JAIR Borne ‘JB’ Marabe sees the Nike Rise program as a 'second life' after surviving a near-death experience at the height of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ two years ago.
The 17-year-old from hard-hit Tacloban is one of the 24 aspirants in the reality basketball documentary shown on TV5 that gives opportunities to young and promising Filipino players.
Marabe emerged from the Cebu tryouts to make the final cut.
The Nike Rise comes at a time when the 5-foot-10 Marabe is trying to recover from the harrowing experience of typhoon ‘Yolanda’ which killed thousands in the Visayas.
Marabe recalled his ‘near-death’ experience like it was yesterday.
“May tournament kami November 16 na city meet. ‘Yung Yolanda November 8,” said Marabe.
“Five a.m. ata ng November 8, gising na kami kasi malakas na ‘yung ulan. Pagdating ng seven, malakas na talaga. ‘Yung yero ng bahay namin, wala na,” he added.
“Nag-start na ‘yung storm surge. Tumataas na ‘yung tubig. Pumunta na kami sa ibang bahay. Siyempre, parang near-death experience,” said Marabe.
Fortunately, Marabe survived the ordeal and no one from his family ended up being a casualty.
Still, the experience was traumatic for him as dead bodies were scattered all over the city.
“Nasanay na rin ako. ‘Yung patay, malapit sa amin,” said Marabe, who had to live in an evacuation center and bunkhouses for three months.
“Parang second chance ko na ‘to,” he added.
To make the most out of it, Marabe attended the Nike Rise tryouts and made it to the final 24 cut, an achievement he didn’t expect.
“Binigay ko lang best ko. Hindi ko iniexpect na mapupunta ako dito,” said Marabe, a product of Licco Del Verbo Divino High School.
The teener is currently studying at the University of Cebu but he still longs to play for a varsity team.
“Bibigay ko ‘yung kung ano ‘yung gusto nila. Ibibigay ko lang. Hardwork pa rin,” said Marabe.