5 lucky Pinoy hoops fans live FIBA dream in Spain

By Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Sep 02 2014 11:48 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2014 06:30 AM

The Master Game Face promo winners in Spain

SEVILLE, Spain -- Watching Gilas Pilipinas strut their wares live at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball has become a dream come true for five lucky Filipino basketball fans.

Jeiel Guarino, Jose Clipper Besin, Michael Cleofe, Jerome Hernandez, and Andrew Peñaranda all flew to Seville, Spain for an eight-day all-expenses paid trip to watch the nationals battle their Group B competitors at the Palacio Municipal de Deportes San Pablo.

All five of them headed to the capital and largest city of Andalusia as winners of the Master Game Face Goes to Spain promo.

The 27-year-old Guarino, a communications officer from Quezon City, admitted to being a hardcore basketball fan. He would closely follow the matches of his favorite PBA team and support his favorite players such as Marc Pingris and Jimmy Alapag.

Guarino said watching Gilas live at the FIBA Worlds is like witnessing history while it unfolds before his eyes.

“This is very significant for Philippine basketball as we're finally back in the World Cup after 36 years. As a basketball-crazy nation, our participation in this quadrennial event demonstrates our ability to compete at the highest level," he said.

“I am very thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the Philippines competing at the top of world basketball, and be part of such historic sporting event. Hopefully, we make it past the first round and I believe we can! Laban Pilipinas! Puso!,” said Guarino.

Launched in July, the Master Game Face promo offered five lucky Filipino hoops fans the chance to go to Spain for the 2014 FIBA World Cup simply by purchasing Master Facial Wash and Master Deep Cleanser products.

Guarino said he still could not believe that he was able to watch the FIBA World Cup after joining the promo.

“This is a once-in-a lifetime experience for them to show their support for our national team, including Master Game Face brand ambassador, Marc Pingris,” said Jonathan Pua, Unilever Male Grooming brand manager.

The five fans will stay in Spain to watch all of Gilas’ elimination round games against Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Senegal.

Aside from Pingris, also included in the Gilas Team lineup are June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, Ranidel de Ocampo, Paul Lee, Jeffrei Chan, Gary David, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, team captain Jimmy Alapag and naturalized player Andray Blatche.