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PBA teams to release Gilas pool players for FIBA Asia Cup

Jul 18, 2017 - 12:21 PM

In accordance with the MOA between PBA and SBP Gilas cadets will be released 30 days prior and PBA veterans will be released 15 days prior

PBA VETS. Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar are 3 of the PBA veterans included in the Gilas pool for the FIBA Asia Cup. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Norwood inserted into 24-man Gilas pool for FIBA Asia Cup

Jul 08, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Coach Chot Reyes releases the 24 man pool from which he will select his final 12 men for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup

ONE MORE ROUND? Gabe Norwood may see action again for Gilas Pilipinas after his inclusion to the 24-man pool for the FIBA Asia Cup. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pingris on Abueva: 'Siya 'yung puso ng Gilas ngayon'

Jan 26, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Marc Pingris is ready to hand over the reins to a worthy successor: Calvin Abueva

PUSO. For so long Marc Pingris typified 'puso' for Gilas Pilipinas. Now he sees Calvin Abueva (R) doing the same. File photo from

Troy Rosario added to Gilas Pilipinas pool

Jan 24, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Head coach Chot Reyes includes the 6 foot 7 Rosario after getting clearance from TNT and the PBA Board

NEW ADDITION. Troy Rosario is the latest addition to the Gilas Pilipinas pool. Photo from PBA Images

Castro, Romeo return in 24-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for 2017

Jan 22, 2017 - 7:03 PM

2nd UPDATE See who made it to the 24 man pool of Gilas Pilipinas for 2017

Gilas Pilipinas 14-man lineup announced

Jun 09, 2016 - 12:54 AM

2nd UPDATE Only Marcio Lassiter did not make the lineup which will be further cut down to 12 as the Olympic Qualifier nears

LAST 14. Ray Parks is among the 14-man lineup to go to Europe for training camp and pocket tournaments. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After absence, Tenorio savors new chance with Gilas Pilipinas

Jun 03, 2016 - 12:00 PM

LA Tenorio brings his vast international experience to the Gilas pool preparing for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

NEW OPPORTUNITY. LA Tenorio is enjoying being back with national team Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

Andray Blatche arrives in Manila for Gilas training

May 28, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Andray Blatche will join Gilas Pilipinas preparations for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

IN MANILA. Andray Blatche, naturalized import for Gilas Pilipinas, takes a photo with a fan. Photo from joenasruiz's Instagram account

Paul Lee pulls out of Gilas pool with knee injury

May 24, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Wearing street clothes Lee personally relays to head coach Tab Baldwin the news on Tuesday May 24 during the team’s morning practice

OUT. Paul Lee talks (R) to coach Tab Baldwin to say he will be skipping Gilas Pilipinas for now due to injury. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Gilas set for training, tune-ups in Europe for Olympic Qualifier

May 19, 2016 - 6:41 PM

Take a look at Gilas Pilipinas’ schedule in the next two months leading up to the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila

HIGH GEAR. Preparations of Gilas Pilipinas for the Olympic Qualifiers kick into high gear as the PBA Finals wrap up. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Ray Parks eager to play for Gilas Pilipinas: 'I'm ready'

May 19, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Bigger and wiser Bobby Ray Parks Jr sets his sights on making the final Gilas Pilipinas lineup for the FIBA Olympic Qualifiers

JAM. Ray Parks is back in Manila and training with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Slaughter, Rosser out of Gilas pool for FIBA OQT due to injuries

May 18, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Both players are out due to ankle injuries and surgeries and will no longer be options for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

OUT. Greg Slaughter (R) and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser are out of the Gilas Pilipinas pool due to injuries. Slaughter photo by Czeasar Dancel, Rosser file photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baldwin sees Jio Jalalon as an asset in Gilas practice

Mar 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

He’s so quick and he’s aggressive and he’s tough and that creates another element in the practices Gilas Pilipinas head coach Tab Baldwin says of Jalalon

