THIS was one trip Rajiv Anthony Oajana will not forget for a long time.
Oajana, a full-time Uber driver since May, posted a photo of Alaska Aces star Dondon Hontiveros in a community page for Uber drivers and passengers last Tuesday. The caption read “-hnatid ko knina sa araneta laban nila vs globalport… dondon hontiviros ng Alaska aces..”
SPIN.ph reached Oajana via social media and after confirming that he was “Uber off,” graciously shared his experience with the ‘Cebuano Hotshot.'
On Tuesday afternoon, an Uber rider account (not Hontiveros) directed Oajana and his Mitsubishi Adventure to a house in the Kapitolyo area in Pasig City. The 33-year old driver said the person who called him on his mobile spoke with a Visayan accent who instructed him to look for a man dressed in a red Alaska shirt (who turned out to be Hontiveros’ assistant) standing outside a house.
Oajana spotted the man and after a five-minute wait, Hontiveros emerged with a bag and two pairs of sneakers.
“Na-starstruck ako!” said Oajana, a self-confessed Purefoods fan and SPIN.ph reader.
According to Oajana, Hontiveros explained it was the first time to use the popular smartphone-powered rideshare service since his primary car could not be used due to number coding while his other car was being used by his son.
Uber passengers usually sit in the back but due to his height, Hontiveros sat in the front seat, Oajana narrated.
“Sinagad lang 'yung upuan tapos nakahiga 'yung sandalan. Ang kulit po ni Sir Dondon!” said Oajana.
Oajana, who hails from Davao, described the 35-minute trip to Cubao as a PBA fan's dream. He said he spoke to Hontiveros in Bisaya and that they talked about basketball-related topics that ranged from PBA teams, its coaches and the players.
“Ang sabi niya mas gusto nila makalaban ang Rain or Shine sa finals para maiba naman daw at mabigyan ng chance yung ibang companies sa championship.”
Oajana added that Hontiveros described GlobalPort as “malakas na kalaban” and took note of Stanley Pringle as one of the most impressive players in its lineup. The shooting guard also said he welcomes Filipino-foreigners in the PBA since they challenged local players like himself to become better.
Before dropping Hontiveros off at the Araneta Coliseum car park building, Oajana asked the Alaska star if he could take a selfie with him and if he could share it on Facebook.
“Sabi niya okay lang daw. Dalawa nga po 'yung picture namin kasi yung isa gusto niya naka ballcap siya,” said Oajana.
For his part, Oajana asked the PBA star to download the Uber app to help promote his business and in case the PBA star needed another ride.
And oh. Aside from tips on how to shoot three-pointers and do crossovers, Hontiveros also left Oajana a nice tip.