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    Smiles all around as windfall awaits champs

    Aug 27, 2012
    Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas head and top team patron Manny Pangilinan made sure the achievement of Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 will not go unrewarded. Jerome Ascano

    KNOWN for his legendary generosity, Manny V. Pangilinan was not about to let Smart Gilas-Pilipinas 2.0's glowing achievement go unrewarded.

    The president of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas made no announcements when he spoke during a thanksgiving dinner tendered for the Jones Cup champions on Sunday night. But after the affair, Pangilinan quietly gathered all the players in a function room inside the Meralco Lighthouse where they were told of the bonus awaiting the team.

    By the time the short meeting was over, all players came out with a wide smile on their faces.

    “Hindi naman ganun kalaki,” said a grinning Jeff Chan, who, together with Rain or Shine teammate Gabe Norwood, stand to receive a double windfall in less than a month as they also were part of the Elasto Painters team that won the franchise's first-ever PBA champion team in the last Governors Cup.

    No one among the top executives of Smart Communications, PLDT or Meralco – all companies under the MVP Group – would divulge the financial package given out by Pangilinan to this hastily formed group of players which exceeded the expectations of this basketball-crazy nation.

    A team insider however, describes the bonus as something "commensurate to what these players are receiving" for a championship won in the pro league.

    “It’s not something incredible, but not that really small. It’s just the way of Mr. Pangilinan of saying thank you to the team,” said a top team executive.

    “Let’s just say, it’s something that these players may not be receiving during the offseason.”

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    Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas head and top team patron Manny Pangilinan made sure the achievement of Smart Gilas Pilipinas 2.0 will not go unrewarded. Jerome Ascano
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