MANILA, Philippines – With just a week left to Christmas, many of our kababayans have already finalized their itineraries for the remaining days of vacation. While some hit the road early to avoid the horrendous traffic and holiday rush, a few also chose to maximize a quality staycation with their family and loved ones. The country's own volleyball idols are definitely no exception.
The Queen Eagle took an early holiday escape as she flew to the Land of the Rising Sun together with the rest of the Valdez family. The Katipunan standout seemed to make the most out of her vacation as she happily shared snaps of her visit to the Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan, among others. Valdez also made a quick side trip to Thailand, where she showed support for the Lady Eagles in their 10-day boot camp.
My forever. A photo posted by Alyssa Valdez (@alyssa_valdez2) on Dec 14, 2016 at 3:00am PST
Universal Studios Japan A photo posted by Alyssa Valdez (@alyssa_valdez2) on Dec 13, 2016 at 5:42am PST
New places. Old friends A photo posted by Amy Ahomiro (@amyahomiro) on Dec 13, 2016 at 2:38am PST
Just like her Ateneo teammate, Amy Ahomiro appeared to be enjoying the pristine beaches of Thailand with her peers.
A photo posted by Victonara Salas Galang (@vsgalang) on Dec 15, 2016 at 3:04am PST
Another volleybelle who chose to hit the road ahead of the holidays was DLSU star Ara Galang. The former Rookie of the Year and MVP savored the white sands and crystal clear Boracay waters with her friends as seen on her Instagram page.
CAUTION : Empowerment zone ahead. #AdUWVT A photo posted by 杏志栄利 Angeli Tabaquero (@ge_tabaquero) on Dec 15, 2016 at 4:02am PST
The former Golden Tigress and newly named assistant coach of the Adamson Lady Falcons will utilize the remaining days of the year to focus on her team’s preparations for the upcoming UAAP Volleyball season.
“Sanay na naman ako kasi I've been down this road for a long time na. At saka kung gusto namin talaga na manalo, di 'yan makukuha pag nagbakasyon ka basta basta lang. Kailangan trabaho talaga.”
(I’m already used to it since I’ve been down this road for a long time already. If we really want to win, we won’t be able to do so by just taking a vacation. We need to put in some work.)
What's rare r these moments where we can be together & watch a movie Whats common is my face missing @yeyegumabao pic.twitter.com/M0zpRVVOjo — Michele I. Gumabao (@gumabaomichele) December 4, 2016
Pocari Sweat skipper Michele Gumabao likewise remains focused on the huge task at hand as an assistant coach for the Lady Falcons.
For the former DLSU standout, sacrifice is the ultimate key.
“Things are more important than the holidays now, for a coach. Even the players wanna spend the holidays with their families. They sacrifice their holidays, you (the coaches) have to sacrifice your holidays. You have to practice what you preach,” Gumabao told Rappler.
“We have naman a break, 2 to 3 day break. That's enough. Less traveling for me now.”
Newest crown pic.twitter.com/OcGnC0oi7I — Cherry Ann Rondina (@Rondina011) December 12, 2016
Like any other UAAP volleyball athlete, UST’s Sisi Rondina will have to spend some quality hours on court during the semestral break.
With a short holiday time off allotted to the squad, the recent Grand Prix champion plans to pay her hometown Cebu a visit before getting back in action next year.
“Siguro po uwi lang ako. Miss ko na pamilya ko eh.” (I’ll probably just go home. I miss my family already.) – Rappler.com