Raymond Aguilar hopes to be back for Ginebra as burly forward savors first ever PBA title
Raymond Aguilar made his Ginebra return in September and celebrated a championship a month later. Jerome Ascano

HOW fortunes quickly changed for Raymond Aguilar in just a two-month span.

Playing for a playoff contender at the start of the PBA Governors Cup, the burly forward saw his season end with a bang as part of Barangay Ginebra’s championship run, winning his first ever league title when the Kings beat the Meralco Bolts in the finals.

Although hardly utilized off the bench, Aguilar was just as elated as the kid who received his first Christmas gift following the success he had in his short stint with the team.

“Masarap siyempre, iba ang feeling,” said Aguilar as he savors his first victory party with the league’s most popular ballclub at the SMC headquarters a day before Halloween’s eve.

“Sana masundan pa. Sana madami pang dumating.”

It wouldn’t have been possible if not for the two-on-two trade consummated by Ginebra and Blackwater in September that sent Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo to the Elite in exchange for Aguilar and the injured Art dela Cruz.

It was a trade that was far from his mind, according to Aguilar, who played for National University in college.

“Actually, nagulat talaga ako. Sa practice na lang ako sinabihan during huddle,” he recalled.

Not that he regretted it. “Napaganda pa nga, e.”

Ginebra was actually home to him three years ago.

“Practice player ako,” said Aguilar, who was not fortunate enough to be picked during the 2009 rookie draft where now Ginebra teammate Japeth Aguilar was the No. 1 overall selection. “Tsaka noon puro semis lang yung team.”

Now, the Kings are back-to-back champions.

The 6-foot-4 Aguilar could only wish he’ll be able to savor more moments like this especially with him having an expired contract.

“Expiry ako ngayon, kaya sana nga maka-stay pa dito,” said the 32-year-old Ginebra cager.

Coach Tim Cone finds Aguilar funny and considers him as the clown of the team.

While he doesn’t dispute it, Aguilar wants to be labeled for another thing.

“Lucky charm ba?,” he asked with a giggle. “Sana ako nga.”

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