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Philippine Ambassador Belen F. Anota formally opened the Exhibition Game of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Legends against the players of the Filcom Sports Club Basketball and Canberra Players League on 25 January 2013 at the Tuggeranong Southern Cross Basketball Stadium in Canberra.

The sports event dubbed “PBA Legends Down Under” was organized by FilCom Sports Club Canberra.

In her message, Ambassador Anota warmly welcomed the PBA Legends to Australia and wished them a memorable and joyful stay. She also took the opportunity to encourage the Filipino Community in Canberra, particularly those who are registered overseas absentee voters, to participate in the upcoming 13 May 2013 Philippine Senatorial Elections. She advised those who had changed their addresses to notify the Embassy immediately to ensure that they receive their ballots.

To show “loyalty and patriotism to the country,” the Ambassador likewise enjoined Filipinos to check the websites of the Philippine Embassy and Department of Foreign Affairs to familiarize themselves and to keep abreast of developments on the West Philippine Sea, particularly the Philippines’ bringing of the issue before the UN Arbitrary Tribunal.

The PBA Legends line-up was composed of Allan “ The Triggerman” Caidic; Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio; Atoy “The Fortune Cookie” Co; Dindo “The Bullet” Pumaren; Marlou “The Skycraper” Aquino; Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos; Kenneth “Captain Barbel” Duremdes; Nelson “The Bull” Asaytono; and Coach Derick Pumaren.

After Canberra, the PBA Legends proceeded to Sydney and Brisbane as part of their Australian tour.