Jett Manuel has definitely brought back the winning culture for the UP Fighting Maroons after he and his crew had five wins in his final year at UAAP Season 79, but after that – everyone kept an eye on him to joining the PBA D-League, but he did not. Why?
It is because the hardcourt heatthrob has different plans – and that is to pursue his profession, to become a licensed civil engineer. He had passed on the opportunity last September 2016 when his batchmates had taken the Civil Engineering board exams but now that he had decided to take his final year at the UAAP and now it is done, there is no hindering him to achieve his goal and he did it with flying colors!
Engr. Jose Anton Teodoso Villarama Manuel – yes, the basketball star from UP Fighting Maroons is now a registered civil engineer. He was among more than 2500 aspirants who passed the May 2017 Board Exam for civil engineers, according to the Professional Regulatory Commission.
Because of this, the 23-year-old was really happy that all his hard work and patience had paid off – that includes four months of review, and he felt it’s worth it. On his Twitter, he said:
Left twitter for a while to study for boards. but now its done. im back.. CAUSE I PASSED THE BOARD EXAMS! ENGINEER JETT MANUEL IN THE HOUSE!
— Jett Manuel (@_jettmanuel) May 11, 2017
The rookie selection for the next season, slated for October, will be tough but Manuel has a lot of time in his hands. There are a lot of outstanding players, especially in his position, so he is still weighing his best options moving forward. Manuel also emphasized the part on why he took Civil Engineering – he always counts the part that if he do not get drafted and won’t be lucky enough to play in the PBA, there is something he can do other than basketball and so he studied hard and worked for it – both basketball and engineering.
In his interview with ABS-CBN Sports, he said: “I can finally focus on basketball again. I’m gonna focus on preparing my body and mind naman for the PBA. The ultimate goal was always to get drafted in the PBA.”