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Friday marks a sad day for fans of AOL's Instant Messenger: the service has been discontinued.

Users who visit AIM.com are redirected to a support with details on its demise. 

Oath, the new entity formed under Verizon combining AOL with the recently-acquired Yahoo, revealed in October it would end AIM, as a host of new platforms such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have surfaced.

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," said Michael Albers, vice president of communications product at Oath.

AIM was a staple of personal computers since first launching in 1997. However, AIM couldn't make the seamless transition to mobile, where most users rely on instant messaging services.

Of course, that did not stop users on Twitter from mourning the loss of their first real messaging app.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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Facebook is now giving you a way to hit the mute button on your friends with its new “Snooze” feature.

The option lets you temporarily unfollow a person, page or group for 30 days. When that 30 days is up, you’ll get a notification. You can also unmute that person at any time if you decide you want to start seeing their posts again.

The person, group or page won’t be notified that you’ve hit the “Snooze” button on them either, and they won’t be taken off your friends list.

Facebook also allows you to stop following posts without leaving a group or unfriend someone for an indefinite amount of time.

“Seeing too many photos of your uncle’s new cat? Is your friend tempting you with endless photos of ramen on her Japan trip? It turns out, you’re not alone. We’ve heard from people that they want more options to determine what they see in News Feed and when they see it,” Facebook said in a release announcing the Snooze feature.

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NASA second week na ang preview ng Hamilton The Musical sa Victoria Palace Theater (pag-aari ni Cameron Mackintosh, producer ng Les Miserables at Miss Saigon at co-producer din ng Hamilton The Musical) sa West End of London, England.

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Nagsimula ang preview ng award-winning musical na sinulat ni Lin-Manuel Miranda (gumanap ding Alexander Hamilton sa Broadway sa New York) nu’ng December 7 at noong huling araw ng unang linggo nanood ang Oscar winner na si Emma Stone (La La Land).

As we all know, Rachelle Ann Go plays Eliza Schuyler Hamilton (wife ni Alexander Hamilton), her biggest break so far in the West End pagkatapos niyang gampanan ang mga papel na Gigi Van Trahn (West End at Broadway) sa Miss Saigon at Fantine (West End at Manila run) sa Les Miserables.

Nag-post si Shin (pet name ni Rachelle) sa Instagram at Twitter ng photo nila ni Emma Stone na magkasama.

Sa kanyang maigsing caption, sabi ni Shin, “I adore her so much!!! Thank you for coming to see @hamiltonwestend #EmmaStone” na tinapos niya sa tatlong heart emoticons.

As of press time, meron na itong mahigit 10K plus likes (and still counting) at mahigit 200 comments.

Sabi ni Mark Bautista (@iammarkbautista) sa comment’s section, “Panalo!” Na sinagot naman ni Rachelle ng “nastarstruck ako hahahahaha.”
“Nakakaloka ang fans mo shin! Emma stone! Level up @gorachelleann,” sabi naman ng komedyanteng si Giselle Sanchez.

Napahanga at nag-react din sa naturang post sina Bea Alonzo, KC Concepcion, Carla Abellana, Gian Magdangal, Yeng Constantino, at Kyla Alvarez.

Lalong lumalaki at nagniningning ang bituin ni Shin sa West End. Sa cast board, makikita ang pangalan niya na pumapangalawa sa bidang lalaki, ginagampanan ni Jamael Westman (ka-alternate si Ash Hunter) bilang Alexander Hamilton.

May isa pang Pinay sa cast na gumaganap bilang Preggy Hamilton. Her name is Christine Allado. But Shin is the second lead.

Anyway, ang isa sa magandang komento ang nabasa nami ay mula kay Peter Gibbons, ang sabi, “@gorachelleann is absolutely breathtaking as Eliza. Her face at the end…” na tinapos nito ng isang hashtag na #hamiltonLDN.

