Ang lineup at ang nakakalokang names ng Adamson Lady Falcons

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Taas ng energy diba? ‘Wag kang mangialam. Blog ko ito. Hindi mo ako mapipigilan.

Jusko! Ilang kembot na lang UAAP Season 78 women’s volleyball tournament na.

Ang tagal natin itong inabangan gaya na lang ng pagpapa-sweet ng Star Cinema kung sino nga ba ang susunod na Darna. Imbyerna. Hahaha!

Edi ito na nga.

Unti-unti kong ire-reveal ang names sa lineup ng Adamson Lady Falcons sa post na ito pero gawin natin isa-isa dahil talaga namang NKKLK ang names ng mga bagets. Hahahahaha!

Kung gutom ka, nandiyan si JELLIE TEMPIATURA na ang lakas maka-Japanese food.

Kung may sakit ka, nandiyan naman si KEITH LEBUMFACIL na ipinangalan yata sa isang gamot. Bigyan ng Suki Card!!!

Kung miss mo na ang Kapamilya Deal or No Deal, nandiyan naman si CIARNELLE WANTA. Ciarnelle!!! Open the briefcase! GANORN!

Kung pa-sweet ka naman, nandiyan ang rookies na sina BERNADETTE FLORA, LYNNE MATIAS at AWIT JOAQUIN. Kalurkey, diba? Parang mga karakter lang sa Zarzuela. Flora! Awit! Matias! Hinahanap kayo ng Inay sa bukirin kanina lamang. Hahahaha!

At kung iniisip mong hindi palaban ang Lady Falcons disheeeer, nagkakamali ka! Para saan pa’t naging teammate nila si WAR MASION?! Diba? You want war? They have War!

At sa bawat panalo ng team abangan niyo si RONJEAN MOMO! Momo na! Limang bucket! Hahaha!

Hindi rin magpapakabog ang mga sagana sa letrang “H” na sina MHAY ROQUE at FHEN EMNAS. Ise-set ni Feheeeeen. Papaluin ni Meheeeeey. Para sa ekonomiyaaaaaah!

Papakabog ba naman ang middle blocker na si JOY DACORON na napulot sa dako pa roon at tinuruan lamang from scratch ng balibol?

Hindi rin basta papatibag ang tagapagmana ng trono nila Pineda at Villanueva, si aling JEMA GALANZA na hindi lang basta power, may beauty din!

Nandiyan din ang paborito ng lahat, ang very prim, very proper, ang player na never nang trashtalk, ang nagbabalik, ang hindi pa rin tumaba, THE ERIKA ALKUINO!

Pang finale, ang bagong captain, ang kaliwete, ang hampasera, ang pasabog, ang nag compose ng isa sa mga pinakasikat na nursery rhyme mula sa ating pagkabata, Miss MYLENE PAAT, tuhod, balikat, ulo! GANORN!

Daming hanashi diba? Sorry na. Bored si watashi. Hahahaha!

Mukhang contender pa din Adamson. Inilaban at itinulak pa din nila coach Sherwin at coach Marvin para maitaguyod ang legacy ni Mommy Dulce.

Ito na.

1. Mhay Roque

2. Fhen Emnas

3. Mylene Paat

4. Lynne Matias

5. Jema Galanza

6. Joy Dacoron

7. Erika Alkuino

8. Jellie Tempiatura

9. Dimple Lebumfacil

10, War Masion

11. Bernadette Flora

12. Ciarnelle Wanta

13. Awit Joaquin

14.Ronjean Momo

 

 

 

Gyzelle Sy confirms return to FEU for UAAP Season 78

Yes. Kanfirmed! 

UAAP Season 74 best setter awardee, Gyzelle Sy, is back and will play in the forthcoming collegiate action.

PAK! Ganern!

She is part of the Lady Tamaraws’ lineup for Season 78 after bidding club team Cagayan Valley goodbye a couple of months ago.

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These are photos taken during FEU’s training Saturday at the R. Papa gym.

Si Coach Jerry, si Miss Cecile, at ang lineup ng UP

When you have a 6 am call time for a shoot, your brain has a way of drilling a picture inside your head, showing how terrible the entire day will be.

You go home at around 10 pm from the Adamson shoot, fix files until around 12 midnight, and then sleep for four hours before preparing for another shoot; this time with the UP Lady Maroons.

In short, NKKLK!

