Cebu mayor welcomes ‘Chooks’ squads to Fiba 3×3 World Tour

PHILIPPINE 3×3 teams Cebu Chooks! and Manila Chooks! took a momentary break from their training to pay a courtesy call on Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama on Friday at City Hall.

Rama, 67 and an avid basketball fan growing up, said he’s excited to host the world’s biggest 3×3 tournament, the International Basketball Federation 3×3 World Tour.  The maximum level event takes place October 1 and 2 at SM Seaside City Cebu.

“This is our homecourt. Mark my words, the entire city of Cebu will go all out in supporting you,” Rama said. “I’m very happy that they are playing here especially with Mac [Tallo], who I saw grow up.”

“To Coach Chico [Lanete] and to everyone, good luck,” he added.
Lanete and Tallo presented Rama with his own custom Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 jersey, which he proudly wore during the press conference.

“I’m very happy Mayor Rama made time to meet us,” said Lanete, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 head trainer who will be part of Manila Chooks! along with Cebuano Dave Ando, Henry Iloka and Dennis Santos.

Tallo, he knows that there is added pressure on Cebu Chooks! as they will be defending home floor.
“Hell week for us with our strength and conditioning coach,” Tallo said. “We’re doing this because of the extra pressure, but as what I’ve been saying to the guys, embrace pressure.”

Tallo will be joined by Zach Huang, Mike Nzeusseu and Brandon Ramirez in Cebu Chooks!