BASKETBALL star Kai Sotto may be a teen sensation for many, but for his mom, Pam, he’ll always be her little boy.
The 36-year-old mother of three could not help but to get emotional seeing her first born chase after his dream of becoming an NBA player.
Tears started to well in her eyes as Pam recalled how she had Kai when she was 19.
“Sobrang baby ko ‘yan si Kai eh,” Pam told SPIN.ph during the send off party for Kai organized by Chooks to Go on Tuesday.
“Seven years ang gap nila ng sister niya kaya ‘yung attention ko lahat sa kanya kaya siguro [close] siya sa akin,” she added.
Kai will leave for the States to train for two months in preparation for his dream to play in the NBA.
His dad, Ervin, will be with him in Atlanta, Georgia, while Pam and his two siblings will eventually follow.
“Actually ako very sensitive ako when it comes to ganyan, kapag nafi-feel na namin ‘yun na malapit na [niyang maabot ang pangarap niya],” she said.
“Naiiyak na lang ako kasi hindi ko ma-explain na ito na ‘yung narating ni Kai at his very young age,” she added.
Pam also shared that their family has a close relationship with each other that is why Kai asked for their opinion before he made the decision to go abroad.
“Sobrang attached namin as a family kasi I don’t work, so full time ako sa kanila, sa daddy niya, sa bahay, sa mga kapatid niya, so ‘yung bonding namin sobrang tight,” she said.
“Kaya siguro ganyan din siya na hindi siya makaalis or makapagdecide kung wala kami,” she added.
Despite all the attention that Kai has been receiving, Pam revealed that the towering teen remained grounded.
She pointed out that even though Kai is a superstar in the eyes of many people, for them, he’s still the same kid who’s mind mannered and thoughtful.
Pam also shared that negativity especially from social media that could affect Kai’s focus has no room in their family.
“Nakikinig pa rin naman siya nakapag sinabing no, no,” she said.
“Kaya hindi rin siya affected sa mga bashers kasi kapag alam niya kung ano ‘yung kanya hindi na siya nagpapa affect and hindi naman siya nagbabasa [ng comments],” she added.