In basketball-crazy Philippines, an MVP is a real VIP.
So when four-time National Basketball Association "Most Valuable Player" LeBron James visited a government mass housing project in Taguig city, 16km south-east of the capital Manila, yesterday, he was given a rousing welcome by residents of all ages.
During his brief stay, which lasted about 30 minutes, a basketball court that bore a huge image of him in the middle was opened.
James, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, then made handprints on a cement cast, and watched children play on the court.
He then went to a Nike store at the upscale Bonifacio Global City commercial district to attend a shoe launch.
As part of the NBA superstar's visit to the Philippines, he will conduct a basketball clinic for underprivileged Filipino youth, and pick out talented basketball players from disadvantaged families.