LARRY Muyang feels great pride holding his own against foreign student-athletes for the past seasons, but make no mistake about it: battling those bigs down low was no walk in the park.
Just take into account the work he had to do in the NCAA Season 95 seniors basketball Finals, going to war for three straight games before helping Letran claim the championship over San Beda.
"Sobrang hirap kasi local ka lang. Pero kailangan i-stop si Donald (Tankoua) at doon pa lang, blessing na sa akin yun na nagawa ko yun," the Kapampangan slotman said as he helped the Knights claim their 18th NCAA title.
But as the dust settled and the foreign student-athletes' time in the NCAA, Muyang himself acknowledges learning a lot from those wars.
"Ang dami kong natutunan, lalo na ngayon," the 6-foot-5 center said as the league embarks on a season featuring all-Filipino teams.
"Yung natutunan ko sa paglaban sa kanila ngayong last year nila, madadala ko next year ko."
For sure, Muyang will be a force to be reckoned with once the next season tips off, with him seen to dominate his fellow big men in Letran's drive for back-to-back titles.
Yet he knows that when one door closes, a window opens and upstart Filipino centers are bound to get their share of the limelight soon and give him a run for his money.
"Yung Pinoy, iba din maglaro eh. Wala ding kinakatakutan," he said. "Kaya sa akin lang, kung anong ginawa namin ngayon, ganoon din ang gagawin namin next year o higit pa."