Filipino politicians and movie stars play basketball to raise money for Japan

A press release by the House of the Representatives, March 29, 2011

In an effort to raise money for Japan tsunami relief fund, a contingent of Filipino politicians and movie stars put their basketball skills to the test and were victorious 101-92 against a team made up of local politicians and athletes in the Guam-Philippines Legislators Celebrity Shootout 2011 last night before a capacity crowd at Okkodo High School.

Legislative Speaker Judith Won Pat said the shootout had been in the works since last year.

"This (was) a really good opportunity to get a collection of money and make it part of the Legislature's contribution," she said. Won Pat, who acted as assistant coach for the Guam team, said she hopes to see the game become an annual goodwill event and was pleased with the turnout.

While there was no entrance fee for the game, donations were accepted throughout the evening from the crowd. Following an opening ceremony that included a goodwill gift exchange between Guam and the Philippines, the game got under way.

Muña Barnes starts scoring

The Philippines' Yevgeny Emano was the first to put points on the board but Guam's Tina Muña Barnes tied the game at two points apiece with a short jumper from the corner.

The Guam team jumped out to an early lead when businessman EJ Calvo got a layup plus a foul to make the score 6-2 but the Philippines rallied and built a seven-point lead of their own following a putback by Sherwin Tugna that closed the first quarter.

The Philippines kept the pressure on Guam throughout the game as Sigfrido Tinga's 3-pointer made the score 34-22 in the second quarter. By halftime, the Philippines was up 54-40 and Guam was never able to recover for the rest of the game despite a furious rally to keep the score close.