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The week in photos: May 13-19, 2017

May 20, 2017 - 7:42 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the riot police during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on May 18, 2017. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to New York to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials. On Monday Venezuelans launched a seventh week of anti-government demonstrations by blocking roads, vowing not to budge all day in protest at a deadly political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Norwood, De Ocampo proud of new Gilas generation

May 19, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Gabe Norwood and Ranidel De Ocampo are on hand as the Philippines secures FIBA Asia Cup and Asian Qualifiers slots

PROUD. Gabe Norwood (L) celebrates with his Gilas brothers after winning the SEABA tilt. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gilas Pilipinas still kings of SEABA after beating Indonesia

May 18, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The Philippines will now move on to the FIBA Asia Cup and the Asian Qualifiers later in the year

LABAN PILIPINAS. Calvin Abueva proudly holds up the Philippine flag. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Reyes: Jalalon will be 'really special' for Gilas Pilipinas

May 18, 2017 - 11:20 PM

I really like the development and the play of Jio Jalalon says Chot Reyes

UNOFFICIAL MVP. Jio Jalalon is coach Chot Reyes' personal choice for Most Valuable Player for SEABA 2017. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas rules SEABA once more, books FIBA Asia Cup ticket

May 18, 2017 - 8:42 PM

UPDATED The Philippines rips Indonesia in the final game to finish the 2017 SEABA Men s Championship at 6 0 Gilas will also go to the Asian Qualifiers

CHAMPIONS. Gilas Pilipinas reigns supreme over Southeast Asian basketball again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Ultras Filipinas supports Gilas at SEABA 2017

May 18, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Ultras Filipinas brings the football brand of cheers and chants to basketball

ULTRAS FILIPINAS. The group Ultras Filipinas is pictured cheering for Gilas Pilipinas inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Vietnam coach finds Filipino crowd 'clever' for fake shot clock countdown

May 18, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Gilas Pilipinas fans create their own form of entertainment at SEABA 2017

'CLEVER.' Vietnam's coach Donte Hill thinks the Filipino crowd is clever for goading his team into early shots with a fake countdown. Photo from

Indonesia braces for rampaging Gilas Pilipinas in SEABA title game

May 18, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The highly favored Philippines takes on Indonesia to determine the champion of the 2017 SEABA Men s Championship

READY TO GO. Jamarr Johnson and Indonesia will aim to upset the Philippines in the 2017 SEABA Men's Championship. Photo from PBA Images

Batang Gilas defeats Malaysia, ends SEABA U16 tournament undefeated

May 18, 2017 - 2:01 PM

Batang Gilas seals SEABA U16 in first place and secures a slot in FIBA Asia U16 tournament

MVP happy with Gilas so far but wary of SEA neighbors rising

May 17, 2017 - 10:11 PM

Certain countries in Asia are [rising] We can t just pretend that we will continue our lead says MVP

NO TO COMPLACENCY. Manny V. Pangilinan says the Philippines cannot be complacent in Southeast Asia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Indonesia – 2017 SEABA Championships

May 17, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Get updates on Gilas Pilipinas virtual gold medal match against Indonesia as well as Batang Gilas final game versus Malaysia in the 2017 SEABA Championships

Gilas Pilipinas on verge of SEABA gold after Vietnam win

May 17, 2017 - 8:45 PM

UPDATED One more win for the Philippines

5-0. Gilas Pilipinas is now a win away from the SEABA gold. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Reyes lauds Aguilar's maturity with Gilas over the years

May 17, 2017 - 3:20 PM

The longtime Gilas Pilipinas member earns the praise of coach Chot Reyes after a breakout performance against Thailand

JAM. Japeth Aguilar dunks the ball over Thailand. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Batang Gilas still unbeaten, clobbers Thailand by 67 points in SEABA U16

May 17, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Batang Gilas secures a 3 0 record behind Christian Calimag and Rafael Go s 20 points apiece

UNDEFEATED. Batang Gilas towers above all as it marks its third win in the SEABA U16 tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jalalon enjoying mentorship from Asia's best point guard Castro

May 17, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Jio Jalalon and Jayson Castro are roommates for the duration of the 2017 SEABA Championships

LEARNING EXPERIENCE. Young guard Jio Jalalon is benefitting from the teachings of Asia's best point guard Jayson Castro. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Vietnam – 2017 SEABA Championships

May 16, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Catch updates of Gilas Pilipinas match against Vietnam as well as Batang Gilas game versus Thailand on Day 6 of the 2017 SEABA Championships

Aguilar explodes as Gilas Pilipinas barrels past Thailand

May 16, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The Barangay Ginebra forward makes all 10 of his field goal attempts which included highlight dunks and a 3 pointer in just 17 minutes of play

