Roygbiv Gutierrez Barro’s road to success
Ability is what you’re capable of doing, motivation determines what you do and attitude determines how well you do it.
This famous quote stated by Lou Holtz basically describes Roygbiv Gutierrez Barro, one of Cebu’s top football players.
He spent 10 years of his life playing this sport competing in different tournaments be it local, national and international.
At the age of 18, he has managed to accomplish a lot in the past years, the most rewarding ones as a constant representative of Central Visayas of Region 7 in the Palarong Pambansa and as a member of the I. Pag-Asa Football Club that has been the champions in the Singa Cup 2014, runner up in the Borneo Cup 2015 and UFL League 2016.
Barro’s success i ndeed comes from his undying perseverance, drive and dedication to achieve his goal.
Roy is currently a student of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.
Before he transferred to this prestigious school, he was once a humble student of Don Bosco Technical Center for eight years. It was there where his passion for football first started and grew to what it is now.
It started when his 2nd grade physical education teacher asked him to try out for football. Being the energetic and optimistic 7-year-old kid, he agreed without hesitation. Tryouts then meant rigid practice sessions. Then came the tough competitions where his passion and love for the sport was developed and nurtured all the more.
In his eighth year in Don Bosco, he was given the responsibility of being the captain of the team. Barro felt grateful and privileged to be given this opportunity, but he also had the need to consider other options in regard to his future specifically his academics.
Barro knew he was in a very difficult situation since he had to make a choice between choosing the huge responsibility entrusted to him or his academics.
Eventually he made a brave choice to leave Don Bosco and transfer to Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.
Transferring to Ateneo was made more challenging because of the fact that he came from a rival school. He had to cope with the different challenges such as adjusting to a new environment and culture.
But he continued on even if it meant that he would be playing against his beloved Don Bosco.
Luckily for Barro, adjusting to a new team was not that arduous since football was an easy means for people to get closer. Camaraderie and support come easy if youareinasportthatcommands team effort and selflessness.
What made his situation more difficult though were the people who couldn’t understand his decision.
Yet eventually, that heat dissolved and now he has a civil re- lationship with his previous team.
Barro is currently in his last season in the Cesafi. A journey that may have some humps and bumps but was fruitful and fulfilling just the same.
Is the young football wizard saving his best for last by trying to winanothershiningtrophyforthe Magis Eagles at season’s end? That we still have to see. But one thing is sure though, Barro is one fulfilled and talented football player inside and outside the pitch.
Since his football journey is drawing to a close, Barro, this early, is now setting his sights on conquering the sport of practical shooting.
And by all indications, this 18year-old will most likely succeed.
It may be the time to say goodbye to familiarity and embrace the unknown. And for everything that he has gone through, there’s just no stopping this teenager from ruling the world with his indomitable resilience.
ROYGBIV Gutierrez Barro (No. 17, blue) played his last football match yesterday as he prepares to focus in another sport, practical shooting. The 18-year-old ended his football career by helping his school, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu Magis Eagles, clinch the 2018 Cesafi secondary football title via a 1-0 edging of University of San Jose Recoletos, Saturday morning, November 10, at the Cebu City Sports Center.