Fil-Japanese Tatsuhiro Noro reunites with Pinoy roots in FIBA 3x3 World Cup

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Bocaue, Bulacan (CNN Philippines, June 11) — Filipino-Japanese Tatsuhiro Noro reunited with his Pinoy roots as he represented Japan in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup hosted by the Philippines.

This is the first time the 29-year-old set foot in the country after living in Japan since birth.

But what made his outing even more special was the presence of his mother, Alma Miwa and grandmother, Cely Miranda, whom he hasn't seen for quite some time.

"He feels so happy. A couple of years ago, he hasn't been able to meet her since, and now he came, and he couldn't see her until now so it is fortunate for him to be here and also he feels this was destiny, this reunion," Noro's translator said Sunday.

Noro's mother was diagnosed with brain tumor last year which required her to seek treatment in the country.

In the wake of Noro's opportunity to visit his mother in her hometown, he wasted no time in having her watch him play live on the sides.

"The moment I saw my son, my heartaches were all gone. I'm happy to see him," Alma Miwa said.

Noro and the rest of Japan's national team bowed out of contention after finishing with one win and three losses in Pool B of the tournament.