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#ChalkAsks: What Would These Graduating UAAP Volleyball Players Tell Their Rookie Selves?

#ChalkAsks: What Would These Graduating UAAP Volleyball Players Tell Their Rookie Selves?

 

by Maan de Vera

Probably one of the hardest questions to answer is: What would you do differently if you are given the chance to start over?

The brink of an end will always make one reminisce the beginning. It’s always amazing to look back at how far you’ve come and what you’ve accomplished. With that comes gratitude for the right choices made, fulfillment for the obstacles that were crossed and of course, the regrets for the missteps that were taken.

This is why, over the past couple of weeks, we’ve rounded up the graduating UAAP Women’s Volleyball players to ask what advice they would give their rookie selves. Here, they’ve all removed the masks of their game faces and allow their vulnerable selves to truly shine now that they are about to graduate from their collegiate volleyball careers.

ADMU

These Lady Eagles have been soaring high since day one. Now that they are almost at the end of their UAAP stint, they highlighted the one thing they have in common: perseverance.

1. Maddie Madayag

“Kaya mo ‘yan. Lahat nang pagsubok mo may kakaratingan din ‘yan.”

 
 
 
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2. Kat Tolentino

“I will tell my rookie self that everything that I go through will all be worth it.”

 
 
 
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3. Bea De Leon

“Keep the same mindset. To keep enjoying the game. To always look back and remember that this is a dream come true for me. To continue having fun with it while it still lasts. To keep yourself in the ground. Expect nothing too big, but at the same time, always just believe in yourself.”

 
 
 
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4. Kim Gequillana

“Just keep pushing. I really came a long way from how I was before. Before, I wasn’t really that confident with myself and my skills. But now, everything is just going to be in place. Keep pushing ‘til you really see the light.” 

 
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DLSU

The graduating players of this 3-time defending champs have something to say about pushing oneself while not letting pressure get the best out of you.

1. Des Cheng

“You’re doing good. You’re doing a great job. We will make it happen. Whatever it takes. ‘Wag kang masyadong magpadala sa hype. Don’t get pressured too much. Siguro, just play your game and just be yourself. Kaya mo ‘yan. 

 
 
 
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2. Des Clemente

“I-push mo pa ang sarili mo. Isipin mo lang na once in a blue moon lang ‘to. Hindi dapat ako mag-kumpyansa, i-push ko pa dapat ang sarili ko.”

 
 
 
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UST

The UST squad has been presented with a lot of struggles in the past years and these Tigresses have faced them all head on. Their love for the game and their community is resounding even when answering our question.

1. Sisi Rondina

“Ang sasabihin ko sa self ko na rookie ay, “Good job, nice one." Kasi you play with your heart. You play for yourself, for your family, for the UST community and sa mga coaches. Siyempre, magbibigay ako ng advice na sana ‘wag niyang baguhin ‘yong attitude niya towards the game sa lahat ng aspect and kailangan madala niya ‘yon kapag naglalaro siya.”

 
 
 
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2. Rica Rivera

“Tuloy mo lang ginagawa mo. Mas maging matapang and steady ka and sa mga susunod na magiging rookies, magiging ate ka rin.”

 
 
 
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3. Dimdim Pacres

"Don't ever stop believing in yourself."

 
 
 
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FEU

Now that they are about to leave the UAAP, these Lady Tamaraws highlighted the importance of letting go of self-doubt, living every moment, and simply enjoying volleyball.

1. Heather Guinoo 

“Goodbye na sa mga panahon na kinakabahan ako kapag naglalaro o nagda-doubt ako sa sarili ko. Kailangan ko na ipakita kung ano talaga ‘yong kaya ko. Hindi dapat mag-doubt sa sarili. At saka, laging iisipin na kahit bata ka pa, kaya mong tapatan ‘yong mga mas matatanda na sa’yo kung tatapangan mo at ipakikita mo sa kanila na hindi ka basta-basta.”

