Still going strong at 40, Hugnatan credits vegetable diet for longevity

Nov 9, 2018
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

REYNEL Hugnatan has been playing professional basketball for like forever, having started out in 1998 as a member of the Negros Slashers in the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA).

Two decades later, Hugnatan is still going strong.

Still a force to be reckoned with for the Meralco Bolts in the PBA, Hugnatan made his 40th birthday a memorable one as the Talisay City-born forward scored 19 points in the Bolts’ 111-81 win over San Miguel.

Not bad for the second oldest in the league after Asi Taulava, right?

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    Asked how he is able to stay in top shape for this long, Hugnatan credited a disciplined diet that mostly consists of vegetables of any kind.

    “More on vegetables ako, salad. Kahit ano, basta gulay, basta green,” said the long-haired veteran.

    “Nagkakanin din ako, carb, pero morning [lang]. Rice sa morning. After that, more on salad, chicken, isda,” he said.

    At 40, Hugnatan said he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.

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    “Basta I try my best na maging healthy lang. Kung kaya pa, kung ‘yung mga teams gusto pa ako, at least ready lang ako,” said the left-handed big man.

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