Alyssa makes Filipino proud in­ter­na­tion­ally

Sun.Star Pampanga - - MILLENNIALS! -

WHY is Alyssa Valdez ex­port­ing her vol­ley­ball tal­ents to Thai­land? The an­swer is sim­ple: Money. Noth­ing wrong there. What would be wrong is when you deny it. Give an­other rea­son other than money? That’d be ly­ing.

Hypocrisy we call it, too.

Hyp­ocrites abound be­cause they refuse to rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing true to one’s self and not.

They cam­ou­flage a life of in­de­ci­sion and farce be­cause they are un­sure of them­selves.

We all need money, pe­riod. As the store sign so graph­i­cally puts it: Your credit is good, but we need cash.

We all need cash. With­out cash, we are vir­tu­ally crip­pled. No food. No shel­ter. No cloth­ing. No noth­ing. And no beer, too. And, to the in­cur­able ro­man­tic: No money, no honey.

Was Ja­son Cas­tro not re­ported mid­dle of 2016 that he’d scoop wads of bills if and when he would fi­nally ink a bas­ket­ball con­tract in China?

Wasn’t he sup­posed to start play­ing last Novem­ber as a point guard in a high-cal­iber team in a Chi­nese league? What hap­pened? Kuryente? But it hap­pens, you know. You get a whiff of it, and you im­me­di­ately de­cide it would push through.

Jour­nal­ists are eter­nally in love with scoops— sportswrit­ers not ex­cluded. Who said ed­i­tors aren’t as gullible, too? Any­ways, Cas­tro, Asia’s No. 1 point-guard the last two Fiba Asia Cham­pi­onships, has stuck with us. China’s loss is MVP’s gain. And TNT Katropa is hav­ing a grand time continuing its ro­mance with Cas­tro, who is called “The Blur” for his ex­cep­tional abil­ity to elude guards and a pha­lanx of de­fend­ers al­most each time he at­tacks the lane.

But un­like Cas­tro, Valdez seems sure now of fly­ing over­seas to ex­hibit her wares on the world stage, mak­ing the coun­try proud.

The Ate­neo star has con­sis­tently dom­i­nated the lo­cal vol­ley­ball scene so that her im­pend­ing global stint should in­spire her peers and dream­ers alike to pur­sue their goals.

Valdez could open doors to other like­minded vol­ley­belles wish­ing to also hit it big some day.

Ray Ray Parks still not be­ing able to crash into the NBA should not dampen the spirit of Filipinos dy­ing to breach world bar­ri­ers. For, it is in­her­ent in Filipinos to aim for the moon, what­ever it takes.

Let’s not look far. There’s al­ways Manny Pacquiao to lean on for in­spi­ra­tion.

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