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    GILAS Pilipinas games in the sixth window of the 2023 Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers will be held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.

    Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios bared on Tuesday that the stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan will be the venue for Gilas Pilipinas' home games in February next year.

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    Barrios made the annoucement in Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.

    "Hangga't maari, nilalaruan na natin yung tatlong venue na lalaruan sa World Cup," he said.

    Gilas will host Lebanon on Feb. 24 before playing Jordan on Feb. 27.

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    Barrios shared that it's also a chance for the local organizing committees to prepare ahead of the main event.

    "Parang nag-OJT na rin yung local organizing committee pag nagho-host tayo sa iba't ibang venue natin," he said.

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      Gilas, carrying a 5-3 record in Group E, swept its road games in the fifth window against Jordan and Saudi Arabia and is already qualified to the World Cup as one of the hosts.

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