THE complexion of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals has suddenly changed.
And so has Yeng Guiao's travel plans.
After Rain or Shine lost to Alaska in Game Five on Sunday night, Guiao and his wife Jenny have decided to shelve a long-planned trip to London to attend their daughter's graduation at Cambridge University.
Moments after the loss, the other half of the Elasto Painters coach said they’ll no longer pursue their European trip as the fiery mentor is needed more than ever by his embattled team.
The Welbest franchise still leads the best-of-seven series, 3-2, but has lost back-to-back games after racing to an early 3-0 lead.
“We decided to cancel it na lang,” said Jenny Guiao following the game. “Kasi kahit after Wednesday kami umalis, hindi na rin kami aabot. Darating na sila (Guiao children) by Sunday dito, e.”
Cecille Therese Guiao, a lawyer, graduated with a masters degree in International Relations from Cambridge in London last Saturday, which the Rain or Shine coach had hoped to attend had the Elasto Painters swept the finals last Friday.
Unfortunately, Rain or Shine imploded in Game Four,111-99, forcing Guiao to rebook their scheduled Saturday flight to Monday instead.
Now, the plan is totally cancelled.
“Siguro mag-plano na lang kami after the finals. Tutal by that time andito na rin yung mga bata,” said Mrs. Guiao.
She said their 30-year-old daughter – who is accompanied in Europe by brother Jomig and sister Tintin - is aware of their plan of foregoing the trip if ever the title series drags on, although at the time of posting, Atty. Guiao may not yet be aware of the result of Game Five.
“Tatawagan ko pa lang siya mamaya,” Mrs. Guiao said.