After the game between Gilas Pilipinas and NBA All Stars was cancelled, angry and disappointed fans posted ire about PLDT on Twitter. The result was the trend “Practice Lang Daw Talaga” on Twitter, the posters’ acronym for PLDT who were the organizers of the event.
They also created another acronym for the giant telco, Practice Lang, Drills and Training.
Some were happy that they didn’t buy tickets:
@ans_ph buti na lng d tayo bumili 😉
— Jc Fernandez (@jcfrnandz) July 23, 2014
While some said that the whole event was misleading:
They should have clarified it. They made it sound like a big event then Practice Lang Daw Talaga pala
— Psycho Richard (@richard_DGreat) July 22, 2014
Patrons who went to watch the event waited for some three to four hours for a game, until Gilas coach Chot Reyes stood up to tell them that there won’t be any game happening. “This charity event is not going to be a game. What we’ll show you is how we actually prepare. I hope you enjoy.”
Soon after, the crowd chanted “Refund!” while heading to the exits. PLDT HOME executive vice president Ariel Fermin assured them that they would be willing to refund tickets bought if the fans would not appreciate the drills.
The games were cancelled because of an NBA representative who had informed organizers that ace players like James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Demar DeRozan, Damian Lillard and others, would not be allowed to play for what had been considered as an unsanctioned event.
The cost of the tickets can be seen below:
Those who want information on how to refund their tickets may call the PLDT hotlines below:
Credits: PhilStar and Twitter