Prince with his brother, Ricci of the UP Fighting Maroons
Long-time dream coming true
FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - June 13, 2020 - 12:00am

Hadn’t the pandemic happened, Prince Rivero would have been playing as the newest member of the Rain or Shine team in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA’s) 45th season that was suspended until better/safer times.

“I was scheduled to play last March 13,” said Prince, “but the games were postponed indefinitely the day before. It would have been my first time to be on the PBA stage. But it’s okay since times are uncertain and better to hold the games when everybody is safe, including the players, the league and the sports-loving Filipinos. The safety of everyone should be the utmost priority.”

Playing in the PBA is Prince’s long-time dream which was about to come true, until…

A B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies student in La Salle where he was a member of the Green Archers team, Prince has done stints with the Gilas Army (SEA Games 2015), Mandaluyong El Tigre and Tanduay Rhum Batangas (both for Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League/MPBL), and ALAB Pilipinas for the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).

Prince stands 6’4”; weighs 220 lbs.; and wears size-XL shirt, size-34 briefs and size-14 playing shoes.

He is the older brother of UP Fighting Maroons’ Ricci Rivero, trained in the game early on by their dad, Paulo “King” Rivero, who is the strength and conditioning coach of Nazareth Juniors of National University (NU), UP Men’s Basketball and the Petrogazz Angels (Philippine Volleyball League/PVL).

With their dad, Paulo ‘King’ Rivero, who manages two UAAP teams and a Philippine Volleyball League (PVL) team

How old were you when you fell in love with basketball?

“I think around 11 when I started my love for the game.”

Wala bang sibling rivalry between you and Ricci?

“Healthy competition is always a good motivation to be better every time.”

What kind of family do you and Ricci come from?

“A family that has values and love of God as its main foundation.”

How do you keep in shape?

“Despite my unbelievable appetite, I try to work out at least twice a day.”

What kind of workout do you do and how often?

“Mostly core, cardio and then weights.”

What kind of diet do you have (what’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, food that you crave for, food that you avoid)?

“I love food. But as much as possible, I avoid oily foods. I basically eat beef, chicken and veggies.”

How much water do you take per day?

“I make it a point to take at least three liters a day.”

How much sleep do you get per night?

“Eight to 10 hours is the best.”

Favorite sleepwear?

“I’m comfortable in my underwear and white shirt.”

Last thing that you do before you sleep?

“I pray and thank God for all the blessings our family is getting.”

First thing that you do as soon as you wake up?

“I pray and thank God that I’m alive and ask for guidance for the day and for my family. I ask Jesus to be in our midst the whole day and ask God to keep everyone safe.”

How is your love life?

“Very much available.”

When did you lose your innocence?

“I forgot to mark it on the calendar. Hahahaha!!!”

To a younger woman, older woman or a girl your age?

“Age doesn’t matter.”

How do you cope with stress (music, movies, massage)?

“I spend time with my family and play with my three little brothers.”

Three women that you find sexy?

“Anne Curtis, Gal Gadot and Kathryn Bernardo.”

Using only body language, how would you make a girl know that you admire her?

“A kiss on the forehead might do magic.”

Filmmaker Enzo Williams (left) with Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, commanding general of the Philippine Army

Direk Enzo distributes relief goods

Director Enzo Williams initiated a relief-goods distribution for over 3,000 families worth P6M in his hometown of San Juan, Metro Manila. The endeavor was made possible by the generous donation from The Asian Development Bank, along with the approval and assistance of the Philippine Army, specifically colonels Pat Amata and Arvin Lagamon.

Since early May during the ECQ, Enzo has been a frontliner and was hands-on in the distribution of goods in the most economically depressed areas of his hometown.

Each relief pack is worth about P2,000, which includes 10 kilograms of rice, 30 cans of Gold Seas Tuna, 10 packs of coffee and 10 packs of milk, which could supply a family for 10 days.

A future reservist, Enzo is now working closely with the Philippine Army regarding the re-launch of its social media account on YouTube, Your Philippine Army. Their first collaboration is the mini-documentary Bayan Bayanihan which was shown at the ADB in partnership with the Philippine Army. Their collective venture has managed to help 165,000 families in Metro Manila thus far.

Enzo is a multi-awarded Los Angeles-based filmmaker who studied Film at Los Angeles City College. His first feature film is the P90M, 2014 MMFF historical epic Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo which earned him the FAMAS Best Director award. He also served as one of the regular directors of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano for over two years.

Enzo also thanked Major Frank Suelto of the Philippine Army for making the project possible, along with the help and support of Brgy. San Perfecto chairman Dennis Pardinez and Brgy. Batis chairman Ryan Dee.

(E-mail reactions at rickylophilstar@gmail.com. For more updates, photos and videos, visit www.philstar.com/funfare or follow me on Instagram @therealrickylo.)

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