UAAP players talk about their fan encounters
Tricia Robredo on Sep 04, 2015 02:06 PM
“Some get really crazy, sending me naughty pictures and all that. But I just kind of tell them that you know you’re better than this.” --- JR Gallarza.
Back when I was a college freshman in Ateneo, I remember lining up for hours in the “Three For History” bonfire just to get photos with the Blue Eagles at the time. Rabeh Al Hussaini, Poy Erram, Eric Salamat, Emman Monfort, Kirk Long (aka Tricia's ultimate UAAP crush) – those guys. Having been a fan since high school, this third consecutive championship celebration was kind of a moment I’ve been waiting for.
Fast forward to when I became a courtside reporter three years later. My second game coverage was against UE. Anton (Roxas) was the anchor and, lo and behold, the analyst was Kirk. Sure, I was kilig; but, at the same time, my fan girl memories from before started flashing before my eyes. How many pictures did I take with him? Did I get his autograph? Mukha ba akong tao nung nakita ko siya?
I became very conscious, but then realized eventually that he’d probably met thousands of fans before and that he surely won’t remember every single one of them. But the crazier ones, I assume he’d probably recall.
I never really had the chance to ask Kirk about it (nor would I even dare to), but I was able to talk to some of the current UAAP kids regarding their own experiences with fans and how they deal with it.
Kiefer Ravena, ADMU
Fan encounter: “Pag yung nasa-stalk nila kami. Without even knowing na bigla nalang ako may picture na going out sa mall, then I would see it on Twitter na lang.”
How he deals and how he feels: “It’s fun and flattering. But I know it’s all God given. These are all blessings, the attention. Hindi lang sa akin pero sa basketball in general. Growing up, it wasn’t something I expected but it was something I wanted. It was a dream and a goal, which I’m sure everyone shares. I just worked hard at napagpala naman.”
Ivan Villanueva, ADU
Fan encounter: “Sa school, pag naglalakad ka tapos tatawagin kang ‘idol’. Siyempre nakaka-conscious kasi parang bakit ganun. Iba rin yung popularity sa UAAP.”
How he deals and how he feels: “Ngingitian ko naman. Sinasabi ko nalang lagi, wag na ‘idol’. Ivan nalang.”
Jeron Teng, DLSU
Fan encounter: “After one of the games, one girl tried to kiss me! But I have quick reflexes. Reserve dapat yun kung magka-girlfriend ako.” (Yup, he’s still single!)”
A little too much: “Pag stalker vibes, medyo off na rin naman ako. I want my own privacy din.”
How he deals and how he feels: “Well, I appreciate the fans because they support me in what I do. I consider myself very blessed to have them.”
Thomas Torres, DLSU
Fan encounter: “Yung parang fan group – ‘Thomasers’ – they once planned a get together. Hiyang-hiya ako because I was late for two hours because it was super traffic. Even those from the provinces came over kaya nahiya talaga ako.”
How he deals and how he feels: “Sobrang thankful ako na I have those people. They support me at kung may nangba-bashe, they’re the first to defend me. When I get DMs from them, I reply naman – nagpapasalamat, sinasabihang not to mind nalang the haters.”
Mac Belo, FEU
Fan encounter: “Sa school, minsan may mga nagsa-stalk. Kahit saan ako pumunta parang may susunod. Punta sa dulo ng campus, sumusunod pa rin. Kahit punta na ako ng CR, sa labas nandoon pa rin.”
How he deals and how he feels: “Masaya kasi ako na maraming sumusuporta. Ayaw ko rin naman maging rude sa kanila so hinahayaan ko nalang. Kapag may sumusunod, pumapasok nalang ako sa dorm.”
Gelo Alolino, NU
Fan encounter: “Pag nasa school, minsan nagmamadali ka tapos close to being late na. Makikita ka, haharangin ka. Minsan papa-picture, papa-video greet. Minsan may ibibigay sayo na gifts. Last year, meron kami nung parang jars na may letter inside.”
How he deals and how he feels: “Very thankful ako for the fans kasi mas nabo-boost confidence namin dahil sa kanila. Kaya pag ganyan, pagbibigyan mo na rin lang naman. Maliit na bagay.”
Kevin Ferrer, UST
Fan encounter: “Siguro yung sina-stalk ako sa twitter. Inuulan talaga ng mentions tapos interactions.”
How he deals and how he feels: “Ine-entertain ko naman kasi dahil sa kanila, nakikilala ako. Pag sobrang kulit, minsan ko pinapansin. But sometimes, dini-DM ko na tama na kung sobra na.”
JR Gallarza, UP
Fan encounter: “I’ve never considered myself having any type of fans. I’ve never experienced high-pitched screams and squealing or anything like that. I get more discreet ones that message me.”
A little too much: “Some get really crazy, sending me naughty pictures and all that. But I just kind of tell them that you know you’re better than this.”
How he deals and how he feels: “I politely tell them that I appreciate them. But when it gets kind of crazy – well that’s what the mute feature and the block feature are for.”