MANILA -- Aerieal Patnongon is now more than a year removed from playing in an organized volleyball game as part of the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles.
That doesn't mean, however, that she's been keeping away from sports. Quite the opposite, in fact, as there have been more than a few times she has watched beau June Mar Fajardo play live.
One of those times turned out to be unfortunate as she witnessed the PBA's back-to-back MVP suffer a scary injury to his left knee. Last Friday, Fajardo had to be stretchered off the court before he was taken to the hospital.
Being the good girlfriend she is, Patnongon was of course by his side throughout. In fact, she was happy to share that she was now a "personal nurse" to the 6'11" giant.
And showing how good of a caretaker she is, she proudly said she gave up sleep to watch over her boyfriend.
Don't worry. Apparently, she was well-compensated.
As it turns out, "The Kraken" really is a sweet and sensitive loverboy. This is the conversation between the two when Fajardo was taken to the hospital and Patnongon was going to follow not long after.
San Miguel's man in the middle sat out Game One on Sunday, still mending his left knee.
But of course, he was with his teammates in spirit. With him still? "Personal nurse" Aerieal.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.