SLAM. Japeth Aguilar sizzles against Thailand. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gutsy Aung Wana of Myanmar becomes Pinoy crowd favorite at SEABA 2017

May 16, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Myanmar s Aung Wana catches the crowd s attention with his boundless spunk bold nerves and unapologetic showmanship

CROWD FAVORITE. Myanmar's Aung Wana becomes a Filipino crowd favorite in the 2017 SEABA Championship. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Thailand - SEABA 2017 Championships

May 15, 2017 - 8:12 PM

Catch updates of Gilas Pilipinas match against Thailand on Day 5 of the 2017 SEABA Championships

Coach Oliver unsatisfied with Batang Gilas performance against Indonesia

May 15, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Batang Gilas coach Mike Oliver says the team needs to adjust in terms of offense and lineup in the coming games

MORE. Despite being unbeaten in the SEABA U16 tournament, Batang Gilas coach Mike Oliver says the team still needs a lot of work. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Terrence Romeo is again a rockstar as Malaysian players idolize him

May 15, 2017 - 7:31 PM

Terrence Romeo was seen granting photo opportunities to several Malaysian players on the court

PHOTO OP. Terrence Romeo grants a photo opportunity to a member of the Malaysian team after Gilas Pilipinas' win. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Batang Gilas slays Indonesia in SEABA U16 tournament

May 15, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Batang Gilas remains undefeated in SEABA Under 16 Championship tournament

STANDING TALL. Kai Sotto persistently tries to score despite all guards defending the rim. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Andray Blatche's mom enjoys watching her son play in Manila

May 14, 2017 - 10:56 PM

Angela Oliver says this is the first time she s watching her son Andray play for Gilas in person

SUPPORTIVE. Andray Blatche's Mom, Angela, watches Gilas Pilipinas play. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas manhandles Malaysia to stay unbeaten in SEABA 2017

May 14, 2017 - 8:55 PM

Gilas rolls to a 3 0 record tied with Indonesia for first place

MIGHTY. Gilas Pilipinas continues to exert its might over its Southeast Asian neighbors after another comfortable win over Malaysia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Batang Gilas coach happy for Filipinos playing on Singapore's U16 team

May 14, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Batang Gilas didn t just defeat Singaporeans They also beat fellow Filipinos

PINOYS ABROAD. There are 3 Filipinos on Singapore's U16 basketball team: Reuben David Faustino Amado (#0), David Macaraig Chuabio (#4), and Jack Williams Santiago Lacsado (#7). Photo from PBA Images

Introducing the Batang Gilas for SEABA U16 Championship

May 14, 2017 - 7:25 PM

Meet the Philippines representatives for the 2017 SEABA Under 16 Championship

Batang Gilas batters Singapore by 66 points in SEABA U16 opener

May 14, 2017 - 3:04 PM

Kai Sotto leads Batang Gilas with 17 points and 5 rebounds

DOMINATION. The Philippines dominated a Singapore team for the second time in two days. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Singapore coach says tough Gilas Pilipinas squad benefits SEA region

May 14, 2017 - 10:00 AM

It s great to have a team like that in our region so that all nations can continue to develop says Franco Arsego

IMPROVING. Singapore's Goh Kok Chiang Delvin battles for the rebound against the Philippines' June Mar Fajardo. Singapore's coach, Franco Arsego, is happy to see his team improving. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

From Maliksi to Malicsi: Allein explains jersey spelling change

May 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The 29 year old Star Hotshots swingman explains how this is a result of a typographical error on his birth certificate

NAME CHANGE? Allein Maliksi's last name is spelled with a C on his Gilas Pilipinas jersey. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: What Batang Gilas practice looked like before SEABA

May 14, 2017 - 4:04 AM

Here s a sneak peak at one of the Under 16 team s practices just days before the much awaited SEABA tilt

Pingris grades Gilas' hustle vs Singapore at 4 or 5 out of 10

May 13, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Marc Pingris witnesses live what is assessed as a dip in effort by the Philippines in a blowout 113 66 victory over Singapore

SPECTATOR. Marc Pingris watches Gilas Pilipinas live against Singapore. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Malaysia - SEABA 2017 Championships

May 13, 2017 - 10:12 PM

Catch Batang Gilas debut in the U16 tournament as well as Gilas Pilipinas third match against Malaysia in Day 3 of the 2017 SEABA Championships

Gilas Pilipinas rolls on to second win at Singapore's expense

May 13, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The Philippines appear to settle down against Singapore lessening sloppy plays while concentrating on executing their sets

BEASTIN'. Calvin Abueva shines anew in Gilas Pilipinas' second lopsided victory in the 2017 SEABA Championships. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

