TIME management is the secret as Chris Baluyot juggles being the head coach of the Bulacan Kuyas in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) and a public servant in the province.
Aside from being a head coach of Bulacan in the maiden season of the MPBL, Baluyot, a former player of San Sebastian in the NCAA, is currently acouncilor in the municipality of Hagonoy.
Baluyot, 36, said he doesn’t have any problem with the balancing act.
“Time management po,” said Baluyot, a deadly shooter during his time with the Stags. “Siyempre, binigyan tayo ng pagkakataon na makapag-lingkod kaya ibigay natin ‘yung kaya natin.”
After his collegiate career with the Stags, Baluyot was left undrafted in 2007 before signing up with Air21. Three years later, he entered to politics when he won a seat in the municipal council of Hagonoy.
Baluyot said he usually sets team practices at night.
“Halos gabi na po ‘yung practice namin. Maghapon, nakakaikot naman tayo. ‘Yung regular sessions namin, every Wednesday, and once a week ‘yun,” said Baluyot.
Baluyot said his players have come to get used to their practice time, which is also one of the reasons why the Kuyas did well enough to finish the regular season in second place with a 6-3 record.
“Good thing sa mga players, nakapag-adjust pa lang sila ng maaga. ‘Yung oras nila, na-schedule na nila everyday,” said Baluyot.
The Kuyas are currently in the playoffs. They had a stretch of six consecutive wins before losing to the Paranaque Patriots in Game Two of the MPBL quarterfinals on Tuesday.
“Team effort talaga at ‘yung sakripisyo nila. Nag-sakripisyo sila para sa sarili nila. Talagang in-offer nila ‘yung sarili nila sa team. And of course, unity,” said Baluyot.