They came…they saw…they conquered. Gilas Pilipinas wasted no time making their mark and showed their mettle to the delight of this basketball-crazy nation in the recently concluded Southeast Basketball Championship (SEABA). With their dominant performance, the Philippines obtain SEABA’s lone ticket to FIBA Asia 2017. The 12th Southeast Asia Basketball Association Championship was the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup. The Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas competed against the national teams of Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Team Gilas Pilipinas consisting mostly of PBA players donned the “Agimat” Nike Lebron 14. The shoes which celebrate the spirit of basketball in the Philippines and Lebron James’ connection to the country featured symbolisms that showed the 4-time NBA MVP’s accolades and icons that relates to the country. Filipino culture is rich in myth and magic. Even until today, many Filipinos believe in charms, amulets, and talismans that offer good fortune, protection and sometimes, superhuman strength. This Pinoy belief in spirit and divine power inspired Nike to create a limited edition LeBron 14 signature shoe, called Agimat. The LeBron 14 is the latest in LeBron James’ signature basketball shoe line, which features a midsole cushioning system that makes it not just the sleekest but also fastest LeBron shoe to date. “Mula Mandirigma Sa Mandirigma.” “Para sa Kadakilaan” From one warrior to another…For greatness. These words coming from “The King” shares his greatness to members of Gilas Pilipinas as they prepare for the FIBA Asia Cup 2017 will take place in Lebanon from 8-20 August, and it will be the first ever Asia-Oceania joint continental Championship where 16 teams, including Oceanian powerhouses Australia and New Zealand, will battle for top honors in Asia. Credits: Photos from nike.com and BusinessWorld Online.