Pretty boy Rodney Brondial vows to Ginebra fans: 'Hindi ako papogi, handa akong makipagpalitan ng mukha'
In his first practice with Ginebra as its full-pledged player Monday, Rodney Brondial bared how he made it a point to come earlier than required time. Jerome Ascano

THOUGH he is one of the most good-looking newcomers in the PBA today, Barangay Ginebra rookie Rodney Brondial said he wouldn’t mind putting his pretty face on the line on the hardcourt.

“Hindi 'to larong papogi. Handa akong makikipagpalitan ng mukha,” Brondial, the sixth pick overall in the last PBA rookie draft, vowed to the legion of Ginebra fans, excited as he is to play his first game with the team.

“Nababasa ko nga po sa internet na sinasabi nung mga anti-Ginebra na, ‘Dagdag papogi na naman 'yan.' Kaya po tinitiyak ko sa mga fans ng Ginebra, hindi ako papogi,” he added.

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The 6-5 cager out of Pajo, Quezon City said one of the best moments of his basketball career happened during the draft on Sunday, when a loud roar greeted the announcement that he was picked by Ginebra.

“Ibang klase po yung Ginebra. Nung tinawag na po ako na sixth pick, sa mall pa lang po 'yun, pero parang pakiramdam ko po pumasok sa mga ugat ko yung hiyawan nila,” said Brondial, who received the loudest cheers among the draftees.

“Nakaka-sobrang energized po. That time parang gusto ko na nga pong maglaro eh,” added the 24 year old.

Brondial said everything was a blur after his name was called by Commissioner Chito Salud.

“Sobrang na-overwhelm po ako nun. Hindi ko na alam at maalala yung mga sumunod na pangyayari. Basta ang nakita ko na lang, nasa stage na ako, nauna pa sa Ginebra (players, officials and coaching staff),” said Brondial.

“Napansin ko nga po na kami lang ni commissioner ang nasa taas, yung Ginebra team, papaakyat pa lang,” he recalled with a laugh.

And in his first practice with Ginebra as its full-pledged PBA player Monday, Brondial bared how he made it a point to come earlier than required time.

“Yung weights session po namin eight po ng umaga, pero 6:30 pa lang andun na ako. Gusto ko pong maaga, kailangan ko pong sipagan. Kailangan kong mag work hard. Saka excited po talaga ko,” he said.

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