- The Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Basketball Team got the recognition they deserve in the form of a huge mural in Valenzuela City
- The mural can be found painted in a half-court basketball court in Pio Valenzuela
- It features the national team’s captains — Jimmy Alapag and Gabe Norwood
Representing the country in the world arena is already enough for the people of Valenzuela to honor Gilas Pilipinas with a huge mural despite their dismal showing in the world cup.
The love for Gilas Pilipinas lives on even after coming home empty-handed with a win from their FIBA World Cup stint in China, and the huge mural in Valenzuela City featuring the two captains of the Philippine basketball team is a proof to this.
The mural can be found on the walls of a basketball half-court in Pio Valenzuela showing Gilas former captain Jimmy Alapag and current captain Gabe Norwood in their iconic reactions in their historic games donning the national colors.
Norwood’s iconic poster dunk over Argentina’s Luis Scola during the FIBA World Cup in 2014 in Spain was painted beside a larger image of him while dribbling.
Alapag’s animated reaction amid celebration during Gilas’ historic victory over the South Koreans in the 2013 FIBA Asia Men’s Championship in Manila was also painted on the other side beside the also iconic b
attle cr y of the team: Laban, Pilipinas Puso.
Phrases like “Para sa Bayan” and “Duyan ka ng Magiting” were also etched in the murals.
According to a report, the man behind the giant “token of appreciation” was Valenzuela Representative Eric Martinez. The mural aims to recognize Gilas’ sacrifices to represent the country in the world arena despite finishing with no win.
It is also intended to promote sports in the city, where NBA-inspired basketball courts are built to encourage the youth to participate in sports.