TERRENCE Romeo has been bestowed a number of monikers since first making a name for himself as a high-scoring guard at Far Eastern University.
But he likes the ring of one name: Titanium.
"Yun po kasi ang tawag din sa akin ng agent ko. Tapos sakto pa yung kanta," the GlobalPort rookie said, citing the popular David Guetta song. "Di ba may line yun na 'I'm bulletproof, nothing to lose... Fire away, fire away!' Kaya nagustuhan ko din."
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“(Defense) po yung isang nakita ni sir Nino na kulang pa daw sa akin. Kaya yun po ang pag-uukulan ko ng panahon ngayong bakasyon." - Globalport rookie Terrence Romeo
Titanium, Romeo said, is also apt to describe the light but tough physique of the pride of Imus, Cavite who has carved a reputation as one of the most imaginative scorers in professional basketball after just one season with the Batang Pier in the PBA.
With GlobalPort's campaign in the Philippine Cup done after a quarterfinal loss to Rain or Shine, the former Far Eastern University star said he has cancelled plans to take a break and instead bowed to use the lull in between conferences to get even stronger and better.
On the advice of his agent Nino Reyes, head of SMM enterprises, one aspect Romeo is now focusing on is his defense, which he hopes to improve in daily training at the Hammer Sport facility inside the newly built sports center of the FEU-NRMF Hospital in Fairview, Quezon City.
"Yun po yung isang nakita ni sir Nino na kulang pa daw sa akin. Kaya yun po ang pag-uukulan ko ng panahon ngayong bakasyon," said the former King Tamaraw, who averaged 14.53 points, 3.27 rebounds and 2.80 assists in his first conference as a pro.
"Gusto ko pong mas mag improve pa. Alam ko po marami pa akong kulang, lalo na rookie pa lang ako sa PBA sobrang andami ko pang kailangang i-improve," added the 21-year-old.
Meanwhile, Hammer athletic development coach Martin Antonio bared that further improving the games of the players is one of the priorities of SMTM, a new company that handles basketball talent.
"Boss Nino kasi doesn't just handle the careers of our talents, we also provide them access to our state-of-the-art facilities and well-versed trainors at Hammer," said Antonio, who also handles the training of other SMTM talents like Ping Exciminiano and Marvin Hayes.
"We want to improve their strengths, like in the case of Terrence, natural offensive player na siya. We will further develop it while at the same time focusing on making his defense more potent, yun ang kulang sa kanya," said the young trainor.