BEING a former courtside reporter and a daughter of a basketball coach, Ivette Gavieres-Santos has become a perfect teammate for San Miguel star Arwind Santos.
Ivette, who used to be the courtside reporter for Far Eastern University and whose father is ex-FEU mentor Danny Gavieres, shared to Spin.ph that she and Santos, the former King Tamaraw, have become a perfect match not only in basketball but in their 10-year relationship from boyfriend and girlfriend to husband and wife.
The outspoken wife recalled how they, as a young couple, easily clicked, eventually becoming mature enough to handle the challenges both about sport and family.
“In 2005, that’s when we met. I was their (Tamaraws) courtside reporter then, he was the star player for FEU. That was his last year. Ang saya lang na you’re just having fun, nag-champion ang FEU tapos ‘yung love life mo ok pa,” Ivette recalled.
“Pero ngayon you’re more matured (because) you have kids and ‘yung future ng family mo na ang iniisip mo, pero ok naman marami din kasing obstacles in our relationships na nalampasan namin,” she added.
Owing to her basketball background, Ivette has become the best partner she could be for Arwind.
“After the game we sometimes talk about the game, what’s happening kasi I understand a little ‘di ba? Tapos my dad was a coach pa before so I grew up sa basketball and some of my cousins pa are playing” she said.
“Kaya minsan para lang kaming mag barkada pag nag-uusap ‘dapat kasi ganito ‘yung ginawa mo, dapat nag screen ka’ mga ganoon pero wala naman sisihan,” she elaborated.
“After noon ok na kami ulit, back to mag-asawa na ulit ang usapan namin after naming lumabas ng Araneta (Coliseum) or MOA (Arena) or Ultra, iba na naman ‘yung world namin, mag-asawa na ulit,” Ivette continued.
But she admitted still feeling nervous whenever Arwind is on the court, but unlike during their FEU days, she’s more concerned of her husband’s safety.
“Wala normal wife ka syempre, inside the court may kaba during the game but it’s not the kaba na they’re gonna lose or whatever but because kung mapano ‘yung husband mo. Pero noong courtside iba rin ‘yung kaba, because you’re cheering for the team,” she said.
But instead of thinking about something bad might happen, the ever supportive wife channels her uneasiness into something informative.
She would share her basketball knowledge to other wives and girlfriends of basketball players, especially those of her fellow San Miguel WAGS.
“Some girlfriends kasi, even some of the wives, they call me ‘Nanay,’ kaya minsan they ask me, ‘Nanay, bakit tinawagan?’ so ako I’ll explain it to them na kasi nag-travel or kasi ganito kaya ‘yung iba natututo hindi na lang ‘yung nagtetext lang sila kaya they enjoy the game na rin,” she said.