February 28, 2024

Two-time PBA Finals MVP, fans react to LA Tenorio's inspiring return from colon cancer

Two-time PBA Finals MVP, fans react to LA Tenorio

The Barangay Ginebra San Miguel won over the Terrafirma Dyip on Sunday in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, but the bigger win—for everyone, really—was the much-awaited return of LA Tenorio.

That sounded like an overworked phrase, but there's really no better way to put it.

Just give the Comeback Player of the Year trophy to Tenorio already.

It was unbelievable to see him playing again just nine months after being diagnosed with stage three colon cancer. But yeah, believe it. Iron Man is back.

As expected, fans were delighted to see Tinyente back on the hardwood after surviving stage three colon cancer. 

Tenorio is still among the top trending topics on X, as of writing.

One fan admitted she teared up because of Tenorio's amazing return.

Kahit hindi fan ng Ginebra, napa-tweet.

Kahit kalaban ng Ginebra, napa-tweet.

Kahit Kpop account, napa-tweet.

Many thought that the 39-year-old Tenorio would be slowly eased into the game by coach Tim Cone, the PBA's winningest coach had an early plot twist by starting the veteran floor general.

While he understandably looked rusty, the four-time PBA Finals MVP contributed six points, three assists, and a steal in 26 minutes, as they trounced Terrafirma, 110-99. Ginebra improved to 4-1.

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"As my friends said, all this while, I have been playing basketball for years, not knowing that cancer has been silently living in me. Now that it is gone, what is stopping me from playing once again?" wrote Tenorio on Instagram before his return.

Nothing is the answer.

Lewis Alfred Tenorio. Forever a winner.