LA REVILLA is looking forward to a new chapter of his basketball career at NorthPort.
The 30-year-old Revilla is back with the team that drafted him back in 2013 after the Batang Pier acquired the former La Salle star guard from Phoenix Pulse in a trade that also involved Sol Mercado and Rey Gueverra.
Picked in the third round by the NorthPort franchise, Revilla admitted he didn't expect to leave a Phoenix team he has played for since 2017. But at the same time, he has been around long enough to know that trades are part of a pro's life.
“Nagulat but then, at the same time, I think hindi mo naman masasabi na bad trade o good trade. Dito, may opportunity. Right away, naka-move on naman agad ako. Nakausap ko rin si coach Louie (Alas). Okay naman,” said Revilla.
The trade was approved by the Commissioner's Office on January 20, or a week before another big event in the player's life when he got married to volleyball star Denden Lazaro in simple rites in Silang, Cavite.
Revilla admitted the hectic preparations for the wedding took his mind away from the surprise trade.
The preparation also had a few hiccups. Revilla bared he and Lazaro were forced to look for alternate venues and arrangements as Taal Volcano erupted days before their wedding in Silang.
“Nung time na ‘yun, medyo natutukan na rin namin. May chance pa na hindi matuloy sa venue dahil Tagaytay kasi. Actually, ‘yung utak ko, doon din sa planning at Plan B namin. Kaya medyo mabilis din [maka-move on] agad,” said Revilla.
Fortunately, the wedding pushed through as scheduled and in the original venue.
“Same date, save venue pa rin. Silang, [Cavite] kaya medyo outside siya doon sa 14-kilometer danger zone.
The consummate professional that he is, Revilla also reported to NorthPort immediately after the wedding.
“Pagkatapos ng kasal, ensayo din agad dito. Parang ang bilis lang ng pahinga eh,” he said.
After this hectic stretch in his life, the cat-quick guard at least can look forward to a fresh start in his career.
NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio said Revilla has a lot to bring to the Batang Pier squad that are looking to continue the gains of 2019, which saw the team reach the semifinals during the Governors’ Cup.
“Si LA, may konti pang nararamdaman sa injury niya. Nasa 70, 80 percent siya pero tuloy-tuloy lang. Eksakto ‘yan. Sumasabay na rin naman siya sa scrimmages pero may ika-ika. Sakto siya,” said Jarencio.
Revilla said Jarencio has already talked to him about his role in the team.
“Ang hinahanap niya, leadership at IQ daw. Sabi niya, hindi na daw masyado pahihirapan ang basketball dito. Ang style naman niya is run and gun, kapag may panira, tira na,” said Revilla.