After representing the country, Migs Pascual returns home in San Beda to play in NCAA

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He has served the national team by playing in the Batang Gilas Under-16 and played for La Salle’s high school team in the UAAP.

It’s high time for Migs Pascual to return home to the school where it all started — San Beda.

The talented young player is coming back to the school that molded him as one of the top high school players of the institution that is regarded for having a solid program.

“Sobrang blessed to return kasi San Beda yung nag-mold sa akin as a basketball player and student athlete. Sobrang happy ko rin po to reunite with my coaches, especially with Coach Manu Iñigo and Coach Ato Badolato,” wrote Pascual in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports Philippines.

Pascual said returning to San Beda and play in the NCAA is the logical thing to do as he wants to repay the institution for making him the player that he is.

“Nakapag serve na po ako sa country natin. I think now is the time na bumawi ako sa San Beda. The school that molded me since I was 10 years old. Lalo po ako naging confident off and on the court because of San Beda and its basketball program,” added Pascual.

Aside from this, Pascual wants to be part of the San Beda team that is taking part ion different tournaments in the metropolis as it prepares for the coming NCAA season.

“From my experience and lagi sinasabi ng dad ko sakin,  dati pa lang po mga 80s or 90s, iba na po talaga program ng beda sa basketball. And from my experience, sobrang dami po nila na leagues na sinasalihan. Halos sa isang taon mga nine or 10 na leagues meron po. Yun yung lamang nila sa ibang schools,” added Pascual.

In San Beda, he will be reunited with Iñigo, also a member of the coaching staff of the Davao Occidental Tigers in the MPBL.

Iñigo has been there every step of the way for Pascual — from the time he started to pick up the basketball all the way to his development as a grade school baller.

Together, they could carry on the great tradition of San Beda’s high school team, one that was nourished by Badolato, the head of the school’s basketball program.

“With coach Manu Iñigo, sobrang happy dahil matagal ko na siyang coach. Since 11 years old pa lang ako, coach ko na siya. Malaki rin po yung utang na loob ko sa kanya and syempre sa lahat ng coaches sa San Beda. He’s one of the best coaches para sakin. Hinahayaan niya ako i-lead yung team and lagi niya ako gina-guide on and off the court,” added Pascual.

Badolato, according to Pascual, was more like a father figure who wanted to bring the best out of his players and in his return, he wants to make sure that he’ll pay tribute to the man highly responsible for the rise of the careers of several all-time best players in Philippine basketball, including Benjie Paras, Ronnie Magsanoc, Dindo Pumaren, Gerry Esplana, Eric Altamirano, and Ren-Ren Ritualo among others.

“Si Coach Ato Badolato rin yung mentor ko since elementary days. Kung wala siya, wala rin ako mararating ngayon sa basketball career ko. Siya nga dahilan kaya maganda basketball program ng San Beda. Kaya I owe a lot to him and our alma mater,” added Pascual.

In his return, Pascual also has a chip on his shoulder of trying to help out the team that has been proud for the longest time in high school basketball.

“I’m eager and excited. I just want to lead this team (San Beda) and bring back the championship that was stolen three years ago. But it won’t be easy getting that trophy. It will take a lot of sacrifice, team chemistry and hard work,” added Pascual.