In rare but pleasant plot twist, Gilas Pilipinas isn't the underdog for now

May 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

This SEABA 2017 offers a welcome plot twist a respite from the old wearying story arc A reminder that the Philippines has some dominating basketball powers to speak of

PLOT TWIST. Gilas Pilipinas is obviously not an underdog this time around in the 2017 SEABA Championships. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Singapore - SEABA 2017 Championships

May 13, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Follow live updates of Gilas Pilipinas vs Singapore and other Day 2 matches of the 2017 SEABA Championships

Myanmar has ‘long way to go’, says coach who beat PH in 1989

May 13, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Myanmar assembled only a month before the tournament is comprised of very young inexperienced players with the oldest only at age 23

YOUNG TEAM. Myanmar's young players look on as Troy Rosario dunks the basketball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Gilas clobbers overmatched Myanmar to open SEABA

May 12, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Look back at the Philippines 107 point victory over Myanmar in photos

Terrence Romeo fires a jumper. Photo by PBA Images

As expected, Gilas Pilipinas thrashes Myanmar in SEABA 2017 opener

May 12, 2017 - 8:45 PM

The Philippines dominates Myanmar with leads of more than 100 points

CRUISING. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas cruise to an opening day victory over Myanmar in the 2017 SEABA Championships. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Indonesia's import awaits clearance to play in SEABA 2017

May 12, 2017 - 6:14 PM

The 28 year old Jamarr Johnson says he still needs clearance from USA Basketball

AWAITING ITS IMPORT. Team Indonesia awaits its naturalized player Jamarr Johnson (3rd from left) to be cleared to play in the 2017 SEABA Championships. Photo from PBA Images

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May 12, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Myanmar - SEABA 2017 Championships

May 11, 2017 - 6:46 PM

Follow live updates of Gilas Pilipinas vs Myanmar and other Day 1 matches of the 2017 SEABA Championships

LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas armed with Lebron James’ 'Agimat' in SEABA

May 11, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Gilas will be wearing a special good luck charm on their feet for the SEABA Championships

BEAST MODE. Gilas player Calvin Abueva shows off his kicks for the SEABA Championship. Photo from press release

Gilas cautioned to watch out for 3 teams at SEABA

May 11, 2017 - 2:22 PM

We have to take this tournament seriously says Butch Antonio

TITLE DEFENSE. The Philippines is favored, but Gilas assistant coach Jong Uichico voiced concern over Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Oliver admits Batang Gilas lacks ‘camaraderie’ but ready for SEABA U16

May 10, 2017 - 5:33 PM

The 6 foot 11 Kai Sotto and 6 foot 8 Geo Chiu provide serious height for the Philippines team

HEIGHT IS MIGHT. Batang Gilas coach Michael Oliver hopes 6-foot-11 Kai Sotto will "dominate the shaded area." File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto towers above the competition for Batang Gilas

May 09, 2017 - 4:28 PM

The 14 year old Kai Sotto stands 6 foot 11 and has basketball hopes higher than his height

POWER. The 6-foot-11 Kai Sotto says he continues to improve his game and is focusing on his speed. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pogoy looks forward to facing Thai team that nearly beat them in 2016

May 09, 2017 - 4:37 AM

RR Pogoy is eager to take on Thailand once more a year after the cadet team he was part of was nearly upset twice in the SEABA Stankovic Cup

EXCITED. RR Pogoy, one of the rookies of Gilas Pilipinas, acknowledges there's no room for error at the 2017 SEABA Championships. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Blatche all smiles as he settles in with Gilas ahead of SEABA tilt

May 08, 2017 - 3:54 PM

Check out photos of Andray Blatche back in the Gilas Pilipinas fold

ALL SMILES. Andray Blatche is all smiles as he reconnects with his Gilas Pilipinas teammates. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Chot confirms Blackwater's Smith eyed as next Gilas naturalized player

May 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes confirms he wants Blackwater s Greg Smith to be the next naturalized player

Blatche's arrival delayed with birth of child, Reyes upset

May 03, 2017 - 6:56 PM

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes says he s considering replacing Andray Blatche as the 2017 SEABA Championships move closer

REPLACE BLATCHE? Coach Chot Reyes is not ruling out potentially replacing Andray Blatche, whose arrival in Manila is delayed with the birth of his son, Andray Jr. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Reyes aimed for versatility, balance in forming SEABA 12

May 02, 2017 - 5:27 AM

I think it’s very balanced it’s very versatile It has size and it’s a great combination of rookies and veterans says Chot Reyes of his 12 man lineup

VERSATILITY. The Gilas Pilipinas SEABA 2017 lineup is a healthy mix of rookies, veterans, and versatile players. Photos from PBA Images