PLDT’s Last Home Stand’s supposed benefit games between a team of NBA players against our very own Gilas Pilipinas didn’t end the way thousands of paying fans expected it to be.
There were no highlight reel dunks from Blake Griffin. No long-toms from Damian Lillard. No chance to see Kawhi Leonard show his athleticism, which made him the 2014 NBA Finals MVP.
At the end of Tuesday night, fans who came from different places, who shelled out P800 to as much as P23,000, left the Smart Araneta Coliseum dejected. Most people felt they were “robbed” in a way by the country’s telecommunication’s giant, citing the “false advertisement” that lured them to get into the “game”.
As one of the media men who covered the supposed “historic” night in Philippine sports, I was witness to irate fans, witness to players, who felt lost while trying to go through practice drills and most of all, a witness, to how stressed PLDT big boss Manny V. Pangilinan was in the whole event.
In the end, Pangilinan took the “public’s punches” for the mess that surrounded the “PLDT Last Home Stand”, something that most of us are not capable of doing.
Why? Because it is human nature to NOT want to take the blame for a mess we face.
It would have been easy to find a “fall guy” for the event, someone to blame for all the mess. But the man they call the “MVP” stood out like a real MVP in the company’s biggest blunder for a sports event, taking the blame and finding a solution on the spot – offering a refund on all who bought tickets to the benefit games.
Humbling lesson this week: “Be man enough to face the consequences of our daily decisions.”
Learn from our mistakes and bounce back strong, wiser and better in the future.