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SEAG Day 5: More medals for PH from Cebuano athletes

NEW CLARK CITY, Philippines — Cebuano athletes continue to win in various competitions and contributed to the growing medal count of Team Pilipinas on the fifth day of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). The latest medal haul of three gold, one silver and three bronze were earned in the fields of skateboarding, judo, mixed […] The post SEAG Day 5: More medals for PH from Cebuano athletes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 6th, 2019

Get ready for an exciting new Sports Series that aims to promote an active lifestyle

MANILA, Philippines – Following its support for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) kicked off its “aminoVITAL® Sports Series” on Thursday, January 30th, 2020, at Pretty Huge Obstacles in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Powered by aminoVITAL®, Ajinomoto aims to promote different sports activities and active lifestyle among Filipinos through the Sports Series which will highlight endurance sports. Starting with Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), the members of the Philippine National Obstacles Course Racing (OCR) Team, who collected 10 medals (6 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze) at the 30th SEA Games, showcased their skills and strengths in a relay race. “OCR is a unique sport because you need to be good at everything. It requires you not to only hone your running skills, but to also test your endurance and discipline as you undergo high intensity training,” said Glorien Merisco. Despite the mental, emotional and physical demands of OCR, Merisco reminded that no one should feel intimated by it as she herself had no athletic background when she started.   Even after her successful performance in the 30th SEAG, she never stops training hard, “I personally like challenging myself to be better every day…I may not be the strongest athlete, but I am one of the those who works the hardest.” aminoVITAL® is one with the OCR community in inspiring and encouraging people to get out of their comfort zones and give them the push needed to really make it too the next level. APC executives and officers led by its President Tsutomu Nara welcomed the media guests and social media influencers. The 30th SEA Games karate gold medalist Junna Tsukii, Will Devaughn and Christiana Dimaunahan also graced the event and shared how aminoVITAL® helped them recover from muscle breakdown and fatigue that they commonly encounter in their line of sports. All participants took aminoVITAL® before hitting the obstacle course guided by OCR coaches.   What is aminoVITAL®? aminoVITAL® is Ajinomoto’s newest sports nutrition brand. It is a jelly-based drink that contains 3,000mg of amino acids, including BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acid). It helps reduce fatigue and muscle loss during high-intensity training and strenuous physical activity. aminoVITAL® is convenient and portable. Simply consume aminoVITAL® 30-minutes before any activity and allow yourself to reach heights of physical accomplishments. Recognizing the increasing demand and consumer interest in sports nutrition and wellness, Ajinomoto introduced aminoVITAL® to the Philippine Market in November, 2019. aminoVITAL® Sports Series is Ajinomoto’s advocacy to promote wellness, nutrition, and active lifestyles for all sectors of Filipino society. “Proper nutrition and supplement is just as important as training and rest in sports as well as in cultivating an active lifestyle,” says Roann Co, Marketing Department Head of Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation. “We want to be able to support our esteemed athletes to attain optimum performance and reach greater heights and for more Filipinos to stay active and be fit and healthy.” aminoVITAL® is now available on LazMart, an online store on LazMall, and selected Chris Sports branches at just PHP 100.00 per pack. For more information about Ajinomoto and its products, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH.   About Ajinomoto The Ajinomoto Group is a global company with specialties in the business of food and amino acids, guided by our leading-edge bioscience and fine chemical technologies. Based on the corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well.”, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids in supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. We aim for future growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness by creating value through sustainable and innovative solutions for communities and society. The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 35 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. In fiscal 2018, sales were 1.1274 trillion yen (10.1 billion U.S. dollars). To learn more, visit www.ajinomoto.com.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2020

No Christmas bonus yet for Filipino SEAG athletes without medals

PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez planned to give all athletes, including non-medalists as well as all the government sports-funding agency’s employees, the Christmas bonus just like last year but was forced to temporarily shelve the plan due to budgetary constraints......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 5th, 2020

PH athletes regain lost SEA Games glory

By NICK GIONGCO After 14 long years, the Philippines returned to the summit of Southeast Asian Games supremacy when it garnered 149 gold medals in the 30th staging of the SEAG on home soil. Banking on the potent support of the government and the public, the host country went on a blistering pace and even […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

