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Despite jersey no. mishap, Gerald Anderson hopes advocacy gets across

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Gerald Anderson wore number “168” yesterday during the 2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan All-Star Game. 

And no, the 30-year-old celebrity-athlete — who was playing for the South All-Stars — was not representing the famous mall in Manila.

“Supposed to be 163 para sa Bantay Bata. Nagkamali lang ‘yung gumawa ng jersey. Miscommunication,” shared Anderson.

Still, his message was loud and clear.

Anderson has been a staunch advocate of protecting disadvantaged and at-risk children, having supported the Bantay Bata program ever since he entered show business 14 years ago. And in the MPBL, he always dedicated his games to the program and the kids.

“I was supposed to bring awareness sa mga tao about Bantay Bata 163, pero naging 168. Sumobra but it’s okay,” quipped Anderson.

During the All-Star Game itself, the 5-foot-11, Imus-Luxxe White guard tallied seven points and two rebounds in seven minutes of game time. More importantly, his side won 126-122.

For him, playing with the likes of pro cagers like Gab Banal and Mark Yee, along with bright young prospects like Alvin Pasaol and Allyn Bulanadi, was an experience he will cherish for a long time.

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“Alam mo, as much as gusto ko maglaro, para akong nagbayad ng courtside kasi ang sarap din manood eh. Napaka-intense. You know, to see the best players sa bansa natin nagtipon-tipon tapos naging intense, naging competitive instead of just ‘yung regular All-Star Game na parang petiks,” Anderson said.

“Ang sarap manood.”

However, Anderson is unsure whether his schedule will permit him to return for the fourth season of the MPBL.

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Anderson, who played for Marikina in the Datu Cup before transferring to Imus a season later, has a big project in the coming months that will make it difficult for him to play in the league.

Still, he is not closing his doors for a return.

“Kasi ngayon may ginagawa akong show ngayon, A Soldier’s Heart,” he disclosed.

“So sana if ever matapos siya ng saktong time for the next season, maglalaro pa ako.”

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