BEAU Belga is cherishing his present at Rain or Shine, but is bracing for an uncertain future with the franchise in the wake of the surprise departures that have hit the squad.
One of only three remnants of the Elasto Painters’ 2012 squad that won the franchise’s first title in the Governors’ Cup along with Gabe Norwood and Ronnie Matias, Belga regretted the departure of Jeff Chan, but accepted that realities of the business.
“Wala ka namang magagawa eh, decision ng management yun,” Belga said in a chat with SPIN.ph after practice on Wednesday. “And ganun naman ang buhay namin – hindi mo alam kung hangganag kailan ka, hindi mo alam kung hanggang saan kayo magkakasama.
"I’ve been with Jeff for six, seven years. Ganun talaga.”
Chan’s trade to Phoenix for Mark Borboran and a second-round pick marked the third time a longtime ROS player got shipped out in the post-Yeng Guiao era after Paul Lee and JR Quinahan as coach Caloy Garcia has continued the transition to the new breed of E-Painters.
That’s why Belga commiserated with Guiao, who turned sentimental seeing his former wards leave one by one.
“Kumbaga pamilya na niya na binuo ‘to eh,” Belga said. “Ang gusto ni Coach Yeng, maglalaro kami na kami-kami pa rin. Syempre yung lungkot kasama 'yun. 'Yun nga, hindi mo expected, and ang mahirap dun, yung isa-isa mawawala.”
Asked if he’d rather stay with the franchise until he retires if had his way, Belga, who has been with the team since 2011, left his door open for any eventuality.
“Ako, ayaw ko mag-comment. Hindi ko alam eh. You never know kung dito ka,” Belga said. “Tulad nga ng sabi ni Jeff, naging loyal naman siya sa team, but still umabot pa rin siya sa part na nawala siya bigla – of all people, ‘di ba? So hindi mo talaga alam.
“Malay mo bukas, makalawa, ako naman,” the veteran enforcer added with a chuckle. “Hindi natin alam. I’m not closing the door yet na dito ako magre-retire. As much as possible, kung dito, (ayos rin). Ang dami kong naririnig na rumor na ako na yung kasunod. Sabi ko, bahala na. kung ako, edi ako.”