"The Captain" shares success formula to NCAA athletes

Mark Escarlote on Jun 27, 2015 02:29 PM
Let me remind you that talent is not enough. May formula ako for that: ability + attitude = result --- Alvin Patrimonio

PBA great and Mapua Cardinals alumnus Alvin Patrimonio shared his secret for a successful career to student-athletes Saturday in the opening of the 91st season of the NCAA.

The 48-year-old four-time PBA MVP addressed the importance of good attitude coupled with talent to reach their sports dreams.

“Let me remind you that talent is not enough. May formula ako for that: ability + attitude = result,” said Patrimonio in his speech during the colorful and vibrant opening ceremony presented by season-host Mapua at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Patrimonio, known as The Captain, played for the Cardinals from 1983-86, winning back-to-back Most Valuable Player awards from 1985-1986. 

Though Patrimonio failed to give the Intramuros-based school a championship in the NCAA, he related that with him following the success formula that he preaches, he was able to get to greater heights and achieve all his dreams.

“The abilities, yung God given talent natin, you have to use it 100% with all your heart, mind, soul and strength,” said Patrimonio, who represented the country in various international basketball tilts.

Patrimonio, who retired in 2004, warned that superstar mentality and too much pride could hinder one’s development and as for the sport of basketball, is counter-productive to the team’s goal.       

“Pero if you add rotten attitude, the result is you will be a bad team,” he added.

“Another one, great talent + bad attitude, the result is you’re just an average team. Great talent + average attitude, the result you’re only a good team,” Patrimonio continued.  “But great talent + good attitude the result is you’ll be a good team.”

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Patrimonio, who gave former Mapua athletic director and college mentor Valerio “Amang” Lopez a warm hug after the opening ceremony,   also commended the organizers of NCAA for molding raw talents into Philippine sports heroes just like himself. 

“I salute the men and women working behind the NCAA, who for the past 90 years had remained steadfast in making the NCAA the home of many sports heroes,” Patrimonio said. “We know the league will produce more sports heroes not only in basketball but in other sports as well.”






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