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Despite exclusion, Matthew Wright always ready to answer Gilas call-up

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The 27-year-old wishes the team the best in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers

TOP GUNNER. Matthew Wright remains focused in Phoenix's campaign in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Blatche, Barroca return to Gilas in 14-man pool for World Cup qualifiers

Jan 15, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Nationals face must-win games against Qatar and Kazakhstan in the sixth and final window of the World Cup qualifiers in February

COMEBACK. Andray Blatche will once agian reinforce the Philippine basketball team. File photo from FIBA


'Nothing final yet' on Blatche's Gilas status, says Guiao

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:33 PM

The former NBA player says he 'can't wait to win' the Philippines' final two games in the World Cup qualifiers

BIG BOOST. Andray Blatche could don the national colors again after missing 4 games in the World Cup qualifiers. File photo from FIBA


Slim chances

Dec 23, 2018 - 12:05 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford to make any more mistakes if it wants to reach the 2019 FIBA World Cup

TOUGH BREAK. Yeng Guiao and the Philippine team are dealt a huge blow in their World Cup aspirations. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Major revamp

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Coach Yeng Guiao takes over the Gilas Pilipinas program as the 'best Philippine team' starts to take shape

NEW LOOK. A lot has changed in Gilas Pilipinas' roster in a span of months. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


FIBA drops the hammer

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:19 AM

In the aftermath of the infamous Philippines-Australia brawl, basketball's world governing body hands down its decision

PUNISHED. The Philippines gets hit hard with the suspensions and sanctions handed down by FIBA. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler



Brawl that shocked the world

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Gilas Pilipinas and Australia figure in what's dubbed 'the worst basketball brawl' in recent years

FREE-FOR-ALL. Punches, kicks and even chairs are thrown between the Philippines and Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler




MVP wants Tab Baldwin to coach Batang Gilas

Dec 08, 2018 - 3:12 PM

'This is my personal view: I think that Tab should be the Batang Gilas coach because he’s very good with the young kids,' says SBP chairman emeritus Manuel V. Pangilinan

GAME CHANGER. Tab Baldwin leads the Ateneo Blue Eagles to two UAAP championships. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Gilas 'bad boyz' ready to return, says Andray Blatche

Dec 04, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The clamor to bring the former NBA player back to the national team has intensified as the Philippines enters the final stretch of the World Cup qualifiers

BAD BOYZ. Andray Blatche (left) claims that Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva are ready for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos from FIBA


PH still hot as Japan remains on top in Cricket World Cup qualifier

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:13 PM

Jonathan Hill leads the Philippines' comeback to defeat Indonesia

GOOD CHANCE. Philippines is still in contention for qualifying for the Cricket World Cup in 2019. Photo by ICC.com

Fajardo left in frustration after missed free throws in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The 4-time PBA MVP highlights the need to work on his foul shots, especially during endgame situations

MAJOR BLOW. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas fall to 4th place in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Arwind Santos on limited minutes in Gilas return: 'Sobrang bitin ako'

Dec 04, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The 37-year-old PBA veteran says he expected to play more minutes in the crucial second half of Gilas' home loss to Iran in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Arwind Santos returns to national team action for the first time since 2009. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Justin Brownlee for Gilas in World Cup qualifiers? It could happen

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:35 PM

With the Philippines fighting for its life in its World Cup bid, Yeng Guiao says the Barangay Ginebra import is an option for naturalized player

FILIPINO AT HEART. Justin Brownlee has expressed his desire to become a naturalized Filipino. Photo from PBA Images


Double whammy for Jayson Castro as he sustains injury in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The veteran guard delivers a team-high in points despite an ankle injury, but all that goes for naught as the Filipinos lose back-to-back in the World Cup qualifiers

COMEBACK. Jayson Castro returns to the national team after serving a three-game suspension from FIBA. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Scottie Thompson rues error-filled endgame in Gilas loss

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:20 AM

The do-it-all guard commits a costly turnover that paved the way for Iran to keep the Philippines winless in the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

DOWN THE DRAIN. Scottie Thompson's impressive game for Gilas Pilipinas goes for naught. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Gilas absorbs heartbreaker against Haddadi-less Iran

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Philippines slips to 4th place with a 5-5 record in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

TOPSCORER. Christian Standhardinger leads Gilas Pilipinas in scoring. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


No Haddadi, Bahrami for Iran in clash vs Gilas

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:44 PM

The Filipinos may have just gained a perfect opportunity to get back on the winning track as Iran plays minus its top two stars

ABSENT. Hamed Haddadi and Nikkhah Bahrami will be missed by an Iranian side hoping to return to the winning track in the World Cup qualifiers. Photos from FIBA


