Watch Barangay Ginebra vs LG Sakers Live at Smart Araneta Coliseum and Get A Chance to Win an LG G3 and G Watch

The landmark Asian Basketball Showdown - featuring the LG Sakers from Korea and the Philippines' crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra - is finally happening tomorrow, September 9, 2014, 6PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum! Make sure you catch it live because those who will be there will get a chance to win the newest premium LG devices including the simplest yet smartest LG G3 flagship smartphone; the young and pop LG G Pad, your launch pad; and the sleek and always on Android Wear LG G Watch.

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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Head Coach Jeffrey Cariaso (Left) and Changwon LG Sakers Head Coach Kim Jin (Right)

Mr. Sung Woo Nam, Managing Director of LG Electronics Philippines - the company that brought the game here - said, “As a brand, LG Electronics is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances. The Asian Basketball Showdown serves as a historic milestone, as this is our first time to embark in a major sporting event.”

“Our goal is to engage our Filipino customers and enable them to experience first-hand the excitement of Koreans and Filipinos facing off on court. As both countries are represented in this year’s FIBA World Cup in Spain, we’d like to take this opportunity to bring a piece of the action to the Philippines, as a basketball-loving country," he added.

Korea’s LG Sakers leads the attendance rankings in eight out of 10 seasons of the Korean Basketball League (KBL), while the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is one of the most-loved teams in Philippine basketball and currently holds eight Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) titles.

Korean basketball legend Shin Dong Pa is set to grace the event, showing his undying support and love for the sport. Hailed as one of Asia’s greatest basketball players, Shin Dong Pa would score an average of 30 to 40 plus points per game in the Asian Championships to rally his team to victory.

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A Basketball Game for Cause

Aside from letting its Filipino consumers witness a first of its kind basketball experience, LG Electronics is also extending the joys of the playing the sport to the kids of Manila Boys’ Town, a charitable residential institution for the underprivileged, abandoned, neglected and voluntarily surrendered children, teenagers and senior citizens from Manila.

On top of the newly-donated LG home entertainment products and kitchen appliances which the orphanage can use for their daily activities, LG refurbished a basketball court within the Boys’ Town compound as well where the kids can freely play the sport and enjoy the game.

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With the kids from Manila Boys' Town after their training with the LG Sakers during the press launch of the Asian Basketball Showdown last week.

Romeo Velasquez, a 15-year-old boy from Boys’ Town, expressed his gratitude to the company: “Maraming salamat, LG. Excited na kaming gamitin itong bagong court at maglaro ng basketball. Paborito kasi naming siyang gawin. (Thank you, LG. We’re excited to use this court and play basketball. It is one of our favorite thigs to do.)”

Manila Boys’ Town division chief Jean Ramos also acknowledged the significance of sports to children’s growth. Ramos said in the vernacular: “Playing sports like basketball helps boost the kids’ morale. Aside from making them physically fit, they are also able to make friends and develop meaningful relationships along the way.”

Ramos continued, “Support from private institutions like LG Electronics greatly helps in sustaining our operations. On behalf of Manila Boys’ Town, we would like to thank LG Electronics for your generous donations and helping us promote sports among the kids.”

Kids from the orphanage were also able to partake in a basketball clinic facilitated by no less than the players and coaches from the Changwon LG Sakers.

“LG always puts premium to our consumers, delivering unique experiences to as many Filipinos as possible. We hope that through this basketball game and clinic, we are able to show that life is truly good, as we all continue to share a common love for a sport like basketball which unites nations,” shared Mr. Nam.

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With former San Beda Red Lion Sudan Daniels who was also there at the event to help teach kids basketball basics. Great guy!

So Which Team Am I Rooting For?

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With Barangay Ginebra Coach Jeffrey Cariaso (Left) and Assistant Coach Olsen Racela (Right)

Oh my! So hard to choose! I love LG. But my family has always been a big Barangay Ginebra fan; I've been a 'Kabarangay' since the day I was born. So can I just say "Both"?

Where to get tickets? Putting the consumers at the heart of every innovation, LG opened the Asian Basketball Showdown to basketball-loving Pinoys all for free. Those who registered via the LG Electronics’ Facebook page can start already start redeeming their tickets at LG Mobile concept stores in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and Greenhills Shopping Center, as well as in Titan Stores within Metro Manila. You may also claim tickets at Araneta Coliseum before the game starts. When claiming, registrants just have to present the e-ticket and one valid ID, and a sales invoice or official receipt if registered as an LG customer for patron tickets.