For someone who has carried the weight of expectations since his grade school days (ironically in La Salle), Kiefer Ravena has more than lived up to his father Bong's name. His PBA team, the NLEX Road Warriors, may be down 1-2 against the Magnolia Hotshots in the ongoing semis of the Philippine Cup, but it's largely the super rookie's (15 ppg 4.7 apg) fault.
But with his title of being "The Phenom," which Ravena perfectly puts as "a gift and a curse," comes the added responsibility of leading Yeng Guiao's crew—even his more experienced teammates—in their first-ever playoff run.
"Not everybody has this amount of exposure and attention," he starts off, "and everybody's looking at you, waiting for you to make a mistake that'll blow up in your face." Fortunately, this month's FHM Hero has fostered the right kind of motivation to stay at the top of his game. Factor in his being a role model to the younger generation and how he was changed by the biggest loss of his career, and you can see that all is well for The Phenom. The kid is all right.