The recently concluded PAPRISA 2018 Basketball Tournament held at the PCC Gym was another milestone for Pasig Catholic College. Not only did PCC capture the Grade School and High School Championships of the Tournament, the Most Valuable Players for both Divisions were also won by the PCC Crusaders. Erick Concepcion handily secured the award for the Grade School Department while Randolf Anthony Abuan succeeded in bagging the honor in the High School Level.
Randolf is a Grade 10 student who graduated from elementary at the ADT Montessori School. He started playing basketball at a tender age of 7. This early start would later bear fruit as evidenced by this MVP award. Surely, his parents, Robert (Engineer) and Amalia (Housewife) were very proud of his basketball achievement. Randolf liked them to feel prouder if only he could pursue and finish his dream to become a Civil Engineer in the future. To realize this ambition, he has not neglected his studies and always aims to strike a fitting balance between his basketball passion and his education.
“I am very thankful and blessed” when asked about his thoughts about winning the highly coveted distinction of attaining basketball excellence. “I need to improve on my shooting percentage and must always be aware to give the extra pass to my teammates.” “I consider playing 100% defense as my strength.” He showed his brilliance in the championship game against Niño Jesus by contributing 24 points to include three 3 point bombs to break the spirit of the opponents. He was also in the forefront of a 1-3-1 defense that surprised and dazed their challengers.
Barangay Ginebra happens to be his favorite Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Team and looks up to Scottie Thompson and Calvin Abueva as basketball idols and inspiration. Needless to say, his basketball dream is to play in the PBA but only after finishing his college education. At 5 feet 8 inches tall, he is considered small for a PBA would-be recruit, but that does not stop him from dreaming big.
Nestor M. Encarnado
High School Class of 1972