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Jong Uichico proud for medical frontliner son

By Xy-Zha Cabanlong

MANILA, Philippines -- Coach Jong Uichico is just like most parents of each frontliner responding to the call of their respective duties to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview at The Ultimate Fan Hub Podcast over the recently, Coach Jong shared his thoughts on his son Johan being a medical frontliner.

"I'm proud that my son is a doctor, I'm proud that my son was able to graduate and I'm doubly proud na nakakatulong siya, even without the pandemic, nakakatulong siya sa kapwa-tao being a medical doctor. Lalo na ngayon, maski delikado nakakatulong pa din siya at this time of pandemic," the 9-time PBA champion coach said.

Johan, who once donned the Ateneo Blue Eagles jersey, veered away from the hustle and bustle of the game of basketball to study medicine.

He is now a fellow at the Philippine General Hospital, the country's main referral centre for COVID-19 treatment.

"We are proud. My wife and I are proud that our son can help a lot of people at this time. We are also worried because he is exposed to the virus," Coach Jong added.

Coach Jong also mentioned that as a family, they are also following strict quarantine protocols especially when Johan comes home out of a week-straight duty in the hospital since there is a risk that they are also semi-exposed to the virus.
"We are worried kasi a lot of people are getting infected [by the virus] especially nurses, doctors. They can only protect themselves to the best that they can." Coach Jong mentioned.

He also added that they, as a family also adhere to a  week's worth of home quarantine as soon as Johan goes back on duty at the hospital. They also limit themselves from going out to lessen the possibility of transmitting the virus to anybody they get to interact with.

"We pray for him and for our worries for him at this time. But we again, we are also very proud of the service that he is doing," said Coach Jong.

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