Only mommy Girlie knows Nieto twins' recipe for success

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Feb 21, 2020 08:08 PM
Only mommy Girlie knows Nieto twins' recipe for success
(Photo by Arvin Lim)

Mike and Matt Nieto are leaving Ateneo de Manila as three-time Srs. and one-time Jrs. champions.

Through all those titles, the twins' each and every day started the same - with a homecooked meal by mommy Girlie for breakfast made, of course, with all the love in the world.

"Simula ng first championship sa college, every day breakfast ko, dalawang bangus tsaka extra rice. Hinding-hindi talaga ako nagsawa," Mike shared. "Throughout ng three-peat, every day, 9:00 a.m. sharp, naayos na ni mommy yun."

And as it turns out, the game day meals began long before the Nietos were key cogs in the Blue Eagles' three-peat - the last of which was a historic season sweep.

"Nung high school, medyo iba. Two-piece chicken, thigh part ng McDo ako nun," Mike, the older of the two narrated through chuckles. "Kaya kami nag-champion dahil dun. Nung isang time na natalo kami, 'di kasi ako kumain ng chicken."

Back in their last year in high school, the brothers led the Blue Eaglets to a sweep of the elimination round only to drop Game 1 of the Finals - and apparently, that was when Mike didn’t have his usual game day meal.

Ultimately, Ateneo won out and the Nietos would hoist three more trophies in the Srs., but in the mind of Mike, a ritual had been born.

That wasn't necessarily the case for Matt. "Si Mike, merong ganun, pero ako kasi, 'di naniniwala sa ganun e," he said with a smile.

While he didn't have a set game day meal, he was still only glad to have mommy Girlie beside him each and every step of the way. "Si mommy, she's always been there for us. Siya yung best mom kasi she supports us non-stop," he said.

Indeed, both parents have been present for majority of their sons' matchups.

And while daddy Jet, himself a multiple-time champion in Ateneo, gives guidance on the court, mommy Girlie takes care of everything else off of it. "Si mommy, behind the scenes siya. Siya nagko-comfort sa amin pag masama yung laro namin at siya rin nagpapakalma kay daddy," Matt said.

He then continued, "Si mommy kasi, walang negative e. Lahat ng circumstances, tini-treat niya as positive."

Without a doubt, that positivity was nothing but welcome for the Nietos twins who have always set their sights on greater and greater heights. As Mike put it, "Ang laki ng impact niya sa amin. 'Di lang napapansin sa basketball court kasi siyempre, pag basketball, ang napag-uusapan si daddy, pero we won't be here where we are if it weren't for mommy."

In the end, Mike and Matt just want the world to know that mommy Girlie is as much a big part of all their success as daddy Jet. "Ako, personally, I'm a proud mommy's boy at kami, kung bakit kami medyo minahal ng mga tao, yung ugali kasi namin, nanggaling kay mommy," the former said.

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