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UP’s Fil-Spanish Cager Pio “Sharpshooter Heartthrob“ Longa in Brink of Stardom



By: Paolo Manuel C. Fule

From being an SHS-Ateneo de Cebu Magi some years ago to testing the cudgels of UP Fighting Maroons this year, Pio Longa has become a matured playmaker for his new team and campus. Being in the roster to play for your respective school is a privilege in itself, but helping them to make your team at the top of their game is also another duty. And it is never an easy task for any student just like Pio.

Born Jose Piero Dominic M. Longa on September 13, 1997 to Mr. Javier P. Longa and Ms. Carla Moňozca-Longa in Bacolod City, the 6-foot-1 shooting guard of the UP Fighting Maroons is currently taking up Sports Science now in his sophomore year.

“I try to make sure that I allot time for both my studies and my sports but of course, it should be studies first” said Pio on how he handles basketball and his studies in UP. His favorite NBA player is Larry Bird of
the Boston Celtics. His jersey number is 10 even when he was still with the Ateneo de Cebu because it was his father’s number before. His pre-game rituals include stretching and listening to music.

If there is an NBA player whom he can have a one-on-one match with, it would be NBA legend Larry Bird. “He is my ultimate idol and his advice would be very useful” said Pio.

“My Dad taught me to play the sport that is why I owe this to him”, quipped Pio. His ambition in life is to become a professional basketball player.



*Photo by Mr. Del Mundo

Email the author at: paolomanuelfule@yahoo.com

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