Arwind Santos puts premium on defense in Gilas return

Dec 02, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Donning the national colors for the first time since 2009, the 37-year-old vows to apply everything he learned on the defensive end against Iran

VETERAN. Arwind Santos makes his return to the national team after a near-decade-long hiatus. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford another defeat against Iran after a surprising home loss to Kazakhstan

Standhardinger, Castro return to Gilas lineup vs Iran

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Four players from the Philippines' shock home loss to Kazakhstan are dropped

BACK AT IT. Christian Standhardinger will once again serve as the Filipinos' naturalized player against Iran. Photo from FIBA


Kazakh coach follows through in Gilas upset

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Promising a 'different game' after Kazakhstan absorbed a 37-point thrashing from the Philippines in the Asian Games, Renatas Kurilionokas keeps his word

CONFIDENT. Kazakhstan head coach Renatas Kurilionokas says 'we are winners' under the right circumstances. Photo from FIBA


Guiao 'not giving up' on Gilas' World Cup chances

Dec 01, 2018 - 1:57 AM

The Philippines' hunt for a World Cup berth just got tougher after a shocking home loss to Kazakhstan

MUST-WIN. Yeng Guiao wants Team Pilipinas to focus on its must-win assignment against Iran. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


After Kazakh loss, Gilas can't carry negativity to crucial Iran game

Dec 01, 2018 - 12:19 AM

The Philippines can't afford another defeat after falling to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

BOUNCE BACK. June Mar Fajardo aches for a rebound win against Iran. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas fails to defend homecourt vs Kazakhstan in World Cup qualifiers

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines falls to a share of 3rd place with Japan in Group F behind a 5-4 record

SCORING MACHINE. Stanley Pringle topscores for the Philippines. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Scottie Thompson hopes Ginebra's Never Say Die spirit rubs off on Gilas

Nov 30, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Four Gin Kings players will see action for the national team when it kicks off the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan

FAMILIAR FACES. Scottie Thompson looks forward to sharing the floor with his Ginebra teammates. Photo from FIBA


Slaughter: Playing with Fajardo in Gilas a 'dream come true'

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Considered fierce rivals from the collegiate scene to the PBA, the two towering centers will play together for the Philippines for the first time

GIANTS. Greg Slaughter (right) and June Mar Fajardo will combine for Gilas Pilipinas' Twin Towers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Fajardo) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Slaughter)


Guiao: Gilas needs to go beyond size upgrade

Nov 29, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may have more big men at its disposal, but national coach Yeng Guiao says the team needs to raise its level of play

TOWERING. (From left) June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram will form Gilas Pilipinas' frontcourt against Kazakhstan. Photos by Josh Albelda (Fajardo and Slaughter), Czeasar Dancel (Aguilar) and FIBA (Erram)


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Nov 29, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Team Pilipinas aims to bolster its chances for a World Cup berth against a Kazakhstan team it crushed in the Asian Games


Fajardo, Slaughter star in Gilas lineup vs Kazakhstan

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:11 PM

A towering Gilas Pilipinas squad will see action against Kazakhstan at the start of the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers

GIANTS. June Mar Fajardo will form a formidable Gilas frontcourt with Greg Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar and Poy Erram. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Yeng Guiao: PH to face 'tougher' Kazakhstan team

Nov 28, 2018 - 2:06 PM

'I don't think we're going to beat them as big a margin as we did when we beat them in the Asian Games,' the Gilas Pilipinas mentor says

DOMINANCE. Philippines' Stanley Pringle (R) pushes the ball past Kazakhstan's Maxim Marchuk (L) in their men's basketball preliminary Group D game between Kazakhstan and Philippines during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta last August 16, 2018. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP /

PH days away from hosting T20 Cricket World Cup qualifiers

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:54 PM

The Filipinos will duke it out against Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea to vie for a spot in the 2020 International Cricket Council T20 World Cup

LONG ROAD AHEAD. The Philippines begins its journey to the T20 Cricket World Cup. Photo from Shutterstock


Gilas falls to Lebanon anew in tuneup game

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:56 PM

The Filipinos go 1-of-4 in their tuneup games over the week

BACK-TO-BACK. Japeth Aguilar and Team Pilipinas fall prey to Lebanon for the second straight time. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


PH gymnast Carlos Yulo clinches bronze in Germany tilt

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:03 PM

It's another podium finish for the 18-year-old, this time in the 43rd Turnier Der Meister FIG Individual Apparatus World Cup

MORE TO COME. Carlos Yulo takes home another medal from a World Cup. Photo from Munehiro Kugimiya' Facebook page


