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    Troy Rosario recalls tough childhood: 'Alam ko ‘yung pakiramdam ng wala'

    Jun 29, 2020
    Troy Rosario in his first sport: volleyball, representing his province in the 2008 Palarong Pambansa where coach Bert Flores recruited him to play for Far Eastern University.
    PHOTO: From Troy Rosario's personal collection

    THE COVID-19 pandemic has allowed TNT star Troy Rosario to help the less fortunate who were affected financially by the quarantine.

    Rosario has been quietly making donations to those in need, through the help of several benefactors including SM head and National University owner Hans Sy, after the lockdown that left a lot of people jobless and without money to feed their families.

    During these tough times, Rosario recalled his childhood days in Cagayan where he and his family also didn’t have enough.

    “Kapag nakikita ako ng homeless, naalala ko sarili ko kasi minsan din akong hindi kumain,” Rosario told 2OT. “Grade school, isang beses lang ako kumain. Sobrang hirap ng buhay sa probinsya.”

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    Rosario also recalled how tough it was making that leap of faith when he decided to go to Manila to pursue a basketball career in hopes of having a better life.

    “Naalala ko pa ‘yung pagpunta ko ng Manila, pinilit talaga ako ng magulang ko. ‘Yung natitirang binhi namin, talagang binenta para may pamasahe ako. P2,000 yun eh. Tinaya talaga. Alam ko ‘yung pakiramdam ng wala,” Rosario said.

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    In those trying times, Rosario drew strength from his family particularly from his mother, who also had to battle cancer later.

    “Kaya nung nandito ako, umiiyak ako kasi tinatanong ko, ‘Kaya ko kaya?’ Kasi nung nasa probinsya ako, sinasabi ko, kaya ko, kaya ko, pero nung nasa Manila na, medyo shaky na. Kakayanin ko kaya? After six months, nalaman ko pa na may cancer nanay ko. Talagang kailangan umangat ako,” said Rosario.

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    “Gusto ko nang umuwi nung nalaman ko na may sakit nanay ko,” he added.

    Through hard work, Rosario made it to the national youth team and was also recruited by National University in college. Also with the help of NU coach Eric Altamirano and Sy, Rosario was also able to send his mother to the hospital for treatments although she later passed away.

    “Hindi naging maganda kasi nawala nanay ko pero hindi nila ako pinabayaan,” said Rosario, referring to NU.

    Rosario also had a stellar career with NU, helping the Bulldogs capture the 2014 UAAP crown. It became his entry to the PBA where he was the second overall pick of Mahindra in 2015 before being traded to TNT, where he became one of the pillars of the KaTropa.

    Rosario also became a regular with Gilas Pilipinas, winning three gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games.

    “Kaya talagang laki kong pasasalamat sa Panginoon kasi gina-guide niya ako kahit nung mag-isa ako. ‘Yung desisyon ko, talagang gina-guide niya ako,” he added.

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      Troy Rosario in his first sport: volleyball, representing his province in the 2008 Palarong Pambansa where coach Bert Flores recruited him to play for Far Eastern University.
      PHOTO: From Troy Rosario's personal collection
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