Gerald Anderson "kilig" with the celebrity-athlete title
Danine Cruz on Aug 05, 2018 10:44 AM
"I try my best to live up to [the celebrity-athlete tag] because before I became a celebrity andun ako sa athlete side."
Celebrity athlete Gerald Anderson's awaited Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League debut may not have been as rosy as fans wished it would have been, but Anderson is willing to play the long game for his budding basketball career.
"Medyo nag aadjust pa, darating din 'yon. Mga ganung bagay di dapat yun minamadali especially sa basketball," said Anderson as he reflected on his zero of six shooting percentage for the Marikina Shoemasters last July 27. He saw 13 playing minutes against the Quezon City Capitals.
"Excited ako kasi next game namin on Tuesday, home court pa namin. It's a very exciting league and I'm so blessed na kasali ako doon," he added.
The 5'11" shooting guard has just recovered from a right hamstring injury and bared that he is still adjusting with the demands of an actual professional basketball league.
"Good [naman yung game]. Syempre first game ko, syempre andyan pa rin ako sa adjusting period, coming off the bench ganyan," shared Anderson before he headlined Sunday's first ever Skechers Performance Run in the SM MOA Complex where he ran a 5 kilometer distance.
Anderson, who finished the Los Angeles Marathon last year, ran alongside his teammates from MPBL's Marikina Shoemasters and Star Magic Basketball Team.
Now that he has added 'basketball player' as another line in his already multi-hyphenated credentials, he still can't help but be giddy with the celebrity-athlete title.
"It's something na kapag naririnig ko, kinikilig ako. I try my best to live up to it because before I became a celebrity andun ako sa athlete side."
Anderson is a former student-athlete in General Santos City, having suited up for Holy Trinity College.
"With me being a celebrity, I get to do even more athletic things so I'm just very blessed na may oportunidad akong ganyan."