The talent and aptitude for basketball run in his veins. PBA superstar Kiefer Ravena is always a force to be reckoned with, whether it is a casual game or a competitive play. Over the years, he has become one of the most promising athletes in the court, which is a result of long-time experience, undeniable skills, and impressive physique. What is the story of his success and popularity?
Kiefer Ravena is a Filipino professional basketball player, social media personality, and brand endorser. Currently, he plays for the NLEX Road Warriors of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). The athlete is the son of veteran basketball player Ferdinand "Bong" Ravena, who is the current head coach of PBA TeamTNT Katropa.
In 2016, he won the Most Valuable Player award given by the Pilipinas Commercial Basketball League, a basketball tournament based in the Philippines.
- Name: Kiefer Isaac Crisologo Ravena
- Birthday: October 27, 1993
- Kiefer Ravena age: 26
- Birthplace: Iloilo City, Philippines
- Astrological sign: Scorpio
- Parents: Bong Ravena and Mozzy Crisologo-Ravena
- Nationality: Filipino
- Marital status: Single
- Kiefer Ravena height in feet: 6'0" (183cm)
- Net worth: $100,000 – $1M (estimated)
Kiefer Ravena bio
The handsome athlete was born in Iloilo City, Philippines on October 27, 1993. He is the oldest of the three children of Bong Ravena and Mozzy Crisologo-Ravena. He has a younger brother named Thirdy who also plays university basketball and a younger sister named Dani who plays volleyball.
His aptitude for sports and physical activities can be attributed directly to his father who used to play basketball for the Pasig-Rizal Pirates from 1998-1999. His mother, on the other hand, played volleyball for the UST Golden Tigresses.
In an interview with media website Rappler.com, the athlete had the following to say about being inspired by his father:
“Growing up, I watched my dad play in the big league and I always say to myself that one day, I will be there. One day, I will be better than my dad. I think that’s my driving force to become the best that I can be”
Kiefer jumpstarted his basketball ventures by enrolling in sports clinics, particularly MILO’s Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) center.
In high school, Ravena enjoyed a successful and competitive basketball career at the Ateneo de Manila High School in Loyola Heights, Quezon City. After establishing his skills in high school and cementing his name as one of Ateneo's most promising players, he became a highly sought-after player among schools in Manila.
The athlete pursued his college education at the Ateneo de Manila University, where he took up a bachelors degree in Communication Technology Management. During his stay with the school, Ravena played with the Ateneo Blue Eagles where he obtained several accolades. For several seasons, he bagged awards given by the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). These include the season 74 Rookie of The Year Award and the season 77 and 78 Most Valuable Player Award.
After his college graduation, Kiefer then pursued a highly successful career with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) as well as the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). During his impressive ventures, the handsome player earned the well-deserved title "The Phenom".
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Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez
In June 2016, Kiefer Ravena confirmed his relationship with Creamline Cool Smashers heavy hitter Alyssa Valdez. The Creamline Cool Smashers are a professional women's volleyball team under Rebisco Biscuit Corporation. Just a year prior to his relationship with Alyssa, the star was dating Mika Reyes, a volleyball star from LaSalle. After a video of her allegedly kissing a male swimmer surfaced in social media, Mika Reyes and Kiefer Ravena split up.
In June 2019, Alyssa Valdez and Kiefer Ravena celebrated their 3rd anniversary. In an episode of ABS-CBN's late-night talk show "Tonight With Boy Abunda" (2015), Alyssa was asked about the grandiosity of their celebration. In the interview, she revealed:
"I really appreciate na mas nagfofocus sya sa mas kailangan, yung maliliit na bagay like mga five minute na magkikita lang kami because we don't have time for each other talaga cause of trainings, so magdadala lang sya ng food, bigla na lang syang dadaan sa trainings ko. Mga little things but you know those yung mga maliliit na bagay na yun, pag pinagsamasama mo, it's really grand."
(I really appreciate his focus on things that matter. Both our schedules are tight so we usually just see each other in between training sessions. He would drop by my training with food. For me, it's little things like that that makes the grand gestures when combined)
Filipino sports fans are rejoiced to see that their favourite power couple is looking very happy together. This is especially after the couple was greatly challenged by the Kiefer Ravena scandal that hit his career and reputation in 2017.
Kiefer Ravena leaked photos
The scandal that tarnished the image of the athlete involved the leaked screenshots of a highly explicit and sexually suggestive Viber conversation between him and an unknown girl. The images soon circulated on several social media platforms, prompting fans to call the athlete a cheater. Coming from Singapore where he made his debut with Alab Pilipinas, the issue was addressed by the athlete as he faced a group of reporters asking about the scandal. He stated:
"Nagso-sorry ako lalo na kay Alyssa. I have no excuse for what happened. I'm very, very sorry sa nangyari. Sa sobrang bait mong tao, hindi ka dapat nalalagay sa ganitong sitwasyon."
(I want to apologize to everyone, especially to Alyssa. I have no excuse for what happened. I am very very sorry about what happened. You are such a kind person, you don't deserved to be dragged through this mess.)
Needless to say, the scandal was much to the dismay of Kiefer Ravena girlfriend of two years. Being the supportive girlfriend that she is, Alyssa admitted that she accepted Kiefer despite the mistake that he made, remarking that everyone makes mistakes at some point in their lives.
The athlete also made it a point to apologize to his friends and family, specifically to his younger siblings, for whom he felt that he failed to be a good role model.
In 2018, the athlete was unfortunately suspended for 18 months by FIBA after testing positive with substances banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The substances, namely, Higenamine, 1,3-Dimethylbutylamine, and 4-Methylhexan-2-amine were detected on Kiefer's blood in a drug test conducted on February 25, 2018 – following Gilas Pilipinas's game against Japan at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Such a shocking Kiefer Ravena suspension.
Kiefer Ravena Instagram
The handsome athlete has an official Instagram account (@kieferravena15). He uses it to post about his games, his love life, and to endorse brands such as VAULV Bags, Jollibee and, Handyman. The athlete also posted about Kiefer Ravena haircut in one of his stories.
In Kiefer Ravena latest news, the athlete bagged five consecutive gold medals in the recently held SEA Games. This is after emerging victorious in a game against Thailand, with a score of 115-82 on December 10, 2019.
"I dedicate this to my teammates in the World Cup. This is for them, for all the coaching staff who went to battle in China" Ravena said.
Currently, Kiefer Ravena is looking forward to a more prosperous career in basketball. We wish him the best.
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