Ralph Jude Dinolan, Univer­sity of San JoseReco­le­tos

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Mark Chris­tian Kong, Cebu In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy-Univer­sity

It’s in­cred­i­ble how bas­ket­ball can strip away any and all in­hi­bi­tions. Take Mark Chris­tian Kong for ex­am­ple. Off the floor, you might see him lounging in a cor­ner, com­fort­ably mind­ing his own busi­ness or just shoot­ing the breeze with his in­ti­mate cir­cle of friends. “I’m a re­ally shy guy. At first, I re­ally don’t talk all that much un­less some­one speaks with me. It’s only when I get fa­mil­iar with some­one that I re­ally open my­self up and show how funny and loud I can be,” Kong shared. But put him on the floor and Kong be­comes the crafty-lefty, ca­pa­ble of de­stroy­ing de­fenses with his vast ar­ray of moves as well he can dis­arm op­pos­ing fans with his sly smirk.

As ag­gres­sive and in-your­face as the game of Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos for­ward Ralph Jude Dinolan is, his per­son­al­ity is as old school and laid back as one can pos­si­bly get. “I’m a low key and home­body kind of guy. I’m an old school ro­man­tic and I love the mu­sic of the 70s and the 80s,” said the for­mer Myth­i­cal Five for­ward who is play­ing in his fi­nal sea­son for the Jaguars. Un­con­vinced of his claims, we asked him to choose be­tween go­ing out and stay­ing home. With­out bat­ting an eye­lash, he quipped, “I love watch­ing movies by my­self or with my nieces and neph­ews.” So there you have it.

Jancork Cabahug, Univer­sity of the Visayas

Don’t make the mis­take of con­fus­ing the myth of the Univer­sity of the Visayas’ Jancork Cabahug with that of the man him­self. The myth con­jec­tures that the burly 6foot-2 for­ward is a high-scor­ing hot­head who has a lot go­ing for him ow­ing to his roots to the Man­daue roy­alty that is the Cabahug fam­ily. The re­al­ity how­ever, is Jancork is a “fam­ily-ori­ented, friendly and open-minded” chap who cares deeply for both friends and fam­ily. “I make sure that I spend time with my fam­ily and friends. I love to help peo­ple and I am al­ways one call away,” Jancork di­vulged.

John Reel Saycon, Univer­sity of San Car­los

Don’t mis­take John Reel Saycon’s meek­ness for weak­ness. A shy, timid young man that re­flects that of his home­town of Tan­jay, John Reel lets his game do all the talk­ing. And boy, did it not just talk but ac­tu­ally screamed of bril­liance, all the way to a spot in the pres­ti­gious Myth­i­cal Five last sea­son. This year, Saycon’s pres­ence has be­come more un­der­stated but no less pro­found, as in spite of the loss of sev­eral key play­ers, John Reel has dragged the War­riors to the semi­fi­nals where he will con­tinue to show­case his on­court hero­ics. Just don’t ex­pect him to be all too loud about it.

Jaybie Mantilla, Univer­sity of San JoseReco­le­tos

Here’s a tip: never get ad­vice on how to eat healthy from Jaybie Mantilla. For good­ness’ sake, the jit­ter­bug from the Univer­sity of San Jose-Reco­le­tos gorges on fried chicken, pizza, and burger and fries like there’s no to­mor­row and then, washes it all down with his drink of choice, Sprite soda. Good thing Jaybie is not tasked with be­ing a nutri­tion­ist. Rather, the Cesafi’s reign­ing MVP is a damn good bas­ket­ball player who’s hell-bent on bring­ing a ti­tle to the Jaguars’ lair in what is his fi­nal hur­rah for USJ-R.

Roy Quiachon, Jr., Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines Foun­da­tion

Would you be­lieve that the Univer­sity of South­ern Philip­pines’ All Star for­ward Roy Quiachon, Jr. only learned how to play the game of bas­ket­ball at age 16? As un­ex­pected as that may seem, it re­ally isn’t once you get to know the vet­eran cager. “I’m al­ways ea­ger to learn new things,” said Quiachon. A self-con­fessed “lola’s boy” who grew up un­der the watch of his grand­mother af­ter be­ing separated from his par­ents at an early age, Roy may look rigid but the young man has jokes for days. That is if you can pry him away from the bed where you will find him on most off days.

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