Kiefer Ravena and Greg Slaughter are not only the players to have joined the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Gwyne Capacio, the son of former FEU Tamaraws head coach, Glenn Capacio also joined the blue and white squad. There are five players who competed in the Ateneo-La Salle juniors’ championship in 2009. They joined two giants collegiate teams in the UAAP, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the De La Salle University Green Archers. Kiefer Isaac Ravena and Von Rolfe Pessumal stayed in the Ateneo while Nico Elorde and Arnold Van Opstal stayed in the green archers. But Gwyne Matthew Capacio decided to cross over from Taft to Loyola.
ALL ABOUT GWYNE CAPACIO The 6 foot 2 Capacio plays as power forward/small forward for the blue eagles. He wears jersey number 11. Gwyne started playing basketball when he was in 3rd grade. It wasn’t his dad who influenced him to play; it was his uncle who influenced him. At first, he wasn’t really serious. “I was just playing for the sake of having fun.” he says. But as he got older, he started to love the game. When he was growing up, he never really had an idol except for his dad. “I always dreamt to be as good as him, or even better!” *laughs* Gwyne shares. Aside from basketball, Gwyne also played other sports. He really likes to play sports. He has played soccer, swimming, golf, volleyball and billiards. But baseball was the only sport he loved among the others. When he was in grade school he used to play dual sport, baseball and basketball. He only had stopped playing baseball because he had to focus on basketball.
MOVING TO ATENEO Coach Glenn Capacio let Gwyne decides which school he will choose to study. He just gave him the Pros and Cons of choosing schools. Gwyne’s dad really wanted him to study in Ateneo. “Ateneo would be a great school for getting a degree. The only thing is it would be far from home. La Salle was also a great school for getting a degree.” Gwyne’s dad. But in La Salle Gwyne would have some difficulty in getting in the line up. Speaking of moving from La Salle to Ateneo, this decision has not been easy for Gwyne. “It’s kinda like moving to a new town. You’re not familiar with the place. Not familiar with the people.” he says. And when Gwyne was asked what it has been like to be part of the team, he answered “It’s not that easy. Of course, being a student comes first before being an athlete. I mean we really have to find time to study even though we’re tired from a practice or game.” Gwyne knows that respect is needed to be earned. “You have to prove yourself first. Especially coming back from an injury. I need to work twice as hard to earn the trust of my teammates and coaches.” he says.
AS A PART OF VERY TALENTED ROOKIE In this competitive basketball scene, Gwyne wants to make a name for himself. But this will not be easy. Nothing is served in the silver platter; he has to work hard to win the spot.
FAST FACTS ABOUT GWYNE NAME: Gwyne Matthew D. Capacio BIRTHDAY: June 1, 1992 HEIGHT: 6'2" COURSE: BS Management JERSEY NUMBER: #11