PBA rookies make time for Christmas despite busy schedule

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s the season of giving.But for some PBA rookies, they couldn’t avoid having their fair share of weird and wacky gifts they’ve received during the Yuletide season.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Fourth overall pick Jeron Teng was left speechless when he was gifted a pillow years back.“Maybe they’re telling me that I need to sleep more,” said the Alaska rookie in Filipino chuckling. “Maybe they want me to have a good night’s sleep.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderUnexpected gifts are not limited to material things.For Magnolia’s Fil-American rookie Robbie Herndon, his Christmas came early when his father Robert Sr. unexpectedly showed up and watched his first professional game last Wednesday. LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View comments “He surprised me. He flew from the United States just to watch me and I’m glad that I was able to play,” said the sixth overall pick as he made his professional debut for the Hotshots despite dealing with a back injury.The same was the case for the speedy Rain or Shine guard Rey Nambatac, who got his Christmas wish as early as October when he was tabbed by the Elasto Painters at seven.“I wasn’t expecting to be picked as early as seven. It was a weird feeling because I really felt I’ll be picked in the latter rounds, but there I was in the middle of the first round,” he said.Some rookies struggled remembering the weird presents they previously got that they just treasure the times whenever they were able to celebrate the holidays with their families, especially now that they are in the PBA.Number three pick Raymar Jose, whose family is in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental, couldn’t help but feel sad as he spends his Christmas all by his lonesome once again, this time due to his obligations with Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “I’ll spend my Christmas in my condo. We have practice so I’ll only be able to come home in the New Year,” he said.Same goes for eighth overall pick Sidney Onwubere, who plans to stay in the gym come the 25th as he hopes to make a splash with TNT.“Back to the gym for me. Even if it’s Christmas, I’ll be working because I need to keep working,” said the Fil-Nigerian forward.Some, meanwhile, have it harder as they have a Christmas Day game slated on the schedule.Kiefer Ravena, who was picked second in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, already has a grand plan for himself as he seeks to spend some time with his loved ones before making the voyage to the cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan for NLEX’s tussle against GlobalPort.“We have a game, so I’ll spend the morning with my family. It’s a time for us to enjoy and cherish our loved ones because we all know how unique Christmas is in the Philippines,” he said.Hectic as his day may be, Ravena shared that he still makes it a point to give back to the less fortunate and share his blessings especially during this time of the year.“It’s easy to be good, so it’s better for us to help others and share our blessings to those who have less. I try to do gift-givings to the less fortunate and I think it’s my own way of trying to help each and everybody,” he said. “Again, it’s better to give than to receive so you have to share your blessings.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Hurting Pingris raring to play vs Ginebra on Christmas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedlast_img

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