ABS-CBN S+A’S “THE SCORE” LOOKS BACK ON THE BEST OF 2019 IN PH SPORTS

ABS-CBN S+A wraps up a milestone year for Philippine sports with a two-part special of “The Score,” featuring champion athletes in basketball and volleyball, and medalists from the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). Joining veteran sports anchor Mico Halili on December 30 (Monday) to discuss the year in basketball are kings of the hardcourt Fran Yu and Jerrick Balanza from the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball champion Letran Knights and John Wilson and Mike Ayonayon of MPBL Datu Cup champion San Juan Knights, and Southeast Asia women’s basketball queens Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos. Afril and Janine helped make 2019 one for the books for Philippine women’s basketball as members of the teams that clinched the gold medals in SEAG women’s basketball and women’s 3x3. Other SEAG heroes and heroines will also be part of the program as Mico shifts the discussion to Team Philippines’ 387-medal haul in the region’s biennial sporting event. To share their thoughts on the Filipinos’ historic feat are CJ Concepcion (Fencing), Carlo Peña (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), Kim Kilgroe (Triathlon), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming), Christiana Means (Skateboarding), and Meggie Ochoa (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). On December 31 (Tuesday), former volleyball superstar and now multisport athlete and “Umagang Kay Ganda” anchor Gretchen Ho takes over the special to focus on the sensational year for Philippine volleyball. Premier Volleyball League (PVL) 2019 Open Conference champions Creamline Cool Smashers will be represented by national athletes Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado with teammates Jema Galanza and Kyla Atienza, while 2019 Reinforced Conference champions Petro Gazz Angels will be represented by Cherry Nunag, Jonah Sabete, and Chie Saet. Joining them in the roundtable are UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball champion Ateneo Lady Eagles’ setter Deanna Wong and middle blocker Maddie Madayag, who also represented the country in the SEAG. As in previous years, ABS-CBN Sports has been delivering the inspiring stories of Filipino athletes through its coverage of tournaments in various local and international leagues on multiple media platforms including S+A on TV, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD on cable, and online on iWant, sports.abs-cbn.com, and the ABS-CBN Sports social media accounts and YouTube channel. In 2020, the sports arm of the country’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate will continue to highlight the greatness and positive values of Filipino sports idols and icons. Don’t miss “The Score: Best of 2019” two-part special on December 30 and 31, 6 pm on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD. Watch online on iWant. For sports news, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

PH medalists in 30th SEAG win senators& rsquo; accolades

The Senate adopted three resolutions congratulating and commending several Filipino athletes for winning medals in the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2019

Pasay government to reward city’s SEAG medalists

The Pasay City government will give cash reward to six athletes who won medals during the 30th Southeast Asian Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 16th, 2019

Cebuano athletes continue medal haul

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Cebuano athletes continue to hold their own against international opponents as they account for some of the gold-silver-bronze medal tally of Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). Ovarian cancer survivor Daniela Reggie de la Pisa started the day with a gold medal in the hoop event of rhythmic […] The post Cebuano athletes continue medal haul appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

Cebuano athletes gear up to win medals for skateboarding events

TAGAYTAY, Philippines — Cebuanos have a chance to hand the Philippines more medals after advancing to the finals and semifinals round at the Game of Skate, one of the skateboarding events of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at the Tagaytay International Convention Center.  Cebu’s Margielyn Didal will try to […] The post Cebuano athletes gear up to win medals for skateboarding events appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Cebuano athletes’ medal haul on Day 1 of SEA Games: 6 gold, 3 silver medals

  CLARK CITY, Philippines — The Cebuano athletes contributed six gold medals and three silver medals to the overall medal tally of the Philippine Team on the official first day of hostilities of the 30th Southeast Asian Games held in various venues in Luzon. The gold medal haul of the Cebuanos was led by the […] The post Cebuano athletes’ medal haul on Day 1 of SEA Games: 6 gold, 3 silver medals appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

30th SEAG hostilities explode today

The largest sporting event in Southeast Asia — the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) — goes full blast today as 8,750 athletes from 11 countries compete for 531 gold medals in 56 sports. Host Philippines will be fielding in a 1,115-strong contingent in the biennial meet. The PH six-man triathlon team is keen to bag […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