 
 
 
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2. Kyle Negrito

“To my rookie self, akala mo matagal ang limang taon pero mali ka, napakabilis lang no’n. Don’t take it for granted. Isang privelege ang makalaro sa UAAP.”

 
 
 
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3. Jerrili Malabanan

“Start building your confidence early eventhough it’s your first year. Just focus and practice so that come game time, you are ready for the game. Just enjoy playing volleyball.”

 
 
 
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UP

These girls have been with UP through thick and thin over the years. Before finally heading on to their next adventure, they want to leave a legacy of hardwork, determination, and putting the fight in #UPFight.

1. Ayel Estrañero

“It’s not going to be an easy process, but you have to believe and work hard everyday. At some point, you are really going to reach your dreams and goals in the future.”

 
 
 
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2. Marian Buitre

“You didn’t come this far to only go this far. So every time that you go in the court, give it your all because this is going to be really fast five years so might as well be at your best every game.”

 
 
 
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NU

These Lady Bulldogs are not afraid of making mistakes for as long as they improve by learning from it. Before graduating, these girls will definitely be a reminder that nothing is impossible if you go all out.

1. Roselyn Doria

“More work pa. Nung rookie year ko kasi parang hindi pa ako masyadong nagagamit. Compared sa kanila, gamit na gamit–ang lalakas. So, more work pa. Makakarating ka rin.”

2. Audrey Paran

“Just go all out. Wala naman kasing mawawala. ‘Wag kang matakot magkamali kasi do’n ka matututo. Dapat siguro mas tapangan mo lang talaga every game kasi ayon lang naman talaga ‘yong meron ka. At the end of the day, isipin mo kung anong mabibigay mo sa team and not yourself.”

 
 
 
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ADU

Whether they win or lose, the Lady Falcons sure know how to put a fight regardless of who is on the other side of the court. Here, the graduating ladies from Adamson kept their responses short but crisp.

1. Eli Soyud

“Laban lang.”

 
 
 
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2. Joy Dacoron

“Happy lang. Narating mo na itong UAAP. Dream come true na, pero dapat mas lalo mong pag pursigehan.”

UE

Admit it, we all cried when the Lady Warriors finally snapped their 58-game losing streak. They have surely come a long way since then, but the players who have contributed greatly in this feat has something to say.

1. Roselle Baliton

“Mahaba ang season na paglalaruan pero mabilis lang ang time so push lang. Kung alam mo na nagpu-push ka, push mo pa rin kasi malalim ‘yong huhugutan dapat. Kasi long way ang paghihirapan mo. Hindi mo alam ang mangyayri sa future pero magtiwala lang sa sarili.”

 
 
 
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2. Laizah Bendong

“Maging matapang ka lang.”

 
 
 
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3. Judith Abil

“5 years...ito na ako ngayon. Hi sa’yo. Kung anuman ang pinagdadaanan mo noon–‘yung mga problema, ‘yung mga struggles–ito na ako ngayon, nakayanan ko lahat.”

 
 
 
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4. Kath Arado

“Siguro sasabihin ko sa rookie self ko na gawin pa n’yang better ang sarili n’ya kasi do’n mo masasabi kung kaya mo pa i-push ang sarili mo kapag andito ka na sa senior [year]. Kapag senior ka na, masasabi mo na mas nagawa mo ‘yong game mo nang maayos. Siguro ang masasabi ko lang ay mag-train ka nang maayos habang rookie ka pa para kapag senior ka na, wala kang pagsisisihan.

 
 
 
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It’s going to take a while before it finally sinks in that these players are out to play their respective final games in the UAAP in the next couple of weeks. While we are sad that they are playing out their 5th year, we are glad that they've all come this far in pouring out their passion onto the court.

It was truly a delight to see each one transition from rookies to the veterans and ates of their teams. The real question is, who will end their UAAP career with a championship? We just have to wait and see.

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