No, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III is not pursuing a basketball career; but yes, he now owns a Miami Heat jersey.
Thanks to Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra who paid him a visit in Malacanang. Reports quoted Spoelstra as saying that the jersey, which bore "Aquino" and "15", was especially meant for Aquino, the country's 15th president.
The Fil-Am coach arrived in Manila along with the Larry O’ Brien trophy as part of the NBA Trophy Tour.
Spoelstra, whose mother Elisa Celino hails from San Pablo, Laguna, is the first Filipino-American head coach in the NBA, and head coach of any North American professional sports team.
Last June, Spoelstra sent Aquino an autographed cap, shortly after his championship win in the NBA.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino is to seek more aid when he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, more than a month after a monster typhoon killed thousands and left millions homeless. Aquino and Abe are expected to witness the signing of "exchanges of notes", including a post-disaster standby loan worth about 10 billion yen ($100 million), foreign office spokesman Raul Hernandez said Monday. "During the meeting the two leaders will discuss cooperation on disaster …