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Afril Bernardino honored for her contributions to Women’s Collegiate Basketball

For the first time in the 10 editions of the Chooks-to-Go/UAAP-NCAA Press Corps Collegiate Basketball Awards, a student-athlete from the women’s basketball division was honored.

And who better to receive the award than Afril Bernardino.

In the last four years, the 5-foot-8 guard has been the gold standard in the UAAP.

During her three-year stay at the National University, she was crowned as the Most Valuable Player thrice. In addition, she almost made history during Season 79, as she almost notched an ultra-rare quadruple-double twice. Then in Season 80, she helped give the Lady Bulldogs the first-ever 3×3 basketball crown in the UAAP.

To cap her stellar collegiate career, the 22-year-old was awarded the Award of Excellence during the 2018 Chooks-to-Go/UAAP-NCAA Press Corps Collegiate Awards last Thursday.

“Thankful ako kasi ‘di ko akalain na ako yung mapipili para sa award na ito and sobrang saya din kasi ‘di ko ine-expect yung ganitong award,” she expressed.

But now that her collegiate career is over, Bernardino shifts her focus to being a full-time player with Perlas Pilipinas. Perlas have no international tournament lined up for the year, however.

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Given this predicament, Bernardino is keeping in shape by focusing on her conditioning and stamina before Perlas resume their practices this August.

“Nagpa-practice lang, extra workout, jogging in the morning. Nakikipaglaro lang din ako sa amin,” said Bernardino, who also received PHP 25,000 from Chooks-to-Go for her service to the country. “Sa August, ipagpapatuloy namin yung practice namin. Pero habang wala pa, nagpapractice muna kami-kami para lang hindi mawala yugn kundisyon at yung stamina.”

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