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Basketball-crazed Short People July 18, 2008

Posted by Brian L. Belen in Odds and Ends.

My standard line when foreigners ask me if there’s any sport close to Filipinos’ hearts in the same way that baseball is America’s pastime? “The Philippines is a nation of basketball-crazed short people.” It’s true! Though billiards and boxing have grown in popularity owing to the country’s world-class athletes in those activities, there’s nothing closer to many Filipinos’ hearts than the good ol’ game of hoops.

Obviously, not many foreigners realize this, so I was happy to come across a report in the New York Times about Gilbert Arenas’ recent visit to the Philippines. Actually, I generally get a kick out of reading “positive” news about the country in the foreign press; but this one particularly made my day.

Oh, and based on the comments? Agent Zero is officially a-okay in my book. Really!

[A Filipino Embrace (The New York Times)]



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