Philippines Welcomes FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Participants, Spectators

The Philippines is ready to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, the biggest and most prestigious basketball tournament in the world, from August 25 to September 10, 2023.

The country will co-host the event with Japan and Indonesia, marking the first time that the tournament will be held in multiple Asian countries.

Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco expressed her excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to showcase the Philippines to the world.

“With our shared love and passion for basketball, we celebrate this historic hosting as an opportunity to showcase to the world the beauty of the Philippines and treat our guests to the world-renowned Filipino hospitality,” she said in a statement.

She also urged Filipinos to support the national team, Gilas Pilipinas, and unite as citizens with passion for the sport and love of country.

“Our coming together to cheer for our beloved Gilas Pilipinas provides an avenue to unite as citizens with passion for the sport and love of country as our common ground,” she said.

The Philippines will host 16 teams in four groups for the first round of the tournament.

The games will be played at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, and the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The country will also host two quarterfinals, two semifinals, and the final game at the Philippine Arena.

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 is expected to attract millions of fans from around the world, who will not only witness high-level basketball action, but also experience the rich culture and diversity of the Philippines.

“From our sites, our sounds, our flavors, our festivals, our stories, and our smiles, we join a proud nation grateful and blessed to show the world the many reasons to Love the Philippines!” Frasco said.

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