By Waylon Galvez
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel governor Alfrancis Chua got a perfect birthday gift following the team’s title quest in Game 5 against Meralco in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Chua, sports director of San Miguel Corporation, turned 52 and before the game expressed apprehension that it would add pressure on the players to end the series and win the championship.
“Kanina ako ang kinakabahan,” said Chua, a former coach of Ginebra.
“Kasi baka ma-pressure yung mga players na sabihin birthday ko and they have to win. But I thank God, and I thank my family na – for the first time championship. Birthday ko tapos nag-champion. Malaking gift,” he added.
For him, however, Chua dedicates the championship to SMC big boss Ramon S. Ang – famously known with his initials RSA, who he said is very much hands-on with all his three PBA teams, which also include San Miguel Beer and Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok.
“Me and boss RSA, everything, the whole team, lahat ng teams namin ino-organize namin ng maayos, naka-hands on talaga si boss. Sinasabi niya kung anong kulang ng team, anong maganda, anong ganito, paano,” he said.
“Imagine after 1-0, tapos natalo, tapos nanalo 2-1, pinatawag niya pa yung team noong Monday kinausap niya ang sabi niya, “Kunin natin ‘to” – we’re very thankful that we have a boss like RSA,” Chua added.
Chua said that he will forever treasure this one – because Ginebra won on his birthday. But while he considers it a perfect gift, it’s, however, not up to him to give ‘gifts’ to players for winning the title.
“Napaka-gandang regalo… hindi ko malilimutan ito hangga’t nabubuhay ako – first time ito. Yung regalo naman namin sa kanila, si Boss RSA ang magde-desisyon nun,” said Chua.