So proud of Rachelle! Slay it, Shin, as the West End version will formally open on December 21.



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KINUMPIRMA ng kababayan naming fashion designer na malapit na kaibigan ni Ellen Adarna na nagtungo sa isang kilalang hospital ang sexy star kasama ang kasintahang si John Lloyd Cruz.

Ayaw mang pangunahan ng source namin sina Lloydie at Ellen, namamasdan daw niya ang malaking pagbabago ng katawan ni Ellen. Tumataba raw ang sexy star at lumapad ang balakang.

Bagamat wala pa ring pormal na pag-amin sa tunay na relasyon sina Ellen at John Llloyd, wika nga’y action speaks louder than words. Wala ring direktang pag-amin o pahayag sina Luis at Ellen pero marami na ang nagsasabi at naiuulat na buntis nga raw si Ellen.

May mga tagahanga si John Lloyd Cruz na hinihintay ang pagbabalik telebisyon niya. Nami-miss na raw nila si Lloydie, na on-leave pa simula noong magtungo sila ni Ellen sa Europe.

May source kaming ABS-CBN insider na ang nagbulong sa amin na pinag-iisipan nang palitan si John Lloydi sa Home Sweetie Home. Napatunayan daw kasi ng produksiyon na kahit wala ito ay patuloy pa ring mataas ang ratings ng show.

High ratings ang patunay na hindi nabawasan ang suporta ng viewers sa sitcom kahit wala si John Lloyd.

Pag-amin pa ng source, napapadalas ang pagtungo ni John Lloyd sa Cebu.



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Carlo Biado considers his victory in the World 9-Ball Championship as his ultimate reward after a career filled with promise and hardships.

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The 34-year-old Biado became the fifth Filipino to win the prestigious tournament Thursday when he beat compatriot Roland Garcia, 13-5, in Doha, Qatar for his first-ever world title while completing a 2017 trifecta following triumphs in the World Games and Southeast Asian Games.

“It’s been a long time. I worked very hard, had many disappointments. And now finally I won the world title,” Biado said as quoted by the World Pool-Billiard Association’s official press release.

His victory, which could serve as his ticket to earning a major award from the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA), came after falling short in past world championships.

Biado lost in the semifinals of the 2013 World 9-Ball edition and fell 11-9 to Taiwan’s Ko Pin Yi in the final of the 2015 World 10-Ball Championship.

But in Doha, former golf caddy played almost perfectly.

He won all nine games on his way to claiming the top purse of $40,000 (P2.02 million).

He posted two victories in the double-elimination preliminaries and won four in the first two days of the knockout stage, including a walkover victory over China’s Liu Haitao in the quarterfinals.

Biado won by default after Liu, who took some rest at his hotel room shortly after playing in the round of 16, arrived 15 minutes after the scheduled start of their match.

In the semis, Biado had to recover from losing a 3-0 lead against 22-year-old Taiwanese Wu Kun Lin before arranging the first all-Pinoy final with Garcia following an 11-6 win. The final turned out to be a mismatch as Biado leaned on a 7-0 start before completing his date with destiny.

“In the semis I had a bit of pressure against Wu but I got lucky in one of the racks when I missed the bank shot on the four ball but it went in the other pocket. So I got lucky,” he said.

“There was less pressure in the final because even if I don’t win, at least a Filipino will get the title. I was very comfortable that’s why I played well. Also the balls were always in an easy position after the break,” he added.

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© Provided by Engadget While Netflix and Google both have new internet speed tests on offer, Ookla's Speedtest is still the grandaddy of them all. Last August, it launched the Speedtest Global Index, a tool that surfaces internet speeds around the world, helping you see how your country or region measures up. The company is refining its approach with the introduction of Global Speed, a tool that shows the average internet speed of the entire connected world.

