MANILA - With only a few months left before the playoffs, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Friday that the first ever NBA Cafe in Asia has opened its doors in the Philippines.
In an official statement released online, NBA Philippines invited Filipino basketball fans to "take a time-out and dribble down to NBA Café Manila now. The game is about to begin."
“Basketball fans in the country now have a place dedicated and designed specifically for them,” said Nian Rigor, assistant vice president of Hoopla Inc.
Located at the SM Aura mall in Taguig, the NBA Café will feature dozens of basketball memorabilia, host live viewing parties graced by NBA talents, and boasts a wide array of food choices --from American bar and grill favorites to Asian-Filipino classics.
“NBA Café will provide them a taste of the authentic NBA experience that they can share with family and friends, complete with great food, custom-made NBA Café Manila merchandise and the finest in basketball entertainment," Rigor added.
The Café is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The first in the region, NBA Café Manila is only the second league-owned restaurant outside the US.