|LeBron James arrives in Manila. Photo from Raoul Esperas.
MANILA, Philippines – Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James of the Miami Heat arrived in Manila late Monday afternoon for his highly-anticipated "Witness History" tour.
James arrived on board a Gulf Stream private plane at around 5:35 pm at a private hangar in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
According to the head of airport security, General Salvador Penaflor, the "King" was accorded full security upon touchdown at runway 06-24.
A few well-wishers were allowed to welcome James, who took around 25 minutes before disembarking the private plane.
James and his entourage went straight to a hotel.
James, who won a second consecutive NBA championship with the Heat last June, will meet with members of the media for a press conference today at the Shangri-La Hotel in Makati City. He will also make an appearance at the Nike Park at the Fort in Taguig City.
The "Witness History" tour will culminate in an event at the Mall of Asia, where James is expected to interact with some local basketball stars in front of thousands of his fans.
Last week, LeBron fans trooped to the Nike Park to line up for the free tickets to the "Witness History" event, with some arriving at the store three days before the tickets were set to be released.
A few days after James’ visit, Houston Rockets star James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon will also arrive in Manila for the NBA 3-on-3 event.
Adidas is also set to bring Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose to the country in September, while Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant will reportedly visit Manila again in August.
In October, an NBA pre-season game will be held in the Philippines for the first time ever when the Houston Rockets play the Indiana Pacers at the Mall of Asia Arena. – With a report from TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News