GARY David’s breakout game with Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Games not only repaid the unwavering confidence given to him by coach Chot Reyes, but it also made one girl mighty proud.
After watching David explode for 13 points in Gilas' 85-76 win over India at the start of its campaign in the Incheon Asiad, no one was prouder than his 11-year-old daughter Maxene who was so happy to see dad prove that he deserves to play for flag and country.
“Happy po ako. Tiwala po ako sa talent ni daddy. Saka basta po manalo okay lang,” the young David told Spin.ph after excitedly watching a replay of the match at home.
“Saka po napatunayan niya ang worth niya sa Gilas,” she added. “Hindi po ako napahiya sa mga sinasabi ko sa kanya.”
The eloquent Maxene, the eldest of David's three daughters with wife Jenn, admitted she was affected when she reads negative comments from fans about her dad.
“Sad po talaga ako, lalo na po yung mga foul words po,” Maxene said. “Sinasabi ko na lang po magkakatiwala rin sila kay daddy 'pag nakita nilang (lumabas ang tunay) na laro po.
“May iba po kasi nagsasabi na hindi naman daw po kasi siya magaling. Pero okay na rin po 'yun. Sad lang po talaga ako,” she said while trying to find the words to describe her emotion.
"Hindi ko po ma-explain eh,” she added.
Maxene also happens to be dad's No. 1 booster.
“Pag nag-fe-Facetime (video calling app) po kami, sinasabi ko lagi na galingan niya po," she said. "Tapos sasabihin nga po ni daddy na, ‘Gagalingan nga daw po niya para sa amin at para sa bayan.'”
The young David said she never fails to watch dad's games in the PBA or with Gilas and even followed his appearance in TV5’s Celebrity Dance Battle, where Gary emerged champion.
“Magaling din po talaga si daddy mag-dance. Proud po ako sa kanya,” she said, her voice filled with pride.
Here's a podcast of interview with the young maxene David: