PRESS STATEMENT FROM SMART:
"The Smart Ultimate All-Star Weekend was one glittery affair.
"On centerstage were NBA superstars Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder, Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards, James Harden of the Thunder, Derek Fisher of the Lakers and rookie Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"The stellar NBA nine-man team was in the country to play against a PBA selection as well as the Smart Gilas national team through the efforts of the MVP Sports Foundation headed by PLDT and Smart Board Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.
"Hence, the 20,000 strong that filled the rafters of the Smart Araneta Coliseum was star-studded as well with celebrities, politicians, and sports personalities.
"Hosting the show were Patricia Hizon and Mo Twister, with the Divas singing the Philippine national anthem.
"Mico Halili, Jason Webb and Jimmy Alapag led the sports commentators on the floor.
"Among the celebrities spotted in the crowd were Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao with wife Jinky, Aga Muhlach, Willie Revillame, Vic Sotto, the Gutierrezes Eddie, Richard and Ruffa, Tim Yap, Wendell Ramos, Jolo Revilla, Randy Santiago, John Estrada, Precious Lara Quigaman, Marco Alcaraz, Luis Alandy and the Quizons Epi and Vandolph."
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