Coach Aldin Ayo of the DLSU Green Archers is set to be featured in a movie of his own, dubbed “Coach Aldin”.
The highly anticipated movie is set to showcase Ayo’s life story from his roots in Sorsogon to his playing career with the Letran Knights and his prominent rise in the basketball coaching scene.
The movie, which is still in pre-production, is set to feature Alden Richards, who will play the role of the new La Salle coach. “Yes, it is true. May green light na sila fromme to start working on the production with Alden,” Ayo confirmed in a statement to The LaSallian.
After being given the lead role in the much anticipated production, Richards was unavailable for comment. “Confirmed na yung role ni Alden. Kailangan lang isort yung mga minor details ng contract,” an anonymous member of Richards’ entourage said.
Ayo, who served as an assistant coach to Manny Pacquiao of Kia Sorento (now the Mahindra Enforcers) in the Philippine Basketball Association, also confirmed thatthe boxing star will be involved in the film. “Syempre kasama si Manny sa film. Malaking bagay yung stint ko with Kia kasi professional team sila,” said Ayo, who is set to make his UAAP coaching debut for the Green Archers this coming September.
Former Letran standout Mark Cruz, who won the 2015 NCAA Title under Ayo, expressed his excitement over the announcement. “Maganda talaga ang lifestory ni Coach Aldin. Sakto talaga siya para sa movie at maiinspire ang mga tao talaga rito,” said Cruz, who was forced to turn down an acting role in the production because of his current PBA contract. “Sana may part two yung movie.”
He did, however, give the thumbs up for incoming rookie Aljun Melecio to fill in for his role in the production.
“Sabi ko dati, Aljun is like Mark in terms of style of play at build so no problem naman with filming sa role niya,” commented Ayo on the inclusion of Melecio.
The DLSU Green Archers, led by team captain Jeron Teng and veteran Thomas Torres are also set to make an appearance in the said film. “Coach Ayo has only been with us at La Salle for a few months, but he has a story that is already worth telling,” said Teng, who is set to play his fifth and final year for the Green-and-White next season.
“I’m definitely interested in this whole new project we’re [going to] have,” added Ben Mbala, who is also set to make his UAAP debut next season.
Ayo shrugged off concerns over conflicts between filming and regular team practices. “Everything’s well planned naman for the schedule of the players. Remember, mga student-athletes sila. Alam nila that studying comes first, followedby athletics at yung filming ay extra work lang. It won’t affect our road to the championship because lahat naman naka plano na,” said the 2015 NCAA Coach of the Year, who added that the players who will be in the film will only have minor roles.