JR Quiñahan's son inherits a lot more than just his dad's huge appetite
“Tingnan mo gumalaw, mahilig sa basketball,” says NLEX big man JR Quinahan of son Tatoy. Karlo Sacamos

JR Quiñahan may have given up on extra rice, but someone in the family has apparently inherited his appetite.

The NLEX star big man, who has been on a low-carb ketogenic diet that has allowed him to trim down to the lean figure he has now, is just letting his son, Joseph Rainier, eat whatever he wants as he’s still a growing boy.

“Extra rice talaga ‘to, walang pini-piling pagkain,” Quiñahan said with a chuckle of his son who’s fondly called “Tatoy.' “Pag lola ang nag-aalaga, lahat binibigay. After kumain nito, gatas eh … kaya lumaki ng ganito.”

The Road Warriors veteran brought Tatoy along to practice on Labor Day to continue to expose him to the basketball environment, in the hope of seeing his son also make it to the PBA someday.

“Tingnan mo gumalaw, mahilig sa basketball,” the elder Quiñahan said. “Kilala niya mga player sa PBA.  Tapos yung mga introduction ng team, alam niya kung papaano."

"Lumaki na sa Araneta at MOA. Ito yung nakikita ng mga tao na kumakain lagi ng popcorn,” he added of his son who will turn four on May 7, a day before his dad celebrates his 34th birthday. “Kaya ngayon, sinasanay ko na, sinasama-sama ko na.

“Ngayong summer, pinapasama ko sa mga liga sa barangay, mga mosquito division.”

Tatoy is often mistaken to be Quiñahan’s daughter. That's because of a long hair that has been trimmed just once in his life.

“Gusto ko na pagupitan, pero ayaw naman ng lola. Sabi niya, kung nag-aaral na lang. pero kung ayaw daw (ng school), ilipat daw kung san pwede,” Quiñahan said laughing.

“Gustung-gusto rin niya (na mahabang buhok),” he added. “Kasi minsan sinasama ko kung magpapagupit ako, eh ayaw niya eh.”

At least the long hair hardly blocks his vision when taking shots or running sprints that his dad lets him do.

For now, that seems like what he's born to do.

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