Grin and bear it.
The limp ending to The Last Home Stand has, predictably, become a fodder for internet jokes and memes. Trust the Filipino to resort to wry humor when faced with the most absurd situation or abject failure. Before the national anger over the aborted basketball series could even subside, fans were already scoring points with their funny quips and quick wit.
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Easily a standout among our readers' funny take on The Last Home Stand farce was this: "Watch the televised game of Gilas Pilipinas - NBA All Stars "Gilas: Last Home Stand" at Wow! Mali, Sunday, 7pm, TV5." It's in reference to the local comedy show that's notable for its pranks on unsuspecting victims.
PLDT, which organized the event, was given a new meaning by some commenters. To them, the company's acronym now stands for "Practice Lang Daw Talaga!"
As he watched the NBA stars and Gilas players take part in drills, a fan jokingly typed: "Tuloy ang PE on national TV". Another quipped: "Dapat kasama si chris tiu e haha #TIUtorials".
Hashtags such as #GilasLastHomeDrills began sprouting.
San Antonio Spurs young gun Kawhi Leonard, the MVP in the recent NBA Finals, became an easy target. "25k pra sa kaway ni LEONARD!!!!," wrote one fan.
Pinoys are also getting better at sarcasm. "Sayang. Ang ganda pa naman nung 1st day," one said after the last of the two-day series was cancelled.
"Kasi naman eh, gusto NBA pa kalaban eh talunin nyo muna Iran," said another reader, referring to the reigning Asian champions who, along with Gilas Pilipinas, will be playing in the World Cup in Spain.
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