Small Talks

Women’s Volleyball Finals of UAAP Season 79 is few days away and this is the time where players will be needing all the encouragement before going to that Finals court. 

I’ve been an Ateneo fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve watched players grow and make their own names in the court. I became a fan not because of certain players but because of teamwork and on how the team crawled its way up. I also have been a varsity athlete for 4 years and my journey was just like the Ateneo Lady Eagles.
This is why I decided to post this message hoping that the team I’m rooting for will have the emotional strength they need.
When the year of Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet, Angeline Gervacio, Jem Ferrer and Bea Tan ended their UAAP career, the likes of Jia Morado, Michelle Morente, Jhoanna Maraguinot lead by Alyssa Valdez came into the picture. The following year when the Thailand coach, Anusorn Bundit, lead the team it was the year when Ateneo first have the UAAP Championship Title and it is no secret. The victory was followed by its 2nd championship until the year when Alyssa Valdez, Amy Ahomiro, Ella de Jesus and Denise Lazaro graduated and they lost the championship to their rival, La Salle. 

This year spectators doubted the girls in saying they are not a final four contender but I didn’t lost faith in them.

Jia when first played as the rookie setter in Ateneo, I admired her bravery and heartstrong committment to the team. Her composure and leadership along with her trusts and plays given to her teammates made me love her more. I hope that Jia will hold on to the feeling when she first got the acknowledgement she deserved to boost her confidence. Be humble as you are and never lose faith in your teammates. 

Mich is one of the players that is doing it all. Her energy inside the court that radiates to her teammates and infects them with her playfulness to lighten the mood of the team. It is important to have that kind of person in the floor who reminds the players to play their game and put the pressure aside knowing that too much pressure hinders the performance of an athlete. In the incoming game, I hope that Mich will be her playful and bright self first and foremost in order to deliver her full potential during the games. Cheer-up and do what you always do, Attack and Defend.

Jho is one of the players who felt the pressure of stepping-up for team because it is expected of her. I saw her ups and downs during her career, how she overcame all of it and I’m proud of her because of that.  I believe that confidence is one of the factors that greatly affects players and Jho one of those. I hope that Jhoanna will not doubt herself. We, your fans, believe in you. You have to believe it yourself that you can do it all with God’s grace and it will be given to you. Don’t let other people criticisms get into you because they don’t know your story. You have your team to watch your back so do what you do best, Soar high, do that wise and power spike.

I may not be the person in position to say those things since I don’t know you personally but I feel like an older sister giving advice to my younger siblings so just bear with me. 
Every player has there own strengths and weaknesses but what matter most is how you channel an make us of these in order to achieve your goal. Go ATENEO. ONE BIG FIGHT. 

credit photos to GetBlued.

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Mosquito bites and so are we

Mosquito are one of the vectors which causes diseases which are very deadly if not taken immediate action. They are easy to kill but they can also kill anybody regardless of age,gender and social status which is why the Department of Health is informing the public to take precautionary measures in order to prevent infection of diseases such as zika,chikungunya and dengue.

Protection is Vaccination

This week is Vaccination week and to celebrate it here are the things you should need to know.

Protection is a joined effort of the repective Filipino families who are at high risk of having preventable diseases and the government organizations,staffs and officials.

Here are the things that Filipino parents must know of and be an advocate of active prevention.

Be an advocate of Vaccination.

Be Involved The Right Way

Young people nowadays are very active in social media sites and it has its pros and cons. Just a little reminder for these youngsters are the following:

  1. Be responsible for what you post, comment and share. Accept the consequences that comes with your decision upon clicking.
  2. Be constructive. Criticism is inevitable but you can choose the right words to write. Do constructive criticsm and in a manner that would not be offensive if you’re in his situation.
  3. Be considerate. You may not know the whole story so please understand that there is a story behind every person. 

Let’s Talk

There were stigma about mental health related problems and depression is not spared. In fact, Depression is one of the leading cause of morbidity and disability worldwide.

World Health Organization encourage people to talk openly about depression and together we can overcome this. 

If you have nobody to talk to and needed company, don’t just sit there and stare at nothing but go out, walk a little. Maybe you’ll meet somebody whom you can talk or you’ll be able to listen to their stories instead. Don’t be afraid. You must know that you are not alone. 

Where’s Justice?

On the news, there were people who talks about the actions that should be made on rape victims. One of which is to marry the accused. Where’s justice in that?

Mostly rape victims are at the age where they felt helpless and vulnerable and the age group is much lower than that of the one commiting the crime. Doing something against your will especially if brutal force is involved can traumatize a person or can lead to its death upon refusal.

It is the whole process of the act and what comes next is the truama of being a rape victim. It is a serious problem and can lead to depression, suicide and other mental health diseases. Where’s justice in that?

If law makers think that a victim being married to the rapist will have the happily ever after moment, maybe we must subject those law makers first to psychological test to prove their sanity and being fit for their job because other lives depends on what they are making. 

These rape victims deserve justice. A freedom to choose whom they marry and to see their perpetruators behind bars. Freedom to accept or reject any aftermath effects of the act and be supported by the society they lived in without judgement. 
Where’s Justice? Who knows where but one thing is certain, we need it now.