Big role, not money, more important for Mabayo: ‘Gusto kong maging proud family ko’

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AN old adage: when money talks, everybody listens.

But there are still people who wants to be an inspiration to others, something which hardworking forward Mon Mabayo wants to exhibit.

Known as Valenzuela’s source of energy up front, Mabayo turned down a juicier offer from Valenzuela and Pasig and decided to take a serious look on Quezon City’s deal, a lesser deal but bigger opportunity to shine.

“Hindi po salary ang nauuna sa akin, Sir,” wrote Mabayo in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports Philippines.  “Sa akin po, mas mahalaga yung may malaki kang role.  Kasama po sa mga decisions ko yung family ko.”

As players were transferring from different teams, most of them due to monetary reasons, Mabayo has a different mindset when it comes to pursuing his basketball career. At this time, he wants to serve as an inspiration to others, particularly the youth.

“Gusto kong maging proud ang family ko sa akin. Kung money ang habol ko, dapat nasa Pasig na ako or Valenzuela, kasi mas malaki ang offer nila sa akin. Kung sa money ko ibabase yan, eh dapat po sa ligang labas na lang ako naglaro dahil mas malaki pa ang kikitain ko,” added Mabayo.

“Pero ang main goal ko po talaga is to make my mom, my family, my wife, and my son, to be proud of me. Naglalaro na rin kasi yung anak ko.”

A few days ago, the Quezon City Capitals made a series of moves to acquire key players, tapping ex-pros Jojo Duncil and Magi Sison. The team also nabbed Mabayo and although they’ve already agreed in principle, the two camps are going to finalize the deal anytime soon.

“Hinihintay ko lang po yung agent ko, kasi gusto ko andun siya kapag nag-sign ako,” added Mabayo.

Quezon City decided to negotiate with Mabayo and wanted him to team up with Gian Abrigo in forming up the two beasts of QC. But as fate would have it, Abrigo transferred to Mandaluyong.

Not known to be a talented player, Mabayo make sup for that with sheer hard work and determination to become a more effective player to every team he plays for. He believes he’ll get that opportunity to shine with Quezon City.

“I also want to be an inspiration sa youth, na no matter what, as long as you’re giving your  best, as long as you put hardwork on something, good things happen,” added Mabayo.  “Gusto ko ma-inspire sila na hindi mo kailangan maging talented para makuha ung mga pangarap mo sa buhay. You just have to work hard.”