Despite historic feat, Fajardo concentrated on improvement, more titles

Naveen Ganglani
Despite historic feat, Fajardo concentrated on improvement, more titles
Fajardo will go home to Cebu to rest for a few days before returning as San Miguel aims for more championships

MANILA, Philippines – June Mar Fajardo, the San Miguel Beermen’s superstar big man, made PBA history by winning a third consecutive league MVP award on Friday, October 14, during the 2016 Leo Awards held before Game 4 of the Governors’ Cup Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.

At only 26-year-old, Fajardo became the first player in PBA history to win 3 straight MVP awards and moved one MVP award away from tying Alvin Patrimonio and Mon Fernandez for the most ever in the record books.

Speaking with the media following his coronation, Fajardo discussed how he still aims to improve and help the Beermen win more titles.

Basta ako, kailangan lang mag improve pa lalo,” said Fajardo.

(For me, I need to improve some more.)

Yung pinaka-goal ko naman talaga, pinaka gusto ko, championship.”

(My biggest goal, what I want the most, is to win championships).

The big man from Cebu averaged 19.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.3 assists a game this PBA season, per He also helped lead San Miguel to 3 championships in the last 6 conferences.

Bonus nalang yung mga individual awards (Individual awards are just bonuses),” Fajardo said, but he also discussed how happy he feels about the recognition given to him.

Syempre, nakakatuwa. Hindi ko ma explain yung nararamdaman ko ngayon,” he said.

(Of course, this is a great feeling. I can’t explain what I’m feeling right now.)

Hindi ako mahilig sa basketball [dati], tapos ito nakapanalo nang tatlong MVP na sunod. Nakakatuwa lang.”

(I wasn’t addicted to basketball before, and now I won 3 straight MVPs. It’s a great feeling.)

Fajardo plans to return to his hometown Cebu with the season over, but not for long as the Beermen begin preparations for the 2016-2017 All-Filipino Conference that opens on November 20.

Uwi sa Cebu, pahinga ilang araw, then balik ulit sa practice. Kailangan namin mag re-group, kailangan namin mag practice nang mabuti kung ano yung mga naging mali namin this conference, this season,” Fajardo said about his immediate plans.

(I’ll go home to Cebu, rest for a few days, then return to practice. We need to re-group, we need to practice hard on what mistakes we made this past conference and season.)

Kailangan namin i-improve para sa next season,” the big man added. “Kailangan namin manalo nang championship next season.”

(We need to improve for next season. We need to win a championship next season.) –

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