James Yap enjoying domestic life in Italy with family

by Nikko Tuazon
Jul 3, 2020
PBA superstar James Yap on quarantine experience in Italy: "Ang pinakagusto ko yung pumupunta kami sa park. Kasi yung mga park dito, malalawak, e, and wala masyadong tao."
PHOTO/S: @jamesyap18 on Instagram

Early this June, PBA superstar James Yap, his wife Michela Cazzola, and their two children—packed up and flew to Italy despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The family has since been staying in their second home in Urbino, Italy, the hometown of Michela.

James said "pressing family matters" made him and Michela risk a trip at this time.

According to worldometers.info, there have been more than 240,436 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Italy, 16,496 of which are active.

In a phone conversation with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last Monday, June 29, James admitted to having initial worries about the trip.

He said, "Nag-worry ako dahil siyempre, hindi naman natin maitatago na sila yung isa sa pinakamaraming cases ng COVID-19.

"Good thing kasi, nung nag-uusap pa lang kami ng plano na pumunta, yun yung kasagsagan nila ng COVID-19 cases.

"Nung nag-decide kami na pumunta, yun yung time na pababa na yung cases nila."

"Siyempre, bago pumunta, meron kaming pinagtatanungan, especially yung pedia ng mga bata.

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"Humingi kami ng advice sa doktor kung anong magandang time para pumunta dun.

"'Tapos sinabi na best time pumunta dun is yung hindi pa open masyado yung airport para sa biyahe... Kasi wala pa masyadong tao."

BLESSING IN DISGUISE

The 38-year-old cager revealed to PEP.ph that in the original plan, he was not supposed to leave for Italy.

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He related, "Nung umalis kami, first time kami umalis na hindi kasama yung yaya kasi hindi pinayagan, kasi walang visa.

"Sarado yung Italian embassy so hindi makakuha ng visa. Good thing may visa ako so ako yung sumama."

James took it as a blessing in disguise, a chance to be more actively involved in taking care of his children.

He said, "Iba yung... kasi sila dito, ang karamihan walang kasambahay. Sa iyo lahat, kumbaga, lahat ng trabaho sa bahay, ikaw lahat.

"Kaya yung adjustment, yung kayo lahat. Ikaw magbabantay, ikaw lahat. Ikaw mag-change ng diaper.

"Tulungan naman kami ni Mik [Michela's nickname]. Masaya naman kasi kahit papaano, nakakayanan naman namin."

What are his usual bonding activities with his family?

James replied, "Ang pinakagusto ko yung pumupunta kami sa park. Kasi yung mga park dito, malalawak, e, and wala masyadong tao.

"Yun yung bonding namin, maghabulan kami doon, maglaro kami ng basketball kasi may court din dun.

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"Pumupunta kami sa lake, ganun. Puro mga nature yung bonding namin."

James also said he alone return to the country for his team activities.

He confirmed, "Babalik ako this July dahil baka mare-resume na kami sa PBA and baka mag-practice na kami sa Rain or Shine so baka July.

"If ever, dito muna sila. Mag-stay muna sila dito."

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MEANWHILE, IN ITALY...

James related, "Okay naman dahil yung COVID-19 cases nila dito is pababa na.

"Nag-o-open na yung mga restaurants and yung shops nila. Parang getting back to normal na sila.

"Siyempre, ingat pa rin kahit alam mo na at nakikita mo na yung mga tao na nandito na lumalabas na, hindi nagwe-wear ng mask sa labas.

"Pero kami, nag-iingat pa din, nagwe-wear pa din... Kami, ako, yung mga bata, pati si Mik."

Wearing a mask is a must.

He continued, "Pag lumalabas kami talagang nagsusuot pa din ng mask.

"Required magsuot ng mas kapag pumasok ka sa restaurants, sa shops, 'tapos may nakaabang na sanitizer.

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"Kapag hindi ka nag-mask, mafa-fine ka ng 300 euros."

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PBA superstar James Yap on quarantine experience in Italy: "Ang pinakagusto ko yung pumupunta kami sa park. Kasi yung mga park dito, malalawak, e, and wala masyadong tao."
PHOTO/S: @jamesyap18 on Instagram
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