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    Young Edgardo Angara takes the court in an altogether different field

    Dec 21, 2014
    Manolo Angara in action during the PSC-Philta national age-group finals. Jerome Ascano

    AN Edgardo Angara is going to court these days.

    Not in a court of law like his namesakes, dad Sonny and grandfather Ed, but in a tennis court.

    At the age of 10, Edgardo Manuel Angara, or Manolo as he is called by peers, is starting to carve a niche - away from the world of politics that became the stomping ground of his forebears.

    The young Angara is also into football and basketball but it's tennis that he has taken seriously, currently seeing action in the 10-and-under division of the PSC-Philta national age-group tournament at the Rizal courts.

    His dad, Senator Sonny, and wife Toosty are fixtures in the stands, happy to see their son active in sports.

    “We started him playing sports at a young age around three to four to make sure he stayed healthy and active, not sedentary and into video games or drugs,” the senator told Spin.ph.

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    The elder Angara finds time to be at his son's matches, but admitted it's hard not be a 'stage dad' during heated matches.

    “It’s difficult to watch when it’s your kid playing and it’s tempting to act like a coach,” he said during a break after Manolo's quarterfinal match against James Rohan Cruz was rained out.

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    “(But) we try not to push him too hard because it’s important for kids at this age to enjoy themselves.”

    Angara is also happy to see his son excel in another field.

    “I played a lot of sports too when I was younger but was never that competitive so we’re happy to see him excel,” he said.

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    Manolo Angara in action during the PSC-Philta national age-group finals. Jerome Ascano
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