Ateneo basketball star Kiefer Ravena, 21, denied speculations that he and volleyball player Alyssa Valdez, 22, are dating.
“Enjoy-in muna namin ‘to kung ano yung meron kami ngayon.
“And we’ll focus on our priorities first. And we’ll just take it from there,” Kiefer states.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed Kiefer and Alyssa at the press launch of Digital5’s Phenoms at Greenbelt 2 Sugi restaurant on Tuesday, August 11.
Phenoms, to be launched on August 24, is Digital5's online series that will feature Kiefer and Alyssa's life as University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) atheletes as well as their day-to-day routine off the court.
JUST FRIENDS. Kiefer also clarified that he and Alyssa never developed romantic feelings for each other in the five years they’ve known each other.
“Wala, wala, wala [romantic relationship]. Parang kapatid ko po kasi ‘to, e,” said Kiefer, referring to Alyssa.
Kiefer's fellow Blue Eagle athlete, who was sitting next to him during the mini presscon, seemed to agree.
She simply laughed off queries about the real score between them.
Kiefer explained that he and Alyssa are focused on taking Ateneo to the UAAP basketball and volleyball championships this school year.
It will be recalled that Ateneo bagged back-to-back championships for UAAP basketball and volleyball last March.
Kiefer further stated, “Pero ngayon, priorities [ang focus namin] and hopefully [we will] finish the championship for Ateneo for the both of us.
“Yun naman ang goal naming parehas—on our last year mag-champion kaya pina-prioritize namin kasi last year na [in our respective sport].”
As for being good friends with Alyssa, Kiefer revealed that they’ve been close since the start of their collegiate years in Ateneo.
“When I met her five years ago, she was really the quiet type who just transferred from another school to Ateneo. So, tahimik lang talaga siya.
“It’s a blessing for us na mga kaibigan niya to have her as a friend. Makakausap mo kapag may problem ka.
“Siguro yung kakulitan niya hindi niya napapakita kasi tahimik siya pero sobrang kulit niyang tao,” said Kiefer.
Alyssa, for her part, describes Kiefer as disciplined, especially when he wants to achieve something.
“Kung ano naman yung pinapakita niya, sobrang hardworking niya, sobrang determined.
“Siya talaga ‘pag nagkaroon siya ng goal, kailangan ma-achieve niya talaga yung goal.”
NO RECONCILIATION WITH MIKA REYES. For the record, Kiefer maintained that he’s still single but too busy with basketball to go back to the dating scene.
“Focus lang muna ako talaga sa basketball. Wala po akong dine-date ngayon.”
Last July, Kiefer confirmed that he broke up with De La Salle University volleyball player Mika Reyes.
To date, the 21-year-old basketball player remains evasive about the reason why he and Mika decided to call it quits.
Asked if there’s a chance for them to get back together, Kiefer simply replied: “We just want to move on, actually.”
Alyssa denied speculations that she's the third party in the breakup.
Alyssa even mentioned that although they are rivals in the UAAP volleyball league, she and Mika are good friends off the court.