Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry join US basketball stars in ‘Gilas Last HOME Stand’ in Manila



More US basketball stars will be headlining PLDT’s all-star charity game “The Last HOME Stand” in July in Manila with Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry also joining the event.

Apart from Leonard and Lowry, rookie Nick Johnson will also be part of the event.

PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes announced the news on Twitter Tuesday morning.

( is the online news portal of TV5, which Pangilinan also chairs.)

Last week, it was revealed that basketball superstars Blake Griffin, Damian Lillard, Paul Pierce and DeMar DeRozan would join in the all-star charity event.

The Philippine national men’s basketball team will also participate in the event as part of their preparations for the FIBA World Cup in Spain in August.

“This is a fitting send-off for Gilas as they defend the Philippine flag at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. This is our grand comeback to the world stage, so having a special pick-up game with a powerhouse cast of players will definitely rally the spirits of Filipinos and inspire the boys to play harder,” Reyes said.

“It is important for PLDT HOME to be represented in the world of sports as it continues to resonate with parallelisms to real life,” said PLDT executive vice president and head of Home Business Ariel P. Fermin.

“As an illustration, the values of the game – togetherness, celebration, sacrifice are also true for a family that aspires to achieve a common ambition. Sports inspire family members to achieve more and move as one. And this is what we do for our national team, Gilas. We give them unwavering support from one home team to another to get as far.”

The event is set for July 22 and 23 at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum. Tickets will begin at P750.

The game will raise funds for the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation.

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