LOUD music echoed in the walls of the San Miguel locker room, moments after its 110-88 demolition of Phoenix on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Instead of the usual collected atmosphere, the Beermen dugout looked like a scene from a house party with players laughing and bouncing to the music as they stepped out of the dugout one after the other, all with smiles across their faces.
The man behind it? No other than Arwind Santos himself.
"Siyempre, nakadalawang panalo na kami. Ang ganda ng nangyayari kahit di pa ganun kakundisyon, ang maganda rito nananalo kami," Santos said when asked what prompted him to amp up the atmosphere inside the outside.
As he carried around a large portable speaker, Santos said he wanted to cater to everyone's taste, that's why his playlist stretched from the likes of George Michael to much more modern artists like DJ Khaled and the Chainsmokers.
"Kailangan yung gusto rin nila yung nasa playlist. Like yung mga pang-import, yung mga pang matatanda, iba iba hilig nyan e. Kaya magpapa-download pa ako para atleast mag-enjoy lahat," Santos continued,
Santos explained that this post-game celebration isn't actually a new thing for them, but rather, he's merely reviving a tradition dating back to their time with coach Ato Agustin in 2011.
"Panahon pa to ni Coach Ato. Nag-champion kami, kaya lang nung pumasok si (Rajko) Toroman, nag-iba yung mundo, ayaw ng music," he said.
"Binabalik lang namin talaga. Nakaka-relax naman talaga ang music e. Pero sa sampung tao, meron talagang isa na baliktad ang mundo," he added.
But if there's some bad news, or good, for his teammates, Santos assured that he won't be playing any of his music like the viral 'Bagyo' during their post-game celebrations.
"Wag na, di makaka-relate yung mga import. Baka biglang sabihan ako na, 'Arwind what is that? What's that song? What the hell?' Ayun," Santos said laughing.
Despite a more relaxed post-game mood, Santos assured that fans souldn't be worrying about their mindset.
This is still the dangerous Beermen that teams learned to fear, only that they're just having fun while doing it.
"Maganda parin na kinakatakutan yung Beermen. Pero at the same time happy Beermen din talaga."