CENTER STAGE: Young Filipino-American basketball players with the parents, coaches and mentors prepare to play a halftime game during the Brooklyn Nets Filipino Heritage Night.  (Photo by Bel Molina)

Special to the Filipino Reporter

Filipino-Americans came in droves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., home court of the National Basketball Association (NBA) team Brooklyn Nets, on Oct. 22, 2017.

The event, held in commemoration of Filipino-American History Month, featured Philippine performances and sports demonstrations, as well as trivia games.

Filipino law enforcement officers were likewise honored for their service.

Several groups of young Filipino and Filipino-American basketball players were given an opportunity to play on the Brooklyn Nets court during halftime.

The short game showcased the Filipinos’ innate love and passion for basketball.


Young Fil-Am basketball enthusiasts show their skills on the Nets’ court.  (Photo by NYPCG)

One of the event organizer’s second generation Filipino-American Mark Anthony Agbuya, who also helped organize the equally successful Heritage Night in 2016, commented that this year’s event is made more significant in that it takes place while the entire Filipino-American Community commemorate Filipino-American History Month in October.

Mike Ang of Tanduay Rhum’s U.S. Team said that the company is happy to support the Filipino Heritage Night as one of the Brooklyn Nets official sponsors and the official rhum of the Barclays Center.

A delegation from the Philippine Consulate General in New York led by Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega were in attendance during this event.


Mike Ang of the Tanduay Rhum Team in the U.S. and Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega at Barclays Center Tanduay 40/40 Club.  (Photo by NYPCG)


One of the event organizers, Mark Anthony Agbuya (center, 2nd from right), with 2nd and 3rd generation Fil-Am Community members at the Filipino Heritage Night.  (Photo courtesy of Bel Molina)