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Saturday 5 September 2015

Perlas Pilipinas - Pinoy Pride Heroes come in all shapes and forms.

Perlas Pilipinas

Philippine women's team is named Perlas Pilipinas (perlas is the Tagalog word for "pearl")

At the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, the women's basketball team of the Philippines showed that beneath their Perlas Pilipinas jersey lie hearts of champions.

Allana Lim, the 5-foot-8, former Far Eastern University star who led the Perlas with 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game after defeating India in the promotion/relegation match play-off thus earning a ticket to the Level I competition two years later for the basketball-crazy nation.

Merenciana Arayi, former UAAP MVP from Sampaloc, Bolinao, Pangasinan, 28 points and 5 rebounds finished the game in an overtime victory 80-73 over Kazakhstan  n Friday September 2, 2015 cemented their first place finish in Group B. Arayi, graduated from Adamson with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Banking and Finance in 2007, is also involved as a coach for the Magis Academy High School boys and girls teams in Rizal province, and plays basketball for the Philippine Navy team, while running all-woman basketball clinics.

Cindy Resultay, 24-year-old who iced a pivotal 1-point victory over North Korea that turned the team's fortunes after an opening loss to Malaysia.

Afril Bernardino a former National University who scored 32 points and to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the Philippines' victory over India, 82-76, on Friday, September 4, 2015 FIBA ASIA Tournament. The game against India will prove to be the team’s most important game to date. A win would mean entry into the elite level of women’s basketball in Asia, and earn them a spot in Group A at the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship in 2017, where they can earn a spot at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in 2018 at Spain.

Head Coach  Patrick Aquino, who overcame a first practice session where none of his players showed up, and who had to redirect the team's disappointment over a fourth place finish at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games to resolution for a strong showing at FIBA Asia.

"It's time to invest in Philippine women's basketball," said Aquino.

"We are thankful for all the support from SBP and other sponsors. I think we have returned their faith with our performance.

"Now the time has to come to put together a proper program for women's basketball development in the Philippines," he said.

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