IT was good while it lasted.
With deep regret, management of Rain or Shine confirmed that it has let go of popular coach Yeng Guiao on Wednesday, ending a six-year partnership that turned the franchise into one of the top contenders in the PBA today.
Raymund Yu, the other half of the amiable Rain or Shine ownership together with Terry Que, confirmed the parting of ways of Guiao which, he said, was done in a gentleman’s manner.
He said Guiao asked of his blessings to leave the team and accept a standing offer from NLEX.
The contract of the outspoken mentor is already over by the time the Elasto Painters were eliminated in the season-ending Governors Cup, although management already has a prepared three-year deal to be offered for the former Pampanga vice governor and congressman.
“Of course, we’re very sad, but thankful to Coach Yeng for the accomplishments he did for Rain or Shine,” Yu said in a phone conversation with SPIN.ph
“I think we’re the most consistent among the teams during the time coach Yeng was here.”
Yu mentioned the firm somehow tried to prevent Guiao from going to another team, but the mere fact that the NLEX deal doesn’t consist of monetary package alone but likewise Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) bodes well for the mentor’s future plans – be it sports or politics.
“We just realized that he’s going to a situation where he’ll also be able to play a role within his community in Pampanga, kaya we already gave him our blessings,” said Yu.
The team owner added the company we’ll always be grateful for the things Guiao did for Rain or Shine, which he steered to two championships, six finals appearances, and nine straight trips to the semifinals.
“Management will forever be thankful for making Rain or Shine what it is in the PBA today,” he said.
Long-time Guiao deputy Caloy Garcia is set to take over for the Elasto Painters.