Calvo on staying in Letran: ‘Dito ang puso ko’
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 07, 2017 06:49 PM
BACK IN BLUE. JP Calvo and Bong Quinto will not be leaving Letran.
A day before the opening of the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, JP Calvo and Bong Quinto apologized to the Colegio de San Juan de Letran community and then re-assured them that they are all in on the Knights’ charge back into the Final Four.
“Pasensya na sa lahat nang naabala at napaisip. Magulo lang po ang isip ko noon,” Calvo told ABS-CBN Sports after the school’s pep rally on Friday where they were presented to the cheers of the Letran faithful.
He then continued, “Dito naman talaga ako nakilala e. Dito ang puso ko.”
Last Wednesday, Calvo and Quinto were reportedly on their way out of Intramuros.
The development was broken by Reuben Terrado of spin.ph who quoted sources as saying that a certain UAAP school was trying to lure them in. However, the two were keeping mum about their futures.
All was made clear in the school’s pep rally, however, as Calvo and then Quinto got the special honor of being the last ones introduced.
For incoming fourth-year forward Quinto, his parents’ advice made his decision an easy one. As he shared, referring to the other school trying to lure him in, “Nagkonsulta ako sa pamilya ko, sabi nila mag-stay ako. Sabi nila, ‘Hindi naman namin hinihindi kung ano man ang gusto nilang ibigay sayo.’”
Along with his own family, fourth-year pointman Calvo pointed to the Letran community as being a big reason he’s staying. “True-blooded na blue talaga ako e. So sabi ko na lang, babalik talaga ako ng Letran kasi siyempre, mahihiya ka na lang sa Letran community,” he expressed.
In the end, head coach Jeff Napa welcomed back with open arms two of the expected key cogs for the Knights’ charge. “Minsan, may nawawala nang landas. Pero na-realize din naman nila na kami, pamilya rin naman kami rito,” he said.
He then continued, “Then, they decided they would stay. Masaya naman ako na at least, nag-decide sila nang tama.”
Now entering his second season, the mentor actually couldn’t hold back his tears during the pep rally as he saw his complete lineup on stage. “Masaya kami at nakumpleto na ulit (kami),” he said through tears.
Napa, a three-time champion coach in the UAAP Juniors, had an up-and-down rookie season in his first try as a Seniors coach.
With Rey Nambatac raring to make good on his last season and all of Calvo, Quinto, and Jerrick Balanza expected to take the next step, however, the Knights were all set to battle their way back into the playoffs.
The incident with Calvo and Quinto threatened to rain down on Letran’s parade even before it began, but clear skies are now back in Intramuros.