Say hello to the Beast 2.0

Say hello to the Beast 2.0
To put it rather simply, this number swap is Calvin Abueva's way of moving on both on and off the court.

Alaska Aces jersey no. 8 Calvin Abueva is no more. Instead, Alaska Aces jersey no. 88 Calvin Abueva is here.

To put it rather simply, this number swap is Calvin Abueva's way of moving on both on and off the court.

It's no secret that Calvin has been dealing with some "family emergencies" over the past couple of weeks.

It was magnified last Jan. 27 when he missed a game for the Aces even though he was present at the venue to do warm ups.

But now, it seems like the Beast is in a whole new place in his life. A better place.

And changing his number is the sign of that.

"Kumbaga parang... hindi naman na-alis yung 8 pero parang yung nangyari sakin past three weeks, na-ano ako, sobrang lungkot ko, yung nangyari sa family ko, nangyari sakin. Kaya ngayon, pinalitan ko yung number ko ng 88 kaya the Beast 2.0," Abueva said on his switch from no. 8 to no. 88.

"Pinakita ko, pinanindigan ko sa sarili ko na kaya ko to lusutan," he added.

Playing extremely well in his first game with the new number, he scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in an Alaska win, the Beast is hopeful that the success will continue all the way through.

He plans on doing a lot of winning with the new jersey number, after all.

"Actually sana maging tuluy-tuloy itong nilalaro kong to, at makapasok kami sa Finals, makuha na namin tong championship na to," he said.

"88, hindi mababago yan. Ang ganda ng number ko ngayon at pinakita ko, sana magtuluy-tuloy," Abueva.

Dealing with a lot of stress lately, Calvin says he's finding motivation from his experiences.

And while he refused to talk about the issues he dealt with, for obvious reason, he did mention something about it and assured everyone that the Beast is back.

More importantly, the Beast is happy.

"Yun, nami-miss ko yung mga anak ko, yun lang. Nakuha ko yung motivation ko sa kung ano yung mga pinaghirapan ko itong last three weeks kaya ito, nabuhay ako sa sarili ko na maging masaya," Abueva said.

"Masayang-masaya ako ngayon. Magtuluy-tuloy to, kaya kinuha ko yung 88 para 2018, the best part of my life, kahit hindi na sa lovelife," he added with a laugh before making his exit.

 

 

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