Scottie Thompson was mentored by Aric del Rosario during his collegiate days in the Perpetual Atlas
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Ginebra's Scottie Thompson mourns mentor 'Tatay Aric'
Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) - March 27, 2020 - 10:15am

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay Ginebra's Scottie Thompson expressed his grief in a lenghty social media post following the death of veteran coach Aric del Rosario.

Thompson was mentored by Del Rosario during his college days with the Perpetual Help Altas in the NCAA and described his death as one of the saddest news he ever received.

The 26-year-old posted on Instagram a eulogy to the late Del Rosario, sharing photos and videos of him with the veteran coach.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Isa sa pinaka malungkot at nakakagulat na balita na natanggap ko buong buhay ko!???????? TATAY, PAPA , DADDY , LOLO , COACH AT MENTOR ARIC. Maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng tinuro mo sakin sa lahat ng ginawa mo sa buhay ko. Ikaw isa sa dahilan kung saan ako ngayon at kung anong meron ako ngayon, hindi lang pala isa sa naging dahilan kundi ikaw naging dahilan! Hanggang sa PBA dala dala ko padin ang laging mong sinasabi mo samin. Magsipag ka lang, maglaro ng maayos magpakabait at laging madasalin may papupuntahan ka bata at higit sa lahat tanggapin anong meron ka ngayon. Kung gusto mo ng higit? Pagtrabahuan mo! Dahil sa mga linyang yan andito ako ngayon. Ang pinaka d ko makakalimutan na laging mong tanong sa mga player mo na galing probinsya ay yung may pera kpa ba? Laging sinasagot ng player wala na po coach sarili mong pera na galing sa bulsa mo yung binibigay mo sakanila. Yung tipong pinaparamdam mo hndi lang basta coach pinaramdam mo din samin na parang tatay ka namin kasi alam mo malalayo kamibsa pamilya namin. Coach A. Simula nung nakilala kita naging coach kita lahat ng pananaw ko sa buhay nag-iba. Lahat ng mga duda ko sa sarili ko kung kakayanin ko ba o hndi nag-iba. Lahat ng pagsubok na dumaan sa buhay ko hanggang ngayon hindi na ako nagduda sa sarili ko. Kasi tinuruan mo akong maging palaban at kayanin lahat. Sa lahat ng mga mura at suntok mo saaming mga player mo ramdam namin kung gaano mo kami gusto e push pa sa kakayanan namin. Haaayyyys???????? Ang mas nakakalungkot pa lalo is yung panu ka po kaya namin madalaw dahil sa mga nangyayari ngayon. Panu po kaya namin madamayan ang pamilya mo coach?? i pray na sana makagawa kami ng paraan para makasama ka namin coach at ang pamily mo. Again thank you for everything coach Aric!! You will be missed! And you will be always in our hearts! We Love you coach!!

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"Maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng tinuro mo sakin sa lahat ng ginawa mo sa buhay ko," Thompson said.

Thompson, who has won four PBA titles since going to the pros, attributed his success to all the lessons imparted on him by Sel Rosario.

"Ikaw isa sa dahilan kung saan ako ngayon at kung anong meron ako ngayon, hindi lang pala isa sa naging dahilan kundi ikaw naging dahilan! Hanggang sa PBA dala dala ko padin ang laging mong sinasabi mo samin," Thompson said.

He also narrated Del Rosario's generosity toward his players, particularly those from the provinces.

Thompson recounted how Del Rosario would often spend money from his own pocket to help his players.

He also said that Del Rosario was not only a coach, but also a father to those he mentored.

"Yung tipong pinaparamdam mo hindi lang basta coach pinaramdam mo din samin na parang tatay ka namin kasi alam mo malalayo kami sa pamilya namin," he said.

Del Rosario died of cardiac arrest on Thursday at the age of 80.

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