6 Cebuano athletes to begin SEA Games gold quest Sunday

MANILA, Philippines – Six Cebuano athletes will start their quest for the gold medal in their respective events as the hostilities of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) officially begin on Sunday, December 1, 2019. They are Andrew Kim Remolino for triathlon, the pair of Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Marie Cañeda for dancesports, Dexler Bolambao […] The post 6 Cebuano athletes to begin SEA Games gold quest Sunday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

Cebuana athlete, skateboarder Didal, excited to be flag-bearer in SEA Games opening ceremonies

MANILA, Philippines — TWO Cebuano Athletes will take centerstage in tonight’s grandiose opening ceremonies of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Asian Games gold medalist skateboarder Margielyn Didal and three-time SEAG gold medalist judoka Kiyomi Watanabe will be among the flag-bearers during the parade of athletes. Read more: […] The post Cebuana athlete, skateboarder Didal, excited to be flag-bearer in SEA Games opening ceremonies appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2019

30th SEAG: Cebuano athletes take inspiration from local support

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Tuesday night sendoff dinner made Cebuano athletes feel the much needed love and support that they will bring with them as they compete in the South East Asian Games (SEAG). Marathon Queen Mary Joy Tabal and the dancesport pair of Wilbert Aunzo and Pearl Cañeda said they were very happy  […] The post 30th SEAG: Cebuano athletes take inspiration from local support appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 27th, 2019

CCSC to organize sendoff for Cebuano athletes, coaches competing in the 30th SEAG

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Cebu City Government through the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) is organizing a symbolic sendoff for Cebuano athletes and officials who are bound for Luzon to compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). The sendoff which will be held Tuesday, November 26, 2019, will start with a 5 p.m. […] The post CCSC to organize sendoff for Cebuano athletes, coaches competing in the 30th SEAG appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2019

Yulo gets additional P800K Olympic bid funding

Filipino gymnast Caloy Yulo preparation for the Tokyo Olympics got an additional boost after the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) extended a much-needed financial help on Wednesday. MVPSF president Al Panlilio announced that they have granted an extra P800,000 funding for Yulo to cover his training expenses in Japan as he prepares for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled July 23 to August 8 next year. "The MVPSF wants to make sure that our athletes still get the best training possible, even as we face the current COVID-19 pandemic," Panlilio said. The financial donation was coursed through the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines. "Aside from the financial relief from the additional finding, we're hopeful that this also puts Caloy's mind at ease, because we want to show him that we're behind him all the way," said Panlilio. "His sole focus should be on his quest to win an Olympic medal, and we'll do our best to take care of the rest." The 20-year old gymnast is one of four Filipinos who have qualified for the Games, which was delayed for a year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, along with pole vaulter EJ Obiena and boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno. Yulo earned his ticket to the Games after advancing to the final round of the men's all-around in the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. He also won the gold in the men's floor exercise in the same tournament. The Manila pride also won two gold medals and five silvers in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines. With the financial help, Yulo got all-important shot in the arm as he vies for the elusive Olympics gold.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

UAAP 2nd sem athletes celebrated as UST claims general title anew

For the fourth year in a row, there is no movement at the mountaintop of the UAAP. University of Sto. Tomas has been hailed as General Champion for the Srs. Tournaments once more as it ran away with the crown with 209 total points. The Growling Tigers were officially recognized as such in the Season 82 closing ceremony held online Saturday. They built their overall win on gold medals in men's and women's beach volleyball, men's and women's table tennis, and men's judo. All that was more than enough to grant them a more than 30-point lead over runner-up De La Salle University. And all that was more than enough to notch the 44th mark in Srs. General Championships for the black and gold. UST's high school was not going to be outdone as well as it rode its 159 total points all the way to the mountaintop of the Jrs. Tournaments. On the back of wins in boys' and girls' swimming, boys' baseball, boys' judo, and boys' taekwondo, the Tiger Cubs got the better of second-placer La Salle Zobel for their sixth straight Jrs. General Championship. Meanwhile, student-athletes whose campaigns were cut short by the continuing COVID-19 crisis were recognized in the event shown on ABS-CBN Sports' online platforms. Those include competitors in athletics, baseball, football, indoor volleyball, lawn tennis softball, and track and field which were all set to go, or even already underway, before the pandemic forced all second semester sports to end earlier than expected. That was exactly why the UAAP went out of its way to still give these student-athletes their shine. Even better for so-called super seniors from those second semester sports, the league has already reportedly discussed and deliberated the proposed one-year extension of their eligibility. According to outgoing president Em Fernandez, the proposal is just awaiting the approval of the league's Board of Trustees. That means that student-athletes such as Arlyn Bautista from Adamson University softball, Jho Maraguinot and Kat Tolentino from Ateneo de Manila University women's volleyball, Diego Lozano from De La Salle University men's baseball, Ricky Marcos from National University men's volleyball, and Miggy Clarino from the University of the Philippines' men's football have an option to play out their last year of eligibility next season instead. Next season will see De La Salle University taking over hosting duties from Ateneo. The formal passing of the hosting of baton officially wrapped up UAAP Season 83. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2020

