Arellano's Dela Torre determined to be latest pride of Bataan

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 13, 2017 03:00 PM
AU's Dela Torre determined to be latest pride of Bataan
MY TURN. Guilmer Dela Torre has his sights set on following the path made by fellow Bataan native Kerby Raymundo.

When Guilmer Dela Torre was just a kid back in Bataan, he had no idea that there were big-time basketball programs in big-time schools.

“As in wala po akong alam dito sa Maynila. Wala po akong alam na may ganito, na may NCAA, na may UAAP,” he shared, looking back at the time before he transferred to Arellano High School.

Sure, the now 19-year-old knew about the PBA, the oldest pay-for-play league, but he had no clue that there are big-time high school and collegiate tournaments.

Now an All-Star in the National Basketball Training Center, where the best of the best young talent come together, Dela Torre can’t help but marvel at how far he has come. “Sobrang saya ko po na nandito ako. Sobrang nagpapasalamat ko rin po na maraming dumating na blessing,” he said.

He then continued, “Sa height ko na ‘to, minsan iniisip ko, parang ‘di naman ako bagay rito. Pero iniisip ko na lang din po, tiwala lang sa sarili.”

Indeed, with unwavering faith in himself, the five-foot-nine guard is not stopping just yet in hoping to continue the legacy of Bataan greats likes Kerby Raymundo, Raymond Almazan, and Gary David. “Siyempre po, sila yung gusto kong sundan. Sila yung lagi kong naririnig dati, sila yung idolo ko hanggang ngayon,” he said.

For now, that is what’s keeping him motivated as he is forced to the sidelines to finish up his high school studies. Talking about having to wait one year before getting to suit up as a Chief, he said, “Kahit naman ganun, tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang trabaho.”

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