The PHILIPPINES 3×3 Cebu Chooks teams! and Manila Chooks! took a momentary break from training to pay a courtesy call on Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama at City Hall on Friday.
Rama, 67 and a huge basketball fan, said he was delighted to host the biggest 3×3 tournament in the world, the International Basketball Federation 3×3 World Tour. The max level event takes place on October 1 and 2 at SM Seaside City Cebu.
“This is our playground. Note my words, the whole city of Cebu will do everything to support you,” Rama said. “I am very happy that they are playing here, especially with Mac [Tallo]that I saw growing up.
“To train Chico [Lanete] and to all, good luck,” he added.
Lanete and Tallo presented Rama with his own personalized Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 jersey, which he proudly wore during the press conference.
“I’m so glad Mayor Rama took the time to meet with us,” said Lanete, Head Coach of Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 which will be part of Manila Chooks! with Cebuano Dave Ando, Henry Iloka and Dennis Santos.
Tallo, he knows there’s extra pressure on Cebu Chooks! for they will defend the soil of the house.
“Hellish week for us with our strength and conditioning coach,” Tallo said. “We’re doing this because of the added pressure, but like I told the guys, accept the pressure.”
Tallo will be joined by Zach Huang, Mike Nzeusseu and Brandon Ramirez in Cebu Chooks!