CEBU -- Growing up, Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena found themselves magnetized to the halfcourts, strutting their wares with peers in fun basketball games.
"Three-on-three talaga ang nilalaro ko growing up," said Ravena, the Ateneo forward.
The UP swingman also shared: "This brings a lot of memories for me."
Little did they know, it would be the start of what would be their burgeoning careers as they soon made their mark in the 5-on-5 circuit.
But it all started in 3x3.
Now, both Paras and Ravena will be there first-hand when Chooks-to-Go and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) aim to break the world records for most participants simultaneously playing 3x3 and the biggest Fiba-sanctioned 3x3 event in the two-day staging in Cebu.
Over 2,000 participants are set to play 3x3 basketball at Sisters of Mary Boystown in Minglanilla and Girlstown in Talisay in what would be the official launch of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 league.
"It's truly an honor to be part of something historic," said Paras, who won the gold medal in the Slam Dunk Contest during the 2015 Fiba 3x3 Under-18 Championship.
The second-generation star was also able to represent the country in a number of 3x3 tournaments, his last in the 2017 Fiba 3x3 World Cup in Nantes, France.
"It's going to be fun. Just seeing them experience 3x3 on a whole different level is going to be an amazing experience for someone like me who grew up in this sport. It's all for the kids," he said.
Ravena, who played in the 2013 Fiba Under-16 3x3 World Cup in Jakarta, echoed those sentiments as he felt proud seeing how big 3x3 basketball has gotten over the years.
"Now that it's a growing sport and an Olympic event, talagang dream come true ito for us," he said.