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Faces of the News: Gilas Pilipinas Women

/ 04:55 AM December 15, 2019

Illustration by Rene Elevera

The Philippines had never won a basketball gold in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) before, though it came close several times.

Coach Pat Aquino referenced those heartbreaks before the 30th SEA Games started.

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Then came championship night in 5×5 basketball, and the Philippines was finally the women’s champion, beating Thailand, 91-71, in the finals.

All those days of being ignored came to an end when the Gilas Pilipinas women stood on top of the podium and — for the first time ever — on top of the country’s male-crowded basketball world.

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Gilas Pilipinas men’s national coach Tim Cone said it best: “[The women] are the story tonight, not us.”

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