Our love for bas­ket­ball: La­ban Pilip­inas, Puso!

Panay News - - WORLD - By Ron Rick D. Deluna, Pon­teve­dra Chris­tian School

FILIPINOS are a bas­ket­ball- lov­ing peo­ple. To them, bas­ket­ball is not just an or­di­nary sport; it is a way of life.

While other coun­tries love watch­ing and play­ing soc­cer (which is ac­tu­ally the world’s most pop­u­lar and No. 1 sport), bas­ket­ball has al­ways been the clos­est sport to the Filipino heart. The Filipinos’ pas­sion for bas­ket­ball has his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural roots and what­ever hap­pens to the games of our fa­vorite bas­ket­ball teams in tour­na­ments like the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Bas­ket­ball, Jones Cup, South­east Asian Games and even Olympics will do noth­ing to change that.

There are many rea­sons why Filipinos love bas­ket­ball. Some of those may seem fic­tional, oth­ers may sound ro­man­tic and some log­i­cal. We may be shorter in height but we have the HEART. This is prob­a­bly the most log­i­cal an­swer Filipinos could give in de­fend­ing their love for bas­ket­ball.

In bas­ket­ball, height and bulk are im­por­tant. Filipinos are com­par­a­tively shorter and built smaller, thin­ner and lighter than most other peo­ple in the world. But we like the idea of al­ways be­ing the un­der­dog. We sa­vor in­ex­pli­ca­ble tri­umph in work­ing hard to reach the top from the bot­tom.

We know we don’t have the height ad­van­tage so we set our­selves play­ing emo­tional bas­ket­ball where ef­fort, de­ter­mi­na­tion, ded­i­ca­tion, pas­sion, and hard work pre­vail. This is why we have this fa­mous bat­tle cry for our Gi­las na­tional bas­ket­ball team –

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