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According to Speedtest, mobile download speeds have increased 30.1 percent over the past 12 months, while mobile upload speed increased 38.9 percent. The tool also shows a 31.6 percent speed increase for fixed broadband downloads (along with a 25.9 percent increase for broadband upload speeds). In November, Speedtest notes that 119 countries have a faster mobile download speed than the global average of 20.28 Mbps, while 134 countries are slower. Broadband had 71 countries above that global average, with 185 countries coming in slower than that.

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The countries showing the greatest mobile speed increase over the last year include Laos (the most improved with a 249.5 percent increase), Vietnam, Trinidad/Tobago, Hong Kong and Lebanon. Most improved for fixed broadband includes the tiny French island off the coast of Africa, Reunion, Guatemala, Ghana, Peru and India. On the other side of the coin, many countries lost speed, notably Puerto Rico saw a drop of 39.8 percent in mobile download speeds, most likely due to the hurricane.

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French authorities were investigating Friday how a train was able to smash into a school bus, killing six children and ripping their vehicle in half in an accident that has stunned the local community.

Four teenagers died on Thursday in the collision at a level crossing in the village of Millas near the southern city of Perpignan, with the toll rising Friday when two 11-year-old girls succumbed to their injuries.

Fourteen other children were injured when the bus was torn in two and the train pulled off its rails, in the worst accident involving a school bus in France for three decades.

Investigators only finished identifying the dead teenagers overnight due to the severity of their injuries, with the mayor of the neighbouring village describing the scene as "a vision of horror".

The accident site was sealed off as police examined whether a technical or human error was to blame.

It has not been confirmed whether the automatic barriers were open at the time of the crash, though national rail operator SNCF said the crossing was "functioning normally", citing witnesses.

"The families of those caught up in the accident are going through something absolutely terrible," said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who visited Millas on Thursday.

Most of the students were from the local Christian Bourquin junior high school, where pupils were in shock as they headed in on Friday morning.

"I went to sleep at two or three in the morning. I was watching the news, I wasn't able to sleep," said teenager Lorena Garcies, dressed in black.

Her cousin and another friend were on the bus, but escaped with broken bones and trauma.

"I'm trying to be strong for them," she said.

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The female driver of the bus was among the injured and has not yet been questioned, but Perpignan prosecutor Jean-Jacques Fagni said investigators had spoken to the train driver.

"There was good visibility," said regional chief Carole Delga.

"This level crossing wasn't really dangerous and no technical problems had been raised," she told Europe 1 radio.

She nonetheless pledged to modernise dangerous crossings, as a debate broke out about whether a technical error had caused the crash.

Samuel Conegero, the father of one of the children, said his son took a photo showing "the barriers were lifted" when the bus drove into the path of the incoming train.

"We will obviously consider malfunctions of all kinds," senior police official Jean Valery Letterman told AFP. "This will take time."

At the school, Sabrina Mesas, hugging her stunned daughter Lilou whose best friend was lightly injured in the crash, was struggling to stop fight back tears.

"We're in total shock this morning," Mesas said. "It's important that everyone is together, that they can talk, to put into words what has happened."

A psychological support team was on site and students were encouraged to come into school -- authorities do not want them to face the tragedy alone, said Abdelkader Taoui, one of the doctors sent to help.

Teachers have also been left stunned. "I don't even know how to get on with things," said Jordi Sales, who teaches Catalan and Spanish at the school near the Spanish border.

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Robert Olive, mayor of neighbouring Saint-Feliu-d'Amont, described the scene as a "vision of horror".

The accident is the worst involving a school bus in France since 1987, when 53 people including 44 children were killed in a pile-up involving two coaches that were taking students to a summer camp.

France has also seen multiple deadly rail accidents in recent years, including the derailment of a high-speed TGV train that was being tested in 2015, killing 11 people onboard.

In 2013, seven people were killed when a commuter train slammed into a station south of Paris. A signalling defect was blamed for that crash.

