MANILA, Philippines -- Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon is making the most of the lockdown by taking culinary lessons from his wife, and bonding with his baby girl.
In an "eat at home" episode of Extra Rice with Rain or Shine veteran Beau Belga, Jalalon shared how he kept himself busy while under quarantine.
"Hindi ako marunong magluto dati," admitted Jalalon. "Natuto na ako dahil andito lang sa bahay. Tinuturuan ako ng wife ko na magluto."
"Iniisa-isa niya kung ano niluluto niya, tinuro niya sa akin. Kumbaga, 'yun ang bonding namin," he added. "At yung baby ko lagi kong nakakalaro. Malaking bagay at malaking oras ang nabibigay ko sa kanya."
Jalalon's social media accounts are filled with posts about his wife, Kristina, and their daughter, Skyla.
Still, the young guard won't deny that he is getting antsy while waiting for the PBA season to resume. All league activities have been suspended since March 11 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"Hindi sanay 'yung katawan ko na walang practice, hindi makahawak ng bola," said Jalalon. "Dito lang talaga sa bahay nagwo-workout. Ang hirap, ang hirap isipin."
"Kasi siyempre makapagpahinga lang tayo nang one week or two weeks nga, parang ang lamya na ng katawan natin. Eto pa kaya na sobrang taas ng araw na hindi tayo nakakaensayo, walang hawak ng bola," he added.
Nevertheless, Jalalon is finding ways to stay active. He has also been of help to the frontliners in their area, as he distributed food packs to them last month.
"Sila 'yung nasa daan palagi, lahat ng oras, kahit mainit, andoon sila. Kaya na-inspire ako na bibigyan sila ng kahit kaunting pangmeryenda lang nila para ma-enjoy nila ang pagbabantay sa daan," he explained.
Catch Belga and Jalalon's full discussion here:
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