MADRID, Spain (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III thanked the Filipino community in Spain for supporting the Philippine international basketball team Gilas Pilipinas during their recent campaign at the FIBA World Cup.
During his meeting with the Filipino community here on Sunday, President Aquino said although ‘Gilas Pilipinas’ did not make the next stage of the tournament, Filipinos should still be proud of the team for playing an impressive game.
“We may not have won the championship, but a lot of people were impressed by the amazing skill of our Filipino athletes,” Aquino said in Filipino.
He said the Philippines may have the shortest players in FIBA but it did not stop the team from giving a tough fight against powerhouse teams such as Greece, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Croatia.
“Nobody can say that our team fell short in showing their determination, excellence and their heart [in every game] that’s why we are proud of that,” the Chief Executive said.
The President said he was glad that Filipinos even from other countries flew to Spain to show their support for the Philippine basketball team.
‘Gilas Pilipinas’ won the hearts of many by playing hard and inspiring games in the FIBA World Cup.
The Philippine team won its last game against Senegal, the country’s first victory in the world basketball stage after nearly four decades. (MNS)