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Paras, Parks, Ravena lead Gilas lineup for 2017 SEA Games

Jun 28, 2017 - 2:45 PM

This year s regional meet will happen from August 19 to 30

SEA GAMES-BOUND. Ray Parks, along with the likes of Kobe Paras and Kiefer Ravena, will represent the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games. Parks is seen here during his Gilas Pilipinas stint in the 2016 FIBA OQT. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

SEABA winner grouped with Australia in Asian Qualifiers

May 08, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The SEABA slot is drawn into Group B along with newcomer Australia Japan and Taiwan

DRAW RESULTS. The Philippines, should it qualify if it wins the SEABA tournament, will play in Group B against the likes of Australia in the Asian Qualifiers in November. Photo from

Hontiveros attests to Abueva's growth as leader for Gilas

Apr 13, 2017 - 10:00 AM

I guess napansin niyo rin na nagbago na si Calvin It s good for us it s good for Gilas also says former Gilas captain Dondon Hontiveros

VISIT. Dondon Hontiveros pays Gilas Pilipinas a visit and talks about the growth of Alaska teammate Calvin Abueva. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

A month away from SEABA, Gilas plays first 5-on-5 scrimmages

Apr 12, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Gilas will continue on to daily practices beginning Monday April 17 after Easter Sunday

PRACTICE. Gilas wraps up a practice session on Tuesday night, April 11. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

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

Make Philippine baseball great again

Jul 12, 2016 - 8:34 PM

Philippine Habagat is now the driving force behind the country’s campaign to regain its powerhouse status

MAKE BASEBALL GREAT. The Philippines had once been among the top nations in the world for baseball, but has slipped over the years. Philippine Habagat hopes to return the country to its previous glory. Contributed photo

Tabuena to continue Olympic bid despite Que's pullout

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:08 PM

Miguel Tabuena is ranked 37th by the International Golf Federation for Olympic participation

PUSHING THROUGH. Miguel Tabuena will continue his Olympic preparations despite Angelo Que pulling out. File Photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Romeo to Gilas doubters: Just be proud of our sacrifices

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Terrence Romeo has a message to skeptics of Gilas Pilipinas

MESSAGE. Terrence Romeo has a message to the Gilas Pilipinas doubters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

At lowest point, Gilas finds comfort among Filipinos

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Even after a huge disappointment Gilas Pilipinas finds they can always come home to Filipinos and they won’t ever be abandoned

TOGETHER. Gilas Pilipinas huddles at center court after getting eliminated in the FIBA OQT. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jayson Castro announces retirement from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 10:41 PM

Ako si Jayson Castro William taga Guagua Pampanga lumaban para sa bayan Castro posts on Instagram

RETIRED. Jayson Castro will no longer play for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Veteran De Ocampo retires from Gilas Pilipinas

Jul 07, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Ranidel De Ocampo announces his retirement from the Philippine national team after Gilas exit from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament

RDO RETIRES. Ranidel De Ocampo retires from international basketball. Photo from

Strict but fatherly: Gilas players on Baldwin’s mentorship

Jun 23, 2016 - 4:23 PM

What is it like to be coached by Tab Baldwin?

MENTOR. Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin (R) instructs Jayson Castro at practice. File Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

After strong game vs Iran, Parks says ‘I still got more in the tank’

Jun 09, 2016 - 3:40 PM

Parks also discusses Gilas upcoming trip saying it s going to be crucial for the team ahead of the Olympic Qualifiers

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

Clarkson: Philippines has ‘really good chance’ at Olympic Qualifiers

May 28, 2016 - 5:46 PM

Clarkson also compliments Terrence Romeo and says Gilas should play quick against bigger opponents

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

Kiefer Ravena trained in US with career ‘longevity’ in mind

May 26, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Ravena also says he gauges his chance of making the Gilas final 12 roster as equal as anybody else in the team

TRAINING TRIP. Kiefer Ravena dropped 20 pounds and is eating healthier after a 3-week trip to Las Vegas. Photo by Josh Albelda / Rappler

SEABA Cup: Philippines trounces Indonesia to remain undefeated

May 25, 2016 - 6:40 PM

The Philippines will close out the single round robin elimination round against host Thailand on Thursday May 26

THIRD STRAIGHT. The Philippines, represtend by the Gilas cadets, is poised for a sweep of the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup after a third straight win. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Philippines turns back upset hopes of Singapore in SEABA Cup

