SMB veteran Ronald Tubid explains decision to grow a beard: 'Saint' to Santa

THE spirit of Christmas is still strong with Ronald Tubid.

The San Miguel Beer wingman bared his decision to grow a beard, saying he wanted to be his daughter Margaret’s own Santa Claus.

Asked if there was a superstition – in relation to the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska – behind his decision, Tubid shook his head.

“Wala naman,” the 34-year-old cager, who earned the moniker 'The Saint' after he was asked to be the model in the creation of the image of Saint Pedro Calungsod, said in a short chat with after practice on Tuesday on the eve of Game Seven.

“Bago lang mag-Christmas, sabi ko sa daughter ko na I want to be your Santa Claus, and it just so happened na nakahiligan ko and I don’t have time to shave it.”

“Hopefully hindi ko pa ma-shave,” he added with a chuckle. “Hangga’t hindi pa nagrereklamo yung baby girl ko.”

The facial hair has also seemed to bring good luck to Tubid and the Beermen, who are on the verge of making history by becoming the first PBA team to come back from a 3-0 deficit.

And Tubid, who has averaged 7.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 20.1 minutes in the first six games of the series, is hoping they can pull it off — for his daughter and the rest of his family.

“Sana makuha namin,” he said. “it’s for our families, for the kids na mabasa nila balang araw.”

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