Since Mapua days, Victolero always wears rosary to games. He explains devotion

Apr 17, 2019
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

CHITO Victolero is a devout Catholic, which explains why he is the only PBA coach who wears a scapular rosary during games.

The Magnolia coach unabashedly displays his faith by wearing a rosary during games, and the 43-year-old said Victolero has been doing it ever since his playing days.

“Sa Divine Mercy ito. May paniniwala ako. Katoliko sarado ako. Since Mapua days pa ito, since naglalaro ako [in the college leagues],” said Victolero.

Just like several Filipinos, Victolero also has his Holy Week ‘panata’ every year. And his 'panata' also revolves around his devotion to the Divine Mercy.

“Ako usually, tuwing Thursday night, naglalakad ako from our house to the Divine Mercy [Shrine in Bulacan] every year,” said Victolero.

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Victolero should consider himself blessed.

Last year, he won his first PBA title in the Governors’ Cup after Magnolia beat Alaska in the finals. He was later named the Coach of the Year by the PBA Press Corps.

And even with Magnolia in a middle of a semifinal series with Rain or Shine in the PBA Philippine Cup, Victolero said he has no plans of skipping his ‘panata.’

“Yes,” he said, when asked if he will continue his ‘panata’ this Holy Week.

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