IMPRESSIVE. Young Arellano guard Jio Jalalon makes an impression with his speed and defense at Gilas Pilipinas practice. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Baldwin explains why Manuel, Yap aren’t fit for Gilas Pilipinas

Mar 15, 2016 - 9:20 PM

There are other qualities and factors that also make some players better suited to the international game and some players not so well suited says Gilas coach Tab Baldwin

WHY NOT? Coach Tab Baldwin explains why Vic Manuel (L) and James Yap might not be suited for Gilas Pilipinas. File Photos from Josh Albelda/Rappler and PBA Images

Baldwin not alarmed with Gilas spate of injuries

Mar 08, 2016 - 11:34 PM

The Philippine national team is enduring a spate of injuries with backcourt stars Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo leading the way

SITTING OUT. Jayson Castro does not take part in Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday, March 7 as he rests his nagging Achilles injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

No Gilas Pilipinas just yet for Raymond Almazan

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

His day will come And I think it will come sooner rather than later Tab Baldwin says of Raymond Almazan s future with the national team

'HIS TIME WILL COME.' Raymond Almazan will not be joining Gilas Pilipinas for now. But coach Tab Baldwin is confident 'his time will come.' Photo from PBA Images

Former FEU star Mac Belo joins Gilas Pilipinas practice

Mar 01, 2016 - 5:33 PM

Mac Belo is joined by Roger Pogoy as they reunite with former FEU teammate Terrence Romeo Gilas coach Tab Baldwin sees Belo and Pogoy as the future of the program

TAMARAWS TAKEOVER. Mac Belo (R) joins Gilas Pilipinas practice for the first time and reunites with former FEU teammates Terrence Romeo (L) and Roger Pogoy (C). Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Kiefer Ravena joins Gilas Pilipinas practice

Dec 01, 2015 - 12:43 PM

He s an extra body in practice for the national team days after wrapping up his collegiate career

PHENOM. Kiefer Ravena starts life outside of the UAAP by joining Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday, November 30. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Fajardo, Slaughter lead Gilas pool's first practice for OQT

Nov 10, 2015 - 1:32 PM

Light drills and workouts characterize the first training session for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

BACK WITH GILAS. June Mar Fajardo is back wearing a Pilipinas jersey after missing the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship due to injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/ Rappler

Romeo, Abueva lead 12-man Gilas FIBA Asia line-up

Sep 08, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva headline the 12 man Gilas Pilipinas line up that will vie for the gold medal at the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in China

FINAL 12. (From left to right) Calvin Abueva, Andray Blatche, Terrence Romeo head the final 12-man Gilas Pilipinas line-up. Photos by FIBA, and Josh Albelda

Jordan Clarkson commits to Gilas program through 2024

Sep 01, 2015 - 12:15 PM

The Fil Am Lakers guard also expresses desire to be involved with the basketball program long term

ALL IN. Jordan Clarkson guaranteed he's in it for the long haul with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Blatche to miss most of Jones Cup for uncle's funeral, ailing mother

Aug 29, 2015 - 2:21 PM

Naturalized big man Andray Blatche returned to the US from Taiwan to attend his uncle s funeral and take care of his ailing mother

NO ANDRAY. Gilas will have to adjust without naturalized center Andray Blatche in the William Jones Cup as he has to attend to his family in the US. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

De Ocampo searches for timing, rhythm in Gilas return

Aug 27, 2015 - 9:27 PM

Diligently observing from the sidelines during his injury Ranidel De Ocampo is up to speed in terms of the system but needs time to get his rhythm back

BACK ON THE COURT. Ranidel De Ocampo (left) relishes being back on the court for Gilas after an injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pingris works to catch up on lost time with Gilas

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:06 PM

Marc Pingris says he was particularly lost with the new offensive sets of Gilas Pilipinas

LEARNING. Marc Pingris (left) is learning coach Tab Baldwin's system with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baldwin notes Gilas progress: ‘Now we know who we are’

Aug 27, 2015 - 5:15 PM

The dark cloud hovering over Gilas Pilipinas seemingly dissipated significantly on Wednesday night August 26

