Inaugural Concert and Exciting Matchups Await Spectators at the Philippine Arena

Samahan natin ang Gilas Pilipinas sa pagpapamalas ng galing ng mga Pinoy sa FIBA World Cup 2023 Opening Ceremony kung saan maglalaban-laban ang Angola vs Italy (4:00 PM) at Dominican Republic vs Philippines (8:00 PM) na gaganapin sa Philippine Arena, Bulacan, sa ika-25 ng Agosto, 2023.

Metro Manila, Philippines —  The anticipation is reaching a fever pitch as the grand stage is set for the opening day of the 2023 FIBA World Cup. The FIBA local organizing committee has pulled out all the stops in its pursuit to break attendance records, prompting Philippine President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to declare the opening ceremonies a non-special working holiday in both Metro Manila and Bulacan. As the nation eagerly awaits the festivities, pop sensation Sarah Geronimo and beloved folk-pop ensemble Ben&Ben, along with The Dawn, are poised to deliver unforgettable performances at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on Friday, August 25.


On August 25, 2023, at the Philippine Arena, the opening ceremonies of the World Cup will feature an outstanding lineup of Filipino talents including Sarah Geronimo, Ben&Ben, and The Dawn, showcasing their excellence on the global stage.

Celebrations are set to kick off after the 4 p.m. clash between Italy and Angola, followed by an evening match featuring Gilas Pilipinas against the Dominican Republic at 8 p.m. The scale of preparations and the remarkable talent lineup underscore the significance of this momentous occasion.

With a resounding homecoming after 45 years, the Philippines is radiating excitement as the prestigious basketball extravaganza returns to its shores. The Filipino fans have been yearning for this, and the local organizing committee is committed to making it an unforgettable experience. This fervor is palpable, as the country gears up to host the world in an unparalleled display of sportsmanship and culture.

Notably, Sarah Geronimo’s appearance on this global stage marks her second involvement with FIBA. Previously, she captivated audiences during the draw ceremony in April, held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Her captivating presence promises to add a touch of star power to the opening ceremonies, setting the perfect tone for the exhilarating matches that lie ahead.

With the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 scheduled from August 25 to September 10 in the Philippines, our anticipation is soaring. Eagerly, we await the Opening Festivities on August 25 at the Philippine Arena, where we will be taking the stage. Join us there and let’s make this event unforgettable! #fibawc #winforall #SmartFIBA [Photo credit: Ben&Ben official Facebook page.]

Ben&Ben, the enchanting local folk-pop sensation, will also be leaving their mark on the festivities. Their participation in the World Cup Draw Festival at Uptown BGC in Taguig City has only whetted the appetite of fans for what promises to be an unforgettable performance. Their signature sound, blending modern indie with traditional Filipino elements, is a true representation of the country’s rich cultural tapestry.

As the on-court action heats up, Group A teams, including the Philippines led by the dynamic Jordan Clarkson, are set to clash with Angola and Italy. These matchups will be played out at the iconic Smart Araneta Coliseum, which holds its own history of legendary moments.

Meanwhile, Group B, composed of Puerto Rico, South Sudan,  China, and Serbia, will take over the spotlight on the Smart Araneta Coliseum court after the opening day extravaganza. The matches that unfold in this group promise to be nothing short of intense, as these powerhouse teams battle for supremacy on an international stage.

Stepping beyond the Philippine borders, the global influence of this tournament is further highlighted by renowned personalities joining the event. Fil-Am Erik Spoelstra, famed for his coaching prowess in the NBA, is poised to make his international coaching debut as an assistant to head coach Steve Kerr’s Team USA. The team is placed in Group C and is set to compete against Jordan, New Zealand, and Greece. This diverse mix of talent ensures that the group matches at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City will be a captivating spectacle.

Group D, which features Lithuania, Mexico, and Montenegro, will also contend at the Mall of Asia Arena, adding to the excitement and diversity of matchups throughout the tournament. The global convergence of basketball talent highlights the universality of the sport and the FIBA World Cup’s role in bringing nations together in a spirit of competition and camaraderie.

Courtesy of FIBA Basketball World Cup Official FB Page

As the countdown to the opening day of the 2023 FIBA World Cup draws to a close, the Philippines stands on the precipice of a historic moment. With Sarah Geronimo’s captivating presence and Ben&Ben’s melodic enchantment, combined with the fierce matchups between international basketball powerhouses, this edition of the tournament promises to be an extraordinary spectacle. As the world watches, the Philippines is ready to shine.