UAAP Story: Rise of Underdogs

​Underdogs are schools that have relatively new line-up due to the loss/graduates of some key players while some may have new coaches.

Teams that I consider underdogs are the Adamson Lady Falcons, Ateneo Lady Eagles, University of the East Lady Warriors, University of the Philippines Lady Maroons and University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses. These teams are relatively new in terms of group dynamic and adjustments ranging from change of coaches to loss of key players and having additional players.
Adamson team shows promise since the comeback of almost all of their players who plaued the Season 78 and were not able to play in Season 79. I’m talking about Paat, Dacoroon and Emnas who were full of potential but always fell short during their stint in the previous seasons. They struggled and then they cameback at the right time helping Galanza to win games and recently defeating the defending champions in 4 sets. This only shows that the Lady Falcons are stronger and in better shape than their previous years. They are the team that will not be taken lightly.

Ateneo Lady Eagles is a team who lost their setter and their team captain of the previous season, Morado and Morente respectively. Though veteran players Maraguinot, Madayag and De leon are still with the team, they have to adjust because not only did they lost the playmaker but also their defensive specialist, Gequillana, earlier the season because of an ACL Injury. The team has to build a strong connection and regain their team dynamics with the new setter and libero. They may seem to be starting from scratch but remember the time when the Lady Eagles had their first title, they lost the Fab Five, their starters yet they won a championship for two consecutive years. This simply shows that this team has that power to go against all odds and prove themselves to be worthy opponents in this season.

UE Lady Warriors is a new team with a new coach entering midseason. In the past, they were the team that is being played by the bench players from other teams. A “sure win” if not an “easy win” for their opponents but this season they show that they can also be lethal. They even stole a set from almost all teams during the first elimination round and having a five setter match against strong opponents. Veterans, Arado and Adorador, lead their teams to have confidence and to eventually win sets. Although winless at the moment, they pretty showed a great fight and giving the other schools a hard time to get their win. 

University of the Philippines, this team has the youngest players. The players have to step-up their game and they did. Despite losing their coach before the season starts, this doesn’t made them weak rather it made them stronger. They keep that as a motivation as they move forward. They may be the least mature team in terms of handling the pressure, the crowd and the situation in the court per se but they won matches and every game must be a learning experience for them. They have the highest potential to outshine other teams when they peak at the right time. 

UST Tigresses has also an intact line-up from last year except from the unfortunate loss of Laure due to shoulder injury before the season began. I consider them as underdogs because they were considered as underrated by many. This team has the right people with the right skills that they need it’s just that they have to polish things and when they do they could be lethal. Looking at the form and on how these girls play, it’s no doubt that they wanted that final four spot. The will of these girls are like a fire that can’t be stopped which makes them an opponent that is hard to beat.

This Season 80 all teams have the same goal but only Four teams will be moving towards that championship. This is just the first round of elimination and it’s not done yet but the scoring is so close that you don’t know what more to expect other than this year is an exciting season to watch.


Experience and Maturity in UAAP

UAAP Season 80 is an exciting year in collegiate volleyball. This is because the most of the big names in PH volleyball were already graduated from college. Only a few remains and new stars are rising from every schools. 

This year is a game between relatively young teams versus the experienced and mature ones. The latter I’m talking about are the schools such as National University Lady Bulldogs, Far Eastern University Lady Tamarraws and the De La Salle University Lady Spikers. I think they have experienced players who are playing in the commercial and pro-league. Individually the players were exposed to high intensity games and developed to be better which is beneficial to their respective teams. The thing that will matter is on how their acquired experience and maturity translate into winning games in UAAP Season 80. 

NU Lady Bulldogs has an intact line-up. The likes of Santiago, Nabor, Urdas, Sato and Singh whose connection and teamwork made them closer to the Final Four last year but failed near the end. In the off season, these girls played in commercial league where they won the championship in PVL Collegiate Conference but that doesn’t automatically give them a free pass in the UAAP games rather they showed their opponents that they are the wall that most teams would climb towards that UAAP championship. The players are hungry for a trophy although they may have a new coach but their desire to get that Final Four spot and eventually the championship are unwavering. 

FEU Lady Tamarraws is a strong team with a powerful line-up despite the loss of Palma when she graduated. Their rally towards the Final Four is also strong as key players are still with the team. They will stand their ground against the other relatively younger teams to defend their Final Four spot and eventually the championship. They also played in the commercial league where they faced the Lady Bulldogs and finished second. In this UAAP season, many expect that the Lady Tamarraws will come back against their loss from the NU Lady Bulldogs. 

DLSU Lady Spikers has also an intact line-up despite the loss of veteran setter Fajardo who finished her last playing year in Season 79. Although the team may have a new setter but their team have two national players, Dy and Macandili, who are key players in defending their UAAP title a the top seed. The team are composed of veterans as they also played in the pro league during off season. Their maturity as a team grew and they’ll be needing to convert their individual strength to propel the team in winning another championship title.

