PBA: Ginebra's Tenorio relishes time with family during lockdown

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2020 02:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Barangay Ginebra guard LA Tenorio has been keeping himself busy during the enhanced community quarantine, as he continues to work out to stay in shape while also spending precious time with his family.

In a conversation with Beau Belga on "Extra Rice," Tenorio revealed that quality time with his three children -- Sion, Santi, and Lucas -- is one of the silver linings of the lockdown for him.

"Hindi ko sinasabing okay ang nagyayari, pero pagdating ng normal na buhay natin, ma-miss natin 'to eh, 'yung kasama natin ang mga anak natin," said Tenorio.

"Nagkakaroon din ng quality time talaga," he explained. "'Yun ang magandang nangyayari din talaga, positive."

Tenorio spends the afternoons doing scheduled activities with his children, even tutoring them in their school work. 

He also took the opportunity to teach them how to ride a bike, and of course, they take time to play basketball as well. 

"At least, may routine ako," said Tenorio, who works out in the evenings following the instructions of his personal trainer.

But Tenorio also dearly misses basketball. He and the Gin Kings have yet to get their campaign started, as they did not even play a game when the All-Filipino Cup was stopped because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

"Pinaka nami-miss ko, siyempre normal na 'yung laro, 'yung competitiveness ng bawat isang player, 'di ba," said Tenorio, who is the PBA's reigning "Iron Man." "Siguro, ang pinaka nami-miss ko talaga is 'yung maglaro sa arena na andoon 'yung mga fans."

He also told Belga that he misses playing against his friends in other teams, like Belga himself.

"'Yan ang nami-miss ko na nagkikita tayo sa laro, nakukulitan," Tenorio said. "Habang naglalaro, nagga-gaguhan din."

Tenorio and the Gin Kings were one of the favored teams in the All-Filipino Cup, thanks to their remarkable run in last year's Governors' Cup where they won the title anew. The three-time Finals MVP had made no secret of his desire to finally win an All-Filipino title, as all of his five championships came in import-laced conferences.

"'Pag nakuha ang All-Filipino, ibang usapan," said Tenorio. "Sa resume mo kumbaga, napakalaking bagay noon."

Belga was quick to agree, saying: "Ako din, dalawang conference na may import, meron ako (na championship). All-Filipino lang din ang wala."

"Yun talaga ang pinag-aagawan nating lahat," Tenorio said.

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