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Dream Comes True for Five Gilas Fans as Master Brings Them to Seville

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The five lucky winners of the Master Game Face proudly support the campaign
of Gilas Pilipinas at the 2014 FIBA World Cup (L-R) 
Jerome Hernandez, Mike
Cleofe, Jeiel Guarino, Andrew Penaranda, and Jose Clipper Besin.
Since his teenage years, 27-year-old Jeiel Guarino, a communications officer from Quezon City, has always been a hardcore basketball fan.

He would closely follow the matches of his favorite PBA team and support his favorite players such as Marc Pingris, and Jimmy Alapag.

For years, Guarino dreamt of being able to watch and cheer for them, courtside, as members of the Philippine men’s basketball team, as they compete in various prestigious basketball tournaments against some of the world’s best teams.

“This is very significant for Philippine basketball as we're finally back in the World Cup after 36 years. As a basketball crazy nation, our participation in this quadrennial event demonstrates our ability to compete at the highest level," Guarino said.

Guarino and four other lucky basketball fans got a chance of a lifetime to watch live and cheer for members of Gilas Pilipinas as they put their oil-free game faces on and play in the biggest basketball event in the world, the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.

Guarino, Jose Clipper Besin, a 39-year civil engineer from Binan City,  Michael Cleofe, a 41-year old  office employee from Calamba City, Jerome Hernandez, a 30 year-old real estate sales manager from Paranaque  City, and Andrew Peñaranda, a 29 year-old seaman from Makati City, all flew to Seville, Spain for an eight-day all-expenses paid trip as winners of the Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo.

Launched in July, the Master Game Face promo offered five lucky Filipino hoops fans the chance to go to Spain for the 2014 FIBA World Cup simply by purchasing variants of Master Facial Wash and Master Deep Cleanser with a special promo sticker.

Even now, Guarino still could not believe that he was able to watch the FIBA World Cup after purchasing a single bottle of Master Deep Cleanser at a department store in Quezon City.

“Master, the biggest face care brand in the Philippines giving men that oil free game face look, gave these five men a chance to witness the biggest basketball event this year–the FIBA World Cup with the Master Goes to Spain Promo. This is a once-in-a lifetime experience for them to show their support for our national team, including Master Game Face brand ambassador, Marc Pingris,” said Jonathan Pua, Unilever Male Grooming brand manager.

The five lucky fans will stay in Spain to watch all of Gilas’ elimination round games against Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Senegal.

Aside from Pingris, also included in the Gilas lineup are Junemar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, Ranidel De Ocampo, Paul Lee, Jeffrei Chan, Gary David, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, team captain Jimmy Alapag, and naturalized player Andray Blatche.


FIBA World Cup Live Stream

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Watch the 2014 FIBA World Cup here.


FIBA World Cup Preview

Friday, August 29, 2014

We're just moments away from the start of the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. After 36 years, the Philippines will field in a team in the said tournament. All that and more in this lookahead.

1. Will Homecourt be an Edge?

The Spaniards have been one of the hottest basketball teams in recent history. Anchored by the Gasol Brothers, they have been dominating the European and even the world stages. Now that the FIBA World Cup goes to their home, will the homecourt advantage translate to the big bacon? Also to watch out for Spain: Serge Ibaka, Ricky Rubio, and Jose Calderon.

2. The Real Test for D-Rose

Derrick Rose showed brilliance during his first competitive basketball games since a series of knee injuries sidelined him for a few years. However, the true determinant on whether "The Return" has finally taken place is this FIBA World Cup. Can D-Rose play MVP-like basketball again like how he did with the Chicago Bulls?

3. The Paul George Effect

While one NBA superstar returned, another got sidelined. Prior to the international friendlies, Team USA got a huge blow as Paul George broke his leg during the late stages of a intra-team exhibition in Las Vegas. Many thought the Indiana Pacers star is a lock to the Final 12 prior to the injury, but now even his own club could be on the verge of considering a rebuild. Worse, some said that the PG24 injury might have affected Kevin Durant's decision to back out of the pool. Still, the Final 12 is exciting to watch as Rose, Steph Curry, James Harden, and Kyrie Irving will lead the charge.

4. "We're back!" -Gilas Pilipinas
It took 36 years before the Philippines made a return to the FIBA World Cup stage. The 1954 bronze medalists will now compose of spitfire guards in Paul Dalistan aka Paul Lee, Jimmy Alapag, and Jayson William aka Jayson Castro, high-flyers in Gabe Norwood and Japeth Aguilar, undersized yet hard-nosed 4-guys in Marc Pingris and Ranidel De Ocampo, and solid legit centers in Andray Blatche and Junemar Fajardo. Gilas may lack height, but all that matters is the heart to win.

Background Music: "Sube La Copa" by Huecco, the official soundtrack of the FIBA World Cup


All-Rookie UST Tandem Enters UAAP Women's Beach Volleyball Semis

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The UST Tigresses' young guns continued to impress everyone as they won two games on the same day at the UE Caloocan sand courts to clinch a seat in the UAAP Women's Beach Volleyball playoffs.

Cherry Rondina and Rica Rivera trounced FEU's Bernadette Pons and Charm Simborio, 21-15, 21-16, before beating UP's Arylle Magtahas and Hannah Mangulabnan, 21-6, 21-14.

Now at 5-0, UST has a outright shot at sweeping the elimination round for an automatic seat to the championship series with a thrice-to-beat advantage.

Prior to the loss against the Tigresses, the Lady Maroons needed three sets before downing the Ateneo Lady Eagles pair of Jhoana Maraguinot and Michelle Morente, 21-16, 14-21, 15-10.

Meanwhile, La Salle's Kim Fajardo and Cyd Demecillo continued their hot streak after an opening day loss with a 21-17, 20-22, 15-9 win against NU's Jaja Santiago and Fatima General.

The Lady Spikers tied the erstwhile unbeaten Lady Tamaraws for second place with similar 3-1 slates.

Adamson, on the other hand, also had to go the full game length before defeating UE, 21-12, 19-21, 15-6.

The Lady Falcons and the Lady Bulldogs are now tied for fourth place at 2-2, while the Lady Maroons are not far behind at 2-3.

The Lady Eagles and the Lady Warriors remained winless after four outings.

In the men's side, the UST pair of Mark Alfafara and Roy Guzman won against UE's Edward Camposano and Carlo Almario, 21-16, 21-12.

The other men's beach volleyball ties had defending champion NU outlasting Ateneo, 21-19, 21-14, Adamson stunning La Salle, 24-22, 21-17, and FEU conquering UP, 21-19, 21-19.


Lady Eagles, Lady Tams Keep Hopes Alive in UAAP Women's Hoops

Ateneo and FEU stayed in contention for a UAAP Women's Basketball spot as they separate opponents at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The Lady Eagles cruised to a 70-56 rout of the UE Lady Warriors in the first game.

Danica Jose, Sara Bo-ot, Claire Aseron, and Francesca Tantoco each scored ten points to lead Ateneo. Jose added 15 rebounds.

On the other hand, the Lady Tamaraws subdued the still winless UP Lady Maroons, 59-54.

Claire Castro led FEU with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while April Siat added ten.

The Lady Eagles and the Lady Tams joined idle Adamson Lady Falcons and UST Tigresses in a tie for third place with identical 5-5 records behind still unbeaten NU Lady Bulldogs and second-running De La Salle Lady Archers, currently at 8-2.

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