GILAS IDENTITY. Head coach Tab Baldwin (center) believes Gilas Pilipinas now has a better understanding of its identity. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas excited to have Clarkson in practice despite uncertainty

Aug 27, 2015 - 2:15 PM

Amid the uncertainty of Jordan Clarkson’s participation his presence and desire to play brings a positive energy to Gilas Pilipinas

POSITIVE ENERGY. Jordan Clarkson, though not assured to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas, brings a positive energy to the team as he attends practice. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Jordan Clarkson practices with Gilas Pilipinas for first time

Aug 26, 2015 - 9:07 PM

The Filipino American Lakers guard wore number 6 as he participated in light drills with the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the first time

HEAVY DUTY. Jordan Clarkson, a Filipino-American guard for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, took jumpers and ran light drills with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas falls to Iceland, comes out winless in first tourney

Aug 23, 2015 - 12:18 AM

The Philippines still grappling with its new system and probing for chemistry in just 3 weeks together also dropped games to the Netherlands and host Estonia

THREE STRAIGHT LOSSES. Gilas Pilipinas, led by head coach Tab Baldwin (right) and Andray Blatche (left), absorbed 3 straight defeats, and much experience, in the 4-nation pocket tournament in Estonia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Pingris on criticisms: Everything was my decision

Aug 19, 2015 - 10:07 PM

Alam mo yung haka haka na hindi pinapayagan ng SMC sana mawala na Marc Pingris says

MY DECISIONS. Marc Pingris (right) emphasizes all his decisions regarding Gilas Pilipinas were his alone. Photo from

Pingris changes mind, says he'll suit up for Gilas

Aug 19, 2015 - 3:12 PM

I talked to my wife and we agreed In the end it was pride and honor in representing the Philippines that prevailed over me says Pingris

BACK AGAIN. Marc Pingris has had a change of heart and will now suit up for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from

Build your Gilas Pilipinas dream team

Aug 17, 2015 - 3:17 PM

Here s your chance to become head coach by putting together your own Gilas Pilipinas dream team

Romeo works on maturity under Alapag, Racela at Gilas

Aug 16, 2015 - 8:00 PM

It has long been Terrence Romeo’s dream to suit up for flag and country and he is working doubly hard to achieve it

NEARING DREAM COME TRUE. Terrence Romeo could finally fulfill his dream of playing for Gilas Pilipinas if he makes the final 12 for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

De Ocampo saddened as Pingris begs off from Gilas

Aug 16, 2015 - 6:24 PM

Ranidel De Ocampo reveals that he and Marc Pingris were looking forward to teaming up again in one of their potential last tours of duty for the national team

Ranidel de Ocampo (right) admits feeling sad as he and Marc Pingris won't be playing together for Gilas Pilipinas this time around. Photos from

IN PHOTOS: Moala Tautuaa in practice with Gilas Pilipinas

Aug 16, 2015 - 5:25 PM

The Fil Tongan center joined the Gilas Pilipinas pool whose frontline has been whittled down to Sonny Thoss and Asi Taulava

Moala Tautuaa asks for the ball. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Troy Rosario unfazed as youngest member of Gilas pool

Aug 12, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Troy Rosario may be the youngest player on the Gilas Pilipinas pool but he s not intimidated

Troy Rosario throws down a dunk. Photo by Czeasar Dancel

JC Intal sees Gilas stint as ‘dream come true’

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The 6 foot 4 swingman s PBA career has been filled with many ups and downs as he was traded from one team to another This is a different level he says

HARD AT WORK. JC Intal considers being part of Gilas Pilipinas a dream come true, so he is putting in all the hard work. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas coach on Fajardo: ‘Can’t lose something you never had’

Aug 11, 2015 - 5:00 PM

We obviously would have loved to incorporate him into the team says Gilas coach Tab Baldwin But you can’t miss what you don’t have

