Eye of an Eagle: Kiefer Ravena Sets His Sight on the Future - People

Kiefer Ravena is a man of the court, a man with great ambitions. As we detail his story, we learn how he finds a deeper purpose in sports besides being the player of the game

Being a big fish in a small pond gives you that certain level of certainty and confidence. Navigation seems easy. Yet a question remains: what happens when the big fish gets to the vast ocean, where there are multiple directions to take and currents to go against? This is what life after university looks like—a big, big body of water that presents us with the unknown and dares us to prepare, or else, we’ll get carried away. For Kiefer Ravena, the set of post-graduation circumstances has been pretty much the same.

While it is not inevitable that he would be drafted in bigger leagues due to his superb skills and excellent track record, the former King Eagle is not one to remain lax and complacent. Instead, he takes a step further in securing his future and views it head-on, ready to dive in for a kill.

Throwing back to the humble beginnings

Blue Monochromatic Ensemble by FRANCIS LIBIRAN; Accessories by WHATDAPPERSWANT

Kiefer Ravena grew up in an athletic household, with his mother a college volleybelle while his dad a former basketball player both in the collegiate and the professional league. They were Kiefer’s first-ever coaches who instilled in him the passion for sports. So, at an early age, he already knew that there’s only one rule to live by—ball is life—and that one day he would follow suit in his father’s footsteps. “The moment I laid my eyes on basketball, I just felt it was love at first sight,” he expresses.

A rookie in the school’s varsity team, elementary Kiefer admits to being benched during his first ever ball game. “I was only eight years old then, just starting out, barely even playing,” he recalls. So there he was, merely observing their opponent’s moves, internalizing his coach’s game plan, and patiently waiting for his time. Every day, if not playing the guitar, Kiefer would spend countless hours on the court shooting and dribbling. He had to get better.

“Everybody wants to be at the top, but being at the top takes a lot of commitment and consistency. You slack off thinking you’re always the best, and then you reach a plateau. That’s when it hits you that you have to get out of that comfort zone, so you can achieve your desired potential.”

Kiefer Ravena on busting out of the sidelines

Kiefer’s enthusiasm and motivation did not wane, and so from watching he was finally doing. Come college, he began attracting sponsorships and deals that backed him and his team from play-in tournaments to the playoffs. Because he was still relatively young, his parents stepped in to help him manage his finances. Even in money matters, they served as his first-ever mentors. “They told me that basketball is not forever, and that I have to be smart enough to handle my money,” Kiefer reminisces. “My parents are not really the type to indulge in extravagant stuff. They’d rather spend on long-term investments, like our house and our education. That’s something I take into heart to this day.”

Scoring big for the time ahead

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As Kiefer got drafted into more and more professional teams right after graduation, he became more and more aware that there will come a time when his basketball career finally ends. “That’s the thing about being young. We think our bodies can take the beating, but once we make it past our thirties, we’ll begin to feel otherwise,” he explains.

“As a professional athlete, my body is my wallet. It’s how I earn. So, now that I’m still able to play the sport that I have deep passion for, I make it a point to coincide my peak performance with my financial decisions and pivot on the right ones.”

Kiefer Ravena on securing his future with a financial safety net

Every now and then, Kiefer seeks advice from different people besides his parents. He picks their brains out to get a hold of ideas on how he can navigate the uncharted waters of the future. “I remember my PBA coach telling me that once you start earning, you have to start thinking about retirement,” he recalls. “Don’t wait for when you’re about to exit the court.” So, he didn’t. The Gilas Pilipinas Team Captain knows better to prepare for what is to come—basketball or no basketball.

Passing the ball to a few more

Blue Monochromatic Ensemble by FRANCIS LIBIRAN (Right); Carlton Button Down Polo by BEVERLY MOON, F/W 2022 Memoirs of the Future Puffer Vest by .ARCHIVES (Left); Accessories by WHATDAPPERSWANT

Now a brand ambassador for Cocolife, Kiefer Ravena uses his platform to share his experiences in and out of the court, from the decisions he made to the ones he hopefully wished he did make. With the brand’s support, he conducts events and webinars touching on how Filipinos could best secure their own futures, especially during the pandemic, and achieve their ambitions like he did. “We were able to reach out to young aspiring players, and gave out basketballs and equipment, letting them know that we believe in their dreams,” says Kiefer, who was once a dreamer himself.

“Cocolife definitely makes the best opportunities possible for Filipinos, by giving us choices in how we plan our income, and the peace of mind that our finances are being taken good care of by people we can consider as family,” he further adds.

All things said and done, Kiefer Ravena is not only a basketball idol whom people can look up to for his slick moves and game play, but also an icon who encourages the young to aim high, take risks, and shoot for their shots—all while guarding the future with both hands.

Kiefer Ravena has been Cocolife’s brand ambassador for three years in a row. Keep track of his future endeavors through Instagram. For more information about Cocolife, visit their official website or Facebook page.

Photographer EXCEL PANLAQUE of KLIQ Inc.
Sittings Editor KRISTOFF SISON
Hair and Makeup CATS DEL ROSARIO
Shoot coordination MAE TALAID and MAE SICAT

Shot on location: Vista Real Classica, Quezon City

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