[First of a series]
THE past six years, SPIN.ph has introduced to its readers the ever-supportive Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS) of the country’s biggest sports stars.
Now allow us to shine the spotlight on men who stood behind their athlete partners.
Ladies and gentlemen, avid SPIN.ph readers, we give you HUBS - Husbands and Boyfriends.
First on our list is Jerome Ponce - actor/boyfriend of Petron star Mika Reyes.
Ponce, 22, stressed that despite his busy schedule, he makes it a point, as much as possible, to be there to watch Reyes' games.
“Lagi akong nanonood, syempre, kapag naman hindi sasakto sa schedule nanonood ako sa phone, sa livestream,” he shared.
“Masaya ako kapag nanonood ako ng game niya eh,” he added. “Para kasi sa akin, ‘yung manood ka ng live malaking bagay kasi syempre after the game kung matalo man, pero ‘wag naman sana, nandyan ako to comfort her.”
The TV actor also turns into a shoulder to cry on or ever-supportive fan whenever the need arises.
“(Kapag talo) I tell her na hindi naman palaging nasa taas, minsan kailangan din matalo. Kasi kapag nasa baba ka wala ka naman pupuntahan kundi sa taas, kapag nasa taas ka wala ka na itataas pa,” he said.
The matinee idol also doesn’t mind being seen by fans carrying the gym bag of his girlfriend after games.
“Hindi naman (ako nahihiya) syempre ayaw ko naman na after ng game niya siya pa magbibitbit ng bag niya. Ano naman ang sense na nagpunta pa ako dito, ‘di ba?” he said.
“Syempre I’m here to assist her, to make her feel better, for her to be comfortable, ‘yun lang naman,” he added.
The couple will soon celebrate their second anniversary and they continue to play beautiful music.