LA Tenorio will be honored in a short ceremony Sunday for achieving the milestone as the new Ironman of the PBA.
Of course, provided he plays in the Philippine Cup showdown between Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The awarding rite will be held at halftime of the Kings-Hotshots encounter.
“Kapag nahabol yung plaque ia-award na agad sa kanya yun. Pero kung wala pa, yung bola na lang muna,” said Commissioner Willie Marcial.
“Siyempre kailangan maglaro muna siya sa game.”
Tenorio will be playing in a record 597 straight games, surpassing the previous mark set by four-time MVP Alvin Patrimonio and earn the bragging rights as the league’s new Iron Man.
The 34-year-old veteran Ginebra guard hasn’t missed playing a game since turning pro in 2006.
Incidentally, Patrimonio, now team manager of Magnolia, himself will witness Tenorio break his own record.
Tenorio said he didn’t foresee himself achieving the special milestone. More so, he doesn’t even know how he was able to do it.
“Actually hindi ko talaga alam. Kahit ako iniisip ko, ‘ano ba yung ginagawa kong tama?’ Hindi ko rin ma-figure out. Basta ginagawa ko lang kung ano yun nagwo-work sa akin everyday. ‘Ito yung nagwo-work sa akin, ito yung kailangang kainin ko.’ So yun ang ginagawa ko,” he said shortly after he tied Patrimonio’s record of 596 consecutive games played last Sunday in a win over Phoenix, 100-97.
“Pero ginagawa rin naman ng ibang players yan for sure, I think mas disiplinado pa nga yung ibang players kaysa sa akin. So hindi ko talaga alam.”