Worse, I have this bad habit of stereotyping people. I mean, these are ‘Iskolars’ who are known to be brilliant in academics and serious in their life goals.

Worst, the content we needed requires the student-athletes to loosen up, dance, laugh and just show everyone that they are just like the rest of us.

Nag-alala si water ng malala. Baka pag tinanong namin sila ano’ng bet nilang gawin on their free time eh ang isagot nila ay, ‘Magbasa po.’

‘Magbasa ng ano?’

‘Britannica po.’

LUH SIYA!

But the girls proved me wrong.

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Ang kukulit po ng UP Lady Maroons. Pangako.

All we needed to do was show them what the Lady Falcons did during their shoot and they all lit up, challenged themselves and each other to do better and danced their way to our hearts.

MGA CONTESERA! Hahaha!

Really. It is so easy to fall in love with this team.

And that, perhaps, has something to do with coach Jerry and their team manager, Cecile Ronquillo.

It’s like a father and mother tandem guiding this young team into greatness. And that greatness, ladies and gentlemen, is written in the stars.

Eight years nang nanonood si water ng UAAP and this is the strongest team I’ve seen from Diliman.

At take note, they are not allowed to engage in trash-talking. Ayaw ni coach! Cute, diba?

I had such a great time directing the second stop of Volley Friends Campus Invasion (which will be available in January 2016) that I thought it couldn’t get any better.

Fortunately, it did.

MAY LINEUP NA!

Super ispluk si Miss Cecile dahil pinangalanan na daw ni coach sino ang rarampa sa taraflex.

Edi ang utak ni watashi parang nag alarm. Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!

Madame, sinetch?

Ay, pak! Ginive love niya ang names. Ganorn! Ganorn kadali kausap ang mga taga UP.

Dami ko nang kuda, diba? Hahahaha! Pinapa-excite ko lang ang mga makiki ‘UP Fight!’ sa women’s volleyball tournament.

Edi ito na nga.

Ito na ‘yung names.

Binigay na, diba?

Edi na-type ko na sa phone.

Pero para sure, pag-uwi ko, I sent another message to the team manager to clarify.

Sumagot!

Korek daw.

Edi ito na.

Hahahaha!

Ang lineup ng UP Lady Maroons for UAAP Season 78!

1. Justine Dorog

2. Isa Molde

3. Maris Layug

4. Diana Carlos

5. Sheena Mae Chopitea

6. Mae Angeli Basarte

7. Rose Mary Cailing

8. Jewel Lai

9. Marian Buitre

10. Nicole Tiamzon

11. Kathy Bersola

12. Ayel Estranero

13. Princess Gaiser

14. Vina Alinas

Lalaban na ba? Lalaban na!

Eh ikaw? Susuporta ka ba?

Kung susuporta ka, malay mo mas ilaban nila.

 

Pam Lastimosa tears ACL, to miss UAAP Season 78

MANILA — And the tough road back to the Final Four begins for UST.

With the 78th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament kick off still two months away, the Golden Tigresses’ campaign already took a big blow as Pam Lastimosa suffered from a torn ACL.

“Na-ACL ako last month, November 25. Tapos na-operahan December 5,” Lastimosa confirmed via a text message.

The entry of new head coach Kungfu Reyes and the experience the España squad got during the off-season have garnered a nod of approval from the team’s fans in their hopes that the three-year drought will end this season.

However, the girls will have to continue their bid to return to the upper half of the rankings without Lastimosa, who plays a big role in the squad’s offense, defense and leadership inside the court.

“It happened during our training. After (ko) pumalo tapos nagka-banggaan kami ni Dimdim (Pacres) sa tuhod. Siya kasi ‘yung nagba-block,” recalled the outside hitter.

On the findings after a series of tests, she adds, “I didn’t expect it to be ACL. Nakalakad pa naman ako pero after the MRI, complete ACL tear ‘yung result.”

Without her, Reyes and the rest of the UST coaching staff will have to rely on newly-appointed team captain Mela Tunay, veterans Chloe Cortez, Ria Meneses, Jessey de Leon and last year’s rookie of the year, EJ Laure.

If you ask Lastimosa, however, a Final Four finish remains to be within reach for the Golden Tigresses.

“I believe naman sa team and they’re training hard to get into the Final Four,” she said. “I’ll be there to support them naman always and I ahve faith that they can do it!”