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Alphabet is adopting laser-beaming boxes in favor of Project Loon's balloons for its latest internet-delivery partnership in Andhra Pradesh, India. The state government is snapping up 2,000 of the hubs, which rely on Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) tech, from Alphabet's X innovations lab. Next year, the light-beaming links will be placed kilometres apart on roofs and posts to plug network access gaps between cell towers and WiFi hotspots. "Just like fibre optic cable, but without the cable," according to X's Baris Erkman.

Less than 20 percent of Andhra Pradesh's 53 million populace has access to internet, with the state government pledging to connect 12 million households by 2019 as part of its AP Fiber Grid program. The high-bandwidth FSOC links will form the "backbone of [that] network," said Erkman. For Alphabet, it's all about grabbing more first-time internet users on low-cost smartphones as it looks to tap Google's next billion.

The FSOC tech is an offshoot of Project Loon, which uses high-altitude balloons in the stratosphere to provide LTE service. They were most recently seen flying over Puerto Rico, where they helped 100,000 internet-starved users get online in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Alphabet's X is facing competition in the form of Facebook's internet-serving program. In April, the big blue social network overcame the Indian government's net neutrality concerns to start selling its Express WiFi in the country. And, aside from its massive Aquila drone, the company is also developing similar laser beam tech that can provide up to 2Gbps to remote places.

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Earlier this week, Synaptics announced that it's cracked the problem of embedding fingerprint sensors into displays and is mass-producing the tech for a “top-five” smartphone vendor. Now we know the identity of that vendor: it's Vivo.

In a post for Forbes, analyst Patrick Moorhead detailed his experience with a pre-production Vivo phone equipped with the technology. Moorhead describes the sensor as “fast and simple,” while Synaptics claims it's twice as fast as 3D facial recognition like Apple's Face ID — though that'd be a hard thing to realistically measure considering the different mechanisms that each system uses in practice.

Integrating fingerprint sensors into displays is seen as a way to include convenient biometric authentication on phones with “all-screen” designs. (Apple, of course, abandoned fingerprint sensors altogether with the face-scanning iPhone X.) And however well it works, Vivo's decision to go with Synaptics seems like a blow to Qualcomm, which has also been working on the tech. Vivo showed off a Qualcomm-powered fingerprint-sensing display prototype earlier this year, but it was said to be noticeably slow.

Vivo might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of major smartphone vendors, but it is one of the world's biggest phone brands. It was ranked fifth in IDC's Q1 2017 report, and while it went down to sixth in Q2, you could make the case for bundling it with fourth-placed Oppo since it shares the same parent company, BBK Electronics. Oppo also owns OnePlus, which is a much smaller brand but likely more familiar to Western readers. And Vivo's recent success in India now sees it ranked third in the country, which Moorhead suggests will return the brand to IDC's top five.

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Tyson Fury claims he is "the king" of the heavyweight division as he plans his return to boxing after an absence of more than two years.

Fury accepted a backdated two-year ban from UK Anti-Doping for a violation this week, and the British Boxing Board of Control are meeting in January to discuss renewing the 29-year-old's licence.

Related: Hearn: Three fights for Fury (Sky Sports)

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Fury, undefeated in 25 fights and a former WBO, IBF and WBA champion, thinks his record makes him stand out from the crowd.

Speaking to The Telegraph, he said: "Someone labelled it the four kings right now, four undefeated heavyweight fighters in myself, Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder.

"But I labelled it 'three peasants and a king'. There's only one king of the division and that's me."

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With Fury set to return to the sport for the first time since shocking Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, a fight with Anthony Joshua has been discussed.

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes it would be the "biggest fight in British boxing history", and Fury says he would have no trouble winning it.

He said: "He is a big strong lad, good power, good physique, but what else can I say? There are levels to this game, and my boxing ability is way more advanced than his is."

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But despite Fury's confidence, he is still a long way from being fit to return to the sport. During his absence, his weight ballooned to 27 stone, and while he has lost four, Fury feels he is only halfway towards reaching fighting weight.

