SMART Communications, Inc. brings high-stakes basketball action and the chance to rally behind our Gilas Pilipinas Men’s National Team right at the palm of your hands for this week’s leg of the 2021 FIBA Asia Qualifiers beginning June 12 at 9 pm, Philippine time via gigafest.smart.
Catch Iran go up against Qatar in the first game, Saturday at 9 pm, while Gilas debuts its 2021 lineup against familiar archrival South Korea on June 16 at 6 pm.
“Filipino basketball fans like myself have waited a long time for this, and we are just as excited to have international basketball in our country again. We know at Smart that physical homecourt support is still not possible at this time, but we can maximize our virtual homecourt advantage by rallying behind our national team online,” said Alfredo S. Panlilio, PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications President and CEO.
“We made sure that the game we all love makes it to the palm of every SMART subscriber’s hand. This, of course, is made more special because we finally get to see our very own Gilas Pilipinas play for flag on the world basketball stage once again,” added Panlilio, who is also the President of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).
The Philippine team will also face Indonesia on June 18 at 6 pm before it wraps up its FIBA Asia assignment for this window vs South Korea again on June 20 at 3 pm. Here’s the full schedule of the FIBA Asia Qualifiers to be streamed via gigafest.smart:
- June 12 – Iran vs Qatar (9 pm);
- June 13 – Hong Kong vs Guam (9 pm);
- June 16 – Japan vs China (2:30 pm) and Philippines vs South Korea (6 pm);
- June 17 – South Korea vs Indonesia (2:30 pm) and Chinese Taipei vs China (6 pm);
- June 18 – Japan vs Chinese Taipei (2:30 pm) and Philippines vs Indonesia (6 pm);
- June 19 – China vs Japan (2:30 pm) and Thailand vs South Korea (6 pm);
- June 20 – Indonesia vs Thailand (11:30 pm), Philippines vs South Korea (3pm), and China vs Chinese Taipei (6:30 pm).
- Venue for the games will be the Clark Bubble in Pampanga.
The Philippines currently leads Group A with a 3-0 record followed by Korea with 2-0, while Indonesia and Thailand are tied with 1-2 records each. Only two teams from each group will advance to the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup set in August to be hosted by Indonesia.
No matter where you are, you can catch the games live and on-demand on your SMART-powered device. If you are a SMART Prepaid subscriber, simply turn on your mobile data and visit gigafest.smart on your browser to watch the show.
For the best streaming experience, you can register to Double GIGA Video 99, which gives you 2 GB data every day for YouTube, Cignal, iWant, and NBA League Pass plus 2 GB of open access data, valid for 7 days. To register, just choose Double GIGA Video on the GigaLife App, or dial *123# on your smartphone.
SMART Signature subscribers can also stream the Gilas Pilipinas FIBA Asia matches seamlessly on gigafest.smart.