Olongapo's own at the forefront of LPU Pirates' surge

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 20, 2017 01:36 PM
Olongapo's own at the forefront of LPU Pirates' surge

There are two newcomers who have been making waves for Lyceum of the Philippines University – a team which itself is making waves in the preseason.

It’s more difficult than usual to get to know just exactly who they are, however. Both have "Marcelino” on the back of their jerseys. Both are guards. Both are 5-foot-9. Both are 21-years old.

To get to know just exactly who they are, apparently, we would have to look at their hands.

Jayvee Marcelino plays with his right hand while twin brother Jaycee is a southpaw. Both are the newest finds for head coach Topex Robinson. Both are the newest, and most promising, steadying presences for the Pirates’ backcourt.

And apparently, Robinson didn’t need to search far and wide to find them.

“Bago kami sa LPU, galing kaming Adamson. Nung nagbago na yung coach, tumawag na kami kay coach Topex kung pwede niya kaming matulungan,” Jaycee shared.

The twins were referring to the regime change for the Soaring Falcons in 2016 which saw Franz Pumaren take over for Mike Fermin.

And for the Marcelinos, it was only their kababayan in Robinson whom they trusted to continue harnessing their potential. “Magkakilala po kami ni coach kasi magkababayan kami. Humingi kami ng tulong para makapaglaro pa rin kami sa pangarap naming liga,” Jayvee shared.

He then continued, “Sabi naman ni coach, ‘Sige, rito kayo sa akin. Tutulungan ko kayo.’ Kaya ang laki po talaga ng pasasalamat namin sa kanya.”

Robinson and the Marcelinos all hail from Olongapo in Zambalaes. Now, both Robinson’s and the Marcelinos’ decisions have seemed nothing but correct.

Jaycee and Jayvee have only complemented the all-around brilliance of CJ Perez and have only become key cogs in LPU’s impressive playoff run in the preseason.

It wasn’t always that way, however.

“Dati, lagi kaming nag-aaway, pero nung nag-mature na kami, naisip naming kami rin naman ang magtutulungan,” Jaycee shared. “Ngayon, hindi na kami nag-aaway.”

After all, they did have to mature sooner than later.

As Jayvee shared, “Nakakaawa yung kwento namin. Sa Ologapo, ang trabaho namin, kargador tsaka nagtitinda sa palengke.”

Jaycee added, “Kinailangan yun para sa pamilya namin. Kapos kasi yung pamilya namin.”

The Marcelinos’ father succumbed to cancer when they were just three years old and their mother has been raising them by herself ever since.

Not only that, their household that totals 12 people also includes their tita and cousins – all of whom also rely on Marlene Marcelino as the breadwinner.

That is exactly why the twins had to find a way to help their mother. “Dati, para makakain kami, nagliligang labas kami. Yun na lang din talaga yung tulonn namin,” Jayvee shared.

After countless “ligang labas,” both brothers from Olongapo got discovered and were brought to Manila.

Even when they finally got their big break, however, nothing came easy. “Nung unang beses namin sa Manila, gusto rin naming umuwi agad. Pero inisip na lang namin na kung uuwi kami, lalong walang mangyayari sa amin,” Jayvee recalled.

Jaycee was of the same mind. “Inisip na lang namin na ganjto namin matutulungan nanay namin. Kasi, wala rin namang asenso kung probinsya ka lang,” he said.

Persevering through all that, the Marcelino twins now find themselves with integral roles to play in LPU’s bid for a breakthrough. “Masayang-masaya kami. Talagang ine-enjoy lang namin ‘to kasi sabi naman ni coach, i-enjoy lang namin para ‘di kami ma-pressure,” Jayvee expressed.

Jaycee added, “Masaya kami kasi medyo nakikilala na pangalan namin kasi ‘di naman namin ’to in-expect. Ang gusto lang naman namin, makapaglaro kami sa pangarap naming liga tapos makatulong sa nanay namin.”

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