. Pangilinan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere was a brief moment of silence before Manny V. Panglinan, telecommunications tycoon and chairman emeritus of the Smahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, breathed out a huge sigh.“When we were in China [during the World Cup], yes,” said Pangilinan, when asked if the devastating and painful basketball setbacks he has witnessed since becoming the sport’s designated godfather in the country has floated thoughts of giving up.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more