Cheering for our very own Gilas Pilipinas team is a must this upcoming qualifying tournament for the Olympics this July of 2016. What even made it more special is the battle will happen here in our country. In some small ways we can help show our support for them, one of them is by grabbing official merchandises and accessories of the team.
|(L-R) Aldous Brigino, Senior Manager for Business Development at PayMaya Philippines; Tab Baldwin, Gilas Pilipinas Head Coach; Mel Macasaquit, MelMac Sports CEO|
Where to get them?
We got an email from our friends at Paymaya that it be available by simply logging on to the Gilas store powered by MelMac Sports / Takatack.com, one of the best online marketplace in the country. Aside from that it can be purchased cash-less using your own re-loadable PayMaya cards. (formerly known as Smart eMoney)
In that way you can easily purchase your desired merchandise such as bags, caps and even PayMaya-Gilas VISA cards with beep and etc. They also announced that there will be be roving stores around the country which is equipped with PayMaya Swipe terminals.
“We are excited to help ignite the passion of Gilas Pilipinas fans by enabling them to order their very own Gilas Pilipinas merchandise through Takatack.com. As they gear up for the Olympic qualifiers in July, our Philippine team needs all the support they can get from Filipinos--and this is our way of rallying each and every one behind our basketball heroes,” said Rebecca Ricalde, Country Manager for Takatack Philippines.
“We know how crazy Filipinos are about basketball, and our strong showing in last year’s FIBA Asia championship, despite the odds, is a testament to how much heart we put into the game. PayMaya is a proud supporter of the Gilas Pilipinas team, and we are one with them in helping promote the game we love to all sports lovers the world over,” added Aldous Brigino, Senior Manager for Business Development at PayMaya Philippines.
The Olympic qualifying tournament is the country's only chance to get into the biggest stage in basketball. And being a "basketball nation" this will definitely be one of the things that we should look at. If we win, it will be first Olympic showing by our main team in 44 years.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of these official Gilas Pilipinas merchandise will be donated to the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), which will aid in its advocacy to promote grassroots basketball skills development among the youth around the country.
Lastly, the SBP will be able to accept donations from fans all over the Philippines to support their various sports advocacies with the help of the PayMaya.
Now that's a good way of supporting our team and prepping for the future battles. Now get that Rio spot Gilas, good luck!