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Dugout Diaries: One-On-One With Mark Barroca

Erika Padilla chats up the "Coffee Prince," Mark Barroca, and gets the San Mig Coffee Super Mixers guard to talk about his journey from second-unit star to MVP of the Philippine Cup Finals!
by Erika Padilla | Mar 15, 2014
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Time sure flies fast. Can you imagine it has been three years since I became a courtside reporter? And often, I would be asked what has been my most memorable experience being part of the league.

Certainly, dozens of experiences have enriched me in ways that goes beyond just knowing more about the game. But up to this point, one particular memory still stands out. Just to give you a clue, my column's title is actually inspired by that memory (*wink wink*).

Yes, I’m talking about my very first dugout celebration with the B-Meg Llamados (now the San Mig Super Coffee Super Mixers) during my rookie year as a sportscaster. I am very proud to say that that moment redefined my career as the very first woman to cover that wickedly wet celebration. To date, I've already had five dugout celebrations, but just like in love, nothing beats the first. Naks!

Aaaandd it was during that time that I got to share a special moment with one particular player, who also was a newbie in the league then. I consider it special because conferences after, that innocent and unintentional “akbay” somehow made an impact on the basketball audience.

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A lot of buzz has been made around it, both positive and negative, but for me, it has been nothing but a blessing to have my name mentioned alongside an excellent athlete whenever that remarkable moment is reminisced.

Of course, I am talking about none other than Mark "Coffee Prince" Barroca.

With a sterling Philippine Cup Finals performance, Barroca deserved every inch of that plaque

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After another championship, completing all trophies for each conference in a span of three years, Mark Barroca definitely has more reasons to be happy about. Getting the Best Player of the Game recognition at the last match of the 2014 Philippine Cup, and the Finals MVP award with his impressively well-rounded performance, the Coffee Prince felt more like a king with so much accolades.

NEXT: Mark looks ahead!

Photos from SPIN.PH
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