To buy, or not to buy?

Manila Bulletin

June 13,2013

To buy, or not to buy?

June 16,2016.
It’s not a National Holiday. Nor is it LeBron James’ birthday. But give The King his cake anyway and have him eat it. Heck, sing him his birthday song in advance. He definitely needs some cheering up. So, happy birthday anyway.
The significance of this particular date has something to do with helping make the NBA dreams of ordinary Filipino basketball fans come true.
You see, an NBA pre-season game between the Indiana Pacers and the Houston Rockets will be held at the MOA Arena in Pasay City on Oct. 10. Yes, here on our local soil. FOR. THE. FIRST. TIME. EVER. So if you’re a basketball nut, or even crazier than yours truly, you don’t forget this date. Write it on your wall just to be sure.
Why? It’s the day where all the tickets for this historic event, which by the way is being called now as “NBA Global Games Philippines 2013,” will be sold. That’s starting at 10 a.m. at all SM ticket outlets in the country and online at mallofasia-arena.com, smtickets.com or you may burn the phone lines by calling this number: 470-2222. So come on get yours. And oh, only a maximum two tickets will be allowed to sell for each person. Not more, not less. Just two.

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It will not be cheap though.
P550 (Section E).
Everything starts from here. It’s the gallery or general admission section. Movie tickets for IMAX, however, costs P100 less, which is still good enough for a popcorn and a can of ice-cold Coke or Pepsi or A&W Rootbeer. If you’ve got poor vision, wear thick-rimmed eye glasses. Or better yet, buy binoculars, which is worth around P1,800 to P2,500. Which will be cheaper than the next seat lower. At least you’ll get to see a pint-sized version of George Hill and Psycho T.
P4,200 (Section D)
This is two months worth of medicines and vitamins if you’re wife happens to be pregnant plus some maternity dresses on the side. Or you can buy a discounted pair of signature rubber shoes, perhaps a Nike Airmax or a Reebok Real Flex. Or almost the same amount to stay at a posh hotel for a night, especially that small but spectacular hotel fronting the Mall of Asia and the Manila Bay. But at least you’ll get to see Carlos Delfino, Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons in person, only a little dwarfed.
P8,400 (Section C)
You could pay a month’s apartment rent plus some utlity bills with this amount. Or you can purchase yourself a two-way ticket for two to breathtaking Coron, Palawan. But at least you’ll get to see David West and Roy Hibbert and see why the LeFlop, I mean LeBron, and the Miami Heat were so scared of them.
P27,000 (Premium B)
It’s the same amount of a nice lap top. Or a flat TV. Add some more money and you get a nice, high-end smart phone. And if you’re frugal, you can even have a vacation in paradise island Boracay with this exact amount. At least, you’ll get to see Jeremy Lin, Linsanity himself, and Manila returnee James Harden.
P32,300 (Premium A)
This isn’t exactly the “Jack Nicholson” seats but its close to it. You can go to Hong Kong and have a two or three-day vacation there with this kind of money. Or have an IPhone 5. You can also pay you’re child’s tiution fee with this amount. At least you’ll get to see Paul George closer. That’s a star out there.

Whether you buy the cheapest or pawn your jewelries and appliances by selecting the more expensive seats, the most important thing is that you get to feel how its like to be watching an NBA game. It’s like bringing the NBA experience to our place, the Philippines. And its probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Me, I’ll get my credentials and cover it. And buy some for my family for sure and make our dreams come true. Unless you decide to do otherwise and just watch the game at the comforts of your home and stay miserable forever, break your piggy bank, get some money and fall in line.
To buy, or not to buy? That is the question.

Follow me on Twitter: @JoeySVillar

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(Photos courtesy of NBA.com Philippines)

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