Filipino Heritage Night with the Golden State Warriors
OAKLAND, CA — This was the first official Filipino Heritage Night since the Golden State Warriors became the 2017 NBA World Champions.
Decked out in blue and gold, Warriors fans were treated to a pre-game party featuring Filipino food and music.
“To bring that collaboration together it’s great, because it also brings recognition to the Filipinos as well,” said Andree Ng.
“I love being able to take a picture with the trophy. I mean to get up and close and personal with the trophy yah we can’t touch it, but it’s so close enough that you can see the fine clarity in it I can see my face in it. It’s awesome!” said Charae Papagayo.
One of the sponsors of the official tailgate party was Tanduay rum from the Philippines.
Tanduay, which is Asia’s first and the world’s biggest dark rum brand, recently became the official partner of the Warriors.
“This number one rum in not only for the Filipinos but for everyone in the world basketball fans, not basketball fans, everybody,” said Tanduay rum PresidentLucio Tan Jr. “I want to invite them to try this beautiful rum and I’ll guarantee they’ll have the best rum in their life.”
Inside Oracle arena, Filipino culture continued to be on display.
ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata Voices performed the national anthem.
The American Center for Philippine Arts were the official halftime performers, as they showcased Filipino folk dance and music.
Filipino heritage nights are celebrated at other arenas, by other NBA teams — however, the Warriors say they are proud to set the standard.
“Any time you have an organization like the Golden State Warriors with such class, and such a team ethic and such a spiritual,” said Raymond Townsend, the first Fil-Am NBA player. “So to speak family of being one heart, one spirit, one mind in the way they play of course you’re going to have a lot of Filipinos buy into that.”
“We don’t need a Filipino heritage night to come out. It is here every single night,” said Warriors CFO Jennifer Cabalquinto. “But having an opportunity to really celebrate and showcase the culture to the rest of the community is really nice, but it is organic here.”
The Warriors were unable to pull away with a victory — falling to the Detroit Pistons 115 to 107 — yet it was a thrilling game coming down to the final minutes.
In keeping with the tradition of celebration Filipino culture, the Warriors gave away this special Filipino heritage themed duffle bag for many to go home with.