Thanks to mom, Ritualo actually a double-degree holder

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 02, 2020 03:39 PM
Thanks to mom, Ritualo actually a double-degree holder
Renren Ritualo's mom made sure her son was an achiever in the classroom just as much as he was on the court

Renren Ritualo won four championships in a row in De La Salle University.

That four-peat, alongside nods as Finals MVP and Rookie of the Year, has his jersey retired in the rafters of the school's gym.

Make no mistake, though, "The Rainman" achieved as a student just as much as he achieved as an athlete.

In fact, he got a 4.0 in his thesis defense. Asked by Migs Bustos about his most memorable moment in his time in Taft Avenue, he answered, full of pride, "4.0 kami sa defense! Hulaan mo sino nag-defend?"

He then continued, with a laugh, "Ako!"

Ritualo appeared on Bustos' Off the Record last Saturday alongside Jeron Teng to promote La Salle's Kada-Uno initiative that hopes to help those in need in the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

The former King Archer's perfect thesis defense was the icing on the cake that was quite an impressive academic record - an academic record that had him taking and making good on a double-degree.

Of course he wouldn't have been able to finish up Guidance Counseling-Psychology without his mother. As he put it, "Sa pag-aaral, nandyan nanay ko lagi to push me."

According to Ritualo, there was a time in the middle of their four-peat that he felt he needed some time off of studies.

"Nagpaalam ako sa kanya, 'Mom, can I take a break? One sem lang na LOA (leave of absence),'" he said, recalling his student life before a 12-year career in the PBA. "Sabi niya, 'O sige, pero wag ka na rin maglaro ng basketball.'"

From that point, there was to be no more doubts in Ritualo's mind about having to balance time on the court and in the classroom. "I always make sure to have fun, but at the back of my mind, naririnig ko mom ko e," he said.

He then continued, "My mom was always telling me to study."

And with his mom behind him, he is nothing but proud to say he never failed a subject. "Five years course ko, may mga na-drop ako kasi kailangan, conflict kasi sa schedule," he said.

He then continued, "Pero never akong bumagsak."

Maybe, just maybe, La Salle also has to have Mrs. Ritualo up there in its rafters alongside her son.


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