Despite the numerous basketball successes Danny Ildefonso has had dating back to his amateur days, the newly-acquired Meralco forward remains humble, pointing every blessing he’s had in his distinguished PBA career back to God.
Ildefonso managed to turn back the hands of time during his first game in the PBA this season on Saturday (January 4, 2014), logging in 14 points, grabbing five six rebounds and dishing off five assists in 29 minutes of action.
“Naiyak ako, kasi na-surprise ako ni God eh. Ang prayer ko sa Kanya eh siya na yung bahala sa mga bagay na di ko na kaya. Siya na ang bahala,” he said.
“Di ko expected na ganun ang lalaruin ko at magiging playing time ko.”
The 37-year-old Ildefonso did enjoy the game, especially after helping his team beat Air21, 92-88.
While playing time is no longer an issue for him, all he wanted was to inspire his two boys Shaun Danielle and Sean David.
“Sana magtuloy-tuloy. Yung mga anak ko, gusto ako maglaro. Kasi basketball players din sila sa Ateneo. Gusto ko kung dumating sila sa sitwasyon na ganito, maalala nila ginagawa ko,” he added.
In the end, whatever happens to his new-found career with Meralco, Ildefonso only has one favorite expression, “God is good!”