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.

Sports Photography 

In medicine, we are taught to be well grounded individuals which is we have sporting events aside from weekdays exams and lectures.
Due to my knee injury, I can no longer play basketball, football and softball but this doesn’t stop me from going to sports events and watch the games cause instead of playing I took photos of my classmates during their games.

I’m new to photography using digital cameras with manual lens focus (is it called DSLR camera) which I borrowed from brother. It means it’s my first time taking photos in a moving subjects and in sports. I instrumented a little on how things works as I recall what my brother told me and viola I get these photos.

I took these photos using manual setting. This may not be the best photos but I’m happy with these and hoping to improve more in the future. I’m looking forward to opportunities like this to practice my photography skills. Who knows I can be a photographer of sports companies or even newspaper and magazines.

Advocate of Change

Folic acid is an important component in a developing fetus. Sad to say that there are still women who are not aware of the detrimental effects on the fetus if their is a deficiency of folic acid or some who are ignorant enough to keep their pregnancy a secret until its too late. 

In order to prevent any of this, information dissemination should be done to pregnant women and women who plans to become one.

Some cases are inevitable circumstances. Today we are celebrating World Birth Defects Day to remind ourselves that we should take part in informing the public about its solution and it is folic acid supplementation for pregnant women, that we also take care of them despite their condition and that they are still loved and remembered.

Part of You

A friend of mine went to South Korea and brought me a present. 

South Korea has a part in my heart. Kpop groups and dramas showed me that despite language barriers we can still understand and be understood.
Having a piece of that place makes my heart flutter with joy. It may seem simple but a gift is a gift no matter how it is. It is the thought that counts.

And Beyond

Let’s take a break from sports news and updates and appreciate what Mother Nature is giving us. 

Flowers bloom when they felt warm and supported by the environment they live in. Just like humans, the surrounding play a role in molding the personality and well being of an individual.

Let’s stop abuse of any forms and promote healthy and good relationship with one another because together we can do great things.