JERICHO Cruz is set to begin a new phase in his life as he weds his longtime partner this coming weekend.
The honeymoon and the corresponding rest and recreation will have to wait though, at least until the end of the season-ending PBA Governors Cup as Cruz and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters still have a mission to accomplish.
“I have to set aside yung honeymoon and things like that. I’ll wait for the season to be over, kasi our job is still to win another championship,” said the prolific Rain or Shine wingman.
“I’m really focused on winning another championship.”
The sophomore guard is so determined to complete a title double that he plans to suit up in Rain or Shine’s all-important game against Barangay Ginebra the day after he exchanges ‘I do's’ with the charming Mossah Maica Carlos.
The wedding is set on Saturday, while the game against the Kings will be played as the featured match of this Sunday’s doubleheader at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“The next day we have a game against Ginebra, I think I’ll still play,” said the former Adamson star, who finished with nine points in Rain or Shine’s latest win, a 117-114 squeaker over Alaska.
Despite the hectic schedule, Cruz said he’ll definitely savor the moment of his special day with the lady who’s been with him over the last six years of his life and gave him a lovely daughter named Pristine Althea.
“It’s gonna be my day, its gonna be fun. I’ll just gonna enjoy every moment of that day,” he said about the wedding, which the couple has been preparing for since last year.
Cruz's parents and immediate family, who were previously based in Saipan but are now living in Texas, had just arrived in the country for the grand occasion.
And just like any other dashing groom, Jericho admitted feeling a bit anxious as the wedding day approaches.
“Everything is set. Actually mixed emotions,” he said smiling. “Ang dami kong naiisip. There’s excitement, nerves. Siyempre, first time na mangyayari sa buhay natin ito.”
“But I don’t think about it na lang. I just kind of focus on my game,” he said.
Of course, it’s not surprising that part of Cruz’s wedding entourage as godfathers are two persons who had huge influences on his basketball career – his college coach Leo Austria and his first mentor as a pro, Yeng Guiao.