CALVIN Abueva knows the journey back to the PBA is still a long way to go.
But with recent positives signs of the possible lifting of his indefinite suspension, the eccentric forward didn’t lose time to show his appreciation to the people who supported his career through thick and thin.
The Phoenix Pulse forward recently held a fans day at the People’s Park in Valenzuela City as his way of thanking his supporters who stood by him at the lowest point of his PBA career.
The special day was arranged by Abueva’s fans club ‘D’Beastfriends,’ obviously taken from the Phoenix forward’s celebrated moniker ‘The Beast.’
“Sulit na sulit itong araw na ito para sa akin,” said Abueva in his short speech. “Simula sa Alaska hanggang dito sa Phoenix, maraming salamat sap ag suporta ninyo sa akin.”
There were foods, drinks, and raffle prizes galore during the event also supported by Phoenix. Entertainment was provided by rap artists who are all friends of Abueva.
The undersized forward didn’t mince any word about what his immediate wish is.
“Sana magtuluy-tuloy pa ito at makabalik na ako,” he said to loud cheers from his fans. “Hinihingi ko ang suporta ninyo para sa ikababalik ko sa PBA.”
The 31-year-old native of Angeles, Pampanga remains suspended indefinitely, but has been given the green light by Commissioner Willie Marcial to join the Fuel Masters in their daily practices.
Marcial made it clear, though, that there are no guarantees that Abueva will reinstated anytime soon.
“Mag-uusap pa kami ni Calvin pagbalik namin from Dubai. Mag-uusap pa ulit kami, pero at least may initial talks na kami,” said the PBA commissioner shortly before leaving for Dubai for a Governors Cup doubleheader.
Abueva understands the situation but nonetheless has maintained a positive disposition especially with the support being extended to him by his fans.
“Sobrang nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo at nandiyan kayo at laging nakasuporta,” he said.