While he is delighted to be heading towards a return, Fury says he doesn't want to be rushed back into the ring.

He said: "I'm inspired to get back. I always thought I'd be able to fight again. It was devastating mentally.

"I felt like I'd reached my Everest when I beat Wladimir Klitschko to claim the world title, but now I'm motivated again.

"I won't be forced into fighting these elite, hard guys until I'm fully fit.

"I'm not a silly man. I won't be rushed back, because one punch can change everything in a heavyweight fight."

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CLEVELAND — Lonzo Ball had never talked to his basketball idol LeBron James prior to Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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"He was my favorite player to watch," said Ball, who wore James’ Cavs and Miami Heat jerseys as a kid.

Following the Cavs’ 121-112 victory against the Lakers — a game in which James recorded his 59th career triple-double with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists — Ball and James shared a moment.

James did most of the talking, pulling his jersey over his mouth to prevent lip-readers from trying to figure out what he said to Ball, who had 13 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and six turnovers.

But it’s clear James has an appreciation of what Ball is experiencing as a rookie with a target on his back. "I know everything he’s going through. So, of course I can relate," James said.

He also appreciates the way Ball plays. "It’s always team," James said. "He passes the ball. Pushes the ball up the floor. Someone you want to play with. This is a team game. Everyone gets so caught up in this whole individual thing and it’s — the whole team game gets overlooked, but then, I’m not going to go there."

Asked if he was mentoring Ball, James answered, "None of y’all's business," and Ball declined to reveal what was said.

But James has said in the past that he’s open to helping anyone who is interested in learning from him, and it will be on Ball to take the initiative.

The Lakers-Cavs game and the James-Ball dynamic can’t be viewed in a vacuum — not with James’ impending free agency after this season and the idea that James could leave Cleveland for the Lakers, who have salary cap space for a player such as James and possibly another star.

It’s all speculation, and ESPN on Thursday tempered that idea, saying James signing with the Lakers is a long-shot. But still, people try to connect dots.

James’ agent, Rich Paul, sat with Lakers co-owner and president Jeanie Buss at a game earlier this season, and another Paul client, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, plays for the Lakers.

But Paul, who represents Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons, was also at a recent 76ers-Cavaliers game. Maverick Carter, James’ business associate, attended a recent Lakers-Houston Rockets game.

There must be some meaning behind of all this.

Oh, by the way, the Cavaliers have now won 16 of their last 17 games and are just 2½ games behind the Boston Celtics. With its veterans (who James enjoys having as teammates) and dominance in the East, Cleveland remains an attractive team for James, too.

But then, James also has a house in the Los Angeles area, and just bought another Brentwood mansion. James and his wife also visited a private high school in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and he has entertainment business endeavors involving Hollywood.

James downplayed the L.A. connection on Thursday.

"I see all the stupid noise that happens," he said. "You know I can’t buy a home in L.A. I can’t live in L.A. It’s funny noise. But I don’t get involved in it. When I post things, I don’t look at comments because I’m so far removed from the white noise and the noise doesn’t matter to me."

That’s good for James, because the noise is out there and getting louder as the season progresses.

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused U.S. agencies of manipulating evidence from the main whistleblower on doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Putin said Thursday that former Moscow anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov — who is under witness protection after fleeing to the United States last year — is "under the control" of the American agencies, including the FBI.

Rodchenkov being in the United States "is not a positive for us, it's a negative. It means he's under the control of American special services," Putin said. "What are they doing with him there? Are they giving him some kind of substances so that he says what's required?"

Putin added that Rodchenkov should never have been appointed to run Moscow's anti-doping laboratory in the first place.

"It was a mistake on the part of those who did it, and I know who did it," he said, but didn't name names or say they should be punished.

Testimony from Rodchenkov played a key role in International Olympic Committee investigations which led last week to Russian athletes being required to compete under a neutral flag at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games.

