Actor Marco Gumabao was a picture of an extremely proud brother Monday at the PhilSports Arena minutes after his sister, Michele, sealed the deal and helped power Pocari Sweat to the 13th Shakey’s V-League Open Conference title, the team’s first-ever championship crown since its inception 3 years ago.
“I’m super happy for her. Buong family namin super proud. Talagang we prayed hard for this,” he told FOX Sports in the middle of the happy chaos happening on the court.
“Last year kasi kasi they came up short. So now, it’s a well-deserved win and para sa mga teammates niya, congratulations sa kanilang lahat,” he added.
Much like what it did against Bali Pure in the semis, Pocari Sweat turned the tides on Air Force despite opening the best-of-three series with a sorry loss.
Though the former La Salle star was only the third-best scorer for the Lady Warriors with 12 points—behind Myla Pablo’s 23 and Elaine Kasilag’s 15—she once again proved that when it comes to important intangibles like leadership, she has it covered.
“Talagang makita mo naman kay Ate ‘yung captain na spirit niya. ‘Yung fighting spirit niya laging nandun,” said the ABS-CBN talent, talking about why his sibling is a ray of sunshine inside the court. “She played for God talaga. Sobrang blessed talaga siya and I’m super happy. Panalo siya. She’s back on the championship side. She deserves everything.”
After spending most of her years with the Taft crew on top of the UAAP, Gumabao has struggled to continue her winning ways in the semi-pro leagues but that is all now water under the bridge as she is finally back on top.
Not surprisingly, Marco shared that Michele is as much a leader off the court as much as she is on it.
“In real life she’s like that. She’s a leader. What you see on the court, ‘yun din makikita mo sa kanya outside the court. She wants to lead people para sa magandang mga gawain,” he said.
The actor also revealed that he once tried his hand at playing volleyball before eventually heeding the call of being under the showbiz spotlight.
“Nag sports din ako. During high school nag volleyball din ako and basketball pero I chose acting. Siya naman she chose sports,” he said.
On possibly playing on a competitive level again, the younger Gumabao closed by saying: “Okay na ‘yun na siya sa sports. Dala niya ‘yung pangalan ng Gumabao sa sports.” — By Mac Dionisio