These Jr. NBA alumni heartthrobs and their #GwapoProblems

Barry Viloria on Jun 02, 2016 07:39 PM
These Jr. NBA alumni heartthrobs and their #GwapoProblems
Four young hotshots on serving up swag and getting the girl. (Photos by Vyn Radovan)

Before many of our best ballers became, well, themselves now, they were wide-eyed kiddos who just wanted to play. The grassroots program Jr. NBA has been one of the most effective pools of future basketball prodigies in the country. Its roster of alumni includes Ateneo’s Kiefer Ravena, DLSU’s Kib Montalbo and Ricci Rivero, UP’s Henri Asilum, and incoming UCLA Bruins player Kobe Paras. All of whom have grown into national—and international, for Kobe, obviously—heroes and, well, eye candy for many fans.

Curious of the Jr. NBA’s next best products? We came across some of the program’s alumni, and talked about their future not entirely in basketball, though, but what makes of it once they step out of it. You know, as heartthrobs. Which they will be.

Here, these standouts discuss their best tips in style and courtship—you know, talking about it like the hard court hotshots as they are.

Marco Sario, 18
Point guard, Letran Knights

His top gwapo essential: “Hair wax because it keeps my hair in place.”
His style peg: “Conor McGregor because he loves wearing suits and I think it looks really nice!”
His biggest crush right now: “Arci Muños because she's beautiful.”
His most effective ligaw style: “First of all, I'd get to know her. Once we know each other I'd ask her to join me for dinner or lunch and take her to places she'd want to go to.”

Samuel Abu Hijleh, 17
Forward/center, San Beda College Red Cubs

His top gwapo essentials: "Watch because I always check my watch, and I don't feel comfortable without it. My shades especially when it's sunny outside. And my phone—everyone naman siguro ayaw mahiwalay phone nila sa kanila. It also adds something to your style eh like bitbit mo lang yung phone!
His style peg: “I think Russell Westbrook is always on point! Parang kahit ano isuot, pwede!”
His biggest crush right now: “Liza Soberano, she's so beautiful.!When you look at her, you can't spot a mistake especially sa face niya. And she really looks nice. She's not the type na maganda but looks masungit.”
His most effective ligaw style: “I'm gonna show her my skills sa basketball. That is something na pandagdag charm kasi. Then I'll show her na I also have sense of fashion na makakasabay din sa kanya. Lastly, I'll show her the real me. Hindi naman pwede just because crush ko siya or just because I'm trying to court her, I'll be plastic, ‘di ba? Being you is something na nakakadagdag charm din.”

Vince Ferrer, 17
Shooting guard/small forward, UST Growling Tigers

His top gwapo essential: “My watch since I'm always conscious of the time and it makes me look good. Second are my kicks Roshe Run or Vans. When I have to choose my footwear, it will always be between these two. My last essential is my jacket. It's better to prepared just in case the weather gets bad or if I feel cold at the mall or inside the cinema.”
His style peg: “Kyle Irving is my sports style idol. His simple style of pairing hoodies with joggers somehow suits my personality. I like wearing comfortable clothes and at the same time having the swagger look!”
His biggest crush right now: “No other than Nadine Lustre! Besides her being beautiful, her voice and her dance moves make her even more attractive!”
His most effective ligaw style: “We'll go for a long drive and take her to a special place and invite her for dinner in a special restaurant!”

Rhayyan Amsali, 15
NU Bullpups

His gwapo essentials: “My cap, my plain white shirt that is always inside my backpack because I perspire easily and white goes with anything, and my my watch because I always like to be on time!”
His style peg: “David Beckham because he is a successful in both as an athlete and an icon and his name is a brand itself!”
His biggest crush right now: “Julia Barretto because she's pretty and talented!”
His most effective ligaw style: “Just be a gentleman, treating her with respect and being always there for her in times of need.”


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