No Ian Sangalang for Gilas in 5th window of World Cup qualifiers

Nov 24, 2018 - 8:03 AM

The big man recuperates from a right ACL injury he aggravated during Magnolia's semis clash against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Governors' Cup

ON THE SIDELINES. Ian Sangalang won't see action when the Philippines hosts Kazakhstan and Iran in the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas wins by default as Jordan walks out of tuneup game

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The game ended with more than 6 minutes left to play

ABRUPTLY ENDED. Christian Standhardinger and Gilas Pilipinas win by default over Jordan. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Talent-laden Gilas should focus on chemistry, says Standhardinger

Nov 20, 2018 - 6:45 AM

In the first of a string of tuneup games to prepare for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers, Team Pilipinas falls to Jordan

TOPSCORER. Christian Standhardinger paces Gilas Pilipinas against Jordan with 21 points. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas succumbs to Jordan in tuneup game

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Team Pilipinas plays with only 12 of its 20-man pool

OUT OF STEAM. Ricci Rivero and Gilas Pilipinas fall short. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas' final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Although chances of seeing the Sotto and Rivero suit up for Team Pilipinas in the World Cup qualifiers are slim, the fiery mentor believes it could still happen

YOUNG BUT TALENTED. Young studs Ricci Rivero (left) and Kai Sotto vie for a spot in Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Rivero) and FIBA (Sotto)


Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Twelve of the 20 pool players selected by head coach Yeng Guiao are present in Day 1 of the buildup for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

YOUNG GUNS. Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero – two of the youngest players in Team Pilipinas' 20-man pool – answer Yeng Guiao's call-up. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Gilas comeback 'new challenge' for Arwind Santos

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:51 AM

At 37 years old, Arwind Santos gets a chance to join the national team again after 9 years

SPIDERMAN. Arwind Santos will be suiting up for the national team for the first time since 2009. Photo courtesy of PBA media group.

From World Cup to Suzuki Cup for globe-trotting Azkals coach

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:05 PM

New coach Sven-Goran Eriksson vies to lead the Philippine men's football team to the Suzuki Cup final

BIGGER GOAL. Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and team manager Dan Palami hope to lead the Azkals to unprecedented heights. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

LA Tenorio: This is the best Philippine team pool

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:37 PM

'I think this lineup is very versatile. We can play small and quick, we can play big,' says Tenorio, who was surprised to get a national team call-up

RETURN. LA Tenorio returns to the national team after four years. Photo courtesy of PBA media group

Kai Sotto, Jayson Castro join Gilas FIBA World Cup qualifiers training pool

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Despite their availability for the game against Iran, Andray Blatche and Terrence Romeo are not named to the 20-man training pool

WUNDERKIND. 7-foot-1 Batang Gilas star Kai Sotto is named to Yeng Guiao's 20-man training pool. Photo by FIBA

Mbappe is Time magazine's 'Future of Soccer'

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Football's teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe sustains his rapid rise to global fame

TEENAGE TITAN. Kylian Mbappe’s stock skyrocketed this year when he played a major role in France’s World Cup title romp. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

RJ Abarrientos nabs gold in FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup Shoot-Out Contest

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The FEU Baby Tamaraw serves as the silver lining to the Philippines' early exit from the tournament

CHAMP. The Philippines' RJ Abarrientos eclipses his Russian and German foe to clinch the championship. Photo courtesy of FIBA


Russia captain Igor Akinfeev calls time on his international career

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The 32-year-old says he will be focusing instead on his club duties with CSKA Moscow

RETIREMENT. Igor Akinfeev hangs his spurs from the international stage. Photo courtesy of Alizada Studios/Shutterstock.com


Yeng open to stay as Gilas coach, but ready to resign if World Cup bid fails

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Guiao is poised to take over as permanent coach of national team after Chot Reyes chooses to 'step aside' from the Gilas program

CONTINUOUS SUPPORT. To remain in the long haul for Gilas, Yeng Guiao wishes that the PBA's support for the national team continues. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Slaughter itching to suit up and form Gilas triple tower

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:14 AM

If things fall into place, the 7-footer expects to return from injury and team up with the towering duo of Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo

RECUPERATING. Greg Slaughter is still nursing a knee injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Japeth makes it up to Yeng in Gilas 9 years after PBA breakup

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Aguilar admits he wishes he could have handled his exit from Burger King, which was then mentored by Guiao, a little bit better

CATALYST. Japeth Aguilar powers Gilas Pilipinas to a come-from-behind win over Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas pulls off comeback win over Qatar in closed-door match

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team unleashes a third-quarter storm to rally past Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifier

COME-FROM-BEHIND. Alex Cabagnot and Gilas Pilipinas recover from a slow start to topple Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler