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    From Pope Francis mass, fans head straight to Big Dome to cheer Beermen on

    Jan 18, 2015
    PBA fans line up for tickets outside the Big Dome. Richard Dy

    A HUGE crowd turned up for Game Six of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, braving heavy rains to line up for tickets outside the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.

    The crowd was placed at 14,259 - the biggest so far in the series.

    Some of them, like Aladin Dela Cruz, came straight from Pope Francis' twin events at the University of Santo Tomas campus and the Quirino Grandstand at Luneta Park in Manila.

    “Ako saka yung iba sa grupo namin galing pa kay Pope (is UST), tapos dumiretso na dito,” Dela Cruz, head of the San Miguel Beermen Family Barkahadan Facebook page which has close to 10,000 members, told Spin.ph.

    “Sinama namin sila (Beermen) sa panalangin namin na manalo na ngayon,” Dela Cruz told Spin.ph.

    Dela Cruz, who works in a private security firm, said seeing the Beermen’s revival was an answered prayer in a way, considering that the league’s winningest PBA franchise has lost its luster over the last three seasons due to issues that have come to be known as 'Petron-ovela.'

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    Meanwhile, a Big Dome security personnel said the crowd began to thicken sometime around 5 p.m., notwithstanding the rain that has not let up since the morning.

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    “Mahaba na rin ang pila simula nung mga alas-singko. Tapos yung ibang pila, umabot na sa tapat (of the Coliseum) kasi nga umuulan, pero may guwardiya rin naman kami dun para masabihan yung mga tao,” said the security guard.

    So far, PBA media bureau chief Willy Marcial said the all-FilipinoFinals has attracted an average of 9,000 fans per game, with Game Three drawing a high 13,785 fans.

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