Having both played Division I basketball at Oakland University in Michigan as well as having mothers of Filipino descent, it was natural that Kelly and I became good friends. When he got drafted to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), I asked for his autograph and told him one day we’d do a project together that could give back to so many in need because people would know his name.
Years later, after a few months traveling across the Philippines, I was in awe of the various hoops around the country. From rural farms to sprawling cities, Filipinos would go to any lengths to build a hoop to play the game. I strongly felt their deep-rooted connection to the game and how that inspired others – not only in basketball but to showcase determination to do what you’re passionate about in life, no matter what the circumstances.
Kelly and I teamed up, explored this beautiful country together, and I took photos of the fascinating hoops that grace this site and tell the story that they all share: Mahal & Basketbol.
Just as the game and the resilience of the Filipino has made a powerful impact in our lives, our hope is to now make an impact.
Our hope is to inspire.