Blue Eagle Gym
May 22, 2014
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”–Lao Tzu.
On this madenning Friday, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. or LVPI president Joey Romasanta officially announced the 12 ladies who will wear the country’s colors in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore next month.
They are Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Jaja Santiago, Bea de Leon, Gretchel Soltones, Aby Marano, Denden Lazaro, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Rachel Ann Daquis, Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jovelyn Gonzaga. Twelve players who were summoned and responded to the call. Regardless of circumstances. Mindless of the fact that they came from different spectres of the volleyball community. From Ateneo. National University. San Sebastian. La Salle. Santo Tomas. Petron. Air Force. Meralco. Army. Asian Under-23 team. Amihan. LVPI. Philippine Volleyball Federation. Forget about the number of practices they logged or didn’t log. Or some past misunderstandings. Erase that in our collective memory. The important thing is they’re all here. Ready to do battle for flag and country. And, if the stars align, win us a medal. Maybe strike a gold.
So us fans must set aside our differences, focus and pour all our energy on the team because they will need us.
It wasn’t easy though. And it was never meant to be one.
You know their story.
It began with four players stepping on this parquet floor in Diliman in one humid Monday afternoon in early April. Regardless of the ridicule and the threats of persecution and harrassment, they soldiered on.
Now it’s 12.
Twelve brave souls.
“The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” –Anthony Robbins
It was supposed to be a long blog meant to answer people’s questions. In the end, I decided to do away with it and just focus on making our 12 courageous women feel something good about themselves. Because they deserve it.
(Photo courtesy of hardworking Uragon Meilin Lozada of spin.ph)