Written By Danley Rubica on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 10:14:00 AM
|The event's promotional advertisement|
Filipino basketball fans were excited knowing this event of an exhibition game between Gilas Pilipinas and certain NBA Superstars like DeMar Derozan, Kyle Lowry, Tyson Chandler, Brandon Jennings, Damian Lilard and James Harden but all of the great expectations of basketball fans who swarmed to Araneta Coliseum last night, was turned into disappointments and anger as the event was cancelled by organizers in the last minute.
According to the organizers, as well as to the management of the NBA players, they we're not allowed to play because it will break their contract to the famous basketball association and thus, will get themselves suspended if they try continuing to play on the said exhibition game. The event started last night with basketball drills between the NBA superstars and the Gilas Pilipinas players. However, the drills had sparked confusion to the basketball fans who are waiting to the "must-see" exhibition game. In the end, the Gilas coach Chot Reyes explained everything to the fans that a practice drill will be shown, instead of the expected exhibition game.
Knowing this change in the event, the crowd began booing to the people in the court, somewhat disappointed about the information that there will be no exhibition game that will happen that night. Others had requested a refund since it was known that the tickets ranged from prices P750 up to P23000. Then when the event is wrapping up, disappointed fans swarm the exits of Araneta Coliseum, full of disappointments. Despite the epic-fail event, fans still looked up at the merchandise sold outside the venue. It was also extended to their information that the event on the next day, July 23, is cancelled as well.
|PLDT Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan (Center) apologizes for the cancelled event.|
Photo courtesy of GMA7.
Meanwhile, Manny V. Pangilinan and the rest of the management PLDT send their sincerest apologies to the fans regarding the cancelled event and offers a refund to all of the fans who bought tickets.