15 reasons why Kiefer Ravena is our life peg
Barry Viloria on Oct 27, 2016 06:26 PM
Here’s our tribute to the King Eagle. Happy birthday, Kief! (Photo by Ocs Alvarez for UAAP Magazine)
Exactly 23 years ago, the world brought us one of the country’s best in basketball. Ever. We know him by King Eagle or The Phenom—and it’s been no mistake. A year off of his celebrated UAAP career, Kiefer Ravena is now training harder to finally get a coveted shot in the NBA, yet again busy making not just his former Alma Mater prouder but also his country. Let this list of things that make him our one and only idol be our tribute!
1. He was a wonder child—and we are not just blaming the genes. (Thank you, though, to Daddy Bong and Mommy Mozzy!) He was the first high school freshman to get a spot in the Team A of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets, further proving himself with three Juniors titles, two FInals MVP titles, two UAAP Mythical Team honors, and four finals appearances
2. He was a UAAP icon, as it was almost the same case when Ravena moved on to the UAAP Seniors league. The true-blue Eagle’s star never ceased to shine, leading the team to two titles and four Final Four appearances. In between, he was a three-time Mythical Team member and won back-to-back MVP titles!
As i receive my award later this afternoon, ill already wanna say my thank yous. ✌🏽️ Thank you Lord! Not for the b2b awards but for giving me the best 5 years a collegiate player could ever experience. You helped me win and you were there when i lost. Thank you for making me stronger as a player and for making me even stronger as a person. To my parents, ma and pa, alam ko i had my sutil moments but when push comes to shove nandun kayo para sa akin. Sa lahat ng sinabi ng tao sakin and sa family natin, naging matatag tayo and importante naging mabait pa rin tayo sa kanila. Kay @ravenamozzy na talagang kumapit sakin at nagtiwala hindi niya alam, yung kumpyansa at tiwala ko sa sarili, sa kanya ko lang kinukuha. Sa mga kapatid ko, kay @3rd_e and @daniravenaaa nakita talaga nila ako at my highest of high and lowest of lows. Sila rin yung nandun para sa akin. Kay boss MVP sa patuloy na pagsuporta sa team. Naramdaman talaga namin yung presence niyo kasi kaming mga player sobrang secured under your management. 🙏🏻 Tita Debbie and tita mita, for being our second moms. Sa pag aaruga, pagtitiis at pagmamahal na binigay niyo samin. Being away from our families never felt so hard with the care and love you gave us. Coach Bo and His coaching staff, Thank you for being patient with me althroughout my college career. It was a pleasure sharing the smiles, tears, pressure, praises and criticisms with all of you. It made winning even more fun. To my teammates, pasensya na sa init ng ulo at maraming salamt sa kulitan at tawanan! Sana may naiwan naman kami sa inyo kahit papaano. 🙈 Samga fans ko, @kiefpeeps @dors1401 @jhonaaa_ @mariapewy , sana hindi tumigil yung suporta niyo sakin. Its just the start of a lifelong friendship that i will always treasure. ☺️ Sa Ateneo community, sorry we werent able to win it all. But we gave it our all. For you guys, i fully understood that the game of basketball is played not for the name at the back of your jersey but for whats in front. ATENEO. I may had scored career high points but at the end of the game, its all about getting that W. Sa mga endorsements ko, Nike (@jappyparulan @jinoboy5 @tonyatayde ) for trusting me as a 13 yr old mutt to carry.
3. Maybe, just maybe, his predecessor Chris Tiu didn’t even have a chance. He was a living legend among the Blue Eagles who ever had much media attention. If you witnessed those (welling) eyes and camera lenses on him in his last UAAP game, you’d know what we mean.
4. He was the epitome of “star athlete,” being able to excel in sports, school, and managing relationships. No surprise that brands and media outfits recognized this easily, decorating him with endorsements and appearances ever since!
5. He’s a fitness ambassador. Thanks to his sporty roots, Ravena has always been an exemplar when it comes to working out, eating right, and keeping healthy in general.
6. He's a national hero, representing the country in the SEA Games and SEABA and clinching golds here and there #likeaboss.
7. He shares this cool LBJ connection. And we’re not just talking about The King’s recent Nike Zoom Soldier 10 Cam gift to the King Eagle, which Ravena documented online only to turn viral. He once had a chance to throw LeBron an alley-oop, too!
8. He has also bonded with other world sports greats, as part of his training for the NBA. Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Manny Pacquiao, name it!
Growing up, you always have that someone you look up to. We all had our childhood superheroes. Mine was Kobe. From all my alley one-on-ones to my "while taking a 💩 buzzer-beaters" all i ever wanted to be a Kobe Bryant. I've always wanted to develop that killer instinct that he had that separated him from everybody else. He once said, "how can you beat me if i put the work, the time the sweat, the tears, the blood and the dedication in the sport. With that you've already lost." Sums it all up. For 20 years, it was EPIC. #MambaOut
9. He has his eye on the NBA. IRL, the NBA D-Leaguer keeps a Kobe Bryant autograph he had as a child—maybe this will serve good luck toward his bigger dreams!
10. He is s family man—who only put family as top priority. It wasn’t hard keeping up with the Ravena’s with this one!
11. He has the Queen Eagle in his arms. Need we say more? Ravena makes his being with our dear Alyssa Valdez absolute #relationshipgoals!
Hope everyone enjoyed as much as i did covering the #NCAASeason91 Mens volleyball Finals! For those who werent able to watch, the UPHSD Altas clinched the title with a 5 set victory against the EAC generals! Thank you @andreifelix and @ceejtheday @larzlarzlarz and the rest of the group for helping me in my first panel job! 🙏🏻
12. He’s a man of sense. Few star athletes get the right message across, but Ravena—grounded and with a sense of humor—always had the best words to say about anything!
13. He’s got style, just when you thought only a few sportsmen can pull off fashion with swag. Pretty much like his younger brother Thirdy.
Here we go! #FASTBR3AK Catch some of your favorite celebs, volleyball and basketball players battle for the bemefit of the Philippines Red Cross and Typhoon Nona victims. 🏐⭐️🏀 Its going to be on December 23, 2015 at the Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan 2pm. You can buy tickets in @allysallday Malingap and The Rock starting Monday 12nn. ✌🏽️👌🏼There will be games, prizes and raffle for those will watch! We can't wait to be with you guys! All proceeds will go directly to the victims! In the Spirit of Christmas, let's all have fun in helping our brothers and sisters! 🙏🏻
14. He’s charitable—Ravena once partnered with Valdez in putting up a volleyball game to raise funds for typhoon victims.
15. He never stops. What we loved and still love about The Phenom is his persistence. We’ve seen this in his past rallies and buzzer beaters, but now we are witnessing this more as he hopes to become the first Pinoy to be in the NBA!
Another awesome year! So many blessings to be thankful for. I appreciate all the great people in my life. My fans, my supporters, my school, my coaches, my teammates, my agents @_22boss_ @goodwinsports And @marvin_espiritu #DannyEspiritu, my trainer CFarr, my girlfriend and most especially my family @ravenamozzy @3rd_e @daniravenaaa #BongRavs for being my daily dose of fun energy and love. Another day, another dolla! #KRat23