The San Antonio Spurs honored a huge fan who’s a Filipino veteran.
During the Military Appreciation Night, the former NBA champ paid tribute to Liban Brillantes at the AT&T Center last Wednesday, March 20 (Thursday, March 21, PH time).
Liban Brillantes is now 103 years old and is a huge Spurs fan. Although he was born and raised in the Philippines, Brillantes is now a San Antonio resident. He migrated to the US at the age of 85 and 7 years later, officially became a citizen.
During his youth, Brillantes actively participated against the Japanese in 1941. While he appeared as a farmer befriending the Japanese soldiers, Brillantes was actually a “secret intelligence” sending messages. Brillantes saved a lot of American soldiers by directing many Japanese in the opposite direction; giving the Americans an advantage.
Brillantes joined the US Army’s 121st Infantry at age 19.
During the Spurs tribute, Brillantes wore a Barong Tagalog and was received on court amid cheers and applauses from the crowd. He was given a customized Spurs jersey with a “103”; his age embroidered at the back.
The official Twitter account of Spurs shared a video of the tribute. It was later on flooded with comments of warm greetings from netizens all over the world.
A netizen Reddison tweeted, “He’s even wearing a Barong Tagalog. Still proud of his country even though he’s already living in San Antonio. Salute to you, Sir!”
Another netizen @GoSpursGo also replied, “Dude’s a straight up hero. Thank you sir for your service!”
Even on Facebook, where the video was shared, the comments were flooded with appreciation to the 103-year-old veteran. Brillantes’ granddaughter, Precious Joy Ross, thanked everyone for the well wishes. She wrote, “Thank you everyone for your kind words! I’m his granddaughter I’m reading them to him now!”
You can click on the image below to watch the video from San Antonio Spurs’ Facebook page: