Following reports that their family has migrated to the U.S. for good, LJ Moreno and Jimmy Alapag clarified that they want and will be back soon. They both got emotional talking about their big move for the first time.
"The Philippines will always be home, and we will always be open to the idea of moving back," LJ wrote on Instagram. "But for now, God has made it clear that it's time for a new season. This transition may not be easy, but as long as we have God, I know we will get through it!" she added.
For his part, Jimmy looked back on his decision to play here in the Philippines, wrote on Instagram: "These times also give us a chance, a chance to learn more, grow more, and value what means most to us in our lives... Never goodbye, just see you all again soon."
From the pandemic affecting their lives and being closer to their family during these trying times, the mom of three admitted she didn't really want to move, at least not yet. But they talked about it and prayed for guidance.
In their YouTube vlog, the couple stressed that's the move is not for good. "We're not closing our doors. It's just right now because of the current situation, this is the best thing to do for us," LJ shared.
She got emotional leaving their house of ten years here in Manila, closing down her cake business, The Lollicake Factory, temporarily, and having to say goodbye to her staff, the people who helped her at home and in her business.
"This isn't goodbye," Jimmy emphasized. The player-turned-coach is looking to grow as a coach and pay it forward to the Philippine basketball scene when they come back.
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LJ and Jimmy are in full family mode since it'll be the first time they will be without their helpers. LJ will be focusing on managing the home and raising the kids. She's also planning to start baking as soon as they are settled in California.
The family will continue to vlog about their new life in the U.S. "We can't thank you guys enough for the support and the prayers," LJ said.