Mark Caguioa lookalike gets star treatment during Ginebra thanksgiving party
Mark Caguioa and fan Alvin Corpuz during the Ginebra thanksgiving party. Jaime Campos

YOU can be a fan of somebody for his looks, and not his game, after all.

Alvin Corpuz became a fan of Mark Caguioa when the Ginebra superstar shaved his head clean only a few years ago as he entered the final years of his accomplished PBA career.

And when his friends started to notice the resemblance between Caguioa and him, Corpuz just embraced it.

“Noon, hindi ko pa talaga siya nakikitang idol kasi may buhok,” the Caguioa lookalike admitted. “Kilala ko na siya noon, pero may kulay (yung buhok), kulot-kulot, may tirintas, so hindi pa ako (fan) noon.”

“Eh nung nagpakalbo siya nung time na kalbo rin ako tapos may balbas, ayun, maraming nagsabi sa akin na kamukha ko na si Caguioa. Nung napanood ko, sabi ko, ‘Oo nga no?’” he recounted.

“Tapos naghe-headband na rin ako, kaya sa basketball, ang tawag na rin sa akin ‘Caguioa’ ng mga committee sa barangay na liga.”

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Ever since, Corpuz, 28, has been a keen follower of Caguioa, often paying a visit during practices and asking for photo requests.

Getting his own photo requests from Ginebra fans is a simple joy for the 28-year-old electronics company employee from Muñoz, Quezon City.

“Sarap sa pakiramdam,” Corpuz said. “Kahit hindi ko kakilala, nagpapa-picture din at selfie (sa akin).”

Corpuz again felt the star treatment during the Gin Kings’ thanksgiving party on Sunday afternoon where he also had another chance to rub elbows with his idol.

Caguioa, though, joked Corpuz looks more like Sol Mercado than him.

I think it’s funny,” the Ginebra franchise player said. “Mas kamukha niya yata si Sol eh, kung naka-headband si Sol.

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