Five things you didn’t know about Kiefer Ravena

Natashya Gutierrez

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UAAP Season 74 Rookie of the Year, Kiefer Ravena is back this season and he has no plans of slowing down. Get to know “The Phenom” a little better.

MANILA, Philippines — UAAP Season 74 Rookie of the Year, Kiefer Ravena is back this season and he has no plans of slowing down.

Get to know “The Phenom” a little better – Move.PH puts Kiefer on the spotlight. 

5 Things you didn’t know about Kiefer Ravena

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Probably my height. I’m 6 ft , I’ve always wanted to grow a little taller, play basketball easier. As I said, I wanted to play in the NBA. I think that’s the only – not to be boastful or anything – it’s the height factor that I’m lacking to compete in that kind of competition in the States.

If you have 24 hours to go anywhere, where would you go and what would you do? You can bring one person.

I would probably go to the Bahamas. I’d just bring myself so it’s fair. No favorites. Just chill. It’s a place where you just relax, enjoy the view of beaches. Just to get out of the city life.

What do you consider to be your best game?

Of course it has to be a win! Individually, I had a triple-double during my high school career. My 4th year, I had a triple-double against Adamson. But overall, I’d probably say during Ateneo vs. NU this season where we had 30 assists…something like that. So it was fun to be in that game and the ball was just moving around, everyone having fun. For me, that’s the best.

What do you consider to be your worst game?

Adamson (during Season 74). That was the only time I had zero points since I started playing basketball competitively. It was surprising for me. I know I could’ve done better…it was that kind of surprising. But we won so that’s what’s important.

Who are you closest to in the team and what role do they play in your life?

Number three, probably Raymond Austria. Just the team captain. Being the team captain says a lot about him, leadership on and off the court. He’s just a good friend. Very humble, nice to be with.

Number 2 is Tonino Gonzaga. He’s just the clown of our team, just keeps everyone happy, never leaves practice without a smile, without a laugh. So he gives us that extra push. His work ethic is through the roof so he’s someone I really look up to with his work ethic.

And number one is Von Pessumal. He’s been a brother to me. We’ve been together for the past 8 yrs, 10 years. Coz during my grade 7 we were teammates already. So that’s grade 7, 1st yr, 2nd yr, 3rd yr, 4th yr…and now six years. Every league we’re teammates. He’s always been there, we just hang out. He’s been my RP teammate also so we’re just like brothers. –

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Move.PH, August 28, 2011.


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Natashya Gutierrez

Natashya is President of Rappler. Among the pioneers of Rappler, she is an award-winning multimedia journalist and was also former editor-in-chief of Vice News Asia-Pacific. Gutierrez was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders for 2023.