Making history

After Smart-Gilas’ quarterfinal win against Chinese-Taipei, people tried to trend #nung1987 on Twitter.

This is an example.


1987 was the last time Team Pilipinas reached the semifinals of the FIBA-Asia Championship (then called ABC). While younger generations will have a problem recalling who Joey Guanio and Jojo Villapando are, Alvin Patrimonio, Jerry Codinera, Nelson Asaytono, Ronnie Magsanoc, Jojo Lastimosa, Dindo Pumaren, Bong Alvarez, and Benjie Paras are future Hall of Famers. Completing the cast are Zaldy Realubit and Glenn Capacio who went on to have long careers highlighted with numerous titles. Their coach is the legendary Joe Lipa.

While the current generation have forgotten the exploits of the “Golden Bronze” campaign of 1987, this image I saw lurking on the web will be as timely as ever. The Philippines will face Jordan for the chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The last time the country qualified was at Munich in 1972. While the games were highlighted by the feats of Mark Spitz and the tragic murders of the Israeli athletes, for us this was our swan song.

That was 39 years ago.

This is now. 


Game over!


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