Now that she will have to miss a round of collegiate action, Lastimosa maintains a positive attitude as she revealed she is already looking forward to her Season 79 return.

“Okay lang ‘yan. Lilipas din (ang injury),” shared the spiker.

“Hopefully, next year (okay na),” she closed.

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The Season 77 captain gave a hint that she will be using her last year of eligibility come Season 79.

Kathy Bersola and the ‘roller coaster ride’ of the year that was

It was not an ideal start of the year for Kathy Bersola.

UP’s bid for a Final Four slot was finally gaining ground halfway through the first round of the 77th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament until it was halted on January 7, the day Bersola went down with a torn ACL on her left knee.

Looking back to the gruelling journey she had to endure, the middle blocker says, “Start of the year, nagsimula ng masaya. Pero mula January 7 down na.”

The future looked bright, indeed, for the Lady Maroons when they returned from the Christmas break and battled and lost to defending champion Ateneo in five sets; a feat the team hasn’t done in recent memory.

“Nag start ‘yung year five sets kami sa Ateneo. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Next game namin Adamson. Kukunin na talaga namin,’” recalled Bersola.

“Tapos ayun ang ganda ng game. Lamang kami tapos kukunin na namin sa fourth set tapos na-injure ako,” she added as the smile on her face vanished at the thought of the unfortunate incident. “Parang tsansa na namin mag Final Four tapos wala.”

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Bersola’s heavily-bandaged left knee days after the unfortunate injury.

Though players like Marian Buitre stepped up in her stead, Bersola’s absence remained to be a big blow to the Diliman squad’s chances of breaking an 11-year drought of making it to the upper half of the rankings.

But as in all sports, UP moved forward and kept fighting, eventually placing sixth as the 5-foot-11 spiker went on to the physically painful and mentally challenging route of gaining her old form back.

“February nag start na ako ng therapy. Lahat ng tao dun motivating lang. They just let me keep improving,” she said on her recovery program at the Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Ateneo.

“Hanggang unti-unti nakakalakad na ulit ako. Nakatalon, then nakatakbo then nag start na ng volleyball drills,” she added. “Umangat ulit ‘yung feeling ko simula nung nakapalo na ako at nag receive na ako. Sobrang kumpyansa ko na ulit.”

But if you think the road to getting better was that easy, you are wrong.

Aside from doubts of full-recovery inside her head that is usual to injured athletes, Bersola, being the determined and goal-oriented person that she is, got impatient in her hopes to return as soon as possible to the court that has been her second home since she started playing the sport.

“Bandang August medyo na-down ulit ako kasi parang bakit ang tagal? Kasi diba eight months na ‘yun,” shared the Makati Science High School alumna. “‘Yung mga kasabay ko lahat sila tapos na. Mga kasabay ko mga basketball players and basta other people na nasa therapy. Na-down ako na bakit ako hindi pa tapos?”

With the constant prodding and encouragement she got from her physical therapists and teammates, however, Bersola trusted the program which led her to be cleared by her doctors to make a return by September.

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Physical therapists Raymond Pili and Jerick Rueca has become a constant in Bersola’s daily life fore more than eight months of her recovery.

“Nag start na ako mag training September 16. January 7 hanggang September 15, akyat-baba ang emotions. Tapos kasabay pa ng sem na madaming ginagawa,” she said almost in disbelief of the roller coaster of emotions.

The mental torture didn’t stop there.

Imagine having to re-learn every volleyball skill which you’ve already mastered in the past as you transition back to being part of a team that has become the new home of talented rookies with ‘fresher legs’ than yours.

“Nung nag training na ako ulit, nahirapan ako mag transition sa buhay na ‘yun ulit kasi nasanay na ako na after class punta na ako ng therapy,” said the Lady Maroon.

“Sa simula sobrang down talaga kasi hindi ako makasabay sa takbo nila. Hindi ako makasabay sa palo nila though tina-try ko,” she recollected. “Parang lahat ng teammates ko mino-motivate ako na okay lang ‘yan dahil simula pa lang naman.”

“Nanonood lang ako sa kanila sa V-League. Hindi ako kasali.”

True enough, despite not being in the lineup, the UAAP Season 76 best blocker was with UP in its stint at the 12th Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference, watching every game and giving instructions to the young guns from the sidelines.

For someone who loves the sport and the team that much, it must have hurt to be there but be relegated to being a weapon who is not ready for use.

