THIS was one important part of his daughter's life that Samboy Lim wasn't about to miss.
In a rare public appearance, the legendary PBA player, who suffered a heart attack almost five years ago, attended the graduation of daughter Jamie Christine Berberabe Lim on Saturday at the University of the Philippines Ampitheater.
Lim was in a white barong tagalog when he was brought on stage in a wheelchair, his mouth covered with a face mask as he accompanied Jamie on stage along with ex-wife Darlene Berberabe, the former CEO of Pag-Ibig fund.
The former Letran star, who became known for his gravity-defying acts during his heydays that earned for him the nickname 'Skywalker,' was one proud dad as his daughter graduated summa cum laude.
The younger Lim, who is also a champion martial artist, also graduated valedictorian of the UP College of Science and received the Joker Arroyo Medal for Outstanding BS Graduate in Mathematics.
Fittingly enough, her mother also graduated summa cum laude in UP's College of Social Sciences and Philosophy 30 years ago.
She graduated with a weighted average of 1.073.
The appearance of Lim came as a big surprise since he has been reportedly bedridden affer collapsing unconsciously during a Legends Game at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig on Nov. 28, 2014.
But Robert Evangelista of the Manila City Engineer's Office, a longtime friend of the 57-year-old Lim, disclosed the cager's condition has improved through the years.
"Actually hindi na nga bedridden tulad ng perception ng iba. Kapag matutulog na lang siya sa gabi, tsaka siya inihihiga," Evangelista relayed to SPIN.ph.
"But all day nakaupo na yan sa wheelchair niya."
Although Lim has yet to regain his speech, he communicates by nodding his head or by closing and opening his eyes.
Evangelista said Lim has also gained a little bit of weight.
"Kaya medyo pinapabawasan ng doktor yung pagkain niya," he added.
But should he be in the pink of health, Evangelista assured one thing on this important Saturday night.
"Siguradong proud na proud si Samboy kay Jamie. Sigurado hahaplusin niya yung buhok ni Jamie," Evangelista said of Samboy's trademark habit of touching his front hair before taking a foul shot.