Help pours in for triathlon SEAG silver medalist

Help is pouring in for Cebuano triathlete Andrew Kim Remolino, whose household was among at least 30 families left homeless by a big fire in Cebu on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 13th, 2020

PSC vows full support to Team PHI all the way to Tokyo Olympics

Aspiring and Olympic-bound athletes will continue to receive support from the Philippine Sports Commission despite the agency’s belt-tightening measures brought about by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Philippines already has four qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been pushed back to next year, in pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, male artistic gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, national boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno before the lockdown. The PSC board has assured that the agency will support them for as long as they can, explaining that the investment of both the government and the athletes into their Olympic dream cannot be set aside just that easily. This the PSC assures the athletes despite around P1.3 billion of its funds redirected back to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to fund the country’s COVID-19 fight. By virtue of Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, P596 million, and P773 million were realigned by the DBM from the sports agency’s National Sports Development Fund and the fund from the General Appropriations Act (GAA), respectively. Even with this unexpected development, the PSC will keep true to its promise to support the Filipino athletes Olympic bid. In fact, PSC Chairman William Ramirez is hoping to send more athletes to represent the country in the prestigious multi-sport event. “We will not waiver in our quest to fulfill the country’s Olympic dream and we are very hopeful that more athletes will be able to qualify once the situation gets better,” shared Ramirez. The sports agency is banking its hopes on 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, four-time SEA Games champion Kiyomi Watanabe of judo, 2019 SEAG double-gold medal winner Margielyn Didal of skateboarding, multi-titled jin Pauline Lopez of taekwondo, and Junna Tsukii of karatedo among others. The budget cut has forced the sports agency to take belt-tightening measures in recent weeks, to be able to cover all commitments. “It’s a tough situation but we understand the priorities of the national government. We will do what we can to continue the support we give to our athletes especially those vying for an Olympic slot,” added Ramirez. Aside from financial support, the PSC also continues to provide online sports psychology consultations, virtual training sessions, nutrition, physiology, and conditioning webinars to athletes and coaches through PSC’s Medical Scientific Athletic Services (MSAS) and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2020

SEAG champ Pauline Lopez sets up drive for girls affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Lopez, who copped two taekwondo gold medals during the last SEA Games here in Manila, teamed up with fellow SEAG gold medalist Joan Orbon and Fundlife International in her efforts......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

When We Were Volleyball Queens (Part 2)

