Hailed as the most valuable fans in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, millions of Filipinos from around the globe stormed social networking sites to show their support for Gilas Pilipinas. They also came in throngs to Seville in Spain to watch the national squad live as they competed in the world’s biggest basketball event.
Master, the #1 Men’s Face Care brand that gives an oil and pimple free look to all Filipino men with its Facial Wash and Face Cleanser ranges recently concluded the Master Goes to Spain Promo. It was a special, one of a kind promotion where 5 lucky Master Face Care users won a trip of a lifetime – an all expense paid trip in Spain to watch the Gilas Pilipinas team compete in the FIBA World Cup last September 2014.
Among those who personally cheered and closely followed the FIBA journey of Gilas Pilipinas were Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo winners Jose Clipper Besin, Michael Cleofe, Jeiel Guarino, Jerome Christopher Hernandez and Andrew Paul Peñaranda who all won an 8-day all-expense paid trip to Spain and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch the national men’s basketball team as they put their game faces on against Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Senegal.
Guarino, a communications officer, recalled how exciting the atmosphere was at the games especially with die-hard Pinoy basketball fans swarming the Palacio Municipal de Deportes de Sevilla. “Every Gilas basket, rebound, dunk, defensive stop, hustle and even opponents’ errors and mistakes were being cheered on regardless of the situation—whether we’re down big, tied or up by a point. It was an amazing experience.”
For Besin, a civil engineer, one of the most memorable experiences of the trip was personally watching how passionate Gilas Pilipinas was in winning their Senegal game. “In the last few minutes of overtime, with the game on the line and without Blatche inside, our team showed their real “puso”, not giving up even in the face of great odds.”
The Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo winners also had an exclusive meet-and-greet session with the country’s FIBA heroes. “It was a great experience meeting Gilas Pilipinas players, most especially Marc Pingris. He is a very nice person, cool and very accommodating. You will never see him tired from the game,” said Cleofe, an office employee.
“Many of the Gilas players were gracious enough to mingle with fans and had their photos taken. Despite a twisted ankle, Marc Pingris gamely posed for pictures with fans and even shared a few light moments with everyone,” Guarino added.
The five lucky Filipinos were all grateful to Master, the biggest male face care brand in the Philippines, for sponsoring their trip to Spain, which included a one-day tour of Madrid. “Thank you to Master Facial Wash for giving us this once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch our Gilas Pilipinas team play at the FIBA World Cup. I am definitely looking forward to more exciting activities from Master,” said Cleofe.