LIZA Alas spends so much time supporting Letran during games she could very well qualify for Knighthood. But she can’t help but be there, considering her husband Louie coaches the Knights, her sons Kevin and Junjun are two of the team’s biggest stars and another son, Kenneth, plays for Letran’s junior squad.
"I'll make arrangements on my schedule sa work,” said Mommy Liza, an assistant front office manager at the New World Hotel in Makati. “If there's a game I'll take the day off or file a vacation leave so that I can watch.
"Pag ganoon kasi ‘di rin ako makaka-focus sa work so I’d rather watch.”
Her children make sure Mommy Liza’s efforts do not go unrewarded, most of all Knights top gun Kevin.
"Iniisip ko sayang ‘yung effort niya kaya gusto ko every time nanonood siya panalo kami," said Kevin, the second in a brood of four.
"Masarap ang feeling syempre. Supportive ang mommy ko, isa ako sa mga masusuwerteng anak na nabigyan ng ganyang magulang. Di naman kasi lahat ng magulang ganyan ang suporta sa mga anak nila," he added.
Kevin, 20, may be one of the best collegiate players in the land right now, but he is also a self-confessed mama’s boy – a tag he never wants to outgrow.
To this day, mom is still Kevin’s confidante.
"Nagkukwento kasi siya talaga sa akin. As in lahat. Kahit sa lovelife niya, mula sa crush pa lang niya, sa time na nililigawan na. Lahat talaga,” said Mommy Liza.
“Close kasi kaming pamilya. Kami magkakasama sa church, kami lagi nagku-kwentuhan."
There was even one sweet moment when Kevin walked into her office with her favorite Conti's Mango Bravo cake in hand just to say sorry.
"Attention-seeker kasi ako. Nagtampo ako sa kanya kasi late siya nag-text. KSP moment ko 'yun. Tapos pumunta siya sa office sinurprise niya ako in front of my officemates. Noong naghatid siya ng cake ayun syempre wala na tampo ko. That's the sweetest thing he did for me," Mommy Liza said.
Having a husband and three sons involved deeply in basketball does have its down side, as Mommy Liza will attest. That includes having the family separated for much of the week as the sons sleep at the Letran quarters.
But the Alases makes up for it during weekends, when the brothers spend time at their Las Pinas home and the family finds time to bond, watch a movie and eat out.
"Minsan uuwi sila sa bahay kapag Saturday and Sunday. Tapos sa iisang kwarto lang kami lahat. Kahit puno na ‘yung kwarto masaya kasi sama-sama kami," she said.