#SugatangPUSO2019: Netizens heartbroken over FIBA hosting loss

MANILA, Philippines – It's no secret: The Philippines - China dispute has been raging for sometime now. Today, Friday, August 7 was a little different. 

The two countries faced off for prestige: to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Twitter and Facebook users went online to tune in and share their thoughts on the final pitches of the Philippines and China to become the 2019 FIBA World Cup host. 

Filipinos went for the heart.

On the eve of Friday's final bid, #PUSO2019 trended in the country. Puso is Filipino for heart.

During the presentation itself, which started 3 pm (Manila time), the hashtag trended worldwide. 

Below is a collection of reactions and witty tweets from Filipino netizens, who tried to find humor in the dissapointing announcement:

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Gilas Pilipinas Coach Chot Reyes, who was part of the Philippine panel that made the pitch, tweeted his disappointed but cited the time when we lost the bid to Lebanon in hosting the 2013 FIBA Asia Cup yet "ended getting it."

twitter -tweet" lang="en"> Sakit — Chot Reyes (@coachot) twitter .com/coachot/status/629600774020947969">August 7, 2015 twitter .com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8">

twitter -tweet" lang="en"> Then again in 2012 also here in Tokyo, we lost a bid to Lebanon for d 2013 FIBA Asia hosting, yet ended up getting it twitter .com/hashtag/justsaying?src=hash">#justsaying twitter .com/hashtag/PUSO2019?src=hash">#PUSO2019 — Chot Reyes (@coachot) twitter .com/coachot/status/629616806760574976">August 7, 2015 twitter .com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8">

Filipino American Hollywood actor Diamound Lou Phillips impressed many Filipinos when he spoke with so much passion about the Philippines during his speech. 

twitter -tweet" lang="en"> And to the many Filipino fans, we felt your love. Keep the dream alive and keep making noise! You have been heard! twitter .com/hashtag/PusoForever?src=hash">#PusoForever twitter .com/FIBA">@FIBA — Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) twitter .com/LouDPhillips/status/629613337702051840">August 7, 2015 twitter .com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8">

twitter -tweet" lang="en"> Incredibly proud & honored to be a part of the Philippine delegation. We left our hearts on the court! Congrats to China. twitter .com/hashtag/FilipinoPride?src=hash">#FilipinoPride — Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) twitter .com/LouDPhillips/status/629612774738427904">August 7, 2015 twitter .com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8">

How about you? How did all this make you feel? – Rappler.com