May 28, 2015
They say 13 is an unlucky number.
I beg to disagree.
You see, our Philippine women’s volleyball team is sending 13 players in the 28th Southeast Asian Games formally unfurling on June 5 in Singapore. It was supposed to be just 12 because that is the maximum number of players each participating country is allowed to field in, technically speaking.
But for some reasons, we’re sending 13.
Officially, our “SEAG 12” are Alyssa Valdez, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago, Jia Morado, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Gretchel Soltones, Denden Lazaro, Bea de Leon, Rachel Ann Daquis and Dindin Santiago-Manabat.
Of the 12, Gonzaga was named by coach Roger Gorayeb as team captain while Valdez being tasked by the whole nation as its flag-bearer.
The 13th player going to Singapore is Aiza Maizo-Pontillas. She will be there as a reserve, just in case anything unforeseen happens in Singapore like (knock on wood) injuries or a player (knock on wood louder) suddenly decided she is unfit to play, and as an assistant in lieu of Parley Tupaz. Tupaz, of course, was asked by Ateneo coach Tai Bundit, who is the team’s consultant, to stay behind to handle the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ UAAP preparations.
So it’s 13.
I gush by just seeing the names who are representing us.
Valdez. Hammer of the Gods.
Gonzaga. The Quiet Leader.
Marano. The scowling Kapitana.
Santiago. Tree of Life.
Morado. Mama Mia Jia.
Dimaculangan. Air Force One.
Soltones. Boom Boom Gretchel.
Lazaro. The Grim Sweeper.
De Leon. Block Party.
Daquis. Pretty-faced assasin.
Manabat. Machine Gun Dindin.
And Maizo-Pontillas. Unheralded.
Now tell me, do you still think 13 is unlucky?
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(Photo courtesy of Roger Gorayeb)