IN PHOTOS: Magnolia muse Sharon steals show in PBA opening

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2019 07:34 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2019 08:30 PM

BOCAUE, Bulacan -- Sharing the spotlight with beauty queens and athletes, it was Sharon Cuneta who shone brightest on Sunday when the PBA formally opened its 44th season at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

Cuneta accompanied the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok as their muse in the parade that marked the official start of the new PBA season.

The veteran actress stood out even among a star-studded list of muses that included 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach (Ginebra) and 2016 Miss International Kylie Verzosa (San Miguel Beer). 

The PBA teams also tapped athletes as their muses, with national team player Alyssa Valdez walking with NLEX, and Blackwater Elite entering the season with volleyball star Myla Pablo and Olympic swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi.

But it was Cuneta stole the show, with players from all teams and league officials asking to take photos with her.

"I'm honored, I'm very happy, I'm proud to be part of the family of Purefoods and Magnolia," Cuneta said in a brief interview after the opening ceremonies. "Masarap maging part ng ganitong liga, kasi it promotes sportsmanship, camaraderie."

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Pia Wurtzbach (Ginebra)

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Aya Fernandez (NorthPort)

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Alyssa Valdez (NLEX)

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Jasmine Alkhaldi and Myla Pablo (Blackwater)

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Kylie Versoza (San Miguel Beer)

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Sharon Cuneta (Magnolia)

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Klea Pineda (Alaska)

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Eva Patalinjug (Meralco)

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Kelley Day (Columbian)

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Anie Uson (Rain or Shine)

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