And then, just like in the movies, Bersola’s anticipated return was set in stone when head coach Jerry Yee decided to field in his wards to another round of V-League action.

On her first hurrah after the injury, she recalls, “Nung sinabi ni coach na baka mag V-League daw ulit kami, sabi niya sa akin, ‘Kaya mo na ba?’ Sabi ko, ‘Opo, kaya ko na.’ Sabi niya ila-lineup na pero may chance na hindi pa first six.”

“Two weeks before nun sobrang gumanda ‘yung feeling ko sa loob ng court. Nakakasabay na ako sa mga middle blockers,” she added. “Binalik na ako sa first six ni coach hanggang sa naglaro na kami sa V-League, it was all uphill from there.”

And uphill it was.

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Bersola’s first day back in training with the Lady Maroons after getting doctor’s clearance.

Like an old song etched in her memory, Bersola returned for UP moving with the same intensity and bravado in guarding the net as if nothing happened to her knee.

She and the rest of the Lady Maroons went on to make history for the team, copping their first third place finish in the tournament’s 12-year run.

“Ito sobrang saya na ulit. Normal na. Parang walang nangyari,” an ecstatic Bersola said. “May times na natatalo kami pero ako, nakikita ko na bumabalik na ‘yung dating laro ko. Nakakatalon na ako ulit at bumibilis na ulit ako.”

As if winning the bronze was not enough reward for her hard work, she was also recognized as the league’s first best middle blocker, proving to herself and the rest of the UP faithful that the ‘monster blocker’ is definitely back.

“Alam mo ‘yung parang hazy? Parang nasa panaginip lang. Kasi ‘yun nga, hindi ko talaga ine-expect. Hindi ko nga in-expect na ma-first six ako dito kasi kakabalik ko lang,” the humbled spiker said.

“Sobrang surreal nung feeling. ‘Yung past nine months na nagte-therapy ako nabura lang lahat. Parang walang nangyari. Hindi ko na-feel na hindi ako nag training ng nine months,” she stated further on the high she felt.

Asked about the biggest lesson she has learned in the past 12 months, Bersola was quick to say the magic word: patience.

“Dun sa therapy hindi mo alam ano ‘yung mangyayari. Laging sinasabi sa akin na, ‘Kalma ka lang. Kahit sa UAAP ka na bumalik,’” she said.

With 90 % of her old form back, Bersola says she is bent on forgetting the tough days that almost brought her to her breaking point as she plans to only look back to 2015 and see the beauty of bouncing back.

“Ayaw ko na bumalik dun,” she exclaimed cringing. “Binura ko na ‘yung nine months pero ang binaon ko lang is ‘yung lessons na tinuro niya sa akin.”

Seeing the glass half-full, she adds, “Ang 2015 patience, hard work, resilience na kahit sobrang dami ng setbacks, go lang ng go. Walang bibitaw ganon. Tsaka trust sa program at sa mga tao na nasa paligid ko na nagtitiwala sa akin.”

The past 12 months alone of Bersola’s ups and downs already deserve to be one of the most inspiring stories the fans have seen this year in the local sports scene.

But the fight does not end here for the Lady Maroon as she aims to lead UP back to the promised land via a strong finish in Season 78.

“Yes (ready na), I think so. Sa two months na natitira, palakasin ko pa lalo. Then sa February, ready na,” declared Bersola.

Yes, it was not the best of starts for the UP star but as the old adage goes, it’s not how you start but how you finish.

More than being cautious and careful, Bersola’s 2015 journey is a lesson of faith.

Much like the number at the back of her jersey, no matter how you write it on paper, the number ‘8’ tells each and everyone of us that everything that comes down will eventually find its way up.

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It was a Cinderella moment for Bersola when she ended 2015 with a best blocker award from the V-League.

A little ‘thank you’ from me to you

Thank you.

I’ve been thinking for a month now what my first post should be about and now I realize there is no better way to start this blog than telling each one of you how grateful I am for everything.

Here we go.

When I started this journey back in 2012, I had one word to describe myself for wanting the things I wanted: DELUSIONAL.

I wanted a writing job when my only background as a writer was my stint with my elementary school paper, The Roxasian Bugle.

I wanted a job that involved watching sports—volleyball mostly—on the daily when I was just a fan who can’t even watch the games live sometimes because I have no money for tickets.

In a nutshell, I wanted to practice my passion in exchange for watching the games for free. It’s a sweet deal.

