HOOPS and KIDS-Barangay 649
At first it seemed like any other impoverished area in the world. The smells, the sounds, dilapidated buildings in bright primary colors, the children in patched clothing running barefoot through the street. But then something struck me, something I had never expected, and that something was basketball! It seemed like on every street I walked down in Tondo, kids played basketball.
Later, I discovered that American’s introduced the the game to the Philippines school system in 1898, soon after, it become the national sport. And it makes a lot of since, basketball carries well across the country, because it requires little space, no expensive gear, no set number of players, and for countless impoverished Filipino teenagers, it offers a respite from boredom, with the bonus that if one is good enough, a possible position on a professional team.