UAAP: Those tears just showed how much Santi Santillan misses his family

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Nov 07, 2018 07:51 PM
Those tears just showed how much Santillan misses his family
Santi Santillan is missing his wife and son who are in Hawaii as well as his parents and siblings who are in Cebu.

De La Salle University scored a well-earned win against National University on Wednesday.

The broadcast panel recognized Santi Santillan as the Player of the Game after the topped the scoring column for the Green Archers with 18 points to go along with five rebounds.

While his school’s alma mater song was playing, however, tears started streaming down his eyes.

That only continued in his post-game interview with the broadcast panel.

And to the post-win conference inside the press room.

As it turns out, Santillan just could not hold back his emotions – emotions that had nothing to do with the game. “Naisip ko lang kasi yung family ko. Na-homesick ako at ang tagal ko na silang ‘di nakikita,” he said.

The 22-year-old left his parents and siblings back in Cebu to transfer to Taft Avenue.

Now in his second year in green and white, of course, the homesickness still hasn’t gone away. “Talagang homesick ako kasi talagang wala nang iba rito, ako lang mag-isa. Buti nga, may mga kakampi pa rin akong tinutulungan ako sa pagiging homesick,” he said.

All of those feelings just came rushing back to him after La Salle assured itself of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth. “Yung sakripisyo ko, para naman sa kanila ‘to e. Wala na namang iba e,” he said.

He then continued, “Every game, dine-dedicate ko sa family ko.”

And that goes not just for his family in Cebu, apparently.

That also goes for his wife Alicia May and one-year-old son Lucas who are both in Hawaii.

Right now, alongside the desire to help the Green Archers in their contention, there’s a desire within Santillan to see his wife and son. “First words niya, first birthday niya, wala ako. February ko pa sila last nakita,” he said.

The good news is that Alicia May and Lucas are headed to Manila in the last week of November.

And who knows, they may very well be watching Santi doing battle with La Salle in the Final Four.

Even more, they may very well be with the Santillans from Cebu.

That is, if Santi has his way. “Pwede naman din. Kasi, ‘di ko alam kung may budget ako,” he said candidly.

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