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Friday, April 15, 2016

Bikolano siblings dedicate basketball game for OFW mom and diabetic dad in Palaro 2016

LEGAZPI CITY, April 15 (PIA) -- It is not every day that we encounter siblings playing for Palarong Pambansa.

Rufino B. Sablaon III, 14 and brother, John Remo B. Sablaon, 12, of Polangui, Albay are both Palarong Pambansa basketball players whose mom is working as an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) and whose dad is suffering from diabetes.

They represent Region V in basketball boys secondary and elementary categories respectively.

The siblings said that their parents are the reasons why they play basketball. Their mom, Ma. Cristina B. Bola has been working as a caregiver in Macau for four years now. Their dad, Rufino M. Sablaon Jr. has been a diabetic after working abroad also as an OFW for 16 years.

One might think that they are already living a good life for having parents who had worked and has been working abroad. But everything is not what it seems to be.

Years ago, their family had encountered a tremendous complex situation which affected them much and consumed their life savings. They had been in a situation when they have to make both ends meet. That’s why their mom was compelled to work abroad in spite of their father’s illness.

Basketball to the rescue

 Rufino III started playing basketball in lower meet when he was in grade 4 and first made it to the Palarong Pambansa when in grade 6. That was the time when he was offered scholarship grant as a varsity player in Jesus the Loving Shepherd Christian College in Camarines Sur.

Seeing the opportunity of lessening the financial burden of their family, he accepted the offer even if it means that he has to be away from his family on weekdays. He is now an incoming grade 9 student in the said school.

John Remo, on the other hand, was encouraged to join the Polangui South Central School’s basketball team when he saw his big brother (Rufino III) played in the Palarong Pambansa. He is now an incoming grade 7 student.

He was also offered same scholarship where his brother is studying but he opted to turn it down so that he can be of help in taking good care of his ailing father. He plans to enroll in a public high school just a ride away from their home.

Life’s lessons

Despite the difficulties encountered, the siblings remain positive in their outlook in life. They said that their experiences and basketball have something in common — both taught them good lessons in life.

“Sa paglalaro ko ng basketball natutuhan na hindi sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay dapat laging panalo. Kailangan din makaranas ng pagkatalo para matuto,” Rufino III revealed.

(Basketball had taught me that we should not always win. We also have to lose in order to learn.)

John Remo also shared that playing basketball made him humble.

The two admitted that basketball bind them closer with each other because they are sharing the same interest especially during the times when they play together.

“Inspirasyon namin ang aming parents, gusto naming maging proud sila sa amin,” Rufino III concluded.

(“Our parents are our inspirations. We want them to be proud of us.)  (MAL/CUOS-DepEd/PIA5/Albay)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3211460969337/bikolano-siblings-dedicate-basketball-game-for-ofw-mom-and-diabetic-dad-in-palaro-2016#sthash.99k4bhy6.dpuf

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