3x3WC: Afril has standing invite to play in Taipei school
Paul Lintag on Jun 10, 2018 09:29 PM
"Ang kay Afril naman, she has an invite from a Chinese-Taipei University," Perlas coach Pat Aquino said of his prized ward.
BOCAUE, Bulacan --- Opportunities for women's basketball players in the Philippines after college are slim to none.
In a rather sad reality, talented Filipinas are instead getting the recognition they deserve outside the country.
After a fruitless but promising campaign in the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, Perlas Pilipinas head coach Pat Aquino revealed that a couple of his wards already got feelers from outside the country.
"Actually, Gemma Miranda already went to Malaysia several months ago. She played import there," Aquino said of Miranda, one of the four players in the Philippine 3x3 team.
"Actually she's going back," he added.
Afril Bernardino, the former NU star and three-time UAAP MVP, also got consideration abroad.
The 22-year-old, who was the second-leading scorer for Perlas in the World Cup, has something brewing in Taiwan.
"Ang kay Afril naman, she has an invite from a Chinese-Taipei University," Aquino said of his prized ward.
"So she could stay there, study, and play there professionally. Maganda rin for the future of Afril," he added.
Aquino clarified that all these offers came prior to the World Cup.
But after Perlas stint in the tournament, it can be safe to say that it might be only a matter of time before the rest of his players, including leading scorer Janine Pontejos, to start getting more attention.
"So hoping na sana mas marami pang mag-invite and marecognize lalo ‘yung Perlas nang di lang dito, but also outside," Aquino said.
"I’m glad na meron tayong products or players na nagkakaroon ng ganyang mga talent," he added.
While he's happy with these developments, Aquino couldn't help but be sad that none of the opportunities are in the Philippines.
"It’s sad for me having no avenue for them in their own country—na sana, you could be, no, meron din namang mga sumosuporta sa kanila," he said.
"But for starters, I’m just happy na may invites. The mere fact na nare-recognize nila ‘yung talents natin, eh masayang masya na ako doon," Aquino added.
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