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LOOK: Kai Sotto feels the love from Filipino community in Australia

Delfin Dioquino
LOOK: Kai Sotto feels the love from Filipino community in Australia

STAR. Kai Sotto is all smiles as he accommodates his Filipino fans in Australia.

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Kai Sotto meets with the Filipino community in Australia ahead of his National Basketball League stint with the Adelaide 36ers

Kai Sotto is settling in just fine in his new life in Australia as he is set to begin his stint in the National Basketball League with the Adelaide 36ers.

The 7-foot-3 big man met with the Filipino community in Adelaide, who gave Sotto a warm welcome by setting up a small feast for him.

Sotto was all smiles as he posed for photos with fellow Filipinos and signed his autograph.

“A massive thank you to the Filipino Communities Council of Australia for welcoming Kai on the weekend,” the 36ers wrote on Facebook.

“Kai enjoyed meeting and spending time with the community and we can’t wait to see everyone again as we get closer to #NBL22.”

Chasing his NBA dream, the 19-year-old signed with the 36ers in April after his bungled exit from the G League with Ignite.

Sotto showed promise as he suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the third window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers and the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the middle of the year.

The 2021-22 season of the NBL is slated to kick off in November. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.