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