MANILA, May 17, 2014—Youth icon and basketball superstar Chris Tiu revealed the secret to his family’s strength: faith.
He made this claim Friday, May 16, during the youth segment of the four-day Asian Conference of Families held at the Pope Pius XII Center, United Nations Avenue, Manila, which also ended that day.
Tiu, who hails from a family of devout Catholics, shared that prayer—the holy rosary in particular—is central to their family.
“On my way to my games in Alabang, my mom and I would pray the Rosary inside the car,” he said.
But he confessed that since he married his girlfriend of 12 years in 2013, he has not been spending as much time with his parents and siblings as when he was still single.
“It’s usually the parents who give themselves to their children. But ever since I got married and became more mature, there has been a ‘shift’…As much as possible, especially during long holidays, I make it a point to spend time with them, bond with them. We go on short trips to Tagaytay or abroad,” he said.
He added that he misses their meals together.
“Family meals are something I look forward to always doing…When I was still playing for Ateneo and I would come home late, like at nine or ten in the evening, my parents, no matter how sleepy they were, would make an effort to come down—not to eat because they’ve already done eating—but to talk to me, just ask me how my day was…catch up,” Tiu explained.
Aside from his commitment to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) where he plays for Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, Tiu hosts regular programs on GMA Network and AKTV.
He is also an ambassador for World Vision and a former community leader. (Raymond A. Sebastián)