Gerald Anderson says his attempt to join Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) D-League this summer was somehow a fulfillment of his childhood dream.
Last April, Gerald reportedly attended several work-outs on the court for North Luzon Expressway (NLEX).
He confirmed this when PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed him recently.
He related, "Well, naki-practice ako sa kanila.
"Kasi, after the movie [Catch Me, I'm In Love], I wanted to stay fit and healthy, so naki-practice ako sa isang team ng D-League.
"'Yon, may mga opportunities that opened up pero 'yong schedule is everyday."
This rigid schedule was not favorable for Gerald to practice regularly and later play for the team in the real game. His plan was cut short when he had to go to the States for the annual Star Magic Tour.
In our conversation with the former varsity player in General Santos City, he regretted not being able to fully experience playing in the league.
"Siyempre, pangarap ko rin talaga ang mag-basketball and hobby ko rin 'yon. But wala 'yong schedule, e," he said.
He also recalled the days he was practicing with NLEX. Gerald told PEP, "Sobra, para akong... siyempre, isa 'yon sa mga pangarap ko. Parang living the dream ang ginawa ko."
PEP then asked the former Tayong Dalawa actor if he would try his luck again next year. He smiled, "Maybe next time. Malaking bagay 'yon para sa akin. Tingnan natin."
Gerald said he would probably be playing in a basketball court right now if he hadn't succeeded in showbiz.
However, he admitted that he couldn't just let go of his showbiz career, even if an opportunity in basketball beckoned.
Gerald explained, "Actually, dati hindi ko naman talaga dream ang showbiz, e. Pero ito ang binigay sa akin ni Lord and sobrang blessed ako dito.
"Siyempre, hindi ko po ito isa-sacrifice.
"Kung kaya ko nga isabay, gagawin ko. Pero hindi, e, schedule kasi, e. Siyempre, hindi ko isa-sacrifice [ang showbiz]."