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Abando on COVID-19 pandemic: 'no storm will last a lifetime'

by Niel Victor Masoy, May 26, 2020 4:13pm

Rhenz Abando had a message to say that all of us should know or remember in this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

"No storm will last a lifetime," wrote the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tiger in a Facebook post on Tuesday, with a photo of him holding a paper with the aforementioned quote written on it.
Photo from Rhenz Abando


While the 22-year-old wing guy did not specifically mention that his post was about the ongoing crisis, it, nonetheless, clearly talked about it.

"We are facing this current situation that none of us ever imagined," said the 6-foot-2 Abando.

"This may make us pause for a while from all the things that we used to do but this may not be a reason for us to lose hope."

The COVID-19 pandemic certainly and virtually stops all the activities in the world, including sporting events.

The last two months would have showcased more basketball in the form of the UAAP Girls Basketball Finals, PBA Philippine Cup, PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Cup playoffs, and the traditional collegiate summer games in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup.

Of course, other sports events also came to a screeching halt like the UAAP volleyball, as well as taekwondo, boxing, mixed martial arts, athletics, badminton, tennis, and many more.

As for Abando and the Growling Tigers, they were supposed to do a vacation in Japan last March had this pandemic not happened.

In preparation for the UAAP season 83 Men's basketball, UST also was supposed to train in the United States this June, and participate in pocket tournaments here in Asia this July.

"Supposedly, March dapat punta kami ng Japan. Ito sana yung gift sa'min ng UST for making it to the Finals (last season)," rued Growling Tigers head coach Aldin Ayo. 

"Then ngayong June sana, punta kaming States, yung buong team to train. Tapos July sana may out of the country pa na tournament, kaso wala na eh, 'di na mangyayari.

"May dalawa kaming tina-target na tournament within Asia lang naman na balak naming salihan pero hindi pa naman final so hindi pa namin masasabi kung ano. Yung isa, magdedepend sa organizer kung kami yung ipapadala eh."

There's no timetable yet as for when things can return to the old normal.

However, one can take solace to the fact that no storm lasts forever, indeed.

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