No more wasted opportunities in second life for Calisaan

No more wasted opportunities in second life for Calisaan
MY TIME. Michael Calisaan was the engine that drove San Sebastian back into the Final Four.

A year and five months ago, Michael Calisaan got himself in a motorcycle accident.

And his first visit after leaving the hospital was the church.

There, he thanked God for keeping him alive and asked for guidance as he made his way back onto the court. “Nagpapasalamat pa rin ako kay Lord na wala akong pilay. After kong lumabas ng hospital, dumiretso kami ng Sta. Rita Church para magpasalamat,” he said then.

He then continued, “Okay na naman ako pagkatapos nun. Handang-handa na ako (for Season 92).”

Unfortunately, San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ star proceeded to have a down season in the NCAA with averages of 10 points on 35.1 percent shooting and 6.5 rebounds as they failed to contend for the playoffs.

“Nung first round nun, medyo wala pa yung laro ko at medyo natatakot pa ako. Kung binabangga ako, parang naalalala ko yung aksidente,” he said.

Little by little, Calisaan overcame his fears with the help of Golden Stags head coach Egay Macaraya who continued to guide him. “Noong na-aksidente ako, tinulungan pa rin ako ni coach Egay, sinali pa rin niya ako sa CafeFrance. Dahil dun, unti-unti, naka-recover na ako,” he said, referring to his solid sting with the Bakers in the PBA D-League.

Apparently, his recovery was just all in God’s time as now in Season 90, he has per game counts of 15.5 points in 40.4 percent shooting and 8.6 rebounds.

And he’s only getting better as in Baste’s biggest game in four years on Tuesday, he came through with a career-best 36 points on top of 10 rebounds.

Not only that, the versatile forward was the engine that drove his team all game long against fellow traditional powerhouse Colegio de San Juan de Letran and all the way back into the Final Four.

All of it, to make the most of the opportunities he has been given now in his second life. “Si Michael, nagkaroon ng freak accident and that was the turning point kung bakit ganito na siya kagaling. He understands already how important his second life is,” Macaraya told reporters.

He then continued, “Because of that, he understands yung proseso is just do the hard work. Because of that, alam kong maganda ang pupuntahan niya.”

For that, Calisaan is nothing but grateful. “Mula noong tinulungan ako ni coach, lalo akong nagsikap. Lahat kasi mula sa kanya hanggang sa pamilya ko, sinasabi na wag na ako magmo-motor kasi sayang naman yung career ko,” he said.

He then continued, “Nagpapasalamat ako kay coach sa tiwalang binibigay niya a akin so gina-grab ko yun at nagiging motivation ko.”

And so, with the help of his mentor and all of his loved ones, Calisaan is not squandering the second life that he has been given. “Mula nung naaksidente ako, ‘di na ako sumasakay sa motor. Kapag binibiro nga ako ng mga tropa ko, ‘Tara, motor tayo.’ Sinasabi ko sa kanila, ‘Pre, ‘di na ako sasakay dun. Takot na takot na ako sumakay nang motor na kahit ‘di umaandar, ‘di ko sinasakyan,” he shared.

That is all well and good because Macaraya sees nothing but great things for his main man. “Si Michael kasi, first time ko pa lang dumating ng Baste, alam ko nang nandyan talaga yung fire sa puso niya kaya nga sinasama ko lagi ito kahit saan ako pumunta. I see it in his eyes na gusto niya talaga manalo,” he said.

He then continued, “And sa akin, nandun na lahat kay Michael para maging number one pick sa PBA Draft.”

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