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Why the no. 69 is special for Bryan Faundo

Bryan Faundo chose a unique jersey number when he signed with Bulacan in the Chooks-to-Go MPBL.

Instead of wearing his trademark 00, the 37-year-old native of Sison, Pangasinan decided to wear no. 69.

And it’s not because of a gag or any malicious reason.

“Yung 69 kahit baliktarin mo 69 pa rin,” he quipped. “Alam mo yung parang sa nangyari sa akin, before na naglaro ako sa Phoenix, nagkaroon ako ng health problem. Alam nila na wala ako sa kondisyon kaya medyo bumaba ako.

“Yun yung reason kaya yun yung reason kaya 69. Kahit bumaliktad ang mundo, ganun pa rin.”

After a steady 2020 PBA Philippine Cup campaign with Meralco, he was shipped to Blackwater early this year.PBA-Season-45-Terra-Firma-vs-Meralco-Bryan-Faundo Why the no. 69 is special for Bryan Faundo Basketball MPBL News  - philippine sports news

The Bossing opted not to sign him. It led him to sign with Phoenix Super LPG.

However, his stint with Phoenix would not last long as he was nursing an injury.

A new opportunity arose when he was signed by the Kuyas.

“Yung pinagdaanan ko nun, hindi ako nakakapaglaro tapos ngayon nabigyan ulit ako ng opportunity,” he said.

“Sobrang blessed pa rin. Masaya ako na nakakapaglaro ako sa larong gusto ko.”

Faundo ended up averaging 16.4 points and 10.0 rebounds for Bulacan, showing that he still got it.2021-Chooks-MPBL-Bulacan-vs-Rizal-Bryan-Faundo-scaled Why the no. 69 is special for Bryan Faundo Basketball MPBL News  - philippine sports news

“Depende na lang yun kung paano mo dadalhin e,” he continued. “Kung mada-down ka, walang mangyayari sa yo e kaya kailangan lagi kang may motivation.

“Kailangan na tuloy ka lang sa agos.”

Definitely, the twists and turns Faundo experienced have only made him stronger.

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