MPBL: From shooting hoops to photos, Pasay forward joins COVID-19 frontlines


Posted at May 02 2020 08:03 PM

Pasay's Jesse Bustos. Courtesy of MPBL/file

Pasay Voyagers forward Jesse Bustos knows that basketball is not forever and someday he will eventually hang up his sneakers.

For the 33-year-old player, who saw action in 18 games during the 2019-20 MPBL Lakan Season, one must be ready for life after hoops as early as possible.

That's why in 2016, he began working as a photojournalist for broadsheet daily.

"Inisip ko hindi habang buhay maglalaro ako ng basketball kasi tumatanda rin, kaya nagpaturo na rin ako sa mga matatagal ng photographer," Bustos said.

Little did he know that he would be in the frontlines in the country's ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pasay's Jesse Bustos works as a photographer. MPBL

Since the enhanced community quarantine was implemented in Luzon last March, Bustos has been assigned to cover events in Pasay, Taguig, and his hometown Parañaque.

"Kailangan naming mga nasa media maging frontliner kasi trabaho, kaya kapag nasa coverage todo ingat na lang din," said the 6-foot-3 Bustos.

"Pero masaya din in a way na nakakatulong din ako sa ibang tao na maiparating sa kanila kung ano ang nangyayari sa ating bansa."

Bustos was part of the Voyagers team that reached the eighth seed in the Lakan Season, but was eliminated by San Juan-Go for Gold in the quarterfinals.

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