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#PlayLouderIn2023 trends on eve of FIBA WC hosting announcement

Back-to-back 50,000-strong crowds flocked the Philippine Arena in Bocaue for two PBA finals game, a sign of how passionate the Filipino basketball fans are. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--If social media is to be based, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Japan wants the 2023 FIBA World Cup to happen at their places.

The official hashtag of the joint hosting bid of the three countries trended on Twitter on Friday, a day before the FIBA Central Board announces the winning bid for the hosting of the said tournament.

The hashtag #PlayLouderIn2023 actually peaked at number two in the top trending topics in the Philippines on the social media site and is expected to even hit the worldwide ranks come Saturday, the judgment day itself.

Even pro volleyball league PSL joined the tweet brigade as its Twitter team called out its fans to tell the reasons why the three nations should host the FIBA World Cup.

The Asian bid is one of the two finalists for the right to succeed China as host, the other being another joint bid by South American nations Argentina and Uruguay.

The FIBA Central Board will convene at 5:30 p.m. Saturday (Philippine Time) at the organization's headquarters in Mies, Switzerland to hear the final pitches of the Asian and the South American bids.

By 8 p.m. (Philippine Time), the board will officially name the hosts for the 2023 games.

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