Gilas Pilipinas spitfire guard Terrence Romeo’s popularity has reached the home province of pool member and Alaska forward Calvin Abueva.
A 17-year-old Aeta, by the name of Baser Serrano, shared how he admired the 5-foot-10 Romeo’s style of play.
And that’s despite the fact that Abueva’s hometown of Angeles City is just less than an hour drive from where he lives in Barangay Nabuklod in Floridablanca, Pampanga.
Serrano was one of over 10 Aeta kids, who had the rare of chance of interacting and learning the game of basketball from the New Zealand Tall Blacks on Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.
Standing below 5 feet, Serrano impressed some members of the Tall Blacks because of his ability to make fancy dribbles and finish strong to the hoop ala-Terrence Romeo.
“Idol ko po si Terrence Romeo at gusto ko po makuha yung mga moves niya pero siyempre po mahirap din,” Serrano shyly said during an interview after the basketball clinic.
While he wore an Alaska Aces jersey during the clinic, he admitted that Romeo is still his favorite PBA player simply because the GlobalPort guard is quick, can shoot threes and easily eludes his defender with his dribbling skills.
“Hiniram ko lang po ito (Aces jersey) sa pinsan ko,” pointing to his cousin who was 3 rows away from where he was seated.
“Sa TV, napapanuod ko po (si Romeo) sa Gilas Pilipinas. Mas maliksi (compared to Abueva) saka po parang bigla na lang nawawala sa harap ng kalaban, saka may 3-points po siya,” he said in describing the 2015 PBA Most Improved Player.
Though undersized, Serrano, who comes from a Muslim family, wants to improve on his game since they regularly have a tournament in their barangay.
However, his love for basketball and admiration for Romeo ends there because his dream growing up is to become a soldier.
“Sundalo po [ang gusto ko paglaki ko] para mabantayan ang mga mamamayan sa amin,” said Serrano with conviction. – By Richard Dy
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