The Rizal Memorial Coliseum was adored with pride and gratitude during the Gabi ng Parangal at Pasasalamat Para sa Bayaning Atletang Pilipino. This significant event, dedicated to celebrating the exceptional achievements of the Filipino athletes at the Asian Games 2023 in Guangzhou, China, marked a monumental chapter in the history of sports, and bringing honor to the nation.
The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 made history by returning to the Philippines after a long time, marking a significant moment and sparking excitement for basketball enthusiasts. After years of anticipation, the event was flawlessly executed thanks to the tireless efforts of the local organizer, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and Philippine Sports Commission. The tournament became a testament to the nation’s passion for basketball and its ability to host world-class sporting events. The atmosphere was electric, and the games were filled with intensity, making this edition of the FIBA Basketball World Cup a memorable and historic experience for everyone involved.
In this moment, His Excellency, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., accompanied by the distinguished Philippine Olympics Committee (POC) Chairman Abraham Tolentino and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Richard Bachmann, recognized these exceptional athletes.
Amidst this memorable occasion, Sonak Corporation, the revered distributor of Molten in the Philippines, presented the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Official Finals Game Ball to President Marcos Jr. The ceremonial proceedings were graced by the presence of Sonak Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Anil Buxani, and its esteemed Directors – Rajan Uttamchandani, Quinito Henson, Filipina Lorenzo, and Carol Lobaton – presenting this iconic ball to the Honorable President.
The official finals game ball holds immense significance as a limited-edition collector’s item, with only 1,200 pieces released worldwide. Its exceptional nature is further emphasized by the signature of the President of Molten Corporation, Kiyofumi Tamiaki, imparting an aura of exclusivity and prestige to this historical artifact.
The event underscored the vital importance of recognizing and honoring the unwavering dedication and perseverance of Filipino athletes. The seamless collaboration between the sporting community and corporate entities was evident, with the Molten Finals Game Ball standing as a symbol of inspiration for current and future generations of athletes. It serves as a powerful reminder of the extraordinary heights that can be reached through determination and relentless pursuit of excellence.
As a parting speech, President Marcos highlighted, “This administration continues to support initiative and programs to promote sports development.”