Scottie Thompson was overwhelmed with grief after his beloved ‘lola’ passed away last October.
The 27-year old native of Padada, Davao del Sur was extremely devastated since it happened while he was inside the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga and was unable to pay his last respects as the league disallows exit and re-entry in accordance with the government’s health protocols.
“Sabi mo antayin mo ulit kami mag champion bago ka pumikit. Bibigay ko yung best ko ‘La para sayo. Rest easy lola, I love you so much,” wrote the 6-foot-1 guard out of University of Perpetual Help on his Facebook account.
And after the Gin Kings finally bagged the elusive Philippine Cup title last Wednesday, the team’s first since 2007, the first thing that came to Thompson’s mind while he was being interviewed after the match was the promise he made to his lola.
“Lola kung saan ka man ngayon, para sa iyo talaga ito. Sana patuloy mo akong suportahan,” said an emotional Thompson.
“Hinihintay ko talaga yung moment na ito. Yung pangako ko sa kanya na io-offer ko yung championship, very thankful ako kay God na binigyan niya ako ng chance na maibigay ito sa lola ko,” he added.
The very first thing that the now 5-time PBA champion plans to do after he exits the bubble is to pay her a visit.
“Pagkatapos nito, uuwi ako sa amin para mabisita ko siya.”