We were there, watching you from afar, as our favorite girls stood side by side in an intersection of two or more roads. We were closely anticipating and waiting for what it was that’s going to happen.
After all, crossing new and different paths is always a hard battle.
2013 was all about change.
All about transitions.
All about letting go and moving forward.
All about victories and failures.
All about doing your best and better-ing your best.
2013, indeed, was about embracing change and stepping forward.
And, yes, we witnessed each and every step you made throughout the year.
Each and every battle.
Each and every win.
Each and every loss.
Each high five and cheer.
And for one whole year, we jumped out for joy for every victory.
We cried with you when you were in tears.
We prayed with you when you were facing your fears.
We saw how you fought so hard and gave everything you’ve got to reach what every team was aspiring for: THE FINAL FOUR.
We felt your drive to win and we saw how you pushed your limits, as you emerged to be UAAP Season 75’s First Runner-Up.
And we cried with you, girls, as we said goodbye and thank you to the Ateneo Lady Eagles’ FAB FIVE.
But just like you, we moved forward and looked at the brighter side of things, because the Fab Five certainly played a major role in the rise of Philippine Volleyball. And we were the happiest seeing our girls on every channel for TV guestings.
And imagine how proud we were to see you on those big billboards and TV endorsements.
You can just imagine how we trooped to the bookstores just to get hold of the always-sold-out copies of the local magazines.
And how we, in turn, showed our support in our own little ways.
We saw how you worked your way to the Shakey’s V-League Season10 1st Conference Finals even without the complete Fab Five.
We can never be proud of our very own Alyssa Valdez, fighting for the country with the Philippine team for the Asian Volleyball Championships in Vietnam.
And just like you, we felt saddened by the news of Coach Roger’s departure from the team, and felt excited too for Coach Tai’s arrival.
And how we cheered and got excited for UAAP Season 76 Beach Volleyball Tournament, as rookie Michelle Morente took the spot of Fille Cainglet.
We applauded Alyssa Valdez too, for proving her versatility as a player, as she showed talent, power and brilliance, playing with and against Philippine volleyball veterans.
And we got our hearts broken too when we saw you, Alyssa, down and in pain. That fateful day you proved you’re one hell of a fighter.
We believed, we cheered, and we prayed for you as UAAP Season 76 Women’s Volleyball Tournament opened.
We faced every hate tweet, negative comment and discouraging feedback.
We were so happy to see the old faces back.
And we were happier to see new and young faces in front.
In a team as young as yours, we saw the passion, the drive, the determination and the heart, especially with you, our Phenom, as the leader.
We saw how you proved all the doubters wrong.
We saw how you, Alyssa, once again, proved your HEART. You showed us just how willing you are to fight, no matter what.
But you know what, girls? More than the wins, what makes us happy are the smiles we see on your faces, as we see you enjoy each and every game.
2013 may have been full of changes, adjustments, transitions and new beginnings but you remained fighting, hardworking, and humble.
You have no idea how you made our 2013 more colorful.
You have no idea what a joy it is to support you.
Thank you for making us happy.
You are, indeed, a blessing to all of us. A wonderful blessing.
Philippine collegiate volleyball just got more exciting with you, girls.
Cheers to a good 2013 and here’s to looking forward to supporting you still in the coming year.
Know that we will always be with you every step of the way - through every journey, through every turn, through every hump, through every crossroad.
Know that you are loved.
Mr. Roy Afable
Mr. Kevin dela Cruz
Mr. Josh Albelda
Manila Bulletin Sports Digest FB page
Shakey’s V-League Selection (RP team for the AVC)
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