To counter the loss against Lebanon earlier this week, Gilas Pilipinas took it as motivation to turn their game around against Saudi Arabia. In a 84-46 win at the Mall of Asia Arena, the victory gives way to a 3-3 record in the FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers. The Philippines recovered from a slow start that saw them score a paltry 11 points in the first quarter, and came away with an 84-46 demolition of the visiting Saudi Arabians. Jordan Clarkson was sensational in his home debut, with 23 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
The team morale increased with this win and players are confident that they are building “something special” within the team. “I think we did a good job. The emphasis that we put on ourselves from the last game, I think we accomplished that,” Clarkson said after the game. “We came out here and we executed and everybody played well, everybody played hard, and you know, gave their best effort.”
To get out of their slow start at the beginning, Gilas came to play in the third quarter out-scoring the opponent in a 24-8 run. The 20,000 people crowd supported the team and cheered them on during their high-energy dunks and layups. Gilas hopes to keep the momentum going and building on the pieces to continue to the FIBA Asian World Cup.
Cover Photo Credit: Gilas Pilipinas Instagram
NBA player and Utah Jazz guard, Jordan Clarkson arrived in Manila just in time for Gilas Pilipinas’ first practice. The national team is gearing up to to face Lebanon and Saudi Arabia in the fourth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers. He made the long flight overseas and we get to tag along the journey in his latest vlog, titled “Manila Man.”
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios shared how much pride Clarkson has to be playing for Pilipinas and embraces the interactions around him. The executive director acknowledged Clarkson’s high basketball IQ and his quick turn around on learning the team’s plays.
Meshing and blending with the team hasn’t been a problem for Clarkson as he’s made the effort of interacting with his teammates like Kai Sotto and Kiefer Ravena, but especially the fans. To help create a camaraderie, the basketball star participates on sidelines conversations and fun half-court shooting contest post-practice. Barrios continues,“Aside from the high energy that I notice that is prevailing in the whole team, as far as Jordan is concerned, he is very comfortable during side interactions with the people around him.”
The former Sixth Man of the Year will take on Lebanon on the road on August 25th and then host Saudi Arabia at the Mall of Asia Arena on August 25th.
Cover Photo Credit: Jordan Clarkson Instagram
The currently trending Netflix film, Hustle starring Adam Sandler and executively produced by LeBron James takes on the story of fictional NBA scout Stanley Sugarman looking for the next great NBA prospect. With a 91% rotten tomatoes rating, Hustle is bringing back the grit in sports films showing the grind and hustle athletes go through to compete at the highest level. The film keeps it authentic by bringing in NBA players to act and play mostly themselves to showcase real skill on-screen without too many effects.
Part of the group of basketball players who makes a cameo in the film include: the Philadelphia 76ers, Trey Young, Aaron Gordon, Anthony Edwards, Juancho Hernangómez and legends like Dr. J, Kenny Smith, Mark Jackson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charles Barkley. You also can catch Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson featured in the film as part of the crew during a secret draft practice session. He kills it on the court with his explosive speed and ball handling skills.
Although the film has its comical moments, it really shows the character and backstory behind these public figures. We know them as basketball players, but Hustle looks at the hard work that goes into getting at the top and become the high caliber athletes they are. Check out the trailer and see how many NBA players you catch!
Cover Photo Credit: Netflix
It’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Goldhouse is kicking it off with their A100 list, the definitive honor that recognizes the 100 APIs who have most significantly impacted American culture and society in the last year. This year 11 Filipinos made it on this prestigious list alongside some amazing Asian and Pacific Islander trailblazers who are at the forefront of this “New Gold Age.”
The honorees are selected across industry categories and are voted on through a rigorous and comprehensive process with dozens of the nation’s top API nonprofit organizations, a panel of multicultural icons (including actress-singer Lea Salonga, General Atlantic Vice Chairman Ajay Banga, Panda Express Co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, actor and activist Daniel Dae Kim, GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, and Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, among others), and hundreds of Gold House members who are each at the apex of their respective industries.
For the first time, Goldhouse will be celebrating the honorees in person at the inaugural Gold Gala on May 21st, 2022 in collaboration with Meta and Procter & Gamble. Stay tuned for that event recap on MYX, but for now, check out the full A100 list here and see which Filipinos made it on the list below.
Filipinos on the A100 List:
Rachell Rae Hofstetter (Valkyrae)
Bruno Mars (Via Silk Sonic)
Maria Angelita Ressa
About Gold House
Gold House is the leading Asian and Pacific Islander (API) changemaker community, fighting together for socioeconomic equity. Through a suite of innovative programs and platforms, the organization unites, invests in, and promotes API creatives and companies. To learn more, visit www.goldhouse.org or follow @GoldHouseCo on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
For the first time in NBA history, 2 Filipino basketball players played in an NBA game when Jalen Green and the Houston Rockets took on Jordan Clarkson and the Utah Jazz.
