It’s a little bit ironic that Cagayan de Oro-native Glenn Khobuntin is now playing for the PBA’s TerraFirma Dyip as there was a time that he worked as a jeepney “conductor” for his late father.
Although the 6-foot-4 forward now enjoys a spot on the rotation of TerraFirma, Khobuntin’s journey from Mindanao to the pros was far from being smooth.
On a recent episode of the MVP Sports Foundation Youth Basketball League’s Idol Talk, the 29-year old shared the story of how he and his father bonded as he worked as the “conductor” while the latter drove a jeepney.
“Nung bata ako, ako ang nag-kukunduktor sa jeep na minamaneho ng papa ko,” shared Khobuntin. “Binibigyan niya ako ng pera para maka-basketball. Parang barkada kami,” he added.
That kind of support helped Khobuntin in a huge way as he honed his hardcourt skills to eventually be recruited to play for Letran in high school.
From there, he went on to play for the National University (NU) Bulldogs in the UAAP. In his final UAAP game back in 2014, he scored 10 points to help NU defeat Far Eastern University, 75-59, in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 77 Finals.
Unbeknownst to him, his parents Dante and Jocelyn were watching in the stands. When the game ended, Khobuntin and his parents could not help but tear up during the emotional reunion. “Yung ganung mga maliliit na bagay, ibibigay ng parents mo para mapasaya ka lang.
Sobrang lucky ko sa parents ko,” Khobuntin shared. (JNP)