LOOK: Alab Pilipinas meet Duterte in Malacañang
ABS-CBN Sports on May 29, 2018 11:02 AM
Alab Pilipinas, the first Pinoy squad to win the ABL title since 2013 is recognized anew. (File Photo)
The 2018 ABL Champions were recognized in a grand way as they were treated to a call-up and a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Nearly a month after winning the Philippines’ first regional title since 2013, the boys of Alab Pilipinas again celebrated their victory, this time with the head of state in the presidential residence.
Everyone from the players, and head coach Jimmy Alapag, even managers and assistant coaches, were all present in the momentous meet.
Today I was fortunate enough to meet with the president of the Philippines, along with my teammates. It was an amazing experience. Basketball has taken me in places I could have never dreamed of and experiences beyond belief. This is one of the those experiences for the memory Rolodex. #FullCircleDreams #OneLove #Champions #BalkSident #BALKMANIA #stayblessed #stayhumble #HustleHarder
Renaldo Balkman, who had his PBA ban lifted thanks in most part to his stellar showing with Alab, posted the photo on Instagram, obviously treasuring the experience, calling it “one of those experiences for the memory rolodex.”
While other players from this champion Alab team now have different teams, they’ll always have the title, and the recognition it comes with for years to come.