HALLOWEEN is usually a time for stories about ghosts and paranormal activities but for three PBA D-League players, it's a journey back in time to their childhood days.
Growing up in California, Erase Xfoliant gunner Nate Matute recalled playing one of the Three Musketeers and enjoying every minute of it as he did the trick-or-treat rounds with friends in their neighborhood each year.
“Me and my two friends, we were in a Three Musketeers chocolate bars costume, and each of us would be holding a sword. We did it for trick or treat,” said Matute.
Ever playful, Matute would sometimes knock on his neighbor’s home and then run as fast as he could. “I would even knock (at the door) then I’ll run as fast as I can so when they open, they won’t see anyone. I was very makulit,” Matute remembered with a laugh.
Now 24, Matute recalled becoming the butt of jokes when he joined a talent show in grade school as part of the Halloween celebration.
“Before, I wore a Ninja outfit and danced to the tune of ‘Mortal Combat',” shared the Jose Rizal University stalwart, while humming the song and trying to remember its lyrics. “My dad wanted me to wear it, and the audience was laughing at me, and even after the show my classmates were all laughing at me.”
Those trick-or-treat experiences were as memorable for NLEX player and Letran Knights main man Kevin Alas, who was happy to receive a piece of candy back then.
“Six or seven years old ako noon, nakasuot ako ng skeleton nag-ti-trick or treat kami sa Ayala, Alabang,” he said. “Pag binigyan ako ng candy or chocolate, masaya na ako noon.”
For San Sebastian team captain Ian Sangalang, Halloween never fails to bring out the kid in him.
Seeing little kids who would play with candles in the cemetery and form balls out of the melted paraffin on the eve of All Saints’ Day had the reigning NCAA MVP remembering the old times.
“Dati noon kapag nasa sementeryo ako, naglalaro lang ako ng kandila. Tapos napapaso pa ako, pero okay lang kasi nagpapalakihan kami ng mabubuong bola,” said Sangalang, who also plays for NLEX.
But even if he is 6-foot-7 and past his teens, the member of the Stags’ celebrated `Pinatubo Trio’ still dreads being alone in the dark during this time of the year.
“Nakakatakot, kasi mag-isa lang ako sa apartment. Naaalala ko ‘yung mga kamag-anak na pumanaw kaya tinutulog ko na lang,” he said.