THE flood caused by the heavy downpour on Thursday afternoon caused inconvenience among stranded students and office workers in the Manila area.
But for members of the University of Santo Tomas men’s basketball team, it proved to be a blessing in disguise.
Unable to go home right away after practice as flood around the Espana-based school rose to knee-deep, Jeric Teng, Clark Bautista, Kevin Ferrer, Aljon Mariano, Kim Lo, Ed Daquioag, and Jamil Sheriff spent the time by holding an impromptu team building at the newly-built UST gym at the second floor of the Quadricentennial Pavilion.
“Yes, parang ganun na nga (blessing in disguise `yung ulan),” said Teng, the Tigers’ team captain. “Okay din. Now, nakaka-bond kami ng matagal.”
The older of the two playing sons of former PBA player Alvin Teng even posted on Instagram a photo of the seven of them together inside the school gym.
Teng said they decided to just stay inside the gym for their safety as they waited for the flood water around UST to subside.
They went on to order food and then took the opportunity to exchange notes on how to help the team improve on its runner-up finish last year with Season 76 of the UAAP just around the corner.
“This (incident) will definitely help our team to stay together,” said Teng.
He later on tweeted in his account @jericteng16, “Being stranded isn’t that bad.”