Blue Eagle Gym
March 6, 2015
Let me start this blog by asking you, who is your favorite hero?
My guess is that you’ll probably say Jose Rizal, our national hero. Maybe the brave and courageous Andres Bonifacio, the Father of Philippine Revolution. Or the gutsy Lapu Lapu, the first to resist Spanish colonization. Perhaps it’s Apolinario Mabini, the Brains of the Revolution or the “Sublime Paralytic.”
Let me first define the word. A hero is a person who, in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage or self-sacrifice for some greater good. The key words are courage, self-sacrifice for the greater good. Moral excellence.
So mine are these volleyball players.
Alyssa Valdez.
Ria Meneses.
EJ Laure.
Jia Morado.
Four brave souls.
And these young, brave men: Marck Espejo, Rex Intal, Esmilzo Polvorosa, Edward Campusano, Ysay Marasigan, Angelo Torres, Manuel Sumanguid, Josh Villanueva, Gian Glorioso, Romnick Rico, John Rivera and Brendon Santos.
And to those who committed to play but weren’t there: Bea de Leon (US) Gretchel Soltones (Thailand), Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat (Superliga), Nichole Tiamzon (Superliga), Tin Agno, Myla Pablo, Kim Fajardo, Peter Torres, Adamson’s Melgar, Far Eastern U’s Dolor, Perpetual’s Bonjomar Castel.
Without question, these courageous souls answered the call of national duty. To represent the country and flag. To wear the nation’s colors. Amidst some bullying from some bitter, evil quarters out for self-preservation. These are the core of the national Asian Under-23 teams.
More are coming to form the Southeast Asian Games national team.
Big-hearted Aby Marano.
Patriotic Rhea Dimaculangan.
Fearless Maika Ortiz.
Gallant Rachel Daquis.
Strong-willed Aiza Maizo.
And to those whose hearts’ desire is to do the same but couldn’t, please come out of the dark. Don’t let this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity passes you by. You are not alone. The whole Philippines is with you. You and I are Filipinos. Represent us. You are our warriors.
Follow me on Twitter: @JoeySVillar
(Special thanks to Leo Lopez and Volleyball PH Photo Albums team for your beautiful and powerful photos.).

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