UAAP Season 71 MVP and WPBL MVP Marichu Bacaro decided to revive her passion for playing basketball on the competitive scheme through the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).

/ 16 December 2020

“’Yung parents ko, my daddy wants me to play again as well as my partner and my co-teachers. [They said] try to join again. Na-excite naman po ako dahil passion ko ‘to para maka-inspire din,” Bacaro said.

Bacaro was a UST standout where she seized the MVP award back in 2008 and also one of the gunners of the Growling Tigers where they bagged the UAAP title two years prior.

She was at the peak of her career after which she took the reign of the Women’s Philippine Basketball League’s (WPBL) MVP in the same year.

Nonetheless, Bacaro decided to end her career back in 2010 and shifted to teaching. Up to date, she is currently teaching MAPEH (Music, Arts, Physical Education, and Health) at Parañaque National High School in Baclaran.

Nag-join pa po ako sa national team under coach Haydee (Ong) pero natigil po because I chose to teach,” she propounded.

Though she was not able to play in bigger leagues, Bacaro still finds time to pursue her passion.

Pasingit-singit lang po,” Bacaro affirmed when asked if she was still playing while teaching.

And with WNBL turning pro and opening its doors to draft aspirants, Bacaro took the chance to be part of the league with the encouragement of her loved ones.

And just over the weekend, Bacaro was part of the 115 players and led the cast in the basketball drills and biometrics for the first day of the WNBL Combine at Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City. 

“I’m feeling great because we have this chance and opportunity to play our passion. I’m so excited for the young ladies… Sa ibang players, dream nila ang mapasama dito. Magiging masaya at blessed ako na magkakaroon uli ng opportunity to play and to inspire also the young athletes na ituloy nila ‘yung passion nila sa basketball,” Bacaro concluded.