SUMMER IN BORA UPDATE 2: Joem Bascon enjoys the best of both worlds—sports and showbiz


Catch Joem Bascon tomorrow, April 24, at the beachfronts of SEA GAIA Diving Resort and Boracay Beach Chalet. "Maglalaro ako ng Basketball Shootout saka Touch Football kasama yung mga kliyente [Nestle people]," he said.

It's "napakainit" in Boracay!

Joem Bascon felt the scorching heat of the summer, which reached 35 degrees celcius, when he visited the Nestea Fit Camp Hot in Boracay. "This is my third or fourth time here, but this is the first trip na nag-work ako," he began. "Nakakapagod! Summer talaga dito! Pero lahat naman ng tao ay mataas ang energy kaya bumababa [yung pagod] kahit papa'no."

On April 24, he will play the touch football game. (According to the book Playing Touch Football is "a game where players can touch the individual carrying the ball with one or two hands—whether one is playing the one-hand touch or two-hand touch variety—as opposed to tackling him bodily to the ground or forcing a knee to touch the ground, as is normal in traditional rules versions of the game.")

He already had his crash course, but it's his first try. "When it comes naman to sports atsaka yung technicality, nakakapag-adjust na ako sa kung ano yung posisyon, yung game, yung strategy..." he told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview.


He's been into sports almost all his life, so playing a new game no longer makes him uneasy. It actually gives him a natural high.

FROM SPORTS TO SHOWBIZ. "Bata pa ako, mahilig na ako mag-basketball. Since grade school hanggang college, naglalaro ako," he related.

Did you know that his childhood dream was to become a professional cager?

"Before talaga, ang plan ko...Wala talaga sa plan ko ang mag-artista, e. Plan ko is maging professional basketball player. Hindi naman ako pinalad..." he confessed.

The 21-year-old actor was a varsity player from grade school to high school, but "sa college, mahirap pala pumasok." He was then an electrical engineering student in University of Santo Tomas, "Sinubukan ko...Nag-try out ako, pero mahirap. Hindi ako pinalad," he said.

As fate would have it, his calling is not to play on the basketball court, but to play various characters on television and in the movies.


He just finished working on his indie films, which are both entries in the Cinemalaya Festival—the Recruit and Limbunan. At present, he's reading a script for another digital film project.

But this doesn't mean that his "frustration" has taken the back seat. "Ngayon, nag-start na rin akong sumali sa mga liga. Hindi naman nawala yung pagmamahal ko sa basketball, e."

Does he have any regret?

"Kung anuman ang ginagawa ko ngayon, mahal na mahal ko na siya...Yun naman, nakuha ko rin sa sports—yung disiplina. Kung gusto mong gawin ang isang bagay, yun..."

He actually works out every day, "as in seven times a week!" Pursuing a healthy lifestyle has become part of his routine. Despite his hectic schedule, he finds time for his favorite sports—basketball, boxing, and swimming.

Joem is glad that even if things didn't happen the way he initially planned, he's now enjoying the best of the both worlds. "Kaya, say no to drugs, sports na lang!" he said with a smile.


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