SEPARATED at birth?
It's easy to see the striking resemblance volleyball players Mark Gil Alfafara of University of Santo Tomas and Letran’s EJ Ramos have on Alaska star Calvin Abueva.
A quick glance at Alfafara or Ramos playing on court, and one could be hoodwinked into thinking Abueva had returned to play his first love – volleyball.
No wonder Alfafara and Ramos often get associated with the PBA's 'The Beast.'
“Madami, kahit saan ako magpunta, ‘yun ang tawag nila sa akin. Kasi dati nag-corporate (work) ako sa Pag-ibig Fund, ‘yun tawag nila sa akin, Calvin. Magtatanong sila kung kamag-anak ko ba ‘yun,” shared Ramos.
Alfafara and Ramos only let out a big laugh whenever they’re told the three of them look like brothers.
“Nag-eenjoy lang akong ganoon (may kamukha) ako,” said the UST standout. “Wala, parang ano lang, hindi naman offensive sa akin. Natutuwa lang ako kasi nare-recognze nila ako.”
Ramos said he was referred to as ‘Calvin’ despite the fact Abueva played for Letran’s NCAA rival school San Sebastian.
“Ang daming nagsasabi kamukha ko daw ‘yun si Calvin. Kahit sa school ‘yun ang tawag sa akin noong college, Calvin huy!” he recalled.
“Ok lang syempre magaling naman na basketball player ‘yun hindi naman nakakahiyang maikumpara,” he added.
But the similarities go beyond looks.
Just like ‘The Beast,’ both Alfafara and Ramos also play like monsters inside the court.
Alfafara was a one-time UAAP MVP and registered a league-high 37 points in UST’s semifinal match against National University, while Ramos was a vital cog in Letran’s NCAA three-peat conquest from 2008-2010.
“Gagawin ko lahat para manalo ang team. Opener ako before maging libero,” said Ramos.
On hindsight, Alfafara thinks it would be fun if the three of them – Ramos and Abueva - can together for one volleyball team.
“Siguro pag pinagsama kaming tatlo mas nakakatuwa pa,” he said.
For the record, Abueva was born and raised in Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga; Alfafara is from San Isidro, General Santos, while Ramos hailed from Davao but grew up in Manila.