Be charmed by EACís captain Francis Munsayac

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 10, 2015 07:27 PM
Be charmed by EACís captain Francis Munsayac
The leader of the Generals is revved up like never before. (Photos by Vyn Radovan)

There has been much confidence and reliance from the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals on their team captain Francis Munasayac this season, and he’s not one to minimize this kind of pressure. He’s pretty hardcore when it comes to basketball, if you ask us. Remember earlier when he had to sit out a game after being disqualified for a foul in a game with the Red Lions? (Initially frustrated, he later cleared that it was just a mistake.) We recently chatted with the small-but-terrible-cliché-perpetrating point guard, and came up with these reasons why we’re instantly charmed. #NoHomo

He’s hardcore on the hard court.

Although you already know it, we would just like to repeat: Francis is a pretty intense baller. We know that because he told us he’s been playing since he was a seven. “Nag-varsity ako mga Grade 2 onwards and until now,” he shares. Francis went on to play for his high school San Beda, during which he won back-to-back titles in the NCAA Juniors. How hard does he practice? “Every after practice, talagang nag-e-extra work ako. I do shooting and sometimes, nag-ko-core ako kasi maliit kami and kailangan malakas yung katawan.”

He won’t let injury put him down.

Returning from a knee injury that caused his absence last season, Francis is betting it big this time. “Wala ako last year, so talagang nagpalakas ako para bumalik yung condition ko. One year kasi akong nawala and ang laki ng tinaba ko. I need to gain back yung dati kong katawan,” he says. His injury caused him to be sidelined before the 90th season even started, his frustration pouring in over it being one that could end his basketball career. “Pero yung ginawa ko is nag-train ako, nag-rehab ako for three months, and pinaghandaan ko talaga ang pagbalik ko at nilampasan ko lahat ng weaknesses ko. It was my biggest challenge.” High five, Francis!

He likes to be seen on TV.

Well, it’s a common thing about basketball players or everyone else, we guess? Francis likes how he always makes his folks proud whenever he’s seen on television. “Na-e-air kami sa TV and yung mother ko, makakapanood. Even yung mga relatives ko sa mga malalayong lugar makakapanood rin. So, nakakaexcite talaga! Noong bata pa ako, yung talagang dream ko ay umabot sa TV!” he relates.

He’s a sweet kid.

You know who motivates Francis whenever he steps into a game? His late grandfather. “Actually, talagang since grade school ako, yung nagmomotivate sakin is yung lolo ko. Although yung family ko nandyan, yung lolo ko talaga ung pinaka-nag-mo-motivate sa ‘kin. When he passed away last year, talagang namotivate ako maglaro. yung lolo ko and father ko yung nagbibigay ng advice sa kin on and off the court and sila yung nandiyan para sakin.” –Interview by Joshua Homo for Chalk Magazine

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