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This was a journal I wrote back in 2013.

Despite having no assurance of what the future holds, I left my job as a call center representative.

I can’t remember what exactly brought me to that decision but I remember telling myself one day: Kung hindi ngayon, kailan? Kung hindi dito, saan?

Ate Vi?! Hahaha!

Not much people believed in my dreams back then. Most of the people I know couldn’t see what I see. And I can’t blame them. I’ve quit my previous jobs at least a dozen times. But I don’t know. Though I have so much respect for the people in the BPO industry, I knew it was not for me.

And so I went on to chase my dreams of being a writer without a semblance of a savings in the bank and without a laptop of my own.

Kung hindi ka ba naman isa’t kalahating tonta, diba? Bet maging writer pero walang laptop? NKKLK!

But I guess nothing can stop you when you have nothing to lose.

With only an iTouch as my gadget, I created my Twitter account and posted commentaries from a ‘funny faney’ point-of-view and before I know it, the number of followers grew.

Having captured the attention of a few people, I decided to create a blog.

I wrote stories and published them on my own without the help of any Editor and looking back, I cringe. Hahahaha!

I would stay up all night because that’s the only time I can use my brother’s laptop to write my stories.

If that’s not what they call ‘humble beginnings’ then I don’t know what is.

And then the magic happened.

Like a Cinderella-esque twist, I got picked by Philippine SuperLiga’s Anna Tomas to be the Power Pinays’ team journalist back in 2013 in the Asian Srs. women’s volleyball championship in Thailand.PP

Tapos nun nagsunod-sunod na ang blessings kay water which brought about the change.

I used to be one of those people who are mean online but then good things started to happen to me and I felt I have no right anymore to have such an angry and bashful voice.

So I changed and became a little boring.

And you stayed!

They say I’m lucky because I have my dream job but that’s a bunch of bull. I’m not lucky. I worked hard!

From the pressure I had to endure during my sleepless nights in Thailand, the ‘pulot bola’ days with Cagayan Valley and the painful route to finding my voice as a writer for Rivals, I worked hard.

Pero alam niyo kung saan ako swerte? Sa inyo! GANORN!

Sa bawat retweet at favorite niyo sa Twitter, sa bawat istoryang sinulat ko na binasa niyo, sa bawat Instagram post na pinusuan niyo, sa lahat ng post ko na nagpasaya sa inyo at maski na sa mga post ko na nagalit kayo, you helped me find my voice.

Dahil sa inyo, may laptop nang sarili si watashi. ‘Yun talaga ang moral lesson eh. CHARAUGHT! Hahahaha!

But seriously, life has changed in the last three years.

‘Yung pangarap ko dati na kainan, nakainan ko na ng paulit-ulit. ‘Yung dream ko na may Nestle Chuckie lagi sa ref, natupad naman na. Sila Mama at Papa natubos ko na din sa Cebuana. Chareng!

That is why this first post is all about thanking you, my readers. I get paid because you read and appreciate whatever I put out there.

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Taken last June with the PH national women’s volleyball team during the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

I’m not even half as good as the best writers we have in sports, I know that. But you guys showed support by trusting me and my stories. And for that, THANK YOU!

And I hope you’ll extend your support to this new blog of mine which will be about anything under the sun.

Pag-uusapan natin mula sports, entertainment, fashion, love life ko, kawalan mo ng love life, ang talakera mong nanay, ang chismosa mong kapitbahay, ang videoke nilang non-stop at pati na rin ang aso nilang ume-erna madalas sa tapat ng gate niyo.

Sadly, Rivals will go offline soon and it breaks my heart so you’ll be reading my volleyball reports somewhere bigger starting next year.

It’s bittersweet but that deserves a separate post which will be full of feels but for now, ito muna. Salamat.

You guys taught me that regardless of how many times I failed in life, it is never too late to pick myself up and start over.

I hope you, too, can find the right people who will uplift and inspire you to become whoever you want to be.

Sabi nga sa isa sa mga paborito kong movies na A Cinderella Story (O, pak! Baklang bakla pa din!), NEVER LET THE FEAR OF STRIKING OUT KEEP YOU FROM PLAYING THE GAME.

So if there ever comes a time when you’re doubting yourself, send me a tweet and I’ll tell you ‘You can do it!’

Salamat, mga baks!

Cheers to new beginnings! And cheers to a life-long gratitude from me to you.

XoXo