Rodchenkov said he was ordered by the sports ministry to oversee steroid use by Russian athletes in many sports, and to cover up their doping by falsifying test results and swapping dirty samples for clean ones.

The IOC's decision to trust Rodchenkov's evidence is "nonsense," Putin said, portraying the scientist as mentally unstable and referring repeatedly to Russian criminal investigations against him.

The Russian government has denied it had any involvement in doping, particularly around the Sochi Olympics, which is seen as a key prestige project.

Russian officials have previously said they accept some drug use occurred, but on a much smaller scale than alleged, and that Rodchenkov tricked some clean Russian athletes into taking banned substances by claiming they were legitimate dietary supplements.

Putin also reiterated previous claims that Russian doping scandals are an attempt to smear the government as he runs for re-election in March, a month after the Pyeongchang Olympics.

"The scandal is being created ahead of the domestic political calendar," he said. "Whatever people say, I'm convinced, I just know this is the case."

Russian sports officials and athletes across numerous sports have said they will accept the IOC demand that they compete as "Olympic Athletes from Russia." That means they will compete in neutral-colored uniforms under the Olympic flag, with the Olympic anthem played at medal ceremonies instead of the Russian anthem.

However, the IOC says the ban could be lifted in time for Russian athletes to march at the closing ceremony under their own flag, if Russia complies with IOC conditions.

An IOC commission found no evidence that Russia's "highest state authority" was involved in doping, but that sports ministry officials knew of the doping scheme.

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For one lucky Hawks fan, he may have been made fun of when he was a kid for his goofy jumper, but he's clearly gotten the last laugh. 

On Thursday night, with $10,000 on the line, he had ice in his veins.

​​I can't believe my own eyes. 

Everything about his shot is wrong, but at the same time, it's turned out to be so right. We'd encourage him to use some of that money on basketball lessons, but clearly he doesn't need it.

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Wladimir Klitschko says he believes Anthony Joshua is capable of unifying the heavyweight division.

Joshua is unbeaten in his professional career so far, and currently holds the IBF and WBA (Super) titles.

Bouts with the other world title holders Deontay Wilder (WBC) and Joseph Parker (WBO) could be in the pipeline, and Klitschko feels Joshua is capable of winning them and holding all the available belts.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "I have passed the torch to the younger lion.

"I wish, from the bottom of my heart, he continues to carry this torch for a long time and is very successful just like I was.

"Joshua is capable of unifying the division, absolutely."

Joshua defeated Klitschko in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley in April in what turned out to be the last fight of the Ukrainian's glittering career.

Despite being stopped in the 11th round, Klitschko insists he would not change the result if he had the choice.

Klitschko said: "I'd say the more Joshua shines, the better I shine. If I lost, I want to make sure I lost to the better man.

"It was an incredible fight. We both had fun, the fans had fun. It was win-win for all of us.

"It doesn't feel like a loss. I won a lot of respect that I never had, even when I won my world titles.

"My ego wanted to win. But to experience what I did, I wouldn't change the end result. It opened doors and made my sporting life more colourful."

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The Philippines will do its best to showcase Filipino hospitality in co-hosting the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano said on Thursday. 

"If we spend the next few years just building...maybe the players, training centers, maybe building up our relations with other countries where our athletes can go, building our infrastructure, building cities outside Cebu, Davao, and Metro Manila, we'll have a 2023 wherein basketball will not only become home but those players who will be coming here will be saying '(the) Philippines is also home to us,'" Cayetano said in a briefing.

"And that's really the essence of the Filipino: We make people who visit us feel that they are home," he added.

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efore a celebration for the country winning the bid to co-host the Cup with Japan and Indonesia.

Gilas Pilipinas Head Coach Chot Reyes emphasized that the nation should come together as "hard work begins" for a successful hosting of the biggest event in global basketball.

Aside from the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Cayetano emphasized that the country will also be the venue for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. — LA, GMA News