It is all systems go in the Philippines for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup! In 1978, the country also welcomed this major international competition, then known as the World Basketball Championship.
The Philippines is eager to showcase its love for the sport to the entire world by hosting this prestigious event once again. After all, this is more than just a game for Filipinos - basketball is life!
The Philippines is a land rich in natural resources, scenic locales, and friendly smiles. Over here, everybody is always welcome, especially for the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup!
A 1936 founding member of FIBA Asia, the Philippines has one of the oldest national teams and one of the longest basketball traditions. Regionally, it is considered the most bemedaled in Southeast Asia and one of the elite programs in Asia.
Governed nationally by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, or the SBP, the Philippines has won five FIBA Asia Cups, four Asian Games men’s basketball gold medals, seven SEABA Championships, all but two Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball gold medals, and the most titles in Southeast Asia Basketball Association men’s championships. The country has also participated in five FIBA World Cups and seven Olympic Basketball Tournaments.
After enterprising Filipinos salvaged the GI vehicles left behind by American soldiers in the 1940s, the unique, artistic, and exotic jeepney or “jeep” was born in the Philippines. This is also the Filipino version of a shuttle bus, because it also travels along a fixed route.
“Boondocks” is a word found in the English language, dictionary, and vocabulary. It comes from the Tagalog word “bundok” which means “mountain,” and was introduced to English by U.S. military personnel fighting in the Philippine-American War.
The yoyo, was invented by 16th century hunters in the Philippines. The word itself means “come, come.”
In the 1920s, a Filipino immigrant named Pedro Flores began manufacturing a toy labeled with that name. Flores became the first person to mass-produce toy yoyos, at his small toy factory located in California.
The Philippine Eagle has been the country’s national bird since 1995. As its name suggests, this bird is endemic to the country. It is also the largest forest raptor in the Philippines and one of the largest birds of prey in the world.
In the early days of observing the Philippine Eagle, it was believed that they preyed exclusively on monkeys, which earned it the nickname “Monkey-Eating Eagle.” But over time, experts have debunked this belief: Philippine Eagles not only eat monkeys but also smaller mammals like dogs and even other birds of prey.