Wed. Sep 27th, 2023

Followers kind an extended queue exterior Philippine Area for the opening of the Fiba World Cup. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

BOCAUE, Bulacan—In the course of a packed and humid higher field foyer, Boogie Corpuz was sporting a Jordan Clarkson jersey and stood out among the many crowd.

Whereas everybody was both busy lining up at concession stands or beelining towards the sector, Corpuz was taking his candy, candy time simply relishing the second, taking selfies all of the whereas.

Like a meticulous mathematician, he had already calculated that the inflow of followers arriving at Philippine Area right here could be mind-bogglingly excessive.

He was proper.

“Gano’n talaga. (That’s how it’s) It’s additionally for us to succeed in the Angola and Italy sport and for our journey to be worthwhile,” stated Corpuz, who was handled to an entertaining sport received by Group A favourite Italy, in Filipino.

Not like different Gilas devoted, although, Corpuz was greater than inclined to belief the method.

From “16-man robust” to the ultimate 12, coach Chot Reyes needed to make some actually laborious choices that he himself thought of the “deepest cuts.”

However regardless of that, Corpuz nonetheless believes that Gilas nonetheless stands for one thing. Corpuz nonetheless believes that the identical “Puso” battlecry can propel the crew to greatness as soon as extra.

In spite of everything, it’s within the Filipino blood.

“For me, we now have an honest Last 12. The very best factor we are able to do although, is to cheer up our crew and belief the coaches’ choices so we are able to assist Gilas,” he stated.

“In basketball, even when we now have robust opponents on the opposite crew, we assist one another out. It’s actually in our hearts as Filipinos to return collectively so for me, we are able to beat them. It’s attainable.”

Corpuz may’ve simply gone about his day as a enterprise proprietor however his love for Gilas simply received’t let him.

As an alternative of simply watching the sport within the comforts of his dwelling, Corpuz swarmed the Philippine Area to be a part of the 38,115 followers that set the attendance report in a Fiba sport.

“So long as I assist the nation that I grew up in, my journey right here is okay,” stated Corpuz.

“It received’t get away from us, the ‘puso.’ Wherever you carry us Filipinos, your coronary heart will at all times prevail.”

Gilas ended up shedding a heartbreaker to the Dominicans, 87-81, in a sport the Filipinos had a golden alternative to say an upset.


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