'TIS the season for wishes, and Lola Purificacion 'Siony' Abueva only has two on her list.
“Christmas wish ko mag-champion ang Alaska at mag-MVP si Calvin,” Lola Siony shared to Spin.ph on Monday night, moments after the Alaska Aces' game against Rain or Shine at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The cheerful lady helped raise Calvin in Balibago, Angeles City in a humble home they shared with his mother and sister and has seen him rise from poverty to become one of the best basketball players in the country.
Now Lola Siony longs to see her grandson's hard work and determination rewarded with another championship for Alaska, and, if it's not asking for too much, an individual award for Abueva.
“Kung hindi mag-MVP si Calvin, basta mag-champion ang Alaska masaya na ako," she shared, breaking into a laugh. "Pinakamasayang Pasko ko na ‘yun.”
[To know more about the Abueva family's story, see Lola Siony so proud of Abueva's rise from Balibago shanty to stardom]
So far, the cheerful lady is right on track to get her wishes.
The 6-1 1/2 Abueva has been one of the most dominant players in the Philippine Cup, ranking second only to San Miguel Beer's June Mar Fajardo in the statistical race for the Best Player of the Conference award.
Alaska is also on track to return to the finals, leading Rain or Shine, 2-1, in their best-of-seven semifinal series after the 94-78 win in Game Three where Abueva had 28 points and 14 boards.
Abueva now has a family of his own, but Lola Siony is still very much a part of her grandson's life, travelling all the way from Pampanga just to watch Calvin's games to this day.
“Masaya talaga ako pag nakikita ko naglalaro ‘yan si Calvin, kahit sa NCAA pa siya lumuluwas ako," she said. "Kasi masaya ako pag nagbubunga ang pinaghirapan niya.”
Game Four of the Alaska-Rain or Shine series will be played on Christmas Day and expect Lola Siony to be there, praying that Santa Claus grant her two wishes.