JIMMY Alapag was obviously on cloud nine after Talk ‘N Text bagged a third straight PBA Philippine Cup championship on Wednesday night following a 4-0 sweep of Rain or Shine in the best-of-seven Finals.
He was on an emotional high as well, to have his US-based parents in the stands at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum to celebrate the Tropang Texters' unique achievement.
Alapag, the former league MVP, said he’d like to savor the All-Filipino championship hat-trick by spending time with his mother Aurora and father Crispin, who has been recovering from lymphoma since late last year.
“I just want to spend time with my parents after this. It’s been an incredible blessing for me to have my dad cancer-free for the moment. That makes this (championship moment) even more special,” Alapag told Spin.ph just before he left the Smart-Araneta Coliseum to join his teammates in Talk `N Text’s victory party.
The elder Alapag, who heartily cheered his superstar son at ringside and wore Talk `N Text’s customized bright yellow shirt, had his last chemotherapy session four months ago, according to the sweet-shooting Talk ‘N Text guard. He has since been recovering well.
The former California State University, San Bernardino product said both his parents had to endure the long-haul flight just to be able to come over and watch him play again in the Finals against a gritty Elasto Painters’ side.
“Dad finished his last chemotherapy four months ago and has been recovering in the US. Thank God he’s healthy enough to fly out and watch the series. In fact, he was already here in the morning of Game One,” said a beaming Alapag.
The three-week break before the opening of the import-laced Commissioner’s Cup gives Alapag time to spend quality time with his parents, who he said are two of his greatest inspirations in his pro career.