10 heartbreaking statements that sum up our feelings for Gilas this week



It was a topsy-turvy week for Philippine sports.

Last Saturday, team Gilas Pilipinas commenced its FIBA World Cup 2014 journey in Spain against the towering Croatians, resurrecting the country’s appearance in the international basketball scene. Everyone expected an electrifying game that would make them hold on to their seats, and the boys did not fail them, pushing the Goliaths to their limits in an OT finish.

The tournament progressed, and Gilas showed more heart than ever, to the admiration and awe of the world.

Naturally, Filipinos wanted more: we wanted a win. And the loss against Puerto Rico, the team we felt we really had a legitimate chance to beat, badly shattered our hearts.

No words can fully capture the gut-wrenching pain of seeing Gilas lose once again, but here are 10 statements that summed up what we all felt.



May pagkakaintindihan kami ng Gilas, yun ang mahalaga. Walang sisihan. Alam niyang mahal ko siya. Alam kong mahal niya ko. Hindi lang ngayon yung time namin. Siguro bukas. Siguro next year. Ewan. Ang sigurado lang, dadating at dadating din yun. Kasi naniniwala ako. Nanghihina man, nasasaktan minsan, nagsasabi man ng masakit na salita in moments of weakness, naniniwala parin. Ng buong puso.

– Nikko Ramos, Pag-ibig at panalo: True love waits



We didn’t get it against Puerto Rico. This wasn’t a win, moral or otherwise. This was just a loss. A painful, heart-wrenching loss.

– Carlo Pamintuan, Now more than ever, Gilas needs the country’s support



The gritty showing by the Philippine squad, such as you can say “Philippine” without reservation, will reignite the conviction that heart, and not height, wins basketball games. Arguably, it makes for high drama, battling impossible odds. But it would really be nice to win now and then.

– Conrado de Quiros, Reality check (from his Philippine Daily Inquirer column There’s the Rub)




“No pain, no gain. #Gilas #Pilipinas #LabanPilipinas #Puso #Adversity”
(photo was originally from Quinito Henson’s Instagram account)


But with heads held high, we will pick up the shards of our broken hearts, put them back together with scotch tape and staplers, and continue to believe.