Caguioa grants dying Ginebra fan's last wish
MANILA, Philippines – Mark Caguioa sparked life into one dying Barangay Ginebra fan with a priceless gesture over the holidays.
The star guard granted Papa Gani’s wish to meet him as he visited the fan all the way in Batangas over the Christmas break.
Rachel Ann Reglos Lim, the daughter of Papa Gani, wrote to Caguioa through a series of tweets on December 28, where she bared her father is in “his last days due to chronic kidney and heart failure.”
Rachel narrated how her father is a longtime Ginebra fan since the days of Robert Jaworski and that his last wish is to meet Caguioa in person.
Caguioa, 36, first responded with a video message, telling Papa Gani to stay strong and showing a jersey and a cap waiting for the ailing fan.
Shout to Paz Franco Dulay and to her husband Edman for requesting his officemate Katrina Marcos for a short but meaningful message for our Papa Gani. And to Sir Duane Ivan Ascaño for introducing me to Sir Chris Ang who took time to call me about this. Me and my family were too overwhelmed for the blessings that we received today for hi Truly the saying "Never Say Die" attitude runs in our blood. Thank you Mark Caguioa for that awesome video clip! Blessed you for u have a kind heart!#markthesparkcaguioa#nsd#finalevideo#allthebestforpapagani#wishgranted#thankyoumgakabarangayPosted by Rachel Ann Reglos Lim on Monday, 28 December 2015
Caguioa’s backcourt partner Jayjay Helterbrand also had a video message where he urged Papa Gani to "please don’t lose hope."
I wont let this day ends without posting this video for Papa Gani. I want to thank Our Heavenly Father for making this thing happened. Like what I've said awhile ago, Our God is so great that He used people inorder for me to achieved this. Jayjay Helterbrand is also Papa Gani's idol. When this video was sent to me, can't help but to cry like a baby for the overflowing happines that I've felt. Thank you and credits of this video to Paz Franco Dulay and to her husband Edman for sending me this video thru his officemate Katrina Marcos. Walang hanggan ako magpapasalamat sa inyo. Also to my FB friends and other people (forgive me kng dko na po kau maisa-isa sa dami, u knw guys hu u are) whom helped me finding ways on how to reach jj and mark. Overwhelmed ako sa outmost support nio. And to you Jay, again thank you for making my father happy. Ur video clip means a lot to us. More power!Papa Gani para sayo to!!!#Godwillmakeaway#Hedidfindaway#afatherswish#thankyouforthemessage#messagefromafan#salamatkabarangayPosted by Rachel Ann Reglos Lim on Monday, 28 December 2015
But the wish-granting didn’t end there as Caguioa personally went to Batangas to meet Papa Gani.
Rachel posted photos of the heart-warming encounter on her Facebook page and said her father was in shock and "kept on blinking his eyes just to make sure that it’s the real Mark Caguioa!"
"You are not just the best when it comes to basketball, but you are also a very kind man granting a diehardfan's wish," Rachel wrote. "This moment will never be forgotten. In our hearts..."
Barangay Ginebra was eliminated by Globalport in the knockout phase of the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup. – Rappler.com