by Waylon Galvez
Reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer is taking a much-needed break after leading the team to the PBA Philippine Cup – not in another country but in his home province in Pinamungajan, Cebu.
“Mas gusto ko na dito ako sa probinsya kesa yung mag-bakasyon abroad (I like it here in the province, instead of traveling abroad for a vacation),” said the 6-foot-10 Fajardo.
“Masaya na kasama ko yung family ko dito, enjoy naman saka pahinga lang ako talaga (I’m happy here with my family, I’m enjoying and all I do is rest,” added the gentle giant.
In his Instagram posts, Fajardo had pictures and videos of him with family and friends mostly on fishing trips, which he said he normally do whenever he go back home for a short break.
Through his earnings, since he turned pro in 2012, Fajardo was able to purchase things like a boat that he uses with his family and friends whenever they want to go fishing near their home.
“Malapit lang mga 10-minute drive… public beach lang naman tapos dun kami nangingisda. Bukas balik kami dun (It’s a 10-minute drive going to a public beach where we go fishing. Tomorrow we’ll be there again),” he said.
Fajardo went back to Cebu a few days after Game 7 of the All-Filipino Finals where he was also named the PBA Press Corps Finals MVP.
He averaged 21.4 points, 14.04 rebounds and 2.36 assists in the title series, including a 17-point and 31-rebound performance in the decisive Game 7 against the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok last May 15.
Aside from facing the Hotshots in the Finals, SMB also battled the Phoenix Pulse Masters in the semifinals and TNT KaTropa in the quarterfinals in highly physical matches.
That is why this break is important for Fajardo.
“Talagang kailangang maka-pahinga and maka-recover. Hindi biro yung pinagdaanan namin as a team. Sobrang hirap para makuha uli namin yung title dito sa Philippine Cup (I really need to rest and recover. It wasn’t easy what we went through as a team. It was tough for us to win a title again in the Philippine Cup),” said Fajardo.
San Miguel will resume practice session on Monday to prepare for the Commissioner’s Cup as the team is set to debut on June 5 against NorthPort at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.