• Face Off: Chris Tiu and Borgie Hermida


    Former King Eagle Chris Tiu and Red Lion Borgie Hermida are making a homecoming; returning to the college ranks as coaches of the inaugural Master Game Face All Star Basketball Challenge—the country’s first preseason collegiate All-Star game.

    Master Facial Wash has partnered with FilOil Flying V to organize the first ever Master Game Face All-Star Basketball Challenge—the premiere basketball exhibition featuring the best collegiate players from the Top 18 universities who will face off in the summer’s hottest All-Star Game. The Master Game Face Challenge will be held at the FilOil Arena in San Juan on June 8 at 4 p.m.

    It was not long ago that any discussion of elite collegiate talent would have to eventually address either Tiu or Hermida. Leading their teams to win a combined five titlesover the course of their careers, both became pillars of their respective school programs.

    “It was a discussion back then, who the better guard was. Hermida led San Beda to four titles in five years—and that was a fantastic accomplishment. But we were never in the same league at the same time. I guess we’ll never really know but the Master Game Face Challenge gives me a chance to finally one up him,” said Tiu.

    “I didn’t really care about the comparisons—we were in different leagues and played different positions. Tiu is a great basketball player but as a competitor, I would love to beat him this time,” related Hermida.

    After moving on to the professional ranks, the two athletes admit to reminiscing about their college days.

    Despite achieving equal measures of success in college, after matriculating to the professional ranks in the late 2000’s, their respective careers have taken very different paths.

    Having captured the 2008 UAAP championship, Tiu left the Ateneo Blue Eagles to co-captain the SMART Gilas Pilipinas National Team, playing alongside the best amateur talent in the country. After a successful international career, highlighted by a fourth place finish at the 2011 FIBA Asia Championships, Chris was selected seventh overall in the 2012 PBA Draft by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

    After leading San Beda to four NCAA titles in his five years at the school, Hermida has split time between the PBDL (Philippine Basketball Development League) with the NLEX Road Warriors and the PBA’s Shopinas.com Clickers. He remains very optimistic about his playing career.

    Now going face to face as coaches for the Master Game Face Challenge, the importance of mentors and proper coaching isn’t lost upon Tiu and Hermida, both of whom attribute a large part of their success to their coaches, Rajo Toreman and Yeng Guiao, and Frankie Lim, respectively.

    Tiu and Hermida intend to make the most out of their turn behind the clipboard, returning to coach not only their respective alma maters but also an assembly of the elite UAAP and NCAA players in the Master Game Face All Star Basketball Challenge.
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