UAAP 82: Chauca, Falcons to do all they can to help out victims of San Marcelino fire
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Sep 28, 2019 08:14 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Adamson University fell to Far Eastern University, Saturday at MOA Arena.
With the loss, the Soaring Falcons now find themselves in a three-way logjam for the fourth-seed at the end of the first round of eliminations.
Still, their place in the standings wasn't what Valandre Chauca and company were feeling sorry for at all.
"I think that's the toughest part of today. When the buzzer sounded, it's not like you just lost as a team," Chauca told reporters post-game. "You lost for everyone in the crowd. Over a thousand people lost everything and 900 of those were students. That hurts."
Last Thursday, a fire ravaged a residential area just a hundred meters from the dormitory of Adamson student-athletes.
The disaster reached alarm level five and according to the Manila City Public Information Office, damaged around 30 to 50 houses and displaced around 1, 000 people. Four people were also injured.
The Filipino-Peruvian guard wasted no time helping out the victims - using his social media to spread information.
PLEASE PRAY FOR SAN MARCELINO STREET & ZOBEL STREET FAMILIES & FRIENDS???????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/WLszMWBQSC— Valandre (@valandrelaguna) September 26, 2019
For Chauca, he was just doing the right thing - and he had been brought up to do the right thing. "That's how I was raised - just going to help in any way you can. There was an internet café there that was on fire and that needed everyone there to try take stuff out," he recalled.
He then continued, "Moving out desktops and machinery and paper, we were all just trying to do whatever we could."
Without a doubt, the one-and-done guard has found a home in San Marcelino and will go all-out to be one with the community which has embraced him. "I think the difference between Adamson and a lot of the top schools, Adamson represents like a blue-collar type of school," he shared.
He then continued, "Some of the poor students go to Adamson so it means a lot to me to represent the working class, the people who save up all week just to come to our games."
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