TERRENCE Romeo tried to make the most of his New Year’s Eve celebration with his family with GlobalPort hardly taking a holiday break from its PBA Philippine Cup buildup.
While most teams took a break on New Year’s Eve and the day after, the Batang Pier still held training sessions on those days, finally taking a breather on January 2.
That kept the GlobalPort players from celebrating to the fullest on New Year’s Eve.
“Ito yung pinaka-unang taon yata na nangyari na talagang pigil – yung gusto kong mag-bonding, kumain lahat ng gusto kong kainin, tapos mag-puyat, mag-saya kasama yung family, pero biglang ala-una, kailangan mo matulog na kasi may practice ka kinabukasan,” Romeo recounted after practice on Wednesday.
“Ang sarap ng pagkain, pero tagta-tatlong kurot ka lang eh. Nakakagigil eh, sarap lamutakin ng pagkain.”
Still, the Batang Pier superstar insisted he enjoyed the occasion with his family and “special someone” in their home in Don Antonio, Quezon City.
“Kasama ko yung mama’t papa ko, mga kapatid ko, tapos yung special someone ko, ‘dun kami sa bahay,” Romeo disclosed. “Masaya naman, simple celebration, pero happy. Hindi na lang kami nakapag- out of town or out of the country.”
“Pero wala talagang magagawa, trabaho eh,” he added.
And Romeo is not complaining. After all, the Batang Pier lost to Phoenix, 101-99, last Wednesday in a game where they squandered 26-point fourth-quarter lead, the biggest meltdown in the league the last decade.
“Kung ganun yung mangyari, kailangan mo tanggapin yung consequence,” Romeo said. “Hindi kami nag-effort, so yun yung consequence namin. Talagang sacrifice muna.”
Still, the former Far Eastern University star is hopeful the loss can turn into something positive for the Batang Pier - if they are willing to work hard enough.
“Hindi natin alam, baka may purpose si God para sa amin,” he added. “Pero hindi rin kami pwedeng, ‘Ah, may purpose sa atin si God, so antayin natin, wag tayo magtrabaho.’ Useless rin yun. Kailangan gumawa kami ng way para kung may plano sa amin si God, talagang maging deserving kami sa plano niya.”