Malacañan after PH loses FIBA World Cup bid: 'We can hold our heads up high'

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Gilas hero Jimmy Alapag (L) during the Philippines' final pitch in Tokyo, Japan. Palace Communications Secretary Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr. (R) commended the Philippine delegation.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Following the Philippines' loss to China in the 2019 FIBA World Cup hosting bid, Malacañan said on Friday (August 7) the Filipinos can still "hold our heads up high."

Read: China to host 2019 FIBA World Cup

"We put our best foot forward," said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. in a statement on Friday (August 7).

"We commend our Philippine delegation headed by Secretaries Albert del Rosario and Ramon Jimenez, and Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan for their spirited endeavor."

Hollywood star Lou Diamond Phillips, who was part of the delegation headed by Pangilinan and boxing star Manny Pacquiao, echoed the Palace's sentiments.

"Incredibly proud to be part of the Philippine delegation. We left our hearts on the court. Congrats to China," Phillips said in a tweet.

"And to many Filipino fans, we felt your love. Keep the dream alive and keep making noise."

China and the Philippines made their final pitches before the International Basketball Federation's central board in Tokyo, Japan on the same day.

Philippines cited social media and the nation's unrivaled passion for hoops as its edge, but to no avail.

In the end, the nation wealthy in experience in hosting big international tilts prevailed.

Related: Why did the Philippines lose the FIBA World Cup hosting bid to China?