SMC basketball teams pay tribute to COVID-19 frontliners, offer support

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 5) — Members of Philippine Basketball Association teams in a series of video messages expressed their gratitude to those at the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Players for the San Miguel Beermen, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, and Magnolia Hotshots thanked the medical workers and other frontliners for their “heroic” efforts amid the health crisis.

“Sa lahat ng frontliners natin, salamat sa sakripisyo ninyo. Kayo ‘yung tunay na Most Valuable Player ng mga Pilipino,” said June Mar Fajardo, hailed as “the Kraken”, of the San Miguel Beermen.

[Translation: To all our frontliners, thank you for your sacrifices. You are the true Most Valuable Players of the Filipinos.]

San Miguel Beermen’s Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter, Moala Tautuaa, Chris Ross, Terrence Romeo also showed appreciation to those working to curb the spread of the viral disease. In his video message, Lassiter was joined by his kids who were holding their own “thank you” drawings for the frontliners.

Meanwhile, players of Magnolia Hotshots, including Paul Lee, Ian Sangalaang, Marc Pingris, Johnny Abarrientos, Mon Abundo, and Rome dela Rosa also paid their tribute.

“Alam namin na sobrang pagod na po kayo at na-mi-miss nyo narin yung family ninyo,” said Pingris, who filmed the video with his wife Danica. “Sobrang salamat po, galing po sa puso namin, kahit alam namin na sobrang delikado po ‘yung ginagawa ninyo ngayon, talagang andyan ‘yung puso nyo talagang tumulong sa mga tao.”

[Translation: We know you’re already worn out and that you miss your family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much. Even if your jobs put you at great risk, we know that you really have the heart to help the people out.]

“Makakaasa po kayo na ang inyong mga ka-Barangay Ginebra ay patuloy na tutulong para mabawasan ang inyong iniisip at pasanin sa araw-araw. Mabuhay po kayo at ingat po kayo,” said LA Tenorio of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

[Translation: Rest assured that we, from the Barangay Ginebra team, are continuously going to help ease your daily burdens. Long live, and stay safe.]

His teammates Prince Caperal, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Mark Caguioa, and Scottie Thompson also offered words of encouragement and thanks.

All three teams are owned by the San Miguel Corporation, which has launched a number of initiatives to help those affected by COVID-19 in the country.

According to SMC Sports Director Alfrancis Chua, the Ginebra, San Miguel, and Magnolia teams have already coordinated with each other to help raise funds for the frontliners.

“Sa maliit na matutulong po namin, sana po ay makatulong sainyong ginagawang trabaho para maligtas ang mga Pilipino. Maraming marami pong salamat. Saludo po ako sainyo,” Chua said.

“Kayo po ang totoong matatapang," he added.

[Translation: Hopefully our humble efforts to help will aid you as you work to protect the Filipino people. Thank you very, very much. I salute you. You are the true brave ones.]