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Freedom is to Love and to Serve

Freedom is to Love and to Serve

It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. – Galatians 5:13-14 (MSG)


Gilas Pilipinas routs Macau. Exceptional display of teamwork from Philippines. Playoffs starts Thursday.


Team Gilas Pilipinas won its third consecutive game in the FIBA Asia Cup 2012 via another blowout against a young team of Macau. The score is 98-46. Jeff Chan led again the team with 18 points and another 4 of 7 performance from the three-point range. Reserve big man Jay-R Reyes finished the game with 12 points and 9 rebounds off the bench and newcomer Matt Ganuelas Rosser almost had a triple-double as he tallied 11 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in another all-around performance. Gilas Pilipinas finished the preliminary round with a 3-1 record.

Gilas Pilipinas gave naturalized center Marcus Douthit a much needed rest and relied heavily on local big men Sonny Thoss, Rico Villanueva, Ranidel de Ocampo and Jay-R Reyes. Douthit will be very much needed come playoff time. This rest could really spell a big difference in a short tournament like this with games being done everyday.

Team Philippines showed great teamwork as they shared the ball and made baskets on 24 assists. They executed again extremely well that allowed them to score 41 field goals on 67 tries for a high percentage of 61 %. The team also shot 9 out of 22 from three-point range for 41%. We saw a lot of alley-oop plays from the team with Matt Rosser, Gabe Norwood and Jared Dillinger being recipients of brilliant passes.

Gilas Pilipinas showed exceptional teamwork. Trusting one another as if they are one body with many different parts. It’s another necessary nugget of life wisdom we can get from today’s victory. Trusting one another, teamwork and unselfishness. There is really no limit to what we can accomplish when we work as one and when we don’t care who gets the credit. No more crab mentality but “Bayanihan” spirit all the way.

Gilas Pilipinas played like that. Filipinos should live like that.

FIBA Asia Cup 2012 Playoffs kicks off on Thursday. Gilas Pilipinas will still wait for today’s result to determine their opponent from Group B. It will either be Qatar or Chinese Taipei.

It’s another great day for Philippine Basketball. A brighter day for every Pinoy.

Gilas Pilipinas shows Killer Instinct against Uzbekistan, a new arsenal of Filipinos.


Team Gilas Pilipinas won its second straight game as it routed Uzbekistan, 85-50, at the FIBA Asia Cup 2012 at Tokyo, Japan. Sharpshooter Jeff Chan led the team with 20 points, hitting 4 of 7 from rainbow territory. The Philippine National Team is now 2-1 in the Group A standings and will meet Team Macau tomorrow morning at 10:30 am.

After a morale-boosting win yesterday against a strong opponent in Lebanon, Gilas Pilipinas started from where they left off and pounded the Uzbekistan National Team. The team showed again an excellent execution of the dribble-drive offense, established a swarming defense, went berserk on fastbreak, and consistently hit their outside shots. Gilas Pilipinas also got great support from their bench. Rico Villanueva, Jay-R Reyes and newly discovered pinoy basketball talent in Matt Ganuelas Rosser made valuable on-court contributions and provided rest for the starters. By the way Rosser showed great potential and at the same time provided the team with energy and excitement as he finished the game with an impressive stat line of 8 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 1 tomahawk dunk, 1 hang-time move and an 8-inch Afro.

Last night, the Filipinos showed resiliency. Today, they showed killer instinct.

How many times do we see today people relaxing when they get their heads above water. Complacency sinks in. A comfort zone is found. It’s normally a trap that we Filipinos fall for. A stage of buffer becomes a lid to growth, an open door for mediocrity and a hindrance to success.

But Team Gilas Pilipinas knows exactly well that no lead is safe, and complacency will make them fall short of the ultimate goal, and that is winning the coveted FIBA Asia Cup. As a very popular phrase would always tell us, “Strike while the iron is hot.”, Gilas Pilipinas best epitomized that. The team created a lead and never allowed it to diminish. They kept adding and adding points to the scoreboard, made stops after stops after stops and never again looked back. Learning a lesson from an earlier defeat against China where they blew up a 4th quarter lead, Team Gilas Pilipinas showed another weapon from its arsenal, and that is Killer Instinct.

It’s not just the Philippine National Basketball Team, but Filipinos today are really on a new gear. We can see a lot of Filipinos excelling and excelling because they never become too complacent, rather they become even more dedicated to success. Filipinos have that new found game face: “killer instinct mode”. Strike while the iron is hot! Make the most out of every opportunity!

It’s really a brand new season for Filipinos. It’s a new spirit, a new confidence and a new emanation.

Those days were Filipinos are bullied, ridiculed and belittled are now over. Filipinos are now growing, learning and excelling.

Gilas Pilipinas showed that today. The Philippine National Team represented every Filipino very, very well.