COUNT BASKETBALL superstar Paul “Bong” Alvarez on the list of those who are serving the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Instead of staying at home, the player known as Mr. Excitement has been delivering help to those affected by the health crisis.
Recently, he accompanied the Talino at Galing ng Pinoy (TGP) Party List of Rep. Jose “Bong” Teves Jr. to offer food and other needs to Barangay Bagong Silangan and Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City. Aside from receiving the relief goods, the presence of a famous and idolized Basketball player has brought cheer to the residents.
“TGP is one of the very active party lists and have helped a lot and will help a lot a people,”said Alvarez who serves as a consultant in the office of Rep. Teves. “All I can say is that we are doing our best to fulfil our promises from the last election.”
Aside from Quezon City, Alvarez has also went on missions to Pasig City and San Pedro, Laguna. There are other projects in the pipeline for other areas that are in line with TGP’s platform that focuses on the environment, youth and health.
Before the pandemic, Alvarez was a mainstay of exhibition games together with his fellow PBA Legends all over the country and in overseas Filipino communities. Turning 52 later this month, he has maintained his physical conditioning, a good way to strengthen the immune system and avoid diseases.
If he will be asked, he would rather not push for the return of the PBA and sports because of the tough situation. “Let us sacrifice for the meantime and stay united, we will overcome this and we can watch the PBA again maybe in 2021,” he said in closing.
Alvarez played in the PBA from 1989 to 1998 for Alaska, Santa Lucia, Formula Shell, San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra. He then transferred to the Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA) from 1999 to 2001 and suited up for the Pampanga Dragons, Pasig-Rizal Pirates and Socsargen Marlins until he returned to the PBA to windup his career with FedEx, Talk ‘N Text at Red Bull from 2002 to 2005.