Andre Paras on balancing basketball and showbiz

Andre Paras on balancing basketball and showbiz

Son of the Philippine basketball legend, Benjie Paras and actress Jackie Forster, Andre Paras is making names both inside the court and in the showbiz industry.

It can be told that Andre’s first love is basketball. He debuted as a part of La Salle Greenhills in high school and continued to play in college for the University of the Philippines (UP) and San Beda College.

On the other side, the 6’4 basketball rookie has also pursued acting when he starred in hit Wattpad films “Diary Ng Panget” and “Girlfriend For Hire.” He started in showbiz in 2011.

Andre was last seen in “Encantadia.”

Currently, he is on the cast of “Sunday Pinasaya” (SPS), which recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary last July 9.

“Of course, super-happy po ako kasi nakasali po ako dito kasama yung ibang mga bagong ipinasok last year lang.

(I am happy because I’m in [SPS] and I got to join other people who are already here [in this show] just last year.)

“So, kumbaga ako one year pa lang.

(As for me, I just joined [SPS] a year ago.)

“Pero feeling ko rin naman two years na rin ako dito, of course sa pagwe-welcome nila, pagiging close namin,” (But I felt like I’ve been here for two years already, of course [it is because of] their welcoming presence, our closeness…) Andre told PEP in an interview.

Andre believed that “SPS” will go on a long way.

“Talagang confident po ako, kahit nung hindi pa ako kasama.

(I am really confident, long before I joined [SPS])

“Yung cast pa lang, yung mga original—sila Kuya Wally, sila Kuya Jose—sobrang… you know, natutuwa ako kapag pinapanood ko sila every Sunday pag wala po akong ginagawa.

(With only the cast, the originals- Kuya Wally, Kuya Jose, is so—you know, I am very happy when I watch them [the cast of SPS] every Sunday when have nothing else to do.)

“Then just to be part of it, of course… of course I want to contribute din, di ba?

Basketball comeback

He took a break from basketball after his hectic schedule in showbiz until his recent debut on the first season of PBA-D League.

After two-year hiatus from basketball, Andre admits that he still has a lot to learn before going to pros.

“I still need to work on a lot of things,” he said as the AMA Education Online’s win left far off from its first game on 2017 Foundation Cup on Thursday, July 27.

Paras is averaging 8.67 points, 13.33 rebounds, and 1.56 assists this conference in a promising showing with the Titans.

The 21-year-old said that he’s willing to take the long route to step up  his game while trying to help the Titans on a better bet next season.

“I’m not hiding anything. We need to work on a lot of things especially on offense and defense,” he said. “For those out there who understands basketball, we’ve had so many lapses, and as a player and as someone who loves the game, we really lack execution and defense. We need to develop our individual skills too, so that when you combine all of those, it will look fluid in the game,” he said in an article by Inquirer.

“It’s growing pains. The chemistry is there, but I think in the court, we need to mature as players. When it comes to the game, everyone should have one mindset,” Andre asserted.

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