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‘From Bukid to Gilas Pilipinas’ Vic Manuel takes pride in humble beginnings and playing for Gilas

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Vic Manuel’s Gilas dreams finally came to life for him.

And he did not disappoint Team Pilipinas and the rest of its PH fans when he scored 14 points off the bench to assist Gilas to a 110-58 beating against Singapore on Wednesday.

“Ang saya-saya, sobra. Nakaka-proud kasi naglalaro kami para sa bansa natin, tapos ang daming sumusuportang kababayan. Talagang ibibigay namin lahat para sa kababayan natin,” said the “Muscle Man”.

“Medyo excited na nakakapaglaro na ako sa national team. Hindi ako kinabahan, ready lang ako maglaro.”

Now that Manuel’s Gilas aspiration was already fulfilled, he couldn’t help but to look back at his humble beginnings back in Zambales.

“May bukid kami sa Zambales. Nagtatanim kami at nagpapalay kami,” he explained.

The 6-foot-4 power forward did not only took pride in donning the national team, but also overcoming the challenges that were thrown upon him and his family.

“Siguro iyong mga pinagdaanan ko talaga sa buhay, iyon ang naging inspirasyon ko para makarating ako dito. Siyempre may mga humihila sa akin pababa, pero nakaangat tayo,” Manuel said.

“Marami kaming pinagdaanan ng pamilya namin, so at least nakaginhawa naman.”