Bulakenyos hail Team Gilas Pilipinas coach as “home grown” hero

August 12, 2013 10:04 am 

MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan, Aug 11 –As pride and spirit of patriotism swept through a euphoric nation following the heartstopping victory of Team Gilas Pilipinas over archrival South Korea in the semi-final round of the FIBA Asia Basketball Championship Saturday night, Bulakenyos feel a distinct pride and are one in saluting coach Chot Reyes as their “homegrown hero.”

“A new Bulakenyo hero and patriot has risen in an arena where the whole world is watching and has given the country the limelight to excel in a playing field normally dominated by big countries,” said Governor Wilhelmino Sy- Alvarado as he joined his provincemates in congratulating coach Reyes and the Gilas Pilipinas team in their pulsating 86-79 win over South Korea sending them into finals against the unbeaten and strong Iranian team.

The win also gave the Philippine team the long elusive ticket to the FIBA World championship in Spain in 2014.

It has also ended the so- called “Korean Curse” that hounded the Philippine basketball team for more than three decades.

Alvarado said coach Chot has shown the distinct quality of a true born Bulakenyo patriot and its fighting spirit in the face of battle.

“One thing that now endears him to the Filipinos is the way he gave the team the chemistry it needs and the strong heart and desire to win for the country. What he and the Philippine basketball team did was a rare feat made more beautiful by the overflowing spirit of unity of our countrymen as we pray and hope for the best to our team” the governor said.

Reyes has been proudly stating in the GilastTeam commercials that he is a true native son of the historic capital city.

City mayor Christian D. Natividad said that the city will always be ready to give coach Chot a “red carpet” welcome anytime he goes home here.

“Of course we feel proud not only for the achievement of our team to the FIBA finals but for having somebody there who is very proud to be a native son of Malolos,” the young mayor, who is still playing basketball in his freetime. said.

Natividad said that as tribute to coach Chot’s magnificent steering of the Philippine Team to the FIBA finals, the city government will provide free public viewing of the championship match on a big screen inside the Malolos Sports and Covention Center. (PNA)

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