Ever since making his debut with the Blue Eagles, Kiefer Ravena has become an idol for many aspiring basketball players. As he ended his collegiate career decorated in medals and trophies, many wondered how he would compete in the big leagues. His answer? A resounding reminder of why he is dubbed the “Phenom”.
Unfortunately, fame seems to be coupled with controversy for the star athlete. Fans would remember that just last year, Kiefer faced a scandal involving leaked nude photos. Most recently, he was suspended by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) for testing positive against three banned substances.
What is his biggest source of strength? Aside from his many supportive close friends and family, there is another “Phenom” flying parallel him from a different kind of court and that is girlfriend Alyssa Valdez.
Kiefer admitted that he thought she would leave him. It was something that scared him, and worse was the fact that he didn’t know how to explain himself. But because he loved her, he was prepared to face the consequences.
“She really never left my side even after that,” he said explaining why he feels fortunate to have her. Although their relationship will have to bear scars, there is hope because Alyssa chose to be understanding. “You know you have a keeper, you know you have someone who you can really spend time with for the rest of your life.”
This, however, was not just an act of love on the part of Alyssa but genuine trust as well, “Kilala niya naman ako, Tito Boy, na hindi ko naman intension gawin ‘yon.” She was there to encourage him and defend him knowing that basketball was as important to him as volleyball is to her. The two are the definition of couple goals, if it isn’t obvious enough. Both respected young athletes, their Instagram photos give us a sneak peak of their love story, and now fans know just how solid they are together.
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