Cebuano basketball player Reeve Ugsang finds himself stuck in paradise

Jonas N. Panerio

THE outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has placed a lot of people in some very inconvenient situations. One particular basketball player — Reeve Ugsang — has found himself in a very unique one as he is now stuck on the island paradise of Palawan, unsure of when he will be able to return back to Cebu.

Ugsang, a former standout of Southwestern University-Phinma, was enjoying his return to playing competitive basketball after a one-year hiatus. After all, he was picked up to play in a “panalay” or pay-for-play league in Palawan of all places.

“Naabot ko diri tungod naa koy panalay. Halos one month kapin nako diri sa El Nido ug Brooke Point Palawan,” said the 6-foot-5 big man.

Ugsang had already played in two leagues and was preparing to go home back to Cebu on March 17 when the pandemic hit breaking point in the country and flights to Cebu were stopped.

“After jud sa second game, naa nakoy ticket kay uli sa unta ko for bisan one week and then balik diri for another league na sad but unfortunately, tungod nag lockdown na ang Cebu, wala ko naka larga. Ako mga teammates nakauli sila tanan sa Manila kay ako ramay taga Cebu nasagol nila,” narrated Ugsang.

A week has passed since Ugsang found himself stuck in Palawan and he says that it has been tough but he is now just trying to make the best of his current predicament.

It’s tough jud pero it is what it is man so dapat adapt and adjust lang. Mao raman jud na kay sa life, dili man pirmi control nimo ang panghitabo. Naa man jud panghitabo nga against sa imong plan. Ang importante kabalo ka mu-adapt and adjust,” shared Ugsang.

These days, Ugsang says he is keeping himself busy by working out using whatever equipment he has to keep himself in shape. Most times however, he admits he is just scrolling through social media or binge-watching on Netflix.

And while he admits he couldn’t have picked a better place to get stuck in, there is just no place like home.

“I feel mixed emotions kay una, lipay kaayu ko kay nindut jud kaayu ang Palawan. Grabe ka nindut labi na sa El Nido pero at the same time kaguol kay tungod wala pako kabalo kanus-a ko makauli,” said Ugsang. B

“Bisan pag unsa ka nindot ang lugar, there’s no place like home with your loved ones jud uy.”