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Ex-Bacolod guard Villahermosa glad to be an Army frontliner this COVID-19 pandemic
by Niel Victor Masoy, May 10, 2020 3:51pm
Ex-Bacolod guard Mar Villahermosa is one happy man to serve his country as a Philippine Army frontliner in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the Philippine government implemented the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) last March 15, Villahermosa has been in the Special Services Centre in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.
The six-foot guard has been taking orders there, but of all, it's the Army's relief operations that he relishes the most, saying it satisfies him in doing it.
"It feels so good that I've got to serve my country in this trying time. Lalo na yung times na namamahagi kami ng relief goods," said Villahermosa, who averaged 8.0 points in 16 games for Bacolod during the Chooks-to-Go Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup.
"Masarap sa pakiramdam na kahit papaano, may napapasaya kaming mga tao kahit sa simpleng bagay lang."
While Villahermosa enjoys working as a frontliner, the sadness inevitably creeps into him every after a day's work as he misses his family badly.
He hasn't returned home for almost two months, after all.
Thanks to technology, though, Villahermosa is just a call or text away from his own family.
"Thank God sa technology, I can communicate with my wife and daughter through messaging apps, kasi since day one ng ECQ, wala na talaga akong uwian," said Villahermosa, who joined the Army in 2016 as a skilled personnel.
Villahermosa bared that as early as now, there are already teams sending feelers to tap his services for MPBL's next season.
However, he's focused on the task at hand first. And the task is to serve his country in these trying times.
"May mga kumakausap na sa akin pero focus muna ako sa Army, sa pagtulong sa ating bansa para malagpasan itong COVID-19," the San Beda product said.
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