Filipinos are using Gilas Pilipinas’s win over China to feel like they REALLY won against China

If Filipinos can’t win where it really counts, they will declare themselves winners where it does not count. That’s pretty much the sad space social media “influencers” from the Opposition camp have been playing lately. Following a win chalked up by Team Gilas (the pride of Filipino basketball of the moment) against China in this […]

Gilas Pilipinas and the Filipinos’ continuous tradition of ZERO results inspiration

As I write this, the Philippine men’s national basketball team, better known as Gilas Pilipinas, has just won against Kazakhstan in the 2014 Asian Games basketball tournament currently being held in Incheon, South Korea. According to reports, however, Gilas needed to win by eleven (11) points in order to advance to the semifinal round. They […]

Where there is no Andray Blatche, there is no Gilas Pilipinas

As we asserted a few times earlier, Gilas Pilipinas is really just The Andray Blatche Show. This reality about the Philippines’ flag bearer to the FIBA World Cup in Spain this year was punctuated this week after the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) ruled against Blatche being included in the Philippine basketball team playing in […]

Again: Why the Gilas Win may fail to uplift the Philippines

In connection to the recent win by the Gilas team against Senegal, a while back, The University of the Philippines obtained what is considered a rare sports victory. What signified that it was rare and important was because they decided to put up a big bonfire that time. It also seemed other that people criticized […]

Continued loss suffered by Gilas Pilipinas in the 2014 FIBA Wold Cup mirrors Philippine history

Regard for sport mirrors society. And nowhere is this more evident than in the Philippines. Last night, Gilas Pilipinas was handily beaten by Puerto Rico in the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain after literally dropping the ball — losing an early lead it enjoyed over the first half of the game. The game was […]

Courage the cowardly Filipino

I find it amusing, and yet not surprising at all, that the cases of the Filipino peacekeepers assigned to the United Nations and of the Gilas Pilipinas Basketball team going to play in the FIBA tournament in Spain are being held up in social media as indicators of Filipino “courage”, and consequently, Filipino pride. The […]

Social media celeb John Ortiz Teope gets on the #GilasPilipinas racist bandwagon!

Tsk tsk. We continue wonder whether Pinoy-style basketball really brings out best the best in Filipinos if even “respected” social media personalities engage in low-brow racist sports fan rhetoric. Dr. Rodolfo “John” Ortiz Teope, PhD, EdD, DSD, DES is National President of the First Philippine Pro-Democracy Foundation, Inc and is host of the online video […]