“I played with kids on outdoor courts. They had no basketball shoes but they were happy to be on the court,” he recalls some of the events he attended. “There’s definitely poverty in the Philippines, but at the same time the people show greatness and courage.”
After Manila, Jordan spent the rest of his two weeks in the Philippines island-hopping and met people in his grandmother’s native province of Pampanga. “I want to thank everyone for their hospitality and support. I hope to give back to the country in the future,” declares Jordan.
“I’m always trying my best to represent Filipinos with my play on the court.” He is a starter and averages almost 15 points per game.
“I’m really excited about the good things that’ll be happening in 2016,” Jordan said. He is working with his marketing agency to produce special merchandise and promotions for his global following.
Jordan’s fans in the Philippines can expect a return visit after the NBA season. He would be delighted if they welcome him back as “J.C.” Only his family, friends and teammates call him J.C.
Anthony Maddela is a correspondent for Positively Filipino. He is based in Los Angeles.
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