Your past NCAA heartthrobs: Where are they now?
Barry Viloria on Sep 22, 2016 06:30 PM
Before the likes of Dan Sara and CJ Isit, the NCAA had its fair share of good-looking ballers that sent fangirls like crazy, too!(Photo courtesy of Chalk Magazine)
Last week, we took a trip down memory lane for everyone’s favorite UAAP players from yesteryears. Fangirls and fanboys went reminiscin’ like crazy, and so this time we would want to do the same service to the fans of the oldest collegiate sports league in the country.
Throughout the 92 years of the National Collegiate Athletic Association or the NCAA, it was only in 1998 that it first went live on TV. ABS-CBN then took over the reins in 2002. Since then, with schools coming in as new members and others exiting plus a five-year absence from ABS-CBN, the NCAA has grown into a giant sensation.
While ABS-CBN has recently shown other NCAA events, too, like women’s volleyball and cheerleading, men’s basketball has always taken center stage, becoming responsible for much of NCAA’s success. And who else to blame such boost but these (coincidentally) good-looking hotshots who were more than their hard court appeal? We check out what's up with their life post-NCAA!
Garvo Lanete, San Beda Red Lions
He helped his beloved Red Lions nab four wins of that historic, five-title-winning streak that was. Lanete, the younger brother of Barako’s Chico, then continued playing the hero role as a Gilas cadet and ultimately as part of the NLEX Road Warriors. (Although, at first, he skipped getting drafted into the PBA with working on his skills as his excuse.) When not dribbling ball, he keeps busy posting pictures and videos on Instagram covering his travels and adventures with his friends and with his bae Tayla Nemec.
David and Anthony Semerads, San Beda Red Lions
San Beda recruited the Semerads in 2009, and that quickly proved to be a smart move as the two Filipino-Czech heartthrobs became part of the squad that won a back-to-back championship (Seasons 86-87). They broke Bedan hearts in December 2011 with their temporary exit from the squad, and then broke more when they announced their transfer to Ateneo. It didn’t take long before they came back to Mendiola, though, and would decorate their collegiate careers anew with two more titles for San Beda. Anthony and David now play for the PBA, under GlobalPort and Barako Bulls, respectively. Given their good looks, they accept modeling gigs and guestings every now and then—the girls, for example, have never recovered since they strutted their stuff at local clothing brand Bench’s infamous fashion show, “The Naked Truth, Stripped.”
Ram Sagad, San Sebastian Stags
When not practicing with the San Sebastian Stags, Sagad already went to castings as an amateur model. This career path did him well especially when he joined the 2007 Century Tuna Superbods competition and won it. He has since quit his first love, basketball, and went on to join Pinoy Fear Factor, get featured in magazine editorials, and model brands and designers locally and internationally. He now resides in the States with wife Mich, and relaxes by biking and doting on his dog!
JC Tiuseco, San Sebastian Stags
San Sebastian alumnus Tiuseco shared almost the same fate with teammate Sagad. He went up against and fell second to his teammate at the 2007 Century Tuna Superbods competition, before joining and then winning Survivor Philippines a year after. Tiuseco has since seen his showbiz career take flight, and we still see him today modeling or acting in different shows of a rival network.
Rey Guevarra, Letran Knights
Letran’s Guevarra might have seen his collegiate career halt prematurely no thanks to a bad fall that led to a knee injury. But his pro career proved to be the opposite: The swift shooter won the PBA Governors' Cup Champions trophy in 2011 with Petron, and would notably bring home the PBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest crown three years in a row. (He joins KG Caneleta as the only players to have done such feat) Guevarra, who also became the cover of youth magazine Chalk, regularly updates his Instagram with the usual stuff: workouts, beach trips, and inspiring quotes!