PAO Javelona was about to go home to his hometown in Bacolod City to rest after San Miguel Alab Pilipinas won the Asean Basketball League (ABL) crown.
But that much-needed vacation was cut short when he pleasantly got a call he has been waiting for – a call-up from a PBA team in Globalport.
“Sobrang saya ko,” said Javelona, who was drafted in 2016 by Phoenix Petroleum but was left unsigned. “Habang nagre-reply ako sa agent ko, si boss Charlie (Dy), sobrang nanginginig ‘yung kamay ko sa tuwa.”
“Na-excite ako kasi dapat uuwi pa ako Bacolod after nag-champion kami. Pero wala nang pahinga. Bugbog pa katawan pero kailangan kumayod kasi gustung-gusto ko ito. Pangarap ko rin naman ito. God’s will kaya ako andito ngayon.”
Javelona made his PBA debut on Saturday in the Batang Pier’s 92-87 loss to Magnolia in an out-of-town game in Angeles, Pampanga. The former National University guard finished with nine points and two assists.
On Wednesday, Javelona contributed three points and two assists in Globalport’s 116-94 win over NLEX.
“It feels good to be here. I’m happy na I get to play in the PBA. I’m so happy I really can’t explain how I feel,” Javelona said.
Javelona said he is happy playing for Globalport where head coach Pido Jarencio has given him the confidence to shoot from the outside.
“Siguro ‘yung confidence lang din na binigay sa akin ni coach Pido. Just do what you do. If you are open, just shoot it. Pumapasok naman ‘yung tira ko nung first game,” said Javelona.
“As a team, welcome naman ako sa team. Madali na lang mag-adjust sa mga teammates ko. Nag-adjust na lang ako sa mga plays at sa laro sa PBA,” he added.
Javelona said his main adjustment is the PBA’s physicality as well as being a point guard in the big league.
“Naninibago ako ng konti pero talagang kailangan ko mag-adjust kasi kailangang maglaro ng maayos para makatulong ako,” the former National University standout said.
“Kailangan ko iimprove ‘yung decision-making ko. ‘Yung role ko sa team, kailangan ko pa i-accept ’yun at matutunan,” said Javelona.