(This story was originally published back in March 24, 2015) Back in 1993 the Philippine national team defied the odds by toppling the region’s women’s volleyball giant Thailand. Rosemarie Prochina, part of the national team sent to the 17th Southeast Asian Games, continues with her story of the things that transpired during the last shining moment of our Filipina athletes in the sport.    Buy gold? No, we’ll win them   Prochina revealed that they had an extra motivation in the championship match against Thailand after an incident involving her teammate Bernadeth Burcelis. A Thai tried to get into their heads. A warning shot of psychological warfare, perhaps an attempt to bully the Filipinas out of their wits.      “Actually yung team manager nila kinantyawan kami nu’ng mag-shopping kami,” Prochina said. “Sinabihan niya si Burcelis, sabi niya “Oh you buy many, many golds now because tomorrow you will only get silver.” The Filipina didn’t talk back, she and the national team simply let their game do the talking.      “Yun ang sabi niya. So kami parang di naman din niya sinabi sa amin (kaagad), pero sa kanya (Burcelis) OK lang yun. Basta maglaro lang kami,” Prochina said. During the game, Prochina said that everybody was doing their part even those sitting on the bench. “Yun ang maganda sa team namin na kahit na kaming nasa bench, di ako first six kasi,” she admitted. “Kaming nasa bench kahit parang di kami makakalaro nandoon kami sa bench nagpi-pray, lahat todo support. Tapos kapag may timeout, magma-massage kami sa mga teammates namin.” Zenaida Ybanez also won the Best Spiker and Most Valuable Player award while Leonora Escolante was named Best Setter.  For Prochina their feat showed the never-say-die spirit of the Filipinas. “So yun very (inspiring) ang pagkapanalo dun kasi underdogs kami,” she said.    Coach Tai, the lover boy?  SEA Games is not just about athletes trying to outplay their opponents for a podium spot. The biennial meet is organized for the purpose of developing friendship and camaraderie among nations. And some tried to take this fellowship into another level. Prochina gave away a secret that involves a name that is very famous in the volleyball circle today. Ateneo de Manila coach Tai Bundit did capture the hearts of local fans with his charm and heart strong mantra proven by the Lady Eagles’ back-to-back UAAP crown but 22 years ago the Thai had an early encounter with the Filipinos – and we are not talking about how he and his team demolished the PHI men’s squad. It was about something romantic. “Yung coach nila (Ateneo) magkasabayan kami sa national team,” said Prochina, who’s an Ateneo fan herself. “Yung coach nila na si Tai nagpang-abot kami.” The Thai women’s team looked at the Filipinas with fire in their eyes, but not Bundit as he glowed with sparks of stars and moonshine while focused on a Pinay whose name gives happiness to his heart.   Yes, before Bundit danced his signature ‘kitiki-Tai’ moves, he tried to tango.            “Kami yang (magkakasabayan) noong nanliligaw-ligaw pa yan sa teammate ko, si Joy Degoroztisa,” Prochina said in a chuckle. “Ewan ko kung nagkasagutan sila, huh!” she continued. “Naku baka (mapagalitan ako ni Joy) kasi nanligaw siya (Bundit) dun. Si Joy nasa Kuwait na siya ngayon.” Asked for more juicy details, Prochina said that her memory is a bit sketchy about the whirlwind romance.   “Actually, di ko masyado (nasubaybayan na yung nangyari) kasi nga yung laro di ba ilang weeks lang yun tapos hindi ko na alam kung anong nangyari,” Prochina added. And she really has no idea if Bundit got one through the block or totally got shut down. Bundit is now happily married while Degoroztisa is based in Kuwait.   “Masakit para sa amin”  After the team brought home the mint, the Pinays failed to win it all in the next SEAG editions paving way for Thailand’s domination in the region.  The Thais got their revenge on their turf in 1995 against the Filipinas in the finals. Again winning another gold after two years at the expense of PHI, who had bronze finishes in 2001, 2003 and in 2005 edition held in Manila.  Sadly, in the next four SEA Games no women’s team were fielded and the Pinays were overtaken by in terms of competitiveness by Vietnam and Indonesia.     “Masakit para sa amin kasi hanggang ngayon hindi pa rin na-break,” a regretful Prochina said. “Nag-20 years na hindi pa rin na-break yung record, nag-post ako sa FB sabi ko “Happy 20th year sa pagka-gold naming”, ganyan, pero napakasakit kasi wala pang pumalit,” she added. “Hindi ka-proud na kayo lang kasi siyempre parang anong nangyari sa programa ng volleyball sa Pilipinas?” A degradation of the sport she painfully watched. “Yung 1995 malakas pa rin yun kahit nawala na yung iba,” she said. “Maraming mga matatangkad gaya nina Cherry Rivera Macatangay, Roxanne Pimentel, si Joy Degoroztisa, Estrella Tan Enriquez na nag-convert na lang sa basketball kasi nawala na nga yung (volleyball program).”   