‘God’s plan': Terrence Romeo excited to play in first-ever PBA finals stint

By Kevin Sox

After a tedious five-year wait, the ever-flamboyant PBA guard Terrence Romeo is now looking forward to his maiden appearance in a championship stage for his new squad San Miguel Beer.

Romeo, 27, bared that he intends to do whatever is asked of him given the Beermen have a powerhouse roster.

Terrence Romeo vs. Matthew Wright (PBA Images)
Terrence Romeo vs. Matthew Wright (PBA Images)

“I just have to be a professional. I just need to do my best to fulfill whatever role is given to me,” said Romeo to reporters in the vernacular during the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals press conference Monday afternoon.

Known for being a prolific scorer in his collegiate days, Romeo took the league by storm after being drafted by Globalport in the loaded 2013 PBA Draft.

Now feeling at home with the Beermen, Romeo believes everything is part of the plan.

“We know how strong they are even before I arrived here. I just have to do my part. (Maybe) it’s just God’s plan to allow to me join a strong team like San Miguel. I do believe (God) is behind every situation happening to a person.”

It surely wasn’t an easy path for Romeo, whose career has been filled with both success and a fair share of issues.

Who wouls forget his on-the-bench confrontation then with Globalport coach Pido Jarencio before he was shipped to TNT. Pundits also consider Romeo as someone who disrupts team chemisty, something San Miguel head coach Leo Austria eagerly tried to prove wrong when they traded for the combo guard.

Romeo was traded from the TNT KaTropa for a package including Brian Heruela and David Semerad the conference before.

Although it is the “same basketball,” Romeo said experiencing firsts in the finals like having a bigger crowd will just be some of the facets of the series he will look forward to.

“We are close to our goal. The best thinh about (making) the finals is that it’s where all of your sacrifices pay off right from when you are playing when you were a kid,” said Romeo.

Romeo now has a chance to change all of the narrative and write his own destiny when the Beermen take on the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok in the best-of-7 Philippine Cup title clash starting on Wednesday.