Al Chua on UST: Kahit ano, kung ano maitutulong natin maibalik lang yung "Go USTe!
Paul Lintag on Dec 13, 2017 07:18 PM
"Again, I'm gonna repeat it. I'm willing to help. Kahit ano, kung ano maitutulong natin maibalik lang yung "Go USTe!" Ngayon wala na sumisigaw eh. Wala na sumisigaw ng "Go USTe!" go home na." --- Alfrancis Chua.
Alfrancis Chua will absolutely not coach the UST Growling Tigers, that's for sure.
However, the San Miguel sports director says that he's absolutely willing to help the UST program in any way possible.
UST just has to actually want to be helped. The school has to talk to him officially first too, among other things.
"I'm willing to help in any way na kaya kong maitulong. If, if they need our help. Kung kailangan ng tulong namin, bakit hindi? Diyan kami galing eh, masakit para samin na nakikita naming ganun," Chua told several reporters Wednesday.
Chua, who played for UST back when the team was still known as the Glowing Goldies, revealed that initial talks about him supporting the Tigers started last year.
Those talks stalled though only to be reignited towards the end of Season 80. However, the ones that talked to Chua in 2017 were fellow alumni, not school officials.
"Actually, may kumausap sa akin last year. And I said I'm gonna pledge pera to recruiment ganun, kasi naawa na ako sa alma mater ko eh no. Lahat ng magagaling na player sa high school, sa probinsya o kung saan, pag tinanong mo meron ng team eh. Naawa na ako," he said.
"When they talked to me, I told them sige bibigay ako ng ganito ganyan ganyan, and then na-cancel yun. Natigil yung usapan. And I think like middle of the UAAP [Season 80], I think UST was 0-10, or 0-11, kinausap nila ako, tinanong nila ako. I said we'll see kung paano, sino muna yung coach na kukuhanin nila and sino yung mga players plus recruitment because I really don't know kung saan ang recruitment eh. From La Salle to Ateneo, alam ko kung sino mga nagre-recruit dun ano, sa alma mater ko wala," Chua added.
With UST's basketball program experiencing an incredible decline over the past two seasons, Chua, provided there is a clear path back to relevance, is more than willing to personally help the team.
The San Miguel Corporation also comes into play in all of this as Chua assured that his boss, Ramon S. Ang, is only one call away.
It's just a matter of putting it all together at this point and UST has to take the lead.
"Personal, San Miguel [support]. Like my boss RSA, if I talk to him to help my alma mater, he'll help for sure. Mabait naman yung boss ko basta sports lahat tinutulungan," Chua said.
"Mabilis naman ang tulong makita lang natin yung plataporma, ano mga kailangan natin gawin hindi yung palakasin natin ang team. Bakit? Anong kulang? Anong kailangan? Gusto ko lang makakita nung plan, what's the plan? As of now parang we're all blinded," he added.
Ultimately, Chua is just one of the many people that wants to see the Tigers succeed again.
Hopefully, that happens very soon.
"Wala pa. Wala pang formal," Chua said on negotiations with school officials.
"Masakit eh. kaya tayong mga taga-USTe, hindi lang po ako, lahat po ng alumni ng UST yung mga naglaro po diyan, yung mga may negosyo, magtulung-tulong po tayo para maangat yung UST ulit."
"Again, I'm gonna repeat it. I'm willing to help. Kahit ano, kung ano maitutulong natin maibalik lang yung "Go USTe!" Ngayon wala na sumisigaw eh. Wala na sumisigaw ng "Go USTe!" go home na," he added.
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