WIN or lose, volleyball star Jia Morado can always count on the one person who is always proud of her—Miguel de Guzman, her ever-supportive boyfriend.
His heart swells with pride and joy whenever she is happy and successful.
The 23-year-old businessman, who helps his family with their gasoline stations and trucking ventures, will always make time to be present in all of the Creamline setter’s games, be it in Manila, out of town, or out of the country.
“It’s the least I can do since I work for our family business, so ‘yung time ko flexible, kaya no excuse na hindi ko siya mabigyan ng time,” says De Guzman when SPIN.ph caught up with him during one of Morado’s games at The Arena in San Juan.
Being a former athlete, De Guzman knows how hard it is to keep work-life balance.
“It’s my way of giving back to her. And knowing what the future holds for the both of us, my plans and my career, her plans and her career, so there will be a time that I won’t be able to go to some of her games,” says the former baseball player for La Salle Zobel.
“So now that I have this time and opportunity to go to as much games as I can, I really make sure that I’m present,” he adds.
Morado, for her part, makes sure to spend quality time with De Guzman.
So even if other people call him a “stage boyfriend,” De Guzman doesn’t mind. What he does mind are the negative comments thrown at Morado online.
The young entrepreneur says of the bashers, “Sometimes when you see what they say, they don’t make sense at all. Tapos, she just reminds me na that doesn’t matter kasi they’re always gonna find fault.”
De Guzman, who will soon celebrate his fourth-year anniversary with Morado, couldn’t ask for more, or it could be that he has one more wish ahead for another shared celebration—their birthdays on May 10.
“Lately lang namin nalaman na same pala kami ng birthday and same hospital [kami pinanganak] noong nagde-date na kami, kaya hindi namin pwede i-surprise ang isa’t-isa,” he laughs.
“Baka kasi kapag nagpunta ako sa kanila, ako ang ma-surprise na wala pala siya doon, kasi isu-surprise niya rin ako,” says the smitten fellow.