Bolick began to believe in himself because Marano always did

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Apr 12, 2017 04:56 PM
Bolick began to believe in himself because Marano always did
NO DOUBT. Robert Bolick had one constant from when he was a benchwarmer with DLSU to now a star with San Beda - significant other Aby Marano.

After getting his hands on his first-ever MVP award, Robert Bolick was unable to hide his disbelief.

“’Di ko akalain na mag-MVP ako,” he said, now more than a week since besting the likes of Paul Desiderio and Jason Perkins as the top individual performer in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

Just three days later, Bolick – along with Cignal-San Beda College, of course – then got his hands on his first-ever D-League title.

With that, he now has championships in the D-League, the NCAA, and the UAAP. “Masaya no? Naisip ko nga kagabi, pag nag-champion ako bukas na meron akong UAAP, NCAA, D-League, tapos nag-MVP pa,” he expressed post-game last Thursday.

He then continued, “Blessing lang kay God.”

Just a couple of years ago while he was warming the bench for a stacked backcourt in De La Salle University, such blessing was far from the mind of the pride of Ormoc, Leyte. “Siyempre, naging sobrang down ako nung UAAP. ‘Di ako nagamit, bench player lang ako,” he recalled.

Without a doubt, that’s no longer the case as he has emerged, unlikely as it is, as the leader of San Beda. “Ngayon, ang ganda na nang nangyayari sa akin. Sobrang thankful ako kay coach Boyet (Fernandez) and kay coach Jamike (Jarin),” he said.

He also added, “Binigyan ako ng buhay ng San Beda.”

While Bolick is still in the process of believing what has been happening to him, his significant other felt different – and has felt different – for a long time now. “Hindi ako nag-doubt sa kanya. Nakita ko yung paghihirap ni Robert kaya hindi ako nag-doubt sa kanya,” Aby Marano said.

She then continued, “Kaya nga lagi kong sinasabi a kanya, ako nga, ‘di ako nagda-doubt sayo, kaya wala kang karapatang mag-doubt sa sarili mo.”

And that’s not just the love – a love that has been going on since their time over at Taft Avenue – talking. “Naniniwala ako sa kanya kasi sinusubaybayan ko laro niya e. Although ‘di ko nakita yung laro ng ibang (MVP contender), all throughout the season, nakita ko yung effort niya,” Marano added.

Indeed, the volleybelle was present for many of the matchups of the Hawkeyes – even giving a rousing halftime speech for Bolick in the winner-take-all Game 3.

And for Marano, the championship and the MVP are just due returns for her beau after all his patience and perseverance. “Siyempre, nakaka-stress dati kasi siya, alam niya capability niya as a player, pero ‘di niya mapakita. May mga times na ‘di siya makakain, ‘di siya makatulog kaya nararamdaman ko yung stress na nararamdaman niya,” she shared.

She then continued, “Ngayong unti-unti, umaangat na, lagi kong sinasabi sa kanya, binigyan ka ng pagkakataong maglaro, kailangang patunayan mo na ‘di ka nagkamali sa desisyon mong lumipat.”

Without question, the now 20-year-old’s decision has been proven – and will continue to be proven – correct as he continues to lead the Red Lions.

With that in mind, Marano said there’s one thing all of us could and should learn from her significant other’s journey. “Hindi mo pwedeng tignan nang mababa yung isang tao kasi kung sino pa yung titignan mo nang mababa, sila pa yung magpupursiging umangat. Isang halimbawa nyan ay si Robert,” she expressed.

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