Philippines triumphs over South Korea in FIBA-Asia Semis, 81-79!
In a heart-racing, neck-to-neck game, Gilas Pilipinas stands victorious in the end over South Korea in the FIBA-Asia Semifinals, 81-79, grabbing hold of the precious slot to FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain 2014.
My family and I watched the game from our home and how I wished we got to see it live. I think this is one of those nights Filipinos became united for the love of the sport and those hardworking players who represent our country in one of the toughest international basketball competitions ever.
I used to think Filipino pride is a superficial concept; one that seems to be the source of baseless insinuations of how ‘great’ the Filipino race is just because some foreign celebrity with a pinch of Filipino blood amazes the world. I mean, I will always look up to on those Filipinos who would bring glory to our beleaguered country; consider them as a source of inspiration but never as something to flaunt on to other countries while remaining blinded of our own problems.
With the numerous bombings in war and disaster-stricken Mindanao, the mega-explosive Pork Barrel Scam, the slow trickle-down of inclusive growth, sluggish passage of important laws and bills, and national leaders bickering with each other than focusing on important matters, it is really difficult to be proud of your country.
But I may be a blubbering hypocrite because I can’t help but to be proud. To those Gilas Pilipinas players who went pass the giant Koreans with the single-minded intention of winning the game. To Jonathan Yabut for winning the Apprentice Asia last month. To the Filipino kids who bag gold on International Math Olympics. To other athletes who fought for and continuing to do so to bring gold to the country. Maybe Pinoy pride is really inherent to us Filipinos, and we stand blameless against it. In contrast with our so-called crab mentality, we also have this spirit in us to be happy for our fellow Filipinos and standing by them whatever happens, all because we know he/she is just as Filipino as us.
They must not only stand as source of pride but inspiration too. Let’s not stop at cheering, let’s continue with uplifting the legacy.
So, congratulations for Gilas again. It was a spine-tingling, goosebumps-inducing wonderful game. Not a bad game for South Koreans too. They definitely keep us at the edge of our seats. They also shoot mean free throws. The crowd could have distracted them better if they shouted “North Korea is Best Korea!” Just kidding! Nice game, Korea. Well-played
Dear Gilas, goodluck for the game versus Iran tonight. Win or lose, we’re still going to Spain no matter what. Better to leave with a bang though so seize the win!
And to Spain we go. My Filipino pride will be with you as far as you can go, and maybe, beyond.
Here’s a song for you guys. Mabuhay!
PUSO by Spongecola (This should have been your theme!) 😄
Posted on August 10, 2013, in Filipino, It's More Fun in the Philippines, My country, reflections and tagged FIBAAsia2013, GilasPi, LabanPilipinas, MABUHAY, Philippines, PinoyPride, PUSO, South Korea, Spain2014. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.