I never played any sport (unless patintero is counted as one) but I’ve always been surrounded by people who played competitive and exhibition sports. And while they struggle for those elusive scores or beat the hell out of their opponents, I’m there cheering them on. Wearing whatever required color, memorizing the chants, and waving those official banners. Cheerleading at its finest, baby!
Basketball is not new to me. Okay, I may not know all the mechanics and not understand all the referee’s calls but I can always bug my seatmate to translate the jargons 🙂 When you regularly watched the inter-school UAAP as a student and used to work for a company that has three basketball teams in the professional league, you somehow get educated on this.
Dear Hubby and I were privileged to have watched the Sinag Pilipinas team win the gold medal for the men’s basketball division here at the Jakarta SEA Games. Though I’ve seen live basketball action before, I could still feel that this experience was different. We played against Thailand so the Thais cheered for their team and the Pinoys cheered for Sinag. Nothing unusual. What I was surprised about was the other nations watching AND cheering for team Philippines! They were cheering for the right team alright, team Philippines did not disappoint. Even our Indonesian friends are amazed at how Filipinos play basketball. “They can actually dunk??!” To which we just reply “What football is to you, that’s what basketball is to us Filipinos”.
It all didn’t end at the awarding ceremonies, little did I know that there were more surprises waiting for me that night…
WARNING: FAN GIRL MOMENTS ahead… You may skip if you want to 🙂
It was indeed a glorious night not only for sports fans but for all Filipinos as well. To quote my Twitter entry that night…
“Singing Lupang Hinirang in a foreign land with the Philippine flag raised above two other nations’… Surreal! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!!!”