Gasol says Mabuhay on Facebook

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Lakers' forward/center Pau Gasol posts a status written in Tagalog on his official Facebook page.

MANILA, Philippines – National Basketball Association (NBA) star Pau Gasol posted a status on his official Facebook page that greeted Filipinos in Tagalog.

It says, “Mabuhay mga kaibigang Pilipino! Very good win against the Warriors tonight! Great team effort to overcome Andrew’s injury early in the game. Dinner time! I hope everybody is having a good start of the week.”

Gasol usually posts only in Spanish and English when addressing his fans and followers on social media. Several fans suspect he used Google Translate. Nevertheless, the status hit home for Filipino fans. It now has over 2,000 likes, over 100 shares, and over 300 comments from mostly Pinoys.

Back in November 29, 2011, the Lakers’ forward/center posted a video also on his Facebook page apologizing for not being able to make a scheduled trip to the Philippines because training camp for the NBA Season was about to start after a 161-day lockout due to disagreements in the provisions for a new collective bargaining agreement for the league.

In the video, he says he would have loved to be in the Philippines and promised that he’ll be able to make the trip next time when the opportunity presents itself.

Could this be a prelude to a Pau Gasol visit in the Philippines? –

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