John Vic de Guzman surprises Calamba frontliner dads with new clothes

Jun 20, 2020

JOHN Vic de Guzman paid tribute to the hardworking fathers on the streets of Calamba, Laguna.

The Philippine men’s volleyball team captain, who was part of the historic silver medal run in the 30th Southeast Asian Games, shared new clothes from his clothing line endorsement as a Father’s day gift to policemen, janitors, gardeners, barangay tanods, fishball vendors and lapida makers in his hometown.

Receiving presents from his mother was among the best childhood memories for the former NCAA MVP out of College of Saint Benilde. That’s why he decided to share that happiness to the hard working dads.

“Siyempre maliit at malaking bagay na pagtulong, it means a lot sa ibang tao,” said De Guzman in the latest episode of SPIN Sidelines.

“Kasi before alam naman natin na may mga naexperience tayo sa life natin na ang sarap sa feeling na pag nabigyan ka ng bagong gamit diba? Malaking bagay alam naman natin na hindi yun yung first priority sa life natin,” he added. “Kagaya sa mom ko before, every time na bibigyan niya ako ng bagong damit, it’s either may occassion, birthday, Christmas doon lang kami nakakatanggap ng mga bagong damit na isusuot ang sarap lang sa feeling.”

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De Guzman has been helping out frontliners during the crisis caused by Coronavirus pandemic since he was stranded with Ricci Rivero’s family in Isabela during the three-month Enhanced Community Quarantine.

When the government decided to put Metro Manila under General Community Quarantine this month, the Celebrity Spiker decided to use a part of his endorsement deal for the dedicated fathers on the streets of Calamba.

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“Naisip ko kahit papaano itong blessing na dumating sa akin nung nagsign ako sa Bench, naisip ko lang na this Father’s day bakit kaya hindi ko maishare yung simpleng blessings na dumating sa akin,” the 6-foot-2 spiker said.

“I think siguro mga around twenty plus lang naman yung nabigyan ko, di ko naman nabigyan lahat pero kasi ang iniisip ko bigyan ko yung mga frontliners na dad and yung mga dad na sila yung nagtatrabaho para masustain yung pangaraw araw na kailangan nila para sa family nila.”

It was a heartwarming scene for the national team captain to see the big smiles of these hardworking fathers after receiving his little surprise.

“Ang sarap lang sa feeling na kahit papano simpleng bagay pero ang laki nung impact para sa akin lalo na kapag nakikuta ko yung ngiti at saya doon sa mga mukha nung mga dad na nagtatrabaho for their family,” he added.

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In the latest episode of SPIN Sidelines, the star opposite hitter also expressed his gratitude to all the coaches that served as a father to him in his eight-year volleyball career from CSB coach Arnold Laniog, PLDT head coach Odjie Mamon, national team head coach Dante Alinsunurin and all the mentors that established him as a great athlete.

“Unang una bukod sa mga lolo, sa mga tito siyempre yung mga coaches ko yung talagang nagbigay sa akin ng chance para maadapt ko yung mga disiplina na kailangan ko sa buhay na naaapply ko at maapply ko pa sa future ko,” De Guzman said.

“Sobrang thankful ako sa kanila kasi iba’t iba man yung way nila ng pagturo, iisa lang din yung goal nila, maging better person ka, maging better player ka at maipakita mo yung totoong disiplina na kailangan as an athlete.”

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    One lesson he will never forget from all his coaches: “Kahit saan ka man magpunta kailangan mo pa ring matuto sa buhay. yun yung talagang halos sinasabi ng mga coaches ko sa akin dahil hindi ka naman magstop diyan e mas marami ka pang kailangan matutunan mas bata o mas matanda sayo may matutunan at matututunan ka.”

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