Calvin Abueva's mother hurt by rude words showered on son by fellow Ginebra fans
Alaska star Calvin Abueva is a big Jaworski fan, his mother reveals. Jerome Ascano

CALVIN Abueva's mother admitted she is hurting each time she hears his son being showered by rude words by the very same group of fans she was once a part of.

Evelyn Abueva shared to her ordeal coping up with the hatred shown by Barangay Ginebra fans to the controversial star of Alaska each time they play the Kings.

And to think she was once a die-hard Ginebra fan herself.

“Ang sakit-sakit talaga para sa akin na madinig na minumura nila, sinusumpa ang anak ko. Naglalaro lang naman si Calvin,” said Mommy Evelyn, who tries to be present in almost every game of the Aces.

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Mrs. Abueva disclosed she rooted for no other team but Ginebra during the early 80’s and 90’s, being a fan of former Kings playing-coach Robert Jaworski Sr.

The mother of two revealed she would join the multitude of Ginebra fans in supporting Jaworski and his fabled never-say-die unit during their glory days back when Calvin was still a tot.

“Dati akong fan ng Ginebra. Ako nga nag-influence kay Calvin sa panunuod ng PBA kaya naging idol niya rin si Jaworski,” she recalled.

“Ang kaibahan ko lang nuong araw, mga kapatid ko, pinsan at kapitbahay lang namin ang kasama ko mag-cheer para sa Ginebra. Kasi wala akong pangtustos na pumunta ng Manila at bumili ng ticket sa live games,” said Mrs. Abueva, who once sold balut in the streets of Balibago, Angeles City.

The elder Abueva also revealed how she and her mother, Siony, influenced Calvin to become a Ginebra fan himself and emulate Jaworski’s style back when he was growing up in Angeles.

“Big fan ni Jaworski si Calvin noong araw, nung bata pa siya. Na-influence namin ng lola niya, kaya ginagawa ni Calvin nung araw, bumibili siya ng VCD ng mga laro ni Jaworski, pinapanuod niya,” she said.

Mrs. Abueva could only laugh at the twist of fate when Calvin found himself playing for Alaska - the team they used to hate, especially whenever the team would beat Ginebra in playoff games.

“Oo, inis rin ako sa Alaska noong araw kasi ang galing nila. Siyempre, nuong araw, Ginebra sinusuportahan namin. Kasi wala pa naman siya (Calvin) sa Alaska noon eh,” said Mommy Evelyn.

“Idol niya talaga si Jaworski. Kaya nga napapakamot na lang ako ng ulo na sa Alaska pa siya napunta. Kaya ngayon na andyan na si Calvin (sa Alaska), Alaska na kami ngayon,” she said.


Evelyn Abueva says she and her mother are big fans of former Ginebra playing-coach Robert Jaworski. Snow Badua
Evelyn Abueva says she and her mother are big fans of former Ginebra playing-coach Robert Jaworski. Snow Badua

Although hostile to his son, Mrs. Abueva hopes Ginebra fans will one day learn to appreciate the basketball talent of the former Rookie of the Year out of San Sebastian.

“Nagagalit sila kay Calvin, minumura nila, kung ano-ano sinasabi nila. Magulang daw maglaro. Pero bakit noong araw ganun rin naman laro ni Jaworski ah. Si Jaworski nga nuong araw, ang dami pang uma-idol,” she asked.

“Sabi ko nga, bakit tinitira ng Ginebra fans si Calvin eh dati namang fan ng Ginebra si Calvin. Nagkataon lang na andyan siya ngayon sa Alaska,” Evelyn said of her son by a former Angeles-based US Navyman, Calvin Sweeney, who is now based in New York.

“Nasasaktan ako kasi mga kalahi ko dati (na Ginebra fans), binibira nila si Calvin sa kung saan-saan. Binabantaan pa nila ang buhay. Sinasaktan ba sila ng anak ko?” she said.

Asked if his son is the violent-type of person, Mrs. Abueva was quick to dispel the thought.

“Hindi masama ang ugali ng anak ko. Mabait nga 'yan. Sa laro lang talaga siya aggressive pero napakabait na tao niyan,” she said.

“Hindi nga nakikipag-away 'yan. Siya ang laging inaaway, kasi siguro nga dahil mahusay siya maglaro ng bola,” added the 52-year-old.

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