CEBU — Philippine 3×3 teams Cebu Chooks! and Manila Chooks! took a momentary break from their training to pay a courtesy call to Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama on Friday at the City Hall here.
Rama, 67, admitted that he was an avid basketball fan growing up.
And he is excited to have the world’s biggest 3×3 tournament, the FIBA 3×3 World Tour, finally be hosted by the Queen City of the South. The maximum level event will take place from October 1 to 2 at SM Seaside City Cebu.
“This is our homecourt. Mark my words, the entire city of Cebu will go all out in supporting you. I’m very happy that they are playing here especially with Mac (Tallo), who I saw grow up,” said Rama.
“To Coach Chico (Lanete) and to everyone, good luck!”
Lanete and Tallo presented Rama with his own custom Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 jersey, which he wore proudly during the press conference.
“Nagpapasalamat kami kay Mayor Rama dahil binigyan niya kami ng time to meet him,” said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 head trainer Lanete, who will be part of Manila Chooks! along with Cebuano Dave Ando, Henry Iloka, and Dennis Santos.
“We promise to him that we will deliver everything we can come the Masters.”
For Tallo, he knows that there is added pressure on Cebu Chooks! as they will be defending home floor.
“So far, grabe this week. Hell week kami with our strength and conditioning coach. Ginagawa namin ito dahil may extra pressure but as what I’ve been saying to the guys, embrace pressure. Sa ating profession, hindi nawawala ‘yung pressure,” said Tallo, who will be joined by Zach Huang, Mike Nzeusseu, and Brandon Ramirez in Cebu Chooks!
“Territory namin ni Zach ito at gusto namin silang i-represent well.”