Exciting times ahead for soon-to-be husband and father Jio Jalalon

Santino Honasan on Jul 06, 2018 10:58 AM
Exciting times ahead for soon-to-be husband, father Jalalon
"Syempre, kailangan ko na siguro mag-pursige dito sa PBA, kasi nga meron na akong pag-aalagaan lagi, so kailangan ko na making comfortable sa sarili ko kasi andiyan na yung mag-ina ko,"

Two years removed from an excellent collegiate career, Jiovani Jalalon is now making waves in the professional ranks

The Cagayan De Oro-born playmaker has had stints with the National Team, and is one of the key players for the Magnolia Hotshots.

In just his second year with the league, Jalalon is already a two-time All-Star and is bound to find even more success as his career progresses. 

However, his blossoming career isn’t the only thing Jalalon is looking forward to.

At 25-years old, the former Arellano University star is also on his way to becoming a family man.

Back in March, Jalalon revealed through his Instagram page that he’s about to become a dad.

A couple of weeks later, he popped the question to his girlfriend of five years, Kristina Apan.

 Exciting times ahead for Jalalon, who only a few years ago, was just a kid trying to make a name in the NCAA. 

Following their 116-89 blowout win over NLEX Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, ABS-CBN Sports got to catch up with Jalalon, who spoke about becoming a father. Jalalon finished the game with 10 points, six rebounds, and eight assists in just under 19 minutes of action. 

"Sobrang excited, kasi parang handa na ako maging, yung next generation, maging dad, yun yung nakaka-excite." Jalalon said. 

As for deciding to settle down with his long-time sweetheart, Jalalon said it was something that he's been preparing for as well. 

"Nung ginawa ko yun, pinag-isipan ko din. Handa na talaga ako, kahit anong mangyari, yun lang naman. Handa lang."

Now with a family on the way, the kid formerly known as "The Bus Driver" knows that he has to work even harder to succeed in the PBA, not just for himself, but also for his soon-to-be wife and baby. 

"Syempre, kailangan ko na siguro mag-pursige dito sa PBA, kasi nga meron na akong pag-aalagaan lagi, so kailangan ko na making comfortable sa sarili ko kasi andiyan na yung mag-ina ko,"

"Kailangan kong mag-work para sa kanila." Jalalon added. 

As for his preference, Jio hopes that he'll have a baby daughter on the way, and he wouldn't mind having a future women's basketball star.

"Depende na siguro yun kung ano gusto nung baby ko pag-laki, basta kami ng wife ko, aalagaan lang namin siya, kung anong gusto niya, susundin lang namin siya."

Speaking of work, Jalalon and the Hotshots have more work to do as they try to break into the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Playoffs. They take on defending champions San Miguel on Saturday, July 7th at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with the hopes of securing at least a playoff for the eighth-seed. 

 

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