THE only time Alvin Patrimonio and Yeng Guiao were together in one team was in the 1991 PBA All-Star Game.
Since then, the two were bitter rivals playing on separate teams.
Mr. Patrimonio used to play for Purefoods and became the main man of the franchise. He is the fierce nemesis of Mr. Guiao, a six-time league champion, who was coaching corporate rival Swift for many years.
Mr. Patrimonio has retired from playing for the 13 years, but he continued to become a rival of Mr. Guiao, who is now serving as coach and general manager of the NLEX Road Warriors.
But in one rare occasion, Messrs. Patrimonio and Guiao found themselves as allies when they participated in the join project of the PBA and STI Academic Center Las Piñas in the relief operations for the fire victims of Las Piñas just recently.
Mr. Guiao was also joined by his two players at NLEX — Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Juami Tiongson as they welcomed and provided hope to the fire victims of Barangay Daniel Fernando. Fire struck the barangay last July 19, leaving 60 families homeless.
Fire victims gathered and got the chance to see up close and personal these PBA personalities. They received 100 bag of goodies from the PBA headed by Commissioner Chito Narvasa, Chief of Operations Rickie Santos and Media Bureau Chief Willie Marcial.
“Alvin (Patrimonio) is not part of our team. But in times like this, we are allies. We’re joining forces to help out the fire victims,” Mr. Guiao told BusinessWorld.
Mr. Patrimonio, for his part, provided inspiration to the victims.
“Let us not lose hope. There’s still life ahead of us. We’ll be able to endure this. Let’s continue to work hard and get ourselves up,” added Mr. Patrimonio.
The PBA personalities received a warm welcome from the victims as well as the STI Las Piñas community headed by Liz Acedo, the deputy school administrator, Grace Gutierrez, the academic head, and Bernadette Rejano, the head of the student affairs office. Students of Tourism and Hotel Management Restaurant also prepared meals for the guests. — Rey Joble