February 21, 2024

Familiar NSD connection helps LA Tenorio close trying chapter in life as next one beckons

Familiar NSD connection helps LA Tenorio close trying chapter in life as next one beckons

It has been a long six months for Barangay Ginebra San Miguel guard LA Tenorio after getting diagnosed in March with Stage 3 colon cancer. But he is at the finish line now, having gotten his 12th and final chemotherapy session at Parkway Cancer Centre in Mt Elizabeth Hospital Singapore.

Like a script out of a well-written movie, the very same people who accompanied Tinyente to his fateful checkup in Singapore back in February were the ones who went with the 39-year-old point guard for his final session.

And, as he has been doing throughout his road to recovery, Tenorio made sure to document this medical milestone on his Instagram. This time, however, he gave a special, heartfelt shoutout to a Ginebra teammate who has become a brother-for-life.

That teammate is Mark Caguioa, who was the undisputed face of the Ginebra franchise when Tenorio came onboard a little over a decade ago via trade.

“When I joined Ginebra in 2014 [2012, actually], I was expecting to have a hard time to adjust or fit in the so-called ‘Mark Caguioa's Team,’” Tenorio began. [I] had to earn this man's respect... but almost 10 years after, who would have expected—I just didn't get respect from this guy, but the utmost brotherly love. We made a family together, @47markcaguioa.”

Like any loving brother, The Spark had apparently been throwing his full support to Tenorio ever since his initial cancer diagnosis six months ago.

This 12/12 session and trip with you guys have been truly memorable,” Tenorio added. “We all look at each other thinking it's almost over, remembering the first day of this battle months ago with you guys by my side—the fear, the tears, the hugs, the reflections, the laughter, the love! Losses, championships, illnesses, families, and now Harleys. Name it all, we've been riding life together!

Now, life goes on for Tenorio, who has previously bared that he is planning to resume his pro basketball career once this chapter is all said and done.

And he can expect his brother-for-life from Ginebra to have his back whatever happens.