LA Clippers fans celebrate win, Pinoy culture in Filipino Heritage Night
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 09, 2018 06:50 PM
Pinoy fans present during the annual Filipino Heritage Night had a reason to feel closer to home.
As the injury-plagued Los Angeles Clippers topped the Atlanta Hawks via a game-winning three-pointer by C.J. Williams, 108-107, Filipino fans in attendance had a deeper reason to celebrate.
Despite the heroics of the remaining Clippers players, the real star of the night was Philippine culture, as the LA squad celebrated Filipino Heritage Night (Tuesday PHL time).
From before tip-off, to the post-game festivities, the annual Clippers Filipino Heritage night presented an All-Star cast.
Jessica Reynoso of The Voice Philippines kicked off the night with the U.S. national anthem, and in between timeouts Filipina Clippers Spirit Dancer Kyla made sure the Staples Center was beaming with Pinoy Pride.
Allan Pineda or Apl de Ap of the pop group Black Eyed Peas not only got the crowd going during halftime, he was also part of the Filipino celebrity game that drew cheers from rising star Kobe Paras, who also attended the festivities.
"Just proud to be Pinoy and our people representing LA," said the musician. "It’s great to be here to celebrate our heritage. Just introducing our culture around the world."
Indeed, it was definitely a win for both the Clippers, and for the Filipino community in L.A.