‘THREE POINTS, ARONG!’: FEU’s Arong is idol of an entire island

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 02, 2016 06:21 PM
‘THREE POINTS, ARONG!’: FEU’s Arong is idol of an island
ISLAND PRIDE. Monbert Arong, alond with the entire island of Olango, is hoping his star continues to rise.

Olango is an island sandwiched between Cebu and Bohol.

Olango Island is part of Cebu province and lies approximately five kilometers to the east of Mactan.

Olango Island is home to only a little over 30, 000 people.

Olango Island is where Far Eastern University found the latest in a long, long line of hidden gems they have unearthed for their longstanding elite basketball program.

From out of nowhere, Monbert Arong played a key role in the Tamaraws’ championship campaign a season ago. In only his first year in the big league, he averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds while giving much-needed energy off the bench.

Now, with the graduation of core players Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, RR Pogoy, and Mike Tolomia, even more will be asked of the incoming second-year player.

Fortunately for Morayta, Arong isn’t sweating the added responsibilities at all. “Darating at darating lang naman yun. Basta ako, laro lang pa rin para sa pamilya ko,” he said.

When the Cebuano talks about family, he’s talking about much, much more than his parents and his siblings – he’s also referring to the entire island of Olango which is proud to call him their son. “Isla kasi kami so maliit lang dun at magkakakilala lahat. Grabe lang yung pagtanggap nila sa akin pag umuuwi ako ngayon,” he said while beaming.

How proud, you ask? Arong, at just 23-years-old, has apparently become the idol of an entire younger generation in Olango.

Narrating something that warmed his heart when he went back home over the summer, he said, “May court kasi pauwi sa amin tapos may mga batang naglalaro dun lagi. Nung dumadaan ako, sinisigaw nila, ‘Three points, Arong!’”

He then continued, “Sobrang sayang nakaka-inspire ka sa mga bata, na yung kuya nila, nakikita nila sa TV.”

According to Arong, he is the first player from the Cebuano province recruited to play for a Manila-based school. He then went on to share that there has since been a second one in the form of JB Bahio of San Beda College.

And as for who’s coming after them, the slashing guard was proud to say that he was already trying to be a mentor. “Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila, kung gusto niyo talaga yung basketball, magsikap kayo,” he said.

After all, if his star continues to rise, Olango just might have their first PBA player. “Pangarap ko talaga mag-PBA. Sana magtuloy-tuloy lang kung plano ni Lord. At the same time, pagpapaguran ko pa lalo,” he said.


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