THE 43rd season of the PBA has officially started and as in the past, the players and the games give way to the beautiful muses during the opening ceremony.
Actresses, beauty queens, and athletes make up this year's batch. And they are all stunning as usual.
Let's take time to meet them.
1. Laura Lehmann - TNT KaTropa
Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann was a picture of class and sophistication while wearing her crown to match her little blue dress.
But the courtside reporter turned beauty queen's competitive fire came out as soon as she steped into the venue. She represented TNT, the main rival of boyfriend Von Pessumal's San Miguel club.
“Actually today hindi kami nag-uusap kasi kalaban siya daw, competitive, ganoon talaga kami,” shared Lau. “But, you know, it’s part of the PBA experience. He knows that I’m a TNT muse and okay naman siya doon, medyo competitive lang minsan.”
Although she’s used to being in front of the camera both as a former courtside reporter in the UAAP and a beauty queen, her experience as a TNT muse was a whole lot different.
“Actually yes (kinabahan ako) kasi sanay ako sa pageant pero ‘yung pageant sa stage, tapos sanay ako sa courtside habang nasa Araneta ka dapat rubber shoes ka,” she shared.
“So it was my first time na naka-heels ako sa Araneta so medyo weird ‘yung feeling,” she added.
2. Rachel Anne Daquis - NLEX
Volleyball star Rachel Anne Daquis has been a PBA muse for three times already but this year’s walk was the most difficult for the Cignal charmer.
The athlete/model stood out as she sported a laced blue dress that complemented with her fair skin. But as soon as she went backstage after the walk, she was quick to tell an handful of reporters, “Masakit pa rin sa paa, ang sakit na ng paa ko!”
She summed up the experience like this: “Noong una three inches (ang heels ng sapatos), naging four inches, tapos naging six, ‘yun ang pagkakaiba,” she said laughing.
Although her feet hurt and she’s already in ‘tiis-ganda’ mode, Daquis said she’s willing to do it again next year.
“Iikutin natin ‘yan (lahat ng teams), ‘di joke lang, joke lang,” she said.
Rachel’s first two stints as PBA muse were with GlobalPort in 2014 and with San Miguel in 2015.
3. Lindsay Stalzer - San Miguel
Petron import Lindsay Stalzer looked gorgeous just a day after her team's failed championship attempt in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix. The prolific American spiker looked stunning in a white dress with her hair done.
“I had no idea what to expect. This is such a beautiful, big production. I’m honored to be one of the muses, it was a lot of fun. I’m just happy to be a part of it,” she said.
"They just asked (me) a few days ago. It’s always fun to dress up and wear something other than volleyball clothes," she added.
4. Jannie Alipo-on - Rain or Shine
From being a basketball player back in high school, Jannie Alipo-on was back on the playing court only this time as a muse for Rain or Shine.
The charming Miss Tourism International 2017, who now plays basketball for recreation, felt both blessed and happy to represent the Elasto Painters.
“This is actually my first time na maging muse ng PBA and of course Rain or Shine and I’m really happy and blessed,” she said.
“Actually I do play basketball when I was in high school and until now I play basketball pero for fun lang and now I’m a muse and I’m so happy,” she added.
5. Ash Ortega - Blackwater
Ash Ortega is used to being on the limelight, but her experience as a PBA muse gave her chills - at the start at least.
The Kapuso actress shared how she felt upon being told that she will be muse for Blackwater.
“At first I was so nervous, but it was easy lang pala it was actually fun. (Now) I’m representing a sports team so medyo athletic, sa showbiz kasi arte-arte,” she said.
“I don’t really play basketball but I do muay thai, I do figure skating and aerial hoop,” she added.
6. Myrtle Sarrosa - Ginebra
Being a muse for Ginebra was a dream come true for Myrtle Sarrosa and her family.
Growing up as a diehard Ginebra fan, the Kapamilya actress shared how happy her family was when she told them the news.
“Actually, ang pamilya ko huge Ginebra fans talaga. So nu’ng nalaman nila na ako ‘yung magmu-muse lahat sila full support, all-out support. And I’m glad na first time kong mag-muse and doon pa sa team na gustong-gusto ko,” she said.
She recalled how she and her family would always watch Ginebra games on TV.
“Oo, kasi noong bata ako, ‘di ba galing pa ako ng Iloilo, gusto talaga naming manood ng PBA games. So it’s my first time na nandito ngayon, na maging isang muse pa for PBA, to be a guest for them so grateful ako,” she said.
7. Rhian Ramos, Phoenix
Third time’s the charm for Phoenix muse Rhian Ramos.
The Kapuso actress, whose only basketball skills are reserved for an arcade game, was happy to be back again as a muse in the PBA opening ceremony.
“This is my third time being a muse and I really enjoyed this time,” she said. “(But) I don’t play basketball, I only play basketball in Time Zone and I’m ok. I’m not great but I’m ok, lumalaban naman.”
Although she’s an actress and a model, she still had jitters when she walked down the court.
“Oo naman (kinabahan) siyempre this is a different crowd,” she said. “I was nervous and I was like hoping, “Please Lord let them accept me. Parang ganoon.'”
8. Taki Saito - Alaska
It was Taki Saito’s first time to be a PBA muse and she felt right at home at Alaska.
The Eat Bulaga! dabarkads shared how nervous she was when told she will be the muse of the Aces. But the anxiety disappeared, she said, as soon as she met the team led by team captain Simon Enciso.
“Simon talked to me first, he introduced himself and told me he was their team captain and I was very happy to meet him,” said Taki, 17.
“He was always asking me if i was okay, if I was fine because he knows I’m underaged. They took care of me like a baby,” he added.
Rounding up this year’s batch of muses are Phoemela Barranda (Kia), Maureen Wroblewitz (Magnolia), Hillarie Parungao (GlobalPort) and Chanel Thomas (Meralco).