HE’S a four-time PBA MVP, many-time champion and national team player, yet Alvin Patrimonio wants his biggest legacy to be his children.
The 49-year old icon has achieved everything a basketball player could ever wish for – championships, individual accolades, and the fame that goes with it. But for Alvin, being able to raise his children Anna Christine, Angelo, Anna Clarice and Asher to be good persons will be his best achievement in life.
Nothing compares to the feeling of being able to be a role model to his children and eventually to his children's children, said 'The Captain.'
“Sobrang wow pag nakita mong they’re doing well in every aspect of their lives, na napalaki mo sila ng tama and maayos," Patrimonio told SPIN.ph. "Hindi lang grand slam, grabe, more than here on earth madadala mo na ‘yun kahit wala ka na dito sa earth and ‘yun ang legacy na na-share mo.”
“’Di lang sa mga kids ko pati na rin sa mga anak nila, it’s the greatest achievement being their father,” he continued. “Kapag nakikita mong successful ang mga anak mo, ‘di lang sa sports or academics but in life, great fulfillment ‘yun.”
As busy as ever as team manager and ambassador of the Star Hotshots, Patrimonio is a doting dad who along with wife Cindy make it a point to be there for their children.
But more than all the words and care, Alvin said he wants to serve as a good example to his children.
In his 28-year career in the professional league, from the time he was playing until now that he’s being on the sidelines, Patrimonio is still one of the most admired figures in the PBA, all because he has been so good to everyone, from the fans to the ball boys up to the big bosses of the company he has served.
That humility and kindness is what he wants to pass on to their children.
“Maraming tests na dumadaan, maraming distractions, maraming attack of the enemy, pero gaya ng parati kong sinasabi sa kanila, ‘wag kang maggi-give up sa buhay, don’t step on other people para you’re at peace sa buhay mo here on earth and we will enjoy everything,” he said.
“Very challenging ang role ng maging tatay kasi magre-reflect ‘yun sa mga kids mo kung paano mo sila pinalaki kasi ikaw ang role model, ikaw ang susundin ng anak mo, so you need to be a good influence to them,” he added.
Now that his two girls are doing well in tennis as stars of the dominant National University women's squad in the UAAP, the proud father can’t help but sometimes be emotional.
Patrimonio believes that more than any material thing that money can buy, the most important thing that he could provide his children is his love and support.
“Yes, that’s the most important feeling and achievement sa buhay ng isang Papa, ng isang parent, na makita nila ‘yung mga kids nila na victory sila, not just in sports but also in life,” said Patrimonio, a fixture at courtside during her Spain-trained girls' games in the UAAP.
“Kung ano man ang gusto nilang gawin, nandito lang naka-support ang Papa nila sa kanila,” he added.