Many expect these team to excel in this UAAP Season 80 but these are expectations of people rooting for these teams because the reality is its anybody’s game. The other teams are young but resilient. Underestimating the other teams may cost a Final Four spot and even a championship. 

This Season 80 I’ll be looking forward to more exciting games and action packed matches between schools having one goal in mind and it’s to win the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball Championship.

Taking a Stroll

Walking is a form of unwinding. Taking a stroll early in the morning before the start of a long day is nice but I’m not a morning person so I prefer to walk after a tiring day. 

Looking at the sea calms my nerves. I felt the serenity of the surrounding radiates to me. 

The contrasting photos are from two different places but the feeling seems similar to an overdue vacation finally being realized especially after a weeklong busy day.

Taking Little Steps

2017 was a year of hope, acceptance, healing and realization. It was indeed a new beginning for me in a lot of aspects. It was a year I can say that “I healed.” 

Looking back at 2016 when I thought things went wrong and I lost faith in things, in people, in God but comes 2017 when I realized last year wasn’t that bad in fact it was a blessing in disguise. I have time to evaluate myself, my family and my future (though I still have some unanswered question in the latter but it’s a minor detail) and saw that I grew farther away from my family as I chased on my dreams. Some says it’s given when your into medical profession that you’ll have to miss birthday and celebration. Even missing out their personal growth in terms of physical, emotional and social that you can’t seem to connect with them anymore even if you wanted to because you’re to focused on your own that you failed to see what was being unfolded before your very eyes but I got lucky to be present even if it cost me a lot of tears and challenges along the way. 

The process I underwent was hard but it made me get in touch with my humanity. It’s strange way of putting things into perspective nevertheless God plans is working in strangest of ways possible that even a human mind can’t phantom. 

This year, 2018, I’m more hopeful that I’ll be able to achieve my goals, my dreams and my reality. I’ll be ready for the things to come and work harder to become an efficient, reliable, knowledgable and compassionate doctor in the very near future. I’ll lift up my hopes to God and pray for guidance and protection for this year and the years to come.

Let me greet you “Happy New Year” and cheers for more writing, blogging and reading. I also hope that we continue on supporting and inspire each other. Let us all welcome the year with a smile in our faces.

Feminism Reinvented

I consider myself as an advocate for womens’ right and a feminist who value equality between gender. I tried myself to be gender sensitive and to look at the two face of the coin before creating a conclusion. I also believe that strong modern women can be who they want to be and do what they wanted to do despite of gender biases without breaking any laws.

I didn’t met any person who shared the same sentiments as mine but I’m sure there are those who are in the shadows. This is not about me but my views.

Recent events showed that there are high ranking people using their sex or gender as an excuse and claimed that violations occured, inequality of treatment and as such just to get the public sympathy and to evade persecution due to their unlawful ways. It pains me just thinking about it because we female are asking for equality on the treatment, compensation and job opportunities with our male counterparts yet there are these people who stains this cause.

They use inapproprietly the law on women and fits the advocacies of females rights on their cause as fronts to shield them from liability or even law suits. We are empowering women to be independent and with principles but the high ranking women officials are setting a bad example. They became dependent to those who gave them power and their so called principles exist no more as they were tinted by biases and altenative truth to protect themselves and their allies who break laws one way or another. 

They were the group of women who poses as strong individuals in public eyes yet they were being manipulated, knowingly or unknowingly, by dominant person/s who are hidden in public view. They are the group of people who allow other people to exploit them to show the public of their vulnerabilities as an excuse to commit crime. They think of their flaws as women as a free pass to do unlawful things. 

These thoughts that such group of high ranking women exists not to uphold the true essence of being a woman but to use whatever laws available as a security blanket to escape their prosecution angered the inner me. Their actions will create a riplling effect and the most affected will be the women who are not in power, they are the regular housewives, employees and women who strive for their family, starts at the bottom of the chain are the ones who really are strong, independent and modern day women heroes who fight injustice daily. They are the underated fighters who are facing daily challenges of injustice, inequality and discrimination yet their victories were overshadowed by the negative popular opinion of the public created by powerful women who only cared about their status and position in the society.

To give benefit of the doubt to those women in power who unjustly uses of womens’ rights to evade justice, I would leave positive outlook in the matter that they will acknowledge the wrong doings they’ve comitted coz as an ordinary citizen of this country I assume that since they’re holding powerful positions, they’re educated enough you know what are the consequences of their actions.

I hope that one day there will be true equality and equal opportunities to both men and women. I also hope that highranking women will realize that they should be accountable to their actions without the expense of other people. I also hope that laws should not only be about women being abused rather include also those men who were victims too. Protect everyone regardless of sex and gender. Acknowlegde the fact that their ar biological and chemical differences among sexes but this is not a hindrance to equality as we all humans have the ability to adapt to changes. Let us all geared toward positive change and development.