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Gilas Pilipinas stars, sports personalities witness history unfold at PLDT Home’s NBA Finals Watch Party

Published Jun 23, 2023 8:34 am

It was a historic day for basketball as the country’s finest sports personalities witnessed a groundbreaking first at PLDT Home’s exclusive NBA Finals Watch Party. Last June 13, fans visited TGI Friday’s in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig, and watched the Denver Nuggets capture their first NBA championship in their first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals, defeating the Miami Heat in five games.

Hosted by NBA Hype anchor Tin Gamboa, the PLDT Home Watch Party gathered the biggest basketball fans including Gilas Pilipinas players Roger Pogoy, Kib Montalbo, Chris Newsome, Aaron Black, Brandon Ganuellas-Rosser, and Kevin Alas; and sports influencers and personalities Charles Tiu, Martin Javier, Vince Velasco, Bea Escudero, Paolo del Rosario, and Cam Lagmay.

NBA fans unite! Players from Gilas Pilipinas and sports personalities gather around at PLDT Home’s watch party of the NBA finals between Denver and Miami

Guests also joined various basketball-themed activities, including a basketball arcade game where participants in hoop-inspired attires had the opportunity to win exclusive NBA Store merchandise.

(L-R) PLDT Home’s Marketing PR AVP Cheryl Maxine Loyola, Retail and Online Acquisition Marketing Head Niño Carandang, and Product Manager Kristine Rementilla hype up the crowd right before the do-or-die game
A long road for Denver

The Denver Nuggets’ championship was truly one for the books. Since the appointment of Michael Malone as the team’s head coach and the selection of Nikola Jokic in 2015, the Nuggets has become a team on the rise after reaching the Western Conference Finals during the 2019-20 season, which is the furthest they’ve advanced until this year’s NBA Finals appearance.

After two years of falling short in the playoffs, the Nuggets made key moves to bolster their roster coming into the 2022-23 season. They acquired veterans Bruce Brown and DeAndre Jordan and former NBA champion Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, well-rounded players that can support two-time MVP Nikola Jokic and budding superstar Jamal Murray.

These moves strengthened their roster and helped them navigate the regular season to become the number 1 seed in the Western Conference. The road to their first-ever NBA Finals saw them facing off the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Lakers before facing the Miami Heat.

The HEAT is on like DENVER before! “Fun-filled” is an understatement to describe the #PLDTHomeWatchParty, with guests cheering on their favorite teams up to the last two minutes!

Fans who can’t get enough of the action can relive the NBA Finals series and get the best NBA content live and on demand with the NBA League Pass. With the NBA League Pass powered by PLDT Home, stream all live NBA games with multiple viewing and language options available, as well as 24/7 access to NBA TV, providing more basketball content outside of the court. An archive of past NBA games is also available, offering access to historic games featuring all-time greats.

From the biggest sports events to the most anticipated series and films, experience the best of entertainment when you apply for a PLDT Home plan via To know more about PLDT Home’s latest entertainment offerings, visit

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by PLDT Home.