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    Surprise call-up Vic Manuel to go all out to prove he deserves Gilas spot

    Sep 27, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    VIC Manuel admitted he was surprised with his inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, but the Alaska forward vowed to prove that he deserves to be part of the all-PBA team.

    The Philippine School of Business Administration (PSBA) product said he was pleasantly surprised when he got wind of the news that he made it to the 15-man pool during Alaska's practice on Thursday.

    “Una, nagulat ako eh,” said Manuel in an interview with SPIN.ph on Friday following Alaska practice. “Kahapon, nasa practice kami. Hindi ko alam ‘yung nangyari. May nag-mention sa akin sa social media, kino-congrats ako. Binasa ko sa social media kung ano nangyari.”

    “Siyempre, masaya ako na tinawag ako ni coach Tim (Cone). Hindi ko inexpect ‘yun. Sobrang thankful ako na isa ako sa mga napili sa pool,” said Manuel.

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    Manuel said it’s been his dream to be part of the national team, and achieving it will be, bar none, the highest accomplishment of his career.

    “Kahit sino naman, pinapangarap maglaro para sa Pilipinas. Kung makakapaglaro ako, mas malaking achievement sa akin na hindi lang sa PBA ang inabot ko, nakapaglaro pa ako sa national team,” said Manuel.

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    Manuel said he is humbled to be part of a pool that he believes is composed of some of the best players in the Philippines.

    “Sabi ko, maraming player na puwedeng piliin, nasama ako sa pinili niya. Sobrang thankful ako na masaya ako na nae-excite, may halong kaba. Alam naman natin sa national team, nandoon lahat eh. Ready lang ako. Pagdating sa practice, ipapakita ko sa kanila na deserving din ako na makapaglaro doon,” said Manuel.

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      Manuel said he's willing to play any role with Gilas Pilipinas under Cone.

      “Siyempre, kung ano ineexpect ni coach Tim, papadepensahan niya ako, kung bibigyan niya ako ng option sa offense, siyempre willing naman ako ibigay lahat kung ano magiging role ko sa team ko,” said Manuel.

      The 32-year-old Nueva Ecija native said he will be doubling his efforts in preparation for the grind in the following months practicing with Gilas Pilipinas and Alaska.

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      “Papakundisyon pa ako. Alam naman natin expectation kapag naglalaro ka sa Gilas... Siyempre, kailangan paghandaan talaga. Hindi puwedeng sasabak ka na walang bala. Kailangan maging ready ka bago ka pumunta doon.”

      “Mga coaches namin, siyempre masaya sila para sa akin. Ire-ready ko sarili . Ready naman ako kahit anong laban. Basketball ‘yan eh, wala namang mamamatay diyan. Ibibigay ko best ko pagdating sa practice. All out na doon,” said Manuel.

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