PUERTO PRINCESA - Alaska star forward Calvin Abueva has assured that he will not disappoint fans who voted for him to start for the North team in the 2015 PBA All-Star Game on Sunday.
Abueva’ seven-month old son Lamarcus is still in the hospital due to pneumonia, the reason the hard-banging Alaska Aces forward has delayed his flight to this southern city and consequently missed Friday's meet-and-greet session at the Robinson’s Place Palawan and the tree-planting activities in Barangay Mangingisda.
“He’s attending to his son. I don’t know how you guys know Calvin, but he is a very passionate father and husband. Kahit naman siguro sino, hindi alam gagawin if you are in his situation,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.
The Alaska mentor said he talked with Abueva before he left Manila for Palawan on Thursday afternoon.
“He told me he’ll just settle things and make sure na nailabas na anak niya, then he’ll immediately fly to Palawan,” Compton said. “Ang alam ko ngayon niya ilalabas yung baby niya, then he’ll fly to Palawan first thing in the morning on Saturday.”
Compton said Abueva is perfect for the All-Star Game since he's one type of player who always wants to excite and satisfy the fans.
“You know Calvin, he loves the fans. And he always gives it his all just to make the fans happy. Unless there’s something drastic, Calvin is arriving here tomorrow,” said Compton who even volunteered to personally call Abueva and get updates for Spin.ph.
“Alam ko darating siya bukas.”
Abueva is an important piece in coach Leo Austria’s shorthanded North squad, which is lacking in big men to take on a South team that will have Asi Taulava and Gregory Slaughter as starters.
Even North star forward and Abueva’s arch-nemesis Beau Belga believes the gung-ho pride of Angeles City will be crucial in North’s bid to stop the All-Star rampage of the South side.
“Mas maganda kung andito si Calvin, kasi kakailanganin naming energy nun. Kita mo naman yung South, ang lalaki,” Belga said. “Saka malaking bagay ang hustle ni Calvin, lalo pa gusto namin takbuhan ang kalaban, kasi malalaki nga eh.”
Contacted by Spin.ph, Abueva was quick to allay the fears of Belga, saying the northern squad can beat the odds provided that they work together.
“Kaya 'yan. Malalaki yung South pero kaya 'yan. Basta kailangan effort talaga kami saka dapat go hard. Hindi pwedeng relax,” said Abueva.
And will he arrive for Sunday’s game?
“Oo, dating ako bukas dyan, 7:25 AM ang flight ko sa mga ten ng umaga andyan na ko,” 'The Beast' said. “Pakisabi sa mga fans dyan, rock and roll tayo sa Sunday.”
As for his son, Abueva bared that Lamarcus is now being stabilized and out of danger.
“Okay na si Lamarcus, nagre-recover na lang. Inalalayan pa rin yung paghinga niya kasi iba talaga lagay niya nung Martes, nung pinasok namin sa ospital. Awa ng Diyos, magaling na yung bata,” he said.
Abueva bared that he is now awaiting word from the doctor if his son can be discharged on Friday afternoon.
“Sana mailabas na ngayon, pero ang pinakamatagal raw eh bukas ng tanghali. So pag ganun sila misis (Sam) na lang ang maglababas sa kanya. Atleast, panatag na ang loob ko na aalis dahil okay na lagay niya,” he said.