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Smart supports Gilas Pilipinas Youth bid at FIBA Under-19 World Cup

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PLDT-Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan, incoming PLDT-Smart Chief Revenue Officer Al Panlilio, PLDT-Smart Head of the Business Transformation Office Victorico P. Vargas, Smart AVP and Head for Community and Partnerships Gabby Cui show support to the Gilas Pilipinas Youth management and players during the team’s send-off.

MEMBERS of the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team won’t have any problems keeping in touch with family and friends while representing the country in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece starting June 29. The team has been equipped with several Smart Travel WiFi units that will provide them with reliable data connectivity.

Smart Travel WiFi is a plug-and-play wireless modem or pocket WiFi that connects any capable device to the internet. These units were provided by Smart Communications, the wireless subsidiary of leading telecoms and digital services company PLDT, to give the young players with connectivity while they face Greece, Argentina, and Russia during the preliminary rounds.

“The Smart Travel WiFi is a complement to our existing roaming services to keep you connected whenever you travel. Smart Roaming keeps an individual securely connected while Smart Travel WiFi allows more than one phone or gadget to conveniently access the internet without spending a lot of money,” ​said Alice Ramos, Smart vice president and department head of international roaming & carrier business.

“With these Smart Travel WiFi units, the players can stay connected to their families, friends, and fans all over the world, while they raise our flag in the world basketball stage,” said Gabby Cui, Smart assistant vice president and head of community development and partnerships.

PLDT Global and Smart executives provide the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team with Smart Travel WiFi units during the team’s send-off for the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup

The Gilas Pilipinas Youth is composed of Kai Sotto, AJ Edu, Gerry Abadiano, Migs Oczon, Terrence Fortea, Joshua Ramirez, Dalph Panopio, Bismarck Lina, Geo Chiu, Carl Tamayo, Rhayaan Amsali, Dave Ildefonso, Xyrus Torres, and James Spencer.




Under the tutelage of Coach Sandy Arespacochaga, the team will have several tuneup games in the country and in Doha, Qatar, before they head off to the big event in Greece.