PBA play­ers get les­son on good groom­ing, so­cial me­dia and men­tal health

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

AS play­ers evolved to be­come celebri­ties and pub­lic prop­er­ties through the years, the PBA on Fri­day held its first ever ori­en­ta­tion pro­gram in al­most a decade.

The league lined up a se­lect num­ber of pan­elists who talked about a wide va­ri­ety of top­ics, rang­ing from good groom­ing, so­cial me­dia, to men­tal health.

All ac­tive play­ers of the 12 mem­ber teams were re­quired to at­tend the three-hour event held at the Mer­alco main theat r e.

Com­mis­sioner Wil­lie Mar­cial re­vived the pro­gram first or­ga­nized dur­ing the time of Noli Eala and con­tin­ued when Sonny Bar­rios took over.

"Nag-evolve na kasi ang land­scape ng PBA," ad­mit­ted Mar­cial. "Malak­ing bagay kasi ki­lala na sila (play­ers), tapos gi­na­gawa si­lang role model ng mga ka­bataan. So kailan­gan in­gatan mo na rin paano ka kik­i­los sa mata ng tao."

FWD Head of Mar­ket­ing Roch Van­der­berghe talked about in­vest­ment, while Ch­esca Bu­gia-Teno­rio, wife of Gine­bra star LA Teno­rio, tack­led fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy.

TV5's Mag­gie Cortez dis­cussed so­cial me­dia and the im­pact PBA play­ers have with their pres­ence on­line.

"Makakat­u­long sila (play­ers) sa liga kasi marami si­lang fol­low­ers sa so­cial me­dia," said Mar­cial. "Malak­ing ad­van­tage ka­pag natu­tu­nan din nila i-pro­mote yung liga sa so­cial me­dia."

In-charge of dis­cussing proper groom­ing were Regi Cruz and Juan Ba­nal, while vet­eran sports broad­caster Sev Sar­menta de­lib­er­ated on how play­ers should han­dle me­dia and TV int er vi ew s.

A few play­ers also talked on stage such as Mer­alco as­sis­tant coach Ron­nie Magsanoc, who re­counted his play­ing days in the league as well as San Miguel's Chris Ross and Alaska as­sis­tant coach Tony Dela Cruz, who both dwelled on men­tal health.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess and in­ter­ests shown by the play­ers, Mar­cial is con­tem­plat­ing on whether the ac­tiv­ity will now be done on a yearly ba­sis. (RG)

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