MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine guard Ryan Araña made sure to share his blessings to those in need at the most opportune time.

Araña celebrated his 35th birthday on Monday by preparing food which he personally gave to frontliners and the homeless during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“This is how I celebrated my birthday. Instead of having a party, I planned on making it more meaningful by celebrating with our heroes in the streets. Thank you to our frontliners, security guards, policemen etc. It was a simple act yet seeing their big smiles made it fulfilling,” Araña, a two-time PBA champion, posted on his Instagram.

“I hope we can spread kindness and positivity especially at a time like this. Special thanks to all the people here at home who helped me with all the preparations.”

Just two months ago, Araña signed a contract to return to the Elasto Painters, the team that made him the 12th overall pick in the 2007 PBA Draft.

The veteran guard played his first eight seasons with Rain or Shine before having stints with San Miguel Beer, Kia and NorthPort.


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