Dani on kuya Thirdy: ‘The house won’t be the same without him’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 29, 2020 01:27 PM
Dani on Thirdy: ‘The house won’t be the same without him'
(Photo courtesy of Dani Ravena)

Dani Ravena knows full well that kuya Thirdy is doing what’s best for his young career.

At the same time, the younger sister has no doubt her brother is also doing what’s best for the Philippines.

“I know kuya will do his very best not only to represent himself, but more importantly, to represent the country,” she said days after it became official that Thirdy has made history as the first-ever Asian import signed on to play in Japan's B.League. “Even though he will be playing for a Japanese team, I know kuya will always bring that ‘Pinoy puso.’”

For Dani, the fact that the three-time UAAP Finals MVP with Ateneo de Manila University is doing all this to make his family, his friends, and his country proud is a source of inspiration. “I am super proud of kuya simply because he took a big risk to leave the country and reach his dreams. That’s easier said than done, but we know it’s all gonna be worth it in the end,” she said.

Safe to say, though, the feelings about this historic development are bittersweet.

Months before Thirdy flies off to Japan, his younger sister is already missing him. “Even though I argue with kuya Thirdy the most, I’ll really miss his presence in the house - especially his clumsiness when we eat together,” she shared, with a laugh.

She then continued, “The house won’t be the same without him.”

While the 2020 Season of the B.League tips off on October, team practices have been penciled in for July - meaning the 6-foot-2 swingman would have to leave their home in Cainta sooner than later.

Through all this, though, Dani has no doubt that their close ties would remain. “My relationship with kuya is not the typical brother-sister one because people rarely see us doing sweet gestures, but when it’s just us, we always talk about our personal lives,” she said.

And through all that, the sister just wants her brother to take care of his business - just as they would here at home. As the former put it, “As a little sister, I’m super protective of him and I really want him to just be safe and happy when he goes there. I hope he won’t worry about us too much.”

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