May 2, 2015
When You Believe
“Faith means living with uncertainty–feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark,” Dan Millman.
Do you believe in miracles?
Our beloved Philippine team is one living example how faith works and how miracles are more realistic than imagined. If you tell me a month ago that we will beat a taller, bigger and higher ranked Kazakhstan, I would have said no or maybe slap you in the face and wake you up in your make-believe world. I mean, how can such a team like ours beat a team like the Kazakhs who are ranked 19th in the world? And us a team just re-emerging out of the dark of ages of volleyball.
The moment Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, EJ Laure and Ria Meneses stepped into the parquet floor of the Blue Eagle Gym some three weeks ago, we knew something magical is about to happen. Nevermind the ridicule the team received after only four players showed up on Day One. But the team persevered as players started to come in trickle by trickle. Forget about the hardships of getting just a pair of shirts and shorts and utter lack of support. Coach Roger Gorayeb said it himself: “Nakakhiya mang aminin, wala nga kaming jacket, jogging pants at pagkain.”
Make no mistake about it, Gorayeb and the team are not complaining. They will do anything for flag and country. Unlike some people I know who chose the white sands of Boracay and comforts of unlimited iced tea. They all came.
Until it was 12.
And then we defeated the mighty Kazakhs, 25-19, 25-11, 27-25, before an electric crowd at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City that sent us straight into the quarterfinals of the Asian Under-23 Championships. Whatever happens from here, this team has already climbed the once unscaleable mountain of doubts.
“Faith is the radar that sees through the fog.” -Corrie tenBoom.
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(Beautiful photos courtesy of Volleyball PH Photo Albums)