By Phillip Pyle

For all of the NBA fans in the Philippines, tickets for the NBA Global Games Philippines 2013 featuring the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers will go on sale on Sunday, June 16.

In a press conference at halftime during a Miami Heat-Indiana Pacers East finals Game 5 viewing party hosted by NBA Philippines and SM, it was announced that tickets for a seat at Section E of the Mall of Asia Arena will be sold for $13 dollars.

Other seats, meanwhile, will go for $100 (Section D), $200 (Section C), $638 (Premium B) and $763 (Premium A). Premium A and B tickets come with free NBA merchandise. That’s some nice merchandise!

The selling will commence at 10 a.m. on June 16. The tickets are available for purchase online at:www.smtickets.com. Organizers said a total of 16,000 tickets will be available for sale to the public.

The game, which will be played on October 10, is part of the NBA’s comprehensive Global Games schedule and will be the league’s first preseason game in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.

“Our game in Manila is an exciting opportunity to connect with the passionate basketball fans in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “The Philippines is an ideal setting for the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers to take part in a showcase of our game and give fans in the region an authentic NBA experience.”

The NBA Global Games will see eight NBA teams play in eight cities in six countries this October. The schedule – which will also feature the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards – will also include the first-ever NBA preseason game in Brazil, and in the cities of Bilbao, Spain, and Manchester, England. It will also include games in Beijing, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Taipei.

The league has roots in the Philippines dating back to 1979 when the then Washington Bullets played an exhibition game against the Philippine Basketball Association All-Stars in Quezon City.