No less than Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama assured the Cebu Chooks! and Manila Chooks! that they will receive the utmost support of the Cebuanos when they compete in the world's biggest 3x3 tournament, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour, which will be hosted by the Queen City of the South on October 1 and 2 at the SM Seaside.
Rama met with the Cebu Chooks! and Manila Chooks! squads on Friday morning and gave them some encouraging words, a week before they head to battle against some of the best 3x3 teams in the world.
"This is our homecourt. Mark my words, the entire city of Cebu will go all out in supporting you. I'm very happy that they are playing here especially with Mac (Tallo), who I saw grow up," said Rama. "To Coach Chico (Lanete) and to everyone, good luck!"
Chico Lanete and Macmac Tallo presented Rama with his own custom Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 jersey, which he wore proudly during the press conference.
"Nagpapasalamat kami kay Mayor Rama dahil binigyan niya kami ng time to meet him," said Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 head trainer Lanete, who will be part of Manila Chooks! along with Cebuano Dave Ando, Henry Iloka, and Dennis Santos.
"We promise to him that we will deliver everything we can come the Masters."
For Tallo, he knows that there is added pressure on Cebu Chooks! as they will be defending home floor.
"So far, grabe this week. Hell week kami with our strength and conditioning coach. Ginagawa namin ito dahil may extra pressure but as what I've been saying to the guys, embrace pressure. Sa ating profession, hindi nawawala ‘yung pressure," said Tallo, who will be joined by Zach Huang, Mike Nzeusseu, and Brandon Ramirez in Cebu Chooks!
"Territory namin ni Zach ito at gusto namin silang i-represent well."