RYAN Arana won’t be having his No. 1 fan when he goes with Rain or Shine inside the Clark bubble in the PBA season restart.
The veteran guard lost his father just a week before teams began trooping to Pampanga where everyone will stay for the next two months or so for the long-delayed resumption of the Philippine Cup.
Arana and the Elasto Painters left for Clark Freeport on Tuesday just hours after the 37-year-old guard posted a touching message to his late father on social media.
“Going inside #PBABubble with a heavy heart but full of motivation and inspiration,” said the product of De La Salle.
He recalled how his father told him how he was so excited to see his son play again with the looming restart of the season.
It was to be the last conversation between father and son.
“Now, you got the best seat in heaven cheering for me,” Arana continued. “This one is for you, Papa.”
The death of Arana’s father came just a month after the death of his father in-law.
Arana referred to the two elders as ‘the unsung heroes of my life.’
The Elasto Painters signed Arana to a season-long deal this year, reuniting him with the franchise where his pro career all began. The Tondo-born guard was selected by the Elasto Painters in the second round of the 2007 draft and won his first championship with the team during the 2012 Governors Cup.