Magnolia Hotshots first team to land in Clark, ballers bid farewell to families for the bubble

With PBA teams starting to pack their gears and are set to head on to Clark bubble this week for the resumption of the 2020 Philippine Cup on October 9, Magnolia Hotshots seems to be excited as they were the first squad to arrive at the venue.

/ 29 September 2020

Exactly 13 days before the reopening of the league, Hotshots have checked in at Quest Hotel inside the Clark Freeport Zone, the temporary home of the PBA family in the entire duration of the season for more than two months.

PBA’s social media confirmed in a post the arrival of the team at the venue and showed that the Hotshots equipment underwent disinfection and players filled signing-in forms before being allowed to proceed to their hotel rooms.

Meanwhile, Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon, Mark Barroca, Ian Sangalang, and coach Chito Victolero, to name a few, took their nostalgia to social media and posted messages and photos of their family before heading to Clark.

“Definitely gonna miss my babies,” Hotshots’ guard Paul Lee wrote on Instagram with a picture of him, wife Rubie, and daughter Tokyo. On their latest family vlog, Lee showed his subscribers the equipment he will be bringing inside the bubble.

“[S]acrifice muna ako [ngayon] ahh. [P]ara sa inyo to,” wrote Jalalon, dedicated it to his wife Kristina, daughter Skyla, and son JJ.

Moreover, a day before the Magnolia forward left for the bubble, Ian and wife Eunice celebrated the third birthday of their son Isaiah.

“This is the longest time we won’t be together,” Eunice shared in a post, with a sad emoji. “We will miss you daddy! Take care. We love you”

Furthermore, the league is expecting other teams to arrive in Clark earlier than expected.

The next time these players would possibly meet their families is in the second week of December, the target finale of the conference.