I think lumevel-up na ang tingin ng mga Pinoy sa basketball," enthused Dr. Cecilio Pedro, Lamoiyan Corp. president and chief executive officer, during a press conference in Parañaque City recently.
cited the overwhelming support and admiration of the Gilas followers not only here, but also from other countries.
Wherever Gilas goes, support and pride were expressed for the national team.
From cyberspace to the tournament venue itself, they were ready to match the team's rival's supporters in terms of cheering and boosting the players' determination to win.
In fact, this outpouring of support for the men's national basketball team earned for the Philippines the Most Valuable Fans Best Country award at the conclusion of the FIBA World Cup.
"This event will bolster more the Pinoys' interests for the basketball, especially the youth.
wanted such advocacy because the sport will help the youth develop values such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, teamwork, sportsmanship, friendship and camaraderie," opined Pedro
"Involving themselves (the youth) in this kind of sport will not only teach them skills, but will also help them develop good values and attitude," he
Pedro, of Chinese-Filipino descent who graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University and earned a degree in Business Management, disclosed that the company has a long history of engagement to sports activities as part of its corporate social responsibilities.
I believe that Filipinos have the potential to be the best in the field," shared Pedro
Being one of the best minds in amateur basketball, we are proud to have him on board," expressed Pedro
decided to revive the squad because he
remains optimistic over the potential of Filipino basketball players, especially those in the amateur level.
'Not just basketball'
, a devout Christian, also appeals on everyone to support not just basketball, but also other growing sports such football, volleyball and swimming.
"I think we should also invest to other sports, not just basketball.
In football, maganda naman 'yung performance ng ating football team, 'yung Azkals.
At marami na ang nagkaka-interest sa sports na ito," commented Pedro
also pointed out that unlike basketball where height is an advantage, in football, speed and skill are top qualities.
"Maliliksi at mabibilis ang mga Pinoy.
The official also noted the sports swimming and diving, in which he
believes Pinoys could excel, too.
"Alam niyo sa mga probinsya, ang gagaling magsisid 'yung mga kababayan natin. 'Yung mga nag da-dive sa mga barko o bangka, ang galing nila. 'Yan din dapat ang bigyan natin ng pansin," stressed Pedro, who is also the director of Life Care and the Biblical Seminary of the Philippines.
"Again, we should support our Filipino athletes not just on basketball, but on other sports as well,'" urged Pedro