The 22-year-old vol­ley­ball phe­nom and ate­neo lady Ea­gles cap­tain talks about see­ing the pos­i­tive in ev­ery sit­u­a­tion.

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Hap­pi­ness is…

Get­ting ENOUGH sleep What do I like to do in my free time? Sleep! Dur­ing UAAP sea­son, all we do is train, go to class, then train again. So, in be­tween, as much as pos­si­ble I sleep for two to three hours, then ’pag gabi I’ll sleep at around 10:30 p.m. Any spare time we spend with our fam­i­lies and friends, stay­ing at home, watch­ing TV, and sleep­ing langdin,ka­sisig­uro iy­on­nar­i­nanghi­na­hanap­ngkatawan namin for now. Kontingti­is­lang; you re­ally have to sacrifice plea­sure. Sig­uro af­ter UAAP, we can en­joy our time for our­selves. So ngayon,tiis-ti­is­lang muna,tu­log-tu­log­muna af­ter train­ing.

turn­ing PRES­SURE into mo­ti­va­tion

For ath­letes, there’s pres­sure to win not only from ex­ter­nal forces, but also from within. Gus­tomo ev­ery year mag-iim­proveyung per­for­mance mo,at mag­ing bet­ter ka not only as a player but as a per­son. But as much as pos­si­ble we’re a team, so kahit­may pres­sure saakin, one of my team­mates will help me out, and that bal­ances Cos­mopoli­tan things out. In that case, pres­sure mo­ti­vates or chal­lenges us to do bet­ter.


I’m re­ally an in­tro­vert. I didn’t have many friends when I was a kid. I have vivid mem­o­ries of just stay­ing in the class­room and be­ing su­per quiet. That’s why I re­ally en­joy vol­ley­ball—i can be my­self and at the same time con­nect with other peo­ple. I get to play the sport I love with the peo­ple I love, and I get to dis­cover my­self. I’ve learned that I’m the type of per­son who needs to fo­cus on one thing so I can set goals and achieve what I want. I found out that I re­ally love be­ing with peo­ple and deal­ing with peo­ple. It’s re­ally true that no man is an is­land.

see­ing Con­flict as a Good thing

It’s re­ally tough be­ing a cap­tain of a girls’ team. I mean, in a boys’ team, if they fight they just fight in front of each other. They’re not go­ing to hold any­thing back ’diba? With girls it’s dif­fer­ent. And when they’re Pms-ing, it’s re­ally hard, but I think that’s the fun of it. Yung­mga con­flicts naiyan angnakaka­pag- bal­ance ng friend­ship—they make us stronger and closer as a team. We get to know each other bet­ter be­cause of those con­flicts—they help the team gel. Be­cause we have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties, ’pag­na­ga­gal­i­tako, kailan­gan­may some­one na kausap­saakin, so parang­nag­ba­bal­ance- bal­ance kami. It’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing ev­ery day be­cause you don’t know what you’re gonna get. There’s never a dull mo­ment ta­laga, be­ing with th­ese girls.

shak­ing it OFF

I re­ally don’t check so­cial media, but when peo­ple say, “May haters [ka],” it hurts. But you just don’t take it per­son­ally. I chal­lenge my­self na if it’s about vol­ley­ball, I’ll try to im­prove kunganong­m­gasi­nasabini­lana­mali saakin. Lagikasikamir­ingt­in­u­tu­ruan ni Coach Tai na don’t ac­cept the neg­a­tiv­ity, ‘cause it’s just gonna ruin your day. So just be pos­i­tive. Some­times you just have to see the bad things paraalam­morinkungano yung good things nana­ga­gawamo.

Ac­cord­ing to a Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley study, sleep de­pri­va­tion causes the amyg­dala—the part of the brain re­spon­si­ble for emo­tional re­ac­tions—to go into over­drive. On the other hand, get­ting enough sleep helps reg­u­late our emo­tional re­sponses.

She’spartofthe Philip­pine­na­tional too! vol­ley­ball­team Girl’s got a to­tal sweet tooth. AUGUSTAPRIL 2016 2014

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