AS San Miguel Beer celebrated the end of a 14-year title drought in an all-Filipino conference before more than 22,000 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, something was conspicuously missing.
In the middle of the Beermen's celebrations at the end of an 80-78 win in Game Seven on Wednesday night, netizens were quick to notice that there were only a few balloons falling from the Big Dome rafters.
So Spin.ph asked around and this is what we learned: Three sets of balloons placed on opposites side of the Big Dome were tied so tightly to the metal braces of the ceiling that staffers failed to release tem during the Beermen party.
A Big Dome worker admitted that three sets of balloons were placed on each side of the coliseum before Game Seven, but only balloons on one side were released.
“Masyado pong mahigpit ang pagkakatali, hindi agad mai-release,” said the Araneta staff who requested anonymity. “Actually, tig tatlong sets po ng balloons yan sa magkabilang side, yung tatlo po hindi na-release. Yung mga na-release, tatlo po yun, sa audience po napunta."
For the safety of the players during a game, it has been a policy of the PBA not to put balloons and confetti directly above the playing court.
Spin.ph later caught a glimpse of the stuck balloons being released almost an hour after the awarding ceremonies.
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Not until he was made aware by Spin.ph did San Miguel governor Robert Non realize that there indeed were only a few balloons that fell from the rafters during their title celebration.
“Oo nga ano, wala nga yata. Wala akong napansin. Pero itong apo ko, may dala naman,” said Non.
But the San Miguel boss said he doesn't mind.
“Okay lang 'yun. Mahalaga nakuha natin ang mas importanteng bagay,” Non said before heading to Edsa Shangri-la Hotel to join the rest of the team and its fans in the victory party.