FOOD and drinks were aplenty on a rainy Thursday night at Belagio Square in Ermita, Manila when Barangay Ginebra held a party for its fans to coincide with the celebration of World Gin Day.
Mac Baracael was one of the Ginebra players who joined in the celebration and gamely interacted with the fans. The mention of 'kangkong' didn't ruin his appetite, but Baracael made it clear he isn't happy hearing the term.
'Kangkong,' of course, has become a popular term among netizens to ridicule slumping teams while 'Boracay' has been used to deride ballclubs which fail to make the playoffs.
Baracael made it clear he isn't fond of both.
“For me kasi, ayaw ko eh kasi nasasaktan ako na kapag ganoon maririnig ko na kangkong kami kahit na struggle talaga ang team,” the former Far Eastern University standout told Spin.ph.
Baracael nonetheless said he can take the bashing, but feels sorry for loyal Ginebra fans who continue to support the PBA ballclub through thick and thin.
“Syempre masakit sa akin kasi ‘yung mga fans ang suporta nila sobra-sobra. Kailangan kung player ka ng Ginebra, ibigay mo lahat ng kaya mo,” Baracael said.
Baracael said he’s not a big fan of both kangkong the food and Boracay the holiday destination.
“Sa province ako, oo kumakain ako ng kangkong pero noong dito na (sa Manila) ayaw ko lang,” he said.
“Hindi ako mahilig sa ganyan, ‘yung magbakasyon sa Boracay. Minsan lang na try ko pero kasi usually umuuwi ako sa amin sa Quezon (kapag bakasyon),” the Ginebra forward added.