The SM Mall of Asia Music Hall was transformed into a basketball court last Friday, August 14. Eight hunks were handpicked to exhibit their hardcourt skills during the Pharmaton Celebrity Baskeball League kick-off. The series of basketball games will have two more playdates: August 29 at SM Sucat and August 30 at SM Marikina.
The celebrities present that evening were divided into two teams. Team Royal Blue was composed of Marco Alcaraz, Archie Alemania, Jon Hall and Polo Ravales. Team Dark Blue had Antonio Aquitania, James Blanco, Jayson Gainza, and Carlos Morales.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to photograph and interview the hunks as they warmed up at the venue.
Archie of Team Royal Blue told PEP before the game, "Lagi kaming may praktis. Kami-kami rin. Yung iba wala pa rito. Siguro next game, makakasama na namin dito."
"This is just to have fun. Yun enjoy lang at hindi yung nagkakasakitan. Enjoy lang para yung tao, e, enjoy din," he said.
Other stars are expected to attend on other playdates are Derek Ramsey, JayR, Joko Diaz, Arthur Solinap, Gene Padilla, Jordan Herrera, and Paolo Paraiso.
Pharmaton group brand manager Maureen Calderon-Javier pointed out: "It was just right timing that whatever advocacy that they had of a healthy mind and body, yun din yung what the brand is all about, what Pharmaton is all about. We see them as actors lang pero other than that may basketball sila and other active lifestyle."
The first 3-on-3 basketball league began at around six in the evening with Marco Alcaraz, Archie Alemania and Jon Hall starting for Team Royal Blue; while Carlos, James and Antonio represented Team Dark Blue.
Antonio of Team Dark Blue was hot early in the game, shooting 3-pointers. James was often seen doing lay-ups while Carlos took on the opposing team's big man Jon.
The game was tied at 21-all at the five-minute mark of the first half.
After the first 15 minutes, Team Dark Blue was leading 32 against the 30 of Team Royal Blue.
In the second half, match-ups between James versus Polo, Antonio versus Marco and Carlos versus John became heated when they guarded each other closely.
Every drive to the basket was guarded, shots were contested and fouls were committed.
As the game winded down, however, Archie and Jayson offered comic relief on the court, passing the ball to each other even if they were on opposing teams, much to the delight of fans and to the puzzlement of their teammates.
In the end, Team Royal Blue prevailed with a score 68 over Team Dark Blue's 58 points. Team Royal Blue—Marco Alcaraz, Archie Alemania, Jon Hall and Polo Ravales—received jackets and gift packs from Pharmaton.
SM North Skydome was the venue of the second playdate last Sunday, August 16. The next playdates of the Pharmaton Celebrity Basketball League will be on August 29 at SM Sucat and August 30 at SM Marikina.
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