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Zamar to Zamar

Zamar to Zamar

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Zamar to Zamar
From two different dimensions of life surfaces one known surname to all, Zamar.
Two simple lives who possessed a common goal, two brave men who served one University,former UE Red Warrior Head Coach David “Boycie” Zamar and son Paul Christian Zamar whostirred not only Lualhati’s court with hardball action but also touched innumerable lives as a RedWarrior uncover their experiences and insights as a father and as a son, respectively.
David to Zamar
David, best called as Boycie Zamar, is married to Esperanza Zamar and is blessed with twochildren namely Paul and Carrissa Phoebe.According to Boycie, Paul was born during the peak of his athletic career. Back then, he was justa 3
rd
year Marketing student who learned to balance his studies, work to feed his family and acthis responsibilities as a father all at the same time.Though starting too early, he and his wife edified good moral values like the importance of money, respect to authorities and fear of God above all.“Every centavo counts since that centavo was obtained through blood, sweat and tears. God
 giveth
and God
taketh
away. If they don’t value what’s valuable, it will melt like ice to water andit will be very hard to bring it back,” said by the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration(BSBA) major in Marketing graduate (1989).During 1987, the multi-titled mentor was playing as a UE Red Warrior at the Araneta Coliseumwhen Paul was almost a year old. To his surprise, his son by then had shown interests andinvolvements with basketball leading to the Paul we know today.“He himself was very interested. I believe it all started there and the rest became history,”disclosed by the UAAP seasons 64-66 Red Warrior coach.As his children grew up, Boycie had to travel abroad for work. He can only communicate withhis family through technologies or endure phone calls just to keep in touch with them.“When I was in Manila, Saturday and Sunday were our family days. But now that I am based inSingapore and I had to travel around neighboring countries, I am tasked to bring them to where Iam working outside Manila or find time to go back home on holidays since South East Asia is just less than four hours away when I had to think that I am just stuck in a traffic during rainyseasons or rush hours to get home,” he added.In spite of his location and work, he still pursued to be a father to his only son by giving Paulencouragements as well as advices about life and their favorite sport basketball.
 
For David, basketball is just like life. It involves time that when one thing had happened, itcannot be redeemed again. He also believes that when you’re down, you have to lift up yourself as fast as you can and when you’re up you have to dream higher.People may tend to compare the two men but David sees this as a normal response thoughsometimes it may give pressure and high expectations to his lad.“I thank God that he [Paul] handles it well and that’s what matters most. It is not the comparisonnow but the character that matters. I am very proud of Paul not because of his achievements but because he was very loyal to UE. I also thank God to have a son like him. I hope and pray thatGod will one day allow us to be together in one team,” said Boycie.
Paul to Zamar
Popular for his hustle performances on court and friendly smiles, Paul Zamar played not only asa guard to the team but also as a son to his parents whom he showered with love and respect."I follow
lahat ng tinuro nila sa akin
right from the start
at kung paano nila ko pinalaki
," saidPaul Z.Despite of growing up with less appearances of his father, Paul indeed enjoys moments when hegets to bond with his dad even for some limited time."The best thing
na naeenjoy ko kapag nandiyan siya ay ang pagiging 
father 
niya. Kasi noong 
time
na naging 
coach
siya sa
UE
at sa
Philippine team,
nakalimutan niyang maging ama saamin dalawa ng 
sister 
ko kaya malaking bagay na pag-umuuwi siya ngayon dito aykinakalimutan niya 'yong work niya muna at nagko-concentrate siya sa amin
," shared Zamar who was born on the 20th of October.As a son, Paul considers every detail and memory with his dad valuable. Now, that he has servedLualhati to the best of his ability, he deems to pursue what his first mentor Boycie wasn't able toachieve- to play in the famed PBA.Despite of the comparisons raised between him and his father, Paul boldly defended that he feltno pressure on being the only son of Boycie. He even felt greater pressure when it comes withhis own ego."Never 
niya kong prinessure na kailangan ko ma-exceed siya. Sinasabi niya lagi ay mag-enjoylang ako. Sa akin, ang 
biggest pressure
na makukuha ko
is myself. Sometimes, you think you're better than them but still you need to work harder 
 para ma-impress mo ang mga tao na nagda-doubt sayo
," disclosed Paul who considers his dad to be a supportive man above all.During Paul's younger years, he remembers how his dad encouraged him despite of his mistakesregarding decision making. For him, the greatest value his dad has imparted to his life is honesty."Never 
niya akong dinown sa mga
mistakes
ko
. During those times
na
down
na
down ako, henever left my side
kahit na ramdam niyang nag-struggle ako noon
," he recalled.
 
In time, when he will be having his own family and be given a son, the 24-year old FinanceManagement graduate seeks for his future son to have his own image and be whoever he wantsto be."One day, I hope to see another Zamar playing at the UAAP and hopefully for UE also.
Malaymo mas magaling pa sa amin ng tatay ko. Pang 
international basketball," said Paul Z pointingout another Zamar to rise in the near future.
Zamar to UE
Indeed, gold can only be proven to be pure when it has survived even the element of fire.Two different men who experienced the same fate in one University share their preciousmemories that molded them and taught them not only hard court strategies but also life-longlectures.Despite of witnessing UE’s incomparable UAAP track record, it was not an all-pleasure memoryfor Boycie when he recalled his experiences on moving forward and getting back to life.“I could not forget what happened to us when UE was in crisis that time. If I am not mistaken itwas 1985 when UE was taken over by the Maharishi Group. No offense to them but that was thelowest part of my life as a Warrior and as a student. We ate only two meals a day, slept in our quarters with only one ceiling fan for all the players coming from provinces and had veryminimal allowances. After seeing the UE Community fighting and sacrificing for our alma mater started our battle cry
FIGHT FOR UE, FIGHT FOR VICTORY
. In spite of all thoseadversities, we came out as champions of the UAAP,” explained Boycie.Early 2007, Paul encountered one of his biggest decisions in life. He was about to leave UEwhen former UE coach Dindo Pumaren was not giving him enough playing time he was seeking."I asked him [Pumaren] that time if he wants me to stay or not. To my surprise, he told me tostay
dahil nakita niya ang 
improvement
sa akin
for my first two years," said by the thankful Paulfor being given the break.Trials may have come to test their faithfulness to Lualhati but Boycie and Paul remainedunshaken.“If not for UE, I will not be Boycie Zamar. I will always be a Warrior for UE and for life as well.My son Paul was taken cared and loved by the UE Community while he was there since his highschool days ‘til now. Inspiration
namin ang 
UE. Nobody could take that away from us ‘til therest of our lives. In fact, every endeavor here in South East Asia, I always involve our UEAlumni Association. To the UE Family and Community,
alam niyo kung ano ang sinasabi ko
, Imay not mention all your names but God will repay you. God bless UE. God bless Dawn,” endedBoycie.

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