Blue Eagle Gym
April 9, 2015
Araw ng Kagitingan
Today is a special day.
It is a day of valor, the day we commemorate the fall of Bataan during World War II. Bravery. Courage under fire. Patriotism. Love for country. Soldiers and their gallantry. You and I. Our Philippines.
Fittingly, it is the day after young brave souls showed up at this parquet floor of the Blue Eagle Gym in Loyola, Quezon City and answered the call. Nevermind the obstacles and some forces, both known and unknown, who are trying to stop them. They just came to serve, mindless of anything.Ready to do battle.
Like foot soldiers.
Alyssa Valdez. Jia Morado. Ria Meneses. EJ Laure. Bea de Leon. Gretchel Soltones. Ma. Asuncion Mendiola. Alyssa Eroa. Elaine Kasilag. And yes, even Aby Marano came. Oh bless their hearts. National team coach Roger Gorayeb, who just arrived the night before from Thailand, was also there along with Ateneo mentor Tai Bundit. And to the men’s team too under Oliver Almandro’s watch.
And more are coming. CJ Rosario. Myla Pablo.
Santiago sisters Jaja and Dindin will come. Despite the alleged threats.
Some tried to but didn’t make it.
Two of them were Rhea Dimaculangan and Maika Ortiz. A pair of kindred hearts with an ultimate goal to serve the country. That’s why joined the military. Sadly, it was not to be. They tried though. Or at least the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. did. We learned earlier that the LVPI’s request for Dimaculangan and Ortiz to allow them to represent the country was turned down by LTC Alberto P. Masuda of the Philippine Air Force (GSC).The reason was Dimaculangan and Ortiz are undergoing basic military training. Isn’t ironic? Soldiers, turning down the chance to fight the country’s battle? Only it is on a different arena? Worry not sir, we won’t take it against you. Nor judge you. Who are us to judge you? In the end, it’s your call, sir.
But remember, history will judge us all.
And so it was done. We have something we can call our team. Not any funny-sounding names. Just Philippines or Pilipinas. Our nation.
So we’ll take a bow. To these valiant people. For taking a stand.
Today is indeed a very special day.
A glorious one.
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(Photos courtesy of Volleyball Ph Photo Albums)