Fire and desire define Manileno ballers, says 'Angas ng Tondo'

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 05, 2020 02:35 PM
Fire, desire define Manileno ballers, says 'Angas ng Tondo'
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The love for the game is, of course, the common denominator among basketball players.

Nobody does it better, however, than those born and bred in Manila - if Paul Lee is to be believed.

"Grabe talaga yung passion tsaka yung competitiveness namin," he said in a surprise appearance in The Prospects Pod last Friday. "Kahit ice-tubig lang yung pustahan, talagang bugbugan na e. Kapag umasenso ka, Pop Cola o Coke para lang mas ganahan maglaro lahat."

Lee, also known as the "Angas ng Tondo," balled out in the country's capital before showcasing his skills in San Sebastian College-Recoletos, University of the East, Rain or Shine, Magnolia, and Gilas Pilipinas.

From then to now, he is nothing but proud of his roots.

For "The Lethal Weapon," growing up in the challenging country's capital made him the man he is today. "Ang mga laro kasi sa amin, gagawan talaga ng paraan para makalamang ka, makapanalo ka. Kaya kapag nanalo ka, sobrang sarap sa feeling kasi lahat na ng pandaraya, ginawa ng kalaban, pero panalo pa rin," he said.

He then continued, "Kaya ganun din siguro yung passion tsaka competitive sa lugar namin sa Tondo."

Fellow Manilenos RK Ilagan of San Sebastian and Fran Yu of Colegio de San Juan de Letran could only agree.

"Ganun nga po talaga rito," Ilagan said. "Mapapaaway ka po talaga paminsan."

Yu shared the same sentiment. As he put it, "Sa amin, magbabarkada lang, kami-kami lang, naglalabasan pa ng itak."

Indeed, all that just proves that fire and desire define Manileno ballers.

And Lee himself is going out of his way to make sure that lives on. "Sobrang happy ako kapag merong katulad nila RK at Fran kasi taga-Manila ako, taga-Tondo ako, siyempre ayokong sa akin lang matatapos. Kumbaga, nandito ako at willing akong i-share yung mga pinagdaanan ko," he said.

He then continued, "Dapat hindi maputol yung chain - sa akin tapos mapasa ko sa kanila then pag may dumating na iba pang player, sana mapasa rin nila. Continue lang."

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