CAMILLE Clarin, Ella Fajardo, Angel Surada and Karl Ann Pingol make up the Gilas Pilipinas Women's squad that will see action in the 2019 Fiba 3x3 Under-18 World Cup set June 3 to 7 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The team are eager to make the country proud as Philippines sends a girls’ squad to the global youth 3x3 event for the first time.
"I'm proud to represent the Philippines because this country has a love for the sport like no other. We have heart and we have passion," said the Canada-born Clarin who is a three-time Mid-Atlantic Prep League champion for Blair Academy.
Fajardo, born and raised in the United States and is currently a sophomore in Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, New Jersey, echoed the same sentiments, saying: "I am blessed to represent my home country to show our Filipino talent and heart in the global stage."
Completing the team are Surada, 2018 Palarong Pambansa MVP and is an incoming freshman in Nazareth School of National University, and Pingol, who snared 2019 Palaro MVP award and currently plays for Chiang Kai Shek College.
The Philippines will have a tall task in Pool C with host Mongolia, 2017 silver medalist Czech Republic and powerhouse teams France and Netherlands.
Still, coach Patrick Aquino believes that these girls have what it takes to once again deliver a masterful performance, after the fine showing by Afril Bernardino, Janine Pontejos, Jack Animam and Clare Castro in the Fiba 3x3 Asia Cup in Changsha, China last week.
"We are in a tough group with all of our opponents being ranked higher than us," said Aquino.
"But we just have to play our own brand of basketball, the Gilas Pilipinas way. Laban lang hanggang sa dulo and I know the girls will always give their best."