Aspiring US-based Gilas Women players to be educated on eligibility during tryouts

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 29) – Filipino American female cagers who will try their luck to be part of Gilas Pilipinas Women will be educated on eligibility rules.

Gilas Pilipinas women head coach Pat Aquino said discussions on eligibility rules will be part of the upcoming US tryouts slated on June 5 and 6, Philippine time.

Aquino emphasized that players with dual citizenship, which include Filipino American talents, need to obtain a passport from the country they wish to represent before they turn 16 years old - a requirement which most prospects and their families are unaware of.

"Most of our invitees, they don't have the papers yet. We'll try to explain how the process works, and if they need our help they can let us know," said Aquino, the architect of six-peat UAAP women's basketball champions National University Bulldogs.

According to the rules of International Basketball Federation or FIBA, players who failed to get a passport before turning 16 years old would not be considered as a "local" and can only play for the national team as a naturalized player.

Among the familiar faces who will attend the Gilas Pilipinas Women tryouts in the US are National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Most Valuable Player Stefanie Berberabe, recent France pro league baller Mai-Loni Henson, and Duke University standout Vanessa de Jesus.