Speaker Romualdez to Gilas Pilipinas: ‘You are all an inspiration to Filipinos’

SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Sunday expressed profound admiration for the Gilas Pilipinas basketball team that although the country’s Olympic bid ended with a loss to World No. 12 Brazil, they demonstrated unparalleled determination, skill and heart on the international stage of basketball.

Gilas Pilipinas fell short of a win against Brazil, 71-60, during the semifinal round of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

“The journey of Gilas Pilipinas in this tournament has been nothing short of inspirational. Their victory against Latvia, a European team, was a historic moment for Philippine basketball and a testament to the team’s resilience and capability,” Speaker Romualdez expressed.

“Although our bid for the Olympics ended, our players have proven their mettle by going toe-to-toe with world-class athletes and making every Filipino proud,” he added.

Speaker Romualdez said that the close matches with teams like Georgia and Brazil, where Gilas Pilipinas narrowly missed victory by just a few points, highlight the competitive spirit and potential of Philippine athletes.

“These games have shown that with perseverance, strategic play and unity, we can hold our own against higher-ranked opponents. This experience will undoubtedly serve as a foundation for future successes,” Speaker Romualdez said.

He then commended the players of Gilas Pilipinas, Coach Tim Cone and the entire coaching staff for their exemplary leadership and dedication.

“Their guidance and strategies have been pivotal in the team’s performance, bringing out the best in our players and instilling a sense of pride and confidence. The discipline and hard work that went into each game are truly commendable,” Speaker Romualdez declared.

“To the players of Gilas Pilipinas, your courage, sportsmanship and passion have inspired countless Filipinos. You have shown heart and determination. Your journey has sparked a renewed sense of hope and pride in our nation, and for that, we are eternally grateful,” Speaker Romualdez continued.

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