P2,000 sent Troy Rosario to Manila, now he's a star ready to help those in need

Paul Kennedy Lintag on Jun 29, 2020 03:26 PM
P2,000 sent Troy Rosario to Manila, now he's a star
Before his basketball career started, Rosario could barely afford the trip to Manila. Troy knows what it feels like to struggle, and now that's built a successful young career, he's trying to do his part. (Photo by Arvin Lim)

Troy Rosario is a former UAAP champion, a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, and an absolute star for a flagship PBA team in the TNT KaTropa.

At 6'7" with an athletic build and shooting prowess, he looks like the ideal modern Filipino basketball player. At 28-years-old, Troy's peak is just about to come.

But for all his accomplishments and incredible potential, Rosario's journey to where he is now was far from easy.

He had to grind to earn his place in Manila's tough basketball landscape. While he ended up with a UAAP title with NU, ending the school's 60-year drought, Rosario actually had to spend time with the Team B as a walk-in prospect.

"Sobrang laking tulong ng National University sakin. Talagang nabago nila buhay ko. Yung opportunity pa lang na binigay nila sakin, hindi nga ako recruit eh," Rosario said.

Troy recalled his humble beginnings during the 2OT podcast with PBA broadcasters Magoo Marjon and Carlo Pamintuan.

"Walk-in lang ako. Tapos pinadala nila agad ako sa States para mag-training, nag-stay ako doon for six months para mag-training. Yung value ng hard work, doon ko natutunan. Pag nakita mo yung hard work, talagang may babalik sayo," he added.

Through his dedication, Rosario's effort has been rewarded tenfold.

Battle-tested in basketball and in life, Rosario is choosing not to ignore his past. In the three months of quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic, the TNT star is trying to use his connections to help those in need.

[Related: PBA: Rosario steps up relief effort as plight of homeless hits close to home]

"Lumapit ako sa SM, which is yung mga boss ko nung nasa National U ako tapos may binigay silang tulong. Dinagdagan ko lang then nai-distribute namin ng maayos," Rosario said.

"Nung pangalawa, parang gusto ko pa so sabi ko, pag sumahod, tutal wal naman masyadong gastos nandito lang sa bahay, nag-allot ako ng konti para maka-tulong sa mga homeless dito malapit samin," he added.

Rosario admits that it's tough for him to look away when there are people in need.

After all, before his basketball career started, he could barely afford the trip to Manila. Troy knows what it feels like to struggle, and now with a successful young career, he's trying to do his part.

"Naalala ko pa nga yung pag-punta ko ng Manila, talagang pinilit lang ng mga magulang ko," Rosario said.

"Yung natitirang binhi namin, talagang binenta para may pamasahe ako, naalala ko pa dalawang libo yun eh. Tinaya talaga para sakin, kaya alam ko yung pakiramdam nung wala," he added.


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