May 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The Gilas cadets led by Jio Jalalon stop Singapore s surge in the fourth quarter to stay unbeaten in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup

2-0. Jio Jalalon helps the Philippines stave off an eager Singapore side to climb to 2-0 in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

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

Rosario leads Philippines to rout of Malaysia in SEABA Cup opener

May 22, 2016 - 9:32 PM

Troy Rosario posts 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Gilas cadets in their first win of the tournament

CAPTAIN TROY. Troy Rosario, a member of the Gilas Pilipinas senior team pool and captain of the cadet squad, leads the Philippines to its first victory in the 2016 SEABA Stankovic Cup. Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Andray Blatche has unfinished business with Gilas Pilipinas

May 21, 2016 - 3:54 PM

Andray Blatche feels there s a job to finish after Gilas was unable to win gold in last year s FIBA Asia Championship

Rosario, Vosotros lead Gilas Cadets in SEABA Cup campaign

May 20, 2016 - 8:21 PM

Handled by FEU Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela the national squad is playing for one of two tickets to the FIBA Asia Challenge in September

Fajardo, Abueva, Ravena among initial names submitted for FIBA OQT

May 07, 2016 - 11:22 AM

The roster will eventually be trimmed down to 12 for the tournament

Gilas practice moved to Meralco after Ateneo bomb threat

Mar 28, 2016 - 3:31 PM

Gilas Pilipinas normally practices at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center inside the Ateneo campus in Katipunan

PRACTICE GOES ON. After a bomb threat at Ateneo de Manila University, where Gilas Pilipinas normally practices, the team's training is moved to the Meralco Gym for Monday, March 28. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Depleted Azkals face tough qualifier versus Uzbekistan

Mar 21, 2016 - 9:15 AM

A rash of injuries to key players means the Philippines faces a daunting Holy Thursday match in Tashkent

FIRST 11. The Philippine Azkals' starting 11 versus Yemen. Photo by Bob Guerrero/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

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

WATCH: Gilas coach Baldwin talks Olympic Qualifier, program's future

Mar 01, 2016 - 6:26 AM

What does Gilas Pilipinas coach Tab Baldwin think of Vic Manuel and James Yap? Will Jordan Clarkson play for Gilas at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament?

What does coach Tab Baldwin think of Vic Manuel and James Yap for Gilas Pilipinas? Watch the interview for his insights. File Photo from

Gilas Pilipinas steadily ups intensity at practice

Feb 23, 2016 - 11:06 PM

Gilas Pilipinas is taking baby steps in practice but making progress

BETTER INTENSITY. Gilas Pilipinas huddles during their second practice of 2016, where head coach Tab Baldwin says they upped the intensity. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Ray Parks would ‘love’ to play for Gilas as he chases NBA dream

Nov 25, 2015 - 1:12 PM

The NBA D League player says I always have the Philippines on my back as he seeks to make it to the NBA

FIBA Asia U16: Mamuyac leads Batang Gilas past Iraq

Nov 01, 2015 - 7:20 PM

The unbeaten Philippines will face South Korea next

PH men and women national teams rise in FIBA rankings

Oct 09, 2015 - 1:55 PM

Impressive showings in this year s FIBA Asia Championships have increased the rankings of both national squads

Baldwin highlights Sinag Pilipinas’ strengths for SEABA, SEAG

Mar 21, 2015 - 6:53 PM

Baldwin wants a team that uses speed and clever tactics to outsmart foes and force them into errors

Bobby Ray Parks Jr, Jeron Teng and Kiefer Ravena, all part of the 16-man Sinag Pilipinas pool, will be trained by Baldwin to play intense pressure basketball.

Baldwin’s hope for Sinag threads: no player names

Mar 21, 2015 - 4:36 PM

With this team the only name that matters is the name Philippines in the front of the uniform ” says national team coach Tab Baldwin

Baldwin observes PH has ‘deeper’ basketball talent pool

Dec 29, 2014 - 3:50 PM

“I don t necessarily think the team will be revamped or needs to be revamped ” says Baldwin

MORE TALENT. Tab Baldwin looks to maximize the talent available to him when putting together the new Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Azkals' world rankings, higher than ever

Apr 12, 2012 - 9:55 AM

Azkals climb 8 spots high in FIFA world rankings after 3rd place finish in AFC Challenge Cup