GRADUATION YEARBOOK: Javier says Pumaren is stricter than professors

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 18, 2015 06:13 PM
UE’s Javier: Mas strikto si Manong kesa mga teacher namin
GO FIGHT, RED AND WHITE! Chris Javier said he is proud that no one can say he did not give it his all game in and game out.

After five seasons putting forth untiring effort on the court, Chris Javier played his last game for the University of the East on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

The workhorse forward never reached the Final Four in any of his years as a Red Warrior, but turned in the best numbers of his career in the past couple of years under the watchful eyes of Derrick Pumaren. Long known for his stern hand, “Manong” transformed Javier from a wildcard who wears his emotions on his sleeve into a reliable pillar who responded each time his team needed him to.

That Pumaren was able to instill discipline into Javier is of no surprise. After all, the UE mentor is apparently seen by his players as a more terrifying individual than the most terror of terror teachers.

How are you feeling after playing your final UAAP game – a win against UP?

Sad, pero happy kasi lumaban kami hanggang huli.



What will you miss most about being a Red Warrior?

Yung pagtakbo namin sa training – in 28 seconds, kukunin namin yung suicides then eight seconds, back and forth.

What will you miss most about being a UE student?

Yung mga striktong professor na kahit naglalaro kami, pinapapasok kami. Kelangan pakamatay raw kami sa pag-aaral. [Sinong mas strikto, si Manong (Derrick Pumaren) o yung mga teacher?] Si Manong. Hahaha!

What is the legacy you will be leaving behind to the Red Warriors?

Yung passion ko sa laro na binibigay ko all of my heart.

What is your final message to the UE community?

Thank you for the wonderful five years na kahit nag-struggle yung team, nandun kayo. Sobrang taba ng puso ko kung nakikita ko yung pulang pulang UE crowd na nagchi-cheer.


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