CEBU -- Rain or shine, Chooks-to-Go's bid for a pair of world records will push through.
Despite the torrential rains in the buildup to the event, the organizers are confident that the heavens will side with them in what would be the official kickoff for the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league.
"The weather, at first I thought, will not cooperate, but it seems like we're going to have a good weather," said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios during the press conference at Bai Hotel here.
The two-day event, to be held at Sisters of Mary School Boystown in Minglanilla and Girlstown in Talisay this weekend, is eyeing to snag the record for the most players simultaneously playing 3x3 as well as the honor of being the biggest Fiba-sanctioned 3x3 event.
"We firmly believe that the future of this country should be groomed at a young age and it's the same thing with Philippine basketball," said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascarinas.
"With this event, we are hoping for two things. One is to teach the sport of 3x3 basketball to these kids. Though it is just like indoor basketball, iba ang rules at skillsets needed for 3x3. And we are hoping to see that the kids of Boystown and Girlstown will grow up and be part of our league Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3."
Thirdy Ravena and Kobe Paras flew to the Queen City of the South to grace the two-day event and bring smiles to the participants.
Over 1,100 participants from the Boystown and 1,500 from the Girlstown are set play in the 100 half-courts available as the organizers expect the event to be finished across three hours, if the weather allows it.
If rains continue to pour, Chooks-to-Go and SBP have prepared a contingency plan which will see players spend at least 12 hours in the covered courts just to complete the world record bid to best the previous high of 1,898 participants.
"We have a plan B. But we are looking at it more optimistically. Palagay ko naman papakinggan tayo sa taas," said Barrios.