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My Smart Gilas Journey


The first time I shot the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team was an Exhibition game against Powerade Team Pilipinas on October 2009. View pics here Smart Gilas vs Powerade Team Pilipinas. Smart Gilas trashed the Powerade Team Pilipinas composed of PBA players and from there I became a big fan of Smart Gilas and knew that the program will flourish but I also knew that it will not happen overnight.

Coach Rajko Toroman

Then from there since I was already shooting in the PBA, I also photographed some of the Smart Gilas games and here I saw that the Smart Gilas players who have no professional experience are already at par with the PBA players as they finished 3rd place in the PBA Commissioners Cup. View some of my Smart Gilas in the PBA pics here Smart Gilas vs Derby Ace Llamados and Smart Gilas vs San Miguel

Mac Baracael

After their PBA stint, Philippines hosted the 2011 FIBA Asia Champions Cup where Smart Gilas played against teams from Asia with 2 Imports each. This tournament showed how far the Smart Gilas program has become against powerhouse teams from Asia. This is also my first time to shoot an International Tournament. View some pics here Smart Gilas vs Duhok Photos | Smart Gilas vs Jordan Photos | Smart Gilas vs Syria Photos | Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos

JV Casio

Then my most memorable shoot with Smart Gilas was versus the NBA All-Stars during the Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend, this was a dream come true, shooting NBA stars against our Philippine National Basketball Team. A once in a lifetime event that I was truly grateful to shoot. I have not posted all my pictures from the event since I shot so many photos but here’s the Smart Gilas vs NBA Photos Set 1

Derrick Rose vs Marcio Lassiter

Then the last 2 games that I shot was the Smart Gilas Exhibition Games against Qatar and Jordan before they left for Wuhan, China. View the Smart Gilas Exhibition pics here Smart Gilas vs Qatar Photos | Smart Gilas vs Jordan Photos

Next time, I hope I am able to shoot Smart Gilas in an International Tournament in another Country.

Japeth Aguilar

Even though I was disappointed with the way the team ended the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship, I think that this current team laid the foundation for our next Philippine National Basketball Team, I just hoped we learned a lot in those three years of the Smart Gilas program and apply everything that we have learned. My favorite coach, Rajko Toroman may or may not be extended but I will continue to Support the next Smart Gilas team!

Thank you to all the Players, Coaching Staff and all the people who contributed to the team in any way, specially to Smart and MVP.

Thank you to those who visited my sites about Smart Gilas
Smart Gilas Latest News and Updates
Smart Gilas Pilipinas Photos

Thank you Smart Gilas Pilipinas!

Smart Gilas vs Duhok Photos

Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs Duhok of Iraq
22nd FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Philippines beats Iraq, 74-64
Philsports Arena
May 31, 2011

Chris Tiu
Chris Tiu had an all-around game with 11 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds

Mark Barroca
Mark Barroca led Smart Gilas in the 2nd half contributing 12 points and 8 rebounds (6 out of 10 from the field)

Marcus Douthit vs CJ Giles
Marcus Douthit dunks on former Smart Gilas Import CJ Giles

Dondon Hontiveros
Dondon Hontiveros shoots a three (Only 2/7 from 3-point range)

Asi Taulava
Asi Taulava scored only 2 points but grabbed 7 rebounds

Japeth Aguilar
Japeth Aguilar Slam Dunk

Who’s watching the FIBA-Asia Champions Cup

22nd FIBA-Asia Champions Cup
Philsports Arena, Pasig (Formerly ULTRA)
May 28-June 5, 2011

Saturday, 28 May 2011, 6:00pm
Philippines vs Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 29 May 2011, 6:00pm
Malaysia vs Philippines

Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 8:00pm
Philippines vs Iraq

Wednesday, 1 June 2011, 8:00pm
Jordan vs Philippines

Friday, 3 June 2011

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Ticket Prices:
RINGSIDE Reserved Seats = P250
COURTSIDE I Free Seating = P200
COURTSIDE II Free Seating = P150
LOWER LEVEL Free Seating = P150
GALLERY Free Seating = P10

Game Tickets available at SMTickets.com or call at Telephone No. (02) 470-2222.

TV coverage will be Produced by TV5 but will be aired through IBC 13.

The event is co-organized by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and FIBA Asia.

Official Website of FIBA-Asia Champions Cup – http://manila2011.fibaasia.net

FIBA Asia Champions Cup Volunteers

To all Filipino Basketball Fans, we are inviting Male and Female Volunteers for the coming FIBA-Asia Champions Cup to be held at the the PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena (formerly ULTRA) on May 28 to June 5, 2011. Those who can communicate verbally in Arabic is very much welcome. We do appreciate your help, lets make this event a success. Just come on May 12, 2011 (Thursday) at 1PM at the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Office which is located in the Philsports Bldg A inside the DepEd Complex/Philsport Complex, Meralco Ave., Pasig City. Please bring your 2×2 ID Picture, pen and paper. Tel#706-2970.