Did you know that basketball is the Philippines’ most popular sport? When colonized by the USA, basketball became popularized and remained so even after independence. Other popular sports are tennis, badminton, and volleyball… but there is something about the basketball courts and hoops of the Philippines that I find remarkable. Spending a few years of my childhood in Chicago when the Bulls were in their heyday with an older brother that was basketball obsessed, gave the sport a special place in my heart. And despite having not followed any team for years, there is this wonderful nostalgic feeling I get when I stumble upon a basketball court on a remote island in the Philippines. And they are EVERYWHERE. From big city, to small island, to crowded neighborhood, you are bound to walk into a basketball court or two or five in no time.
In the Philippines there are amateur leagues, professional leagues, kiddie leagues and street games. The ingenuity and craft that goes into creating some of the backboards and rims of these courts is astounding, while the well-built courts never cease to be colorful and eye-capturing. To celebrate this ‘love of the game’ I started a photo collection of basketball courts in the Philippines and here it is (scroll down because I saved the best for last):