The opening ceremony of the 44th season of the Philippine Basketball Association was filled with stars.
None were bigger than Magnolia Hotshots muse Sharon Cuneta.
Twenty-nine years since she last served as escort to Purefoods, the Megastar walked the 2018 PBA Governor’s Cup champions Magnolia Hotshots to the hard court of the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Magnolia’s sister teams, on the other hand, opted for beauty queens,
The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel chose 2015 Ms. Universe and Ginebra calendar girl Pia Wurtzbach as their escort, while the San Miguel Beermen had Ms. International 2016 Kylie Versoza.
Ginebra’s opponents for the night TNT Katropa had Sam Pinto sub in for their endorser Julia Barretto, while fellow MVP teams NLEX Road Warriors and Meralco Bolts had Alyssa Valdez and Eva Patalinjug, respectively.
Valdez was not the sole Filipina athlete present, as the Blackwater Elite had two-time Olympian and brand ambassador Jasmine Alkhaldi and former PVL MVP Myla Pablo as muses.
Completing the night’s cast were Yam Concepcion (Phoenix), Klea Pineda (Alaska), Kelley Day (Columbian), and Anie Uson (Rain or Shine).