New beginning  The dream of standing taller than Thailand may still be years away, but Prochina is happy that there is a rebirth of volleyball in the country. With the sport having an avenue outside of collegiate leagues with the Shakey’s V-League and Philippine Superliga and the interest of the nation to volleyball taking its roots again, the future looks bright. “Yung volleyball sa atin paangat na talaga saka sobrang happy kaming mga older players na nakikitang ganoon na ang progress ng volleyball sa Pilipinas,” she said. It’s a fact that we are not at par in skills and development wise with the Thais – a solid proof of it is having their players fielded as imports to raise the level of competition in our local leagues – but Prochina is glad that we are now taking small steps.      “Kasi lumayo na ang Thailand e, lumayo ng milya-milya and nawala tayo. Pero kaya yang (mahabol) wala namang imposible,” she said. “Pero mas malalaki nga tayo actually. Ang players natin may 6-foot-5, may mga ganoon. Yung mga players natin malalaki. “Sa atin lang siguro yung continuity ng training, at ng support.” Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. as part of their volleyball program has formed an Under-23 men’s and women’s team that will compete in the Asian age group championships on May. After skipping volleyball events in four SEAG editions, the PHI will field both men’s and women’s teams for the meet in Singapore on June.            Promise of tomorrow          Prochina believes that PHI volleyball has a bright future and a repeat of their feat two decades ago is not far away.  “Of course. Malalaki and mas may advantage ang mga bata ngayon kasi sila yung skills at techniques nila meron na. Yung sa katawan, sa bilis, sa talon, meron,” she said. “Kami noon dinevelop pa. Ako personally dinevelop ako, kung hindi dahil sa coaches ko na sina coach Kid Santos and coach Emil Lontoc, na naniwala sa akin na gagaling ako at aabot ako sa level na ganoon, hindi ako tutuloy,” Prochina added. “Hindi katulad ngayon sobrang andami nating players na malalakas.” She is also overwhelmed by the fan base this generation of players built. “Marami talaga ngayon. Pero noong 2005 na naglaro kami ng V-League (for PSC (Lady Legends) nakakatawa lang noon na mayroong mga nagdadala (ng mga gamit) na mayroong mga signature naming na mga lumang players. Sinasabi nila na “Ay fan kami sa inyo.” Kami naman “Ay talaga, mayroon pala kaming mga fans,”” she said. “Mas malaki na (ang fanbase) kasi sa social media, alam na ng lahat ng tao ang nangyayari sa volleyball.”    Comparison Prochina picked Ateneo when asked if what team in her opinion mirrors the character of the 1993 team. “Kasi sila nag-start sila from scratch e. Tapos yung mga bata alam mong obedient sila sa nakikita mo sa laro. Hindi ko naman sinasabi na hindi obedient yun ibang teams ha,” she justified. “Pero kasi yung Ateneo galing talaga sila sa baba.” She also cited that long before Ateneo practiced meditation before and during games, they were already doing it as part of their routine. “Yes matagal na. Kasi nung nakita ko sila (Ateneo in meditation) sabi ko “Ah Ok. Kasi nag-coach din ako ng mga five years ago (in University of Asia and the Pacific) yun din ang itinuturo ko sa mga players na malaking bagay yung meditation,” she said. “Kasi sa SMAP (Sports Medicine Association of the Philippines) dati sa PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) sila ang nag-handle sa amin na nilagay kami sa isang room (for meditation),” Prochina added. “Tinantanong pa nga namin ang isa’t isa kung nakakatulong. Nakakatulong talaga siya tapos tinuruan nila kami na bago matulog, ayun, dapat may relaxation technique kami. Na dapat relaxed, alisin ang tension sa katawan tapos isipin mo na kinabukasan madali lang yung game. Yun talaga, malaking bagay siya." Just like Ateneo, they enjoyed every game. They are the original happy team. “Oo. Kasi yang si coach Emil Lontoc ang sinasabi niyan kapag maglalaro na kami “tiwala sa sarili at mag-enjoy sa game.” Yun yung sinasabi nila kapag magi-game kami. Kasi kung hindi ka naman magi-enjoy the game wala na, ano yun? E volleyball ito,” she said. And she agrees that Ateneo’s Alyssa Valdez is the new face of volleyball in the country – the phenom that was yet to be born a few days after they bagged the SEAG gold.  “Of course, siya talaga. Kahit asawa ko idol siya. Humble yung bata, bilib ako sa bata,” Prochina explained. “Nakikita ko yung eagerness niya. ‘Yung kapag umatras siya na papatay siya ng bola, makikita mo talaga yung killer’s instinct niya. Kapag naglaro na 100% talaga siya.” For Prochina, Valdez is Barina-Rojas of her time -- a sign of hope.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles          .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020