NO championship and no won game means no bonuses.
Rain or Shine’s failure to bag the PBA Philippine Cup title, much more score a single win in the Finals against champion Talk 'N Text, ruined the grand plans of some Elasto Painters who were banking on an extra windfall from the finale.
For back-up players Chito Jaime, the funnyman Ronnie Matias, and Jonathan Uyloan it was a case of counting the chicks before the eggs were hatched after they found themselves holding on to nothing in light of the 0-4 sweep the team suffered at the hands of the Tropang Texters.
Jaime, for one, was already planning to use the expected bonuses for his church wedding to longtime girlfriend Rose Ann Berano after the championship.
The wedding will still push through, but it will held in simple civil rites.
“Walang budget eh,” he told Spin.ph with a taint of sadness in his eyes.
“Kung naka-singit man lang sana kahit dalawang panalo, malaking tulong sana yun,” added the forward from Bataan, while admitting his salary as player has already been allotted for other financial obligations.
“Yun (salary) naka-budget na para sa buwanang bayarin.”
As per their contracts, players are given won game bonuses that escalate as team advances to the quarterfinals, semifinals, and Finals. There would also be instances when team owners would double or triple players bonuses with each game won in a title series.
For his part, Matias would have treated his wife Jheda to a trip to Japan had the Elasto Painters won a second straight PBA championship.
Now the trip has to be shelved.
“Hindi na tuloy `yun, kasi kailangan muna maghigpit ng sinturon. Makikinig na lang muna kami ng `Gangnam Style,’ ganun na rin yun," he added with a laugh.
Turning serious, he added: “Pagwawaldas (ang Japan trip) kung di nag-champion. Kasi pag-uwi namin dito wala na kaming pera nun. Nganga na kami.”
Also shelving a planned trip was Fil-Am guard Uyloan.
The soft-spoken Elasto Painter said he already advised his US-based parents about the sudden cancellation of a supposed trip to Hong Kong.
“The bonus could have been big for us, especially those not earning as big as the others,” he said. “It’s not about the money, but still, it could have been if we won at least a game. Sayang.”
Spin.ph learned from Rain or Shine co-owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que that a Korean trip awaited the team had it won the title.
Instead, Paul Lee, JR Quinahan, Larry Rodriguez, team captain Jireh ibanes, and Jaime are now bound for Subic to sooth their aching hearts.
“Dun na lang muna kami palipas ng sama ng loob. Chip-in, chip-in muna sa budget,” said Jaime.
Meanwhile, Talk `N Text team owner Manny V. Pangilinan is set to gift his players and coaches Rolex Oyster Platinum wristwatches as well as a vacation to Hong Kong as part of its incentive for winning a third straight All-Filipino title and permanently bringing home the Jun Bernardino Perpetual Trophy.
The perks of winning indeed.