Filipino fans in Bay Area go all in for beloved Warriors

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OAKLAND – It’s no secret that DubNation is teeming with Pinoy fans, a loyalty that the Golden State Warriors pay tribute to by holding an annual Filipino Heritage Night at Oracle Arena during the regular season.

And now Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and company are gunning for a historic 3-peat, they need the fans – the invaluable sixth man – to give them support as they hunt for the 16 wins needed to secure the title.

PRIMO AND MARITES DE GUZMAN have been Warriors season ticket holders for the last 20 years. It ain’t cheap, $120 a game plus another $40 for prime parking. The De Guzmans, who trace their roots to Makati City, are now merrily nested in San Jose, a short drive from the arena.

Primo and Marites’ beating hearts were crushed in 2016 when the Warriors, after a historic 73-9 regular season finish that broke the Chicago Bulls’ previous record of 72-10, lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. But that pain has long been forgotten, thanks to the championship runs in 2017 and 2018, not to mention the pregnant promise of this ongoing campaign.

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