By: Alexandrea Suñga
CONSIDERED as one of PBA’s little big men, Meralco cager Anjo Caram has a much bigger heart for his mom, Jackie Caram.
SPIN Life caught up with the Caram on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum after Meralco’s double-overtime win over NorthPort.
The Iloilo native is a product of an athletic family as both his parents used to play for their respective schools in their hometown.
Caram, who played for San Beda in the NCAA, donned the No.11 just like what his mom used to wear.
“Number siya ng mom ko eh. Kasi 'yung mom and dad ko, naglalaro dati noong high school sila, so number 'yun ng mom ko,” he shared.
Growing up in the province, Caram said playing for San Beda was a dream come true.
He helped the Red Lions achieve four championships, including their final game against Letran where he was hailed as the Player of the Game.
After his collegiate career, Caram was picked by Meralco in the 2013 PBA Rookie Draft.
But Caram's wish to continue wearing No. 11 in the pro league was denied as Mike Cortez, who now plays for Blackwater, already owned the number.
“Dapat No. 11 ako ng PBA kaso may kumuha na na beterano nung kakapasok ko lang sa PBA,” he recalled.
Donning the No. 11 for five years in Mendiola, Caram revealed that it took him a while to get used to wearing No. 17 during his much earlier days.
“Well, parehas lang naman yung game pero nanibago ako noong una,” Caram revealed. “Pero yung 17, number ko rin dati noong bata ako.”
Now that he has been wearing the No. 17 for almost six years, Caram said that he has already embraced the number and that he’s okay with wearing it throughout his PBA career.