Houston Rockets celebrated Filipino Heritage Night presented by Credit Karma Money with a special edition themed Rockets hat and a Jalen Green shirt. Plus those who purchased tickets with the special PSAOT promo code experienced a post-game Q&A with Jalen Green and Jordan Clarkson talking about what this game meant for the League and culture and how they hope to inspire the next group of Filipino ballers. A portion of the proceeds from this offer will go to the Philippine Sports Association of Texas.
With basketball being such a huge part of the culture, it was awesome to see Jalen and Jordan take the court together. The Rockets fell to the Jazz in a 122-91 score, but it was an entertaining game to say the least. The night featured DJs The Kracker Nuttz playing in-arena music from Apl.de.ap to Guapdad 4000.
Before the start of the season, Jordan Clarkson spoke with ABS-CBN’s Steve Angeles and said he’s humbled to be able to represent the country and help pave the way for other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in basketball. He’s also excited to have Jalen Green join the League and hopes they make a path for the next generation to follow.
Jalen and the rest of the young Rockets team look to bring a whole new ball game. These eager players are ready to push the tempo up this season.
Jalen Green was the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2021 NBA Draft over the summer.
The Fil-Am NBA players Jordan Clarkson and Jalen Green are looking forward to starting the season. The current Sixth Man of the Year recipient, Jordan Clarkson returns for another season to the Utah Jazz. Rookie Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets looks to produce big numbers in his first year in the League. Get a glimpse of what NBA Media Day was like for Jordan and Jalen.
First off, Jordan chats with ABS-CBN’s Steve Angeles via Zoom. Jordan immediately notices Steve’s Gilas Pilipinas jersey and asks “Is that my jersey?” Then they talk about his accomplishments not only in the NBA community, but also off the court as he spoke out against Asian hate. In the midst of playoffs, Jordan helped a local Filipino food truck in Utah get back on its feet after being vandalized with anti-Asian graffiti slurs. He gave the food truck a new look with the help of Identity Graphics.
Jordan Clarkson is humbled to be able to represent the country and help pave the way for other Filipinos and Filipino-Americans in basketball. He’s also excited to have Jalen Green join the League and hopes they make a path for the next generation to follow.
Jalen Green was the No. 2 overall draft pick in the 2021 NBA Draft over the summer. The G-League star is set to have a promising rookie season as he averaged 17.9 points on 46 percent shooting from the field while on G-League’s Ignite team.
The Rockets team is looking to re-energize the city and bring a whole new ball game with their young, eager players. Jalen along with his teammates are ready to push the pace this season. Jordan and Jalen will meet to play against each other on October 28th as the Houston Rockets hosts the Utah Jazz at the Toyota Center.
Cover Photo Credit: Jordan Clarkson Instagram
Jalen Green is the 2nd overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and he’s headed to the Houston Rockets. He now joins Jordan Clarkson as the other Fil-Am player in the NBA. Green is coming to the Rockets as the projected top two-guard of his class as he averaged 17.9 points on 46 percent shooting from the field in 15 games in the G-League — becoming the first prospect drafted from the Ignite. As a G-League star, he’s going to have a promising rookie season.
The Rockets’ backcourt will now consists of an explosive pair with their top draft pick, Kevin Porter Jr and Jalen Green. A versatile guard who can score both inside and out, Jalen has the potential to become an elite scorer in the league. His mother Bree Purganan is from Ilocos Sur and his maternal grandfather is a full-blooded Filipino. Jalen’s first visit to the Philippines was during the 2018 NBTC tournament, where he played for the FilAm Sports USA team and then returned again in 2019.
In 2020, despite receiving offers to play for the Auburn Tigers and the Memphis Tigers in the US NCAA, Green opted to turn pro and joined the NBA G League Ignite – a team for elite NBA draft prospects. Green cited that the biggest benefit for him joining the G League is to experience the NBA style of play ahead of the college players. Now the hard work pays off as he enters the league as the No. 2 Draft Pick.
Cover Photo Credit: Houston Rockets Facebook
#StopAsianHate is not trending as much but anti-Asian hate crimes are still happening. In northern Utah, a Filipino food truck, World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck was vandalized with anti-Asian graffiti slurs. The popular food truck serves Filipino, Vietnamese, and Asian Fusion cuisine. Jordan Clarkson who plays for the Utah Jazz and was recently given the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award reached out to the owners and family to help. Clarkson along with Identity Graphics helped put together a new look for Yum Yum.
The food truck since then is back serving the community and rolling through town with a newly designed truck. The truck features bright colors that you can’t miss. The bold design is a nod to the Philippines flag with the blue and red colors with the bright yellow sun. Not shying away from showcasing that they cater Asian Fusion cuisine with a rice bowl logo throughout the design. The new look says “we’re here, we belong!”
Yum Yum Food Truck will have a reopening on June 12th in Salt Lake City at a rather fitting event, Philippine Independence Day celebration.
Cover Photo Credit: World Famous Yum Yum Food Truck Facebook