Grate­ful MVP

Fa­jardo sa­vors jour­ney to PBA great­ness

Business World - - World Sports - By Michael An­gelo S. Murillo Se­nior Re­porter

ON Sun­day San Miguel Beer­men star June Mar Fa­jardo made his­tory by be­com­ing the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s first-ever five-time most valu­able player. It is an achieve­ment that he said he is very grate­ful for and proud of as it is a prod­uct of a won­der­ful jour­ney he got to share with so many peo­ple.

Beat­ing out Northport Batang Pier’s Stan­ley Pringle in a tight twoway race for the top in­di­vid­ual award, Cebu na­tive Fa­jardo moved past PBA leg­ends Ra­mon Fer­nan­dez and Alvin Pat­ri­mo­nio in a tie for most league MVPs at four.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing his fifth con­sec­u­tive MVP award, Mr. Fa­jardo could not help but look back at the jour­ney he has had to PBA great­ness in awe.

He shared he has cer­tainly come far from his for­ma­tive days in bas­ket­ball of play­ing pickup games in Cebu to try­ing his luck in col­le­giate hoops in the prov­ince to now in the PBA.

Mr. Fa­jardo un­der­scored that he would not be where he is right now if not for the peo­ple that helped him along the way, in­clud­ing his par­ents and brother who have sup­ported him right from the very start and with whom he was happy to share the achieve­ment.

“Who would have thought that I would be able to break the record for MVPs in the PBA? I, my­self, did not ex­pect this. I could not be­lieve I was able to achieve this record for most MVPs in the league,” Mr. Fa­jardo shared in Filipino in meet­ing mem­bers of me­dia af­ter the an­nual PBA Leo Awards on Sun­day at the Philip­pine Arena in Bu­la­can.

“This was made all the more spe­cial be­cause my par­ents are here with me. Un­for­tu­nately my brother is not here be­cause of work. I share this with them, my par­ents, be­cause they are my in­spi­ra­tion for all the hard work they did for us. I want to make them happy with all my achieve­ments be­cause I be­lieve that is the best feel­ing there is. To make your par­ents proud,” he added.

Twenty-nine-year-old Fa­jardo went on to say that his fifth PBA MVP award would only serve to push him more to im­prove his game just as he down­played the idea of him be­ing the great­est of all time in the lo­cal pro­fes­sional league.

“I do not want to be con­tent with this lat­est achieve­ment. I’m proud of this, of course, but there are still things I need to im­prove on and want more to achieve,” Mr. Fa­jardo said.

“I’m just happy to be in the con­ver­sa­tion of the great­est of all time but I am not claim­ing that ti­tle. I be­lieve that the MVP is not the ba­sis for be­ing the great­est ever but more of what one has con­trib­uted to the league. There are many who came be­fore me and have done a lot. They are all leg­ends and greats. I still have a long way to go. I’m only on my sev­enth year in the PBA,” he added.

In win­ning the MVP award for Sea­son 43 of the PBA, Mr. Fa­jardo rode on sea­son av­er­ages of 20.6 ppg, 12.4 rpg, and 1.2 bpg in 47 out­ings last year that also saw him help the Beer­men to two fi­nals ap­pear­ances and one ti­tle.

Mr. Fa­jardo and the Beer­men are set to make their 2019 Philip­pine Cup de­but on Jan. 18 against the Columbian Dyip.

ALVINS.GO

THE NEWLY MINTED five-time PBA most valu­able player June Mar Fa­jardo of the San Miguel Beer­men is very grate­ful and in awe of the jour­ney he has had to league great­ness.

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