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Smart Gilas vs NBA Photos Set 1

Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend
Smart Gilas Pilipinas vs NBA All-Stars
July 24, 2011
Smart Araneta Coliseum

This is my first set from the Smart Gilas vs NBA Game during the Ultimate All-Star Weekend, “Versus”, our favorite Smart Gilas players vs our favorite NBA players.

Kobe Bryant vs Chris Tiu
Chris Tiu is smothered by Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant vs Chris Lutz
Kevin Durant vs Chris Lutz

Javale McGee vs Mark Barroca
Javale McGee vs Mark Barroca

Derrick Williams vs Kelly Williams
Derrick Williams vs Kelly Williams

Derrick Rose vs Marcio Lassiter
Derrick Rose vs Marcio Lassiter

Photos of the PBA vs NBA Game at photographer.gmtan.com
More photos of the Smart Gilas vs NBA Game below

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Shooting the Ultimate All-Star Weekend

I feel very blessed to be able to shoot this once in a lifetime event. Shooting the NBA stars that you idolize and admire only on TV is really an honor. As a photographer and basketball fan, this is really a memorable experience.

Both games were spectacular, in the 1st game: NBA Selection vs PBA Selection, it was more of a slam dunk exhibition for the NBA stars as most PBA players were just starstruck to compete. In the second game: NBA Selection vs Smart Gilas, the Philippine National Team executed their plays and played defense resulting in a close game that they could have stolen but it was the gutsy plays of Smart Gilas Pilipinas at the end game that made more people believe that the Smart Gilas basketball program is really working and hope to bear fruit in the FIBA Asia Championships in September 2011.

Pictures to be posted soon!

Special thanks to Smart Communications, MVP Foundation, PLDT, Meralco, TV5, Metro Pacific, Philex Mining and of course, Manny Pangilinan for making this event possible.

Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend

One of the biggest sporting events happening in the country starts tomorrow, Saturday, 7pm at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. A selection of PBA players will go up against a selection of NBA Players.

– James Yap vs Kobe Bryant
– Mark Caguiao vs Derrick Rose
– LA Tenorio vs Chris Paul
– Jason Castro vs Kevin Durant
and many more matchups we never dreamed possible.

While on Sunday at 1pm, Smart Gilas will face the NBA Selection.

Look out for
– Chris Tiu vs Kobe Bryant
– Jimmy Alapag vs Chris Paul
– Japeth Aguilar vs Javale McGee
– Dondon Hontiveros vs Kevin Durant

Let us thank MVP for bringing these guys, special thanks to Smart, MVP Foundation, PLDT, Meralco and TV5.

More info about the Ultimate All-Star Weekend