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    James Yap says Terrence Romeo has what it takes to be next 'PBA poster boy'

    Mar 9, 2015

    PUERTO PRINCESA - PBA superstar James Yap believes young star Terrence Romeo is destined to become one of the brightest stars of the pro league.

    This early, the 33-year-old Yap is already seeing the talented sophomore guard as deserving to be the next face of the league who can be the PBA's next poster boy.

    All Romeo needs to do, according to the pride of Escalante, Negros Occidental, is to maintain his discipline, dedication to his profession, and remain sincere in his dealings with the basketball fans.

    “Talagang potential (star) si Terrence, kasi mabait siya. Kailangan lang huwag lumaki ang ulo. Yan ang importante, dyan ka lalong mamahalin ng fans,” Yap told Spin.ph while Romeo sat a few feet away within hearing distance.

    “Bakit hindi (siya pwedeng sumunod sa yapak ko)? Nakikita ko naman na talagang capable din siya. Iwas injury lang,” added the Purefoods main man.

    Instead of getting threatened, Yap said he welcomed the arrival of a new breed of talent in the league, including Romeo, who beat him out in the three-point shootout during the All-Star extravaganza last weekend.

    “Hindi ako na-te-threaten dahil unti-unting gumagawa sila ng pangalan dito sa PBA I am happy for them and for him,” said the two-time league MVP.

    “Maraming pwedeng sumunod sa amin, pero isa siya (Romeo) sa mga nakikita mo na andun na ang ruta. May potensyal 'tong batang to,” said Yap as he smiled at Romeo.

    [See Terrence Romeo and Co. capable of taking over the PBA, say coaches Cariaso and Austria]

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    Romeo said the feeling is mutual, amazed at how down to earth the Purefoods star was after seeing him break the ice by approaching and talking to him during a break in the midseason spectacle.

    He was no doubt left in awe by Yap's humility.

    “Sobrang tuwa ko kay Kuya James kasi siya pa mismo ang lumapit at unang kumausap sa akin,” said Romeo, adding the All-Star weekend marked the first time he really got to know the celebrated player.

    “Sobrang iba po ang pakiramdam (na maka-bonding si James Yap). Kasi naiisip ko kasama mo 'yung pinakasikat na player sa PBA tapos siya pa nagbibigay ng payo, sobrang swerte ko.”

    The 22-year-old pride of Imus, Cavite said the short moment he spent knowing Yap and the words of wisdom given to him have definitely changed his perspective as a professional player.

    “Marami siyang payo sa akin. Andun 'yung kung anong maa-achieve mo kailangan humble ka pa rin, kailangan mas mag-work hard ka pa. Sobrang dami talaga kahit saglit lang kami nagkasama,” he added.

    “Dito lang talaga kami sa Palawan nagkasama. Kaya nga nung kinausap niya ako, hiningi ko agad ang cellphone number niya. High school pa lang ako sobrang idol ko na siya. Nakatago na sa phonebook ko (yung number niya),” said Romeo, who is under the care of SMTM sports talent promotion of businessman-sportsman Nino Reyes.

    “Gusto ko po siyang i-text o tawagan 'pag may gusto akong itanong.”

    Romeo even recalled how Yap broke the ice between the two of them when he was approached by the shooting guard out of University of the East at the poolside of the Azia Hotel here.

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    See the picture of their poolside encounter:

    “Siya pa ang umapproach sa akin (si Kuya James), siya pa ang sumama sa akin, siya pa ang lumapit sa akin. Isipin mo siya ang superstar sa PBA tapos ganun siya ka-down to earth na lumapit sa kagaya ko na nagsisimula pa lang,” he said.

    “Hindi ko na maipinta kung ano nararamdaman ko, gusto ko na ngang inumin 'yung tubig dito sa swimming pool eh. Sobrang saya ang pakiramdam. Dream come true.”

    By that alone, Romeo said he already learned one valuable lesson not only in his career but in life as well.

    “Maraming nabago sa akin, nakakuha ako ng tip kung ano ang dapat kong daanan. Naging superstar siya, pero humble pa rin siya. Gusto ko ganun rin ako. Pag binigay ni God na makarating ako dun, gagawin ko mga ginawa niya,” said the one-time UAAP MVP.

    For Yap, it is imperative for Romeo to make his career the priority, and everything else should be secondary.

    “Si Terrence may itsura eh. Habulin ng chicks, lahat habulin siya. Kasama na 'yan sa lahat,” a smiling Yap said.

    “Pero kaya habulin 'to eh magaling siya mag-basketball, na-appreciate siya ng tao. Bonus na 'yung sex appeal. Pero para sa akin, basta ang alagaan niya is yung paglalaro niya ng basketball, secondary na lang yung pagpapa-cute dyan sa labas.”

    Here's full Spin.ph interview with James Yap and Terrence Romeo:


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