POSITIVE. Gilas coach Tab Baldwin is choosing to stay positive amid the absence of injured center June Mar Fajardo (right), seen here going for the rebound against Argentina's Luis Scola during the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Baldwin wants latecomer Pingris back for Gilas

Aug 11, 2015 - 12:48 PM

Tab Baldwin cannot deny the need for hustle guy Marc Pingris despite him coming in late

PING TO RETURN. Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin wants Marc Pingris back for Gilas Pilipinas when the forward comes home from France. Photo from

Blatche sustains injury in Gilas practice

Aug 11, 2015 - 7:42 AM

The exact injury is not yet determined but Gilas coach Tab Baldwin says it’s been bothering Andray Blatche for a few days already

INJURED. Gilas coach Tab Baldwin (left) speaks to Andray Blatche during practice. Baldwin says Blatche is nursing some discomforting injuries after being away from basketball for some time. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Gilas return for Alapag still possible

Aug 05, 2015 - 8:26 PM

Time will tell if the Philippines will again see the Mighty Mouse firing shots from his own three point line on the international stage

RETURN OF THE MIGHTY MOUSE? Jimmy Alapag may come out of retirement for Gilas Pilipinas if Tab Baldwin asked him to. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kelly Williams out of Gilas with MCL injury

Aug 05, 2015 - 5:59 PM

Ranidel de Ocampo confirms Kelly Williams will not play for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming FIBA Asia tournament

OUT. Kelly Williams (second from right) being helped off the court by Ranidel de Ocampo (right most) and Gilas staff after hurting his knee in practice Monday night. De Ocampo said Williams won't be joining Gilas anymore. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

De Ocampo recovering from injury before joining Gilas practice

Aug 05, 2015 - 2:39 PM

Ranidel De Ocampo will need one more week to fully recover though he will begin easing himself into training in the next few days

RECOVERING. Ranidel de Ocampo sits out Gilas Pilipinas practices as he recovers from an injury. sPhoto by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tenorio, Fajardo, Pingris still welcome in Gilas pool, for now

Aug 04, 2015 - 6:56 PM

The door for the Gilas Pilipinas pool is open but not for long

DOOR STILL OPEN. The Gilas door is still open for (from left to right) LA Tenorio, June Mar Fajardo, Marc Pingris. Photos from

Blatche assures he’ll be back in game shape in a month

Aug 04, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Andray Blatche shares the reason he s out of shape He also categorically denies rumors that China s Xinjiang Flying Tigers won t let him play for the Philippine team

OUT OF SHAPE. Naturalized center Andray Blatche looked out of shape in his first practice for Gilas Pilipinas. Blatche arrived barely 24 hours prior to training and was away from basketball as he tended to his ailing mother. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kelly Williams hurts knee in Gilas Pilipinas practice

Aug 03, 2015 - 9:32 PM

Kelly Williams return to national team action has gotten off to an unfortunate start after being taken to a hospital for an MRI on his right knee

WALKING WOUNDED. Kelly Williams is helped off the court by Talk 'N Text/Gilas teammate after slipping during practice. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

List of PBA players requested for Gilas pool revealed

Aug 03, 2015 - 4:03 PM

The names of 16 players requested by Tab Baldwin for the Gilas pool have been revealed with familiar names missing and new names included

NEXT ERA. June Mar Fajardo was one of the players requested by Tab Baldwin for the Gilas pool. Photo from FIBA

Tenorio taking leave of absence from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 28, 2015 - 1:10 PM

Veteran point guard LA Tenorio says he wants to be fair to both Gilas Pilipinas and Barangay Ginebra by taking a much needed rest to regain his old form

OUT. LA Tenorio is taking a leave of absence from Gilas Pilipinas, opting to rest after almost 4 years of non-stop playing. Here he is seen in action against Puerto Rico during the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Photo from

Gilas coach Baldwin: Meetings with PBA team owners ‘very positive’

Jun 20, 2015 - 8:03 PM

Tab Baldwin says the pool composition will have many holdovers that have competed internationally over the past two years

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler