ANOTHER sellout crowd is expected for Game Six of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals between San Mig Coffee and Rain or Shine at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
League media bureau chief Willie Marcial told Spin.ph that as early as Tuesday, tickets for the Wednesday match has already been sold out.
“Kahapon pa ubos na ang ticket. Wala nang natira,” said Marcial, who added that Big Dome ticketing officials have already been forced to sell Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets on the morning of the match.
“Siguro mga less than 6,000 tickets na lang 'yun. Tayuan na 'yun ha. Wala nang upuan. Saka gallery, sa lower at premium seats, wala na,” added the amiable league official.
The demand for tickets has been so huge that Marcial bared he himself has been trying to hide from relatives and friends who are asking for extra supplies.
“Hindi na nga ako nagbubukas ng telepono ngayon. Kasi ang daming tumatawag at sa akin nagtatanong at bumibili. Wala na akong mailalabas,” said Marcial.
“Dati 8 at 9 a.m. nagbubukas na ko ng cellphone, ngayon 12 noon na ko mag-on. Hindi ko alam kung paano ko sila sasagutin,” he added.
Asked for the reason for the high demand for tickets despite the absence from the Finals of crowd drawer Barangay Ginebra, Marcial said fans appreciate the beauty of two teams really going hard for the championship.
“Kasi talagang nakatutok na ang tao ngayon sa mga laro natin. Hindi lang teams nila ang kanilang sinusundan ngayon, kahit ang ibang koponan,” said Marcial.
“It goes to show na mas malawak ngayon ang pagsubaybay ng fans sa ating liga, and we are happy and at the same time more inspired to bring them quality games,” said Marcial.
Spin.ph tried to mingle with several fans and found out some of them are diehards from teams already eliminated who find pleasure in seeing the tormentor of their favorite squads go down in defeat.
Such is the case for Ginebra fan Momon Sorillano, who revealed his hatred for the Kings’ semifinal opponent San Mig forced him to root for Rain or Shine.
The Mixers beat the Kings in the deciding Game Seven of their best-of-seven semifinals series.
“Ever since, second team ko ang Rain or Shine. Ngayon mas susuporta ako sa kanila, kasi asar ako sa San Mig,” said Sorillano laughing.
The same is the reasons given by some of the respondents in the mini survey we conducted on Facebook.
Fans of San Mig Coffee, meanwhile, are hoping against hope they will finally win the championship and avenge the team’s 2012 Governors’ Cup Finals loss to Rain or Shine.
“Syempre, kailangan nang manalo mamaya. Para makabawi kami. That time kasi masyadong minama ng Rain or Shine ang B-Meg. Ngayon ang best shot nila para makaganti,” said Purefoods TJ Giants fanpage moderator Yuri Munsayac.
“Delikado na rin kami pag natalo pa mamaya. Mababago ang mindset, mapi-feel na naman ng Mixers na kontrapelo nila ang Rain or Shine like nung series nung 2012. Dapat huwag na nilang palagpasin ito,” said the longtime San Mig fan.
Here are the other responses: