Mark Caguioa is now 31 years old and he has been in the PBA for 10 years now. You'll have to wonder why despite of his fine performance in the majority of those 10 years, he has not yet won a PBA MVP Award.
People from all walks of life, especially the massive fans of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings know and admire Caguioa's basketball talent. Chances are, when you come across a person and you'll ask him/her if he/she knows someone in the PBA, I'm sure Mark Caguioa's name will be one of the most mentioned names. His popularity is off the charts. It goes through the roof. So much so that you'll expect him to win the MVP award especially when the voice of the people is of the essence. His mere presence on the court can make his fans shout and based on my experience if ever his team wins because of him, you can see that his fans' night is already complete. That I will not doubt because I myself saw and felt it on Facebook. Whenever Ginebra wins, you can see in the statuses of his fans and the Ginebra fans that they are happy and that most of them looks up to Caguioa, on how he played for the Gin Kings.
His fans have come to love the swagger, the hairstyles, the looks, and the nose of Caguioa. They have come to accept the flaws and the uniqueness of the person who came to be known as the Spark. The Spark who inspired them in their everyday lives. That's why they are ready to support him whenever they are given the opportunity to do so. That opportunity came when the PBA asked the public to vote for the player who they think should win the PBA Season 36 MVP Award. The people wasted no time. They have spoken and they want Caguioa to win the said Award. Look at the results of the online voting poll.
Arwind Santos 1367
James Yap 637
Jay Washington 30
Jimmy Alapag 615
Joe Devance 33
Kelly Williams 73
Mark Caguioa 1788
Sol Mercado 17
It was a landslide for Caguioa. He clearly won the hearts of the PBA Fans. But still, the votes of the public were not enough to propel him to win the MVP Award. I just can't believe that he failed to win the Award. His co-players also want him to win it. Majority of his teammates and the other PBA Players voted for him, but still he didn't win it. The probable reason why he failed to win it is now left in the other criteria known as the votes from the media. Indeed it was the media. I have to agree with what the article from Philstar.com stated. It stated that:
"He (Caguioa) had several chances to win the award, including this season, but the award has been so elusive for “The Spark.” The media votes is really killing Caguioa’s MVP candidacy then, and now. The media vote is the swinger, the decider that I’d like to define the MVP as “Media’s Valuable Player.” There is really nothing wrong with the media deciding the winner, but they should be reasonable with their votes. The MVP is not an award given to the friendliest but to the most valuable for that season. The MVP race is not BB. Pilipinas. Take a look at Mark’s resume and it’s ridiculous, he only has one BPC award! This guy is good for at least four or five BPCs. And as for stats and impact, he’s at least a double MVP winner for me."
That's the sad reality nowadays. You have to please everyone not only your fans if you want to be a PBA MVP. But, don't worry Mark Caguioa. Even if you only have one Best Player of the Conference Award, you will always be the People's MVP no matter what. And also, you're not the only great player who failed to win an MVP Award in the PBA. The list also includes, Nelson Asaytono, Jerry Codinera, Jojo Lastimosa, Marlou Aquino, Samboy Lim, Danny Siegel, and Jun Limpot. So cheer up Mark Caguioa. We're here for you no matter what. And besides, there's still a lot of gas left in your tank right?