AFTER a successful negotiation, one of the country's prized high school cager, 15-year-old Heinz Gabriel "Kobe" Demisana, is finally moving to the University of the Philippines (UP).
This was confirmed by JGM Dreams Foundation Inc. president Jose Montalbo, adding that Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya, also a UP alumnus, helped in the release of the 6-foot-8 player from Pontevedra.
It can be recalled that Demisana's Big City dream was put on hold due to some issues which need to be settled with his then athletic and educational sponsor -- the JGM Dreams Foundation Inc.
To settle the issue, a meeting was made regarding Kobe's release which favored both parties.
Montalbo, earlier, asked that Manila-based schools should respect those from the province. "They have to understand that we also spend for the student-athletes' education. So, it's rightful to give it back so we can also use it to support other student-athletes," he said.
Meanwhile, Demisana also felt blessed playing soon in a bigger school with a bigger crowd.
"Malaking opportunity na 'yon. Gustong-gusto ko pong mag-Manila na because alam ko po na maraming challenges at alam ko na mahirap rin doon pero magamit ko po 'yong mga challenges na 'yon sa pag-improve ko. [It's already an opportunity. I already wanted to be in Manila because I know there are lots of challenges there and I know how hard it is but, I can use these challenges to improve myself]," he said.
He also said that he has been preparing physically by developing his body strength.
"It's because I know that the players there are really tough. I also persevere to attain my goals," he stressed. He likewise prepares himself emotionally, "I have to pray to God for guidance. I really need to sacrifice for my future and to help my family," he added.
Demisana, who had great years with the Bacolod Tay Tung Thunderbolts, said he has learned from the team the perseverance, team building, confidence, and trying to be a leader.
"I will surely miss and cherish my teammates and the memories with them," he said.