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MVP: This is a special team

BUSINESSMAN-SPORTSMAN Manny Pangilinan, a huge supporter of sports anchored around basketball as president of the Samahang Bsketbol ng Pilipinas, has commended the Gilas Philippine national team that has entered the knockout phase of the FIBA Asia Championships with a clean sweep of the second round.

Coach Tab Baldwin’s squad stunned defending champions Iran and then routed a dangerous Indian squad to set up a knockout game against Lebanon on Thursday.

In a text message to this reporter from HongKong after he flew to China, Pangilinan said he took the team out to dinner and flew back to Hong Kong to attend to some business affairs.

He said he would fly to China again on Thursday morning to provide moral support for the national team.

Pangilinan thanked everyone for supporting Gilas Pilipinas.

“This is a special team, comprising players who really want to be part of Gilas and who truly love this country by serving the best way they can,” said Pangilinan.

The passionate supporter of the Gilas program added: “Now for the big dance  starting this Thursday.”

Pangilinan continued: “I think all of our PLDT PBA teams should wear a shirt quoting Heneral Luna, ‘Bayan muna hindi Sarili.’”

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