Pocari Sweat signs hitter Pablo with lucrative 5-year deal
Myla Pablo signed a five-year deal with Pocari Sweat.
Open hitter Myla Pablo signed a lucrative five-year deal with two-time V-League champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors Tuesday.
The 23-year-old product of National University inked one of the biggest contracts in local volleyball extending her services for the reigning Open and Reinforced Conference champions.
“Siyempre sobrang saya kasi may trust sila sa akin,” said Pablo, who also received a white Hyundai Accent as part of her signing bonus.
Pablo formally signed the contract in front of Pocari Sweat Philippines president Shinichi Suzuki and Federated Distributor Inc. Executive Director Ronald Tieng at Hyundai Paranaque.
The hitter was first tapped by the squad last year when the team carried Philips Gold in the Philippine Superliga, winning third place in the All-Filipino and Grand Prix.
“’Di ako nagdalawang-isip kasi alam kong aalagaan nila ako,” added Pablo, who graduated from her Marketing course Monday. “Nagtitiwala ako sa kanila.”
The national team member that played in the Asian U-23 Women’s Volleyball Championship in Manila and Asian Seniors Volleyball Championship in China last year, led the squad in capturing the Open Conference title in its debut season with the league with a superb performance in the championship series against Philippine Air Force. She was named Finals Most Valuable Player and received the 2nd Best Open Spiker award.
Pablo maintained her usual dangerous form despite the presence of American imports Bre Mackie and Andrea Kacsits in the Reinforced Conference providing the much-needed firepower as the Lady Warriors dominated the import-laden season-ending tournament to become the second team to win the Open and Reinforced crown in one season since PLDT Home Ultera made the same feat back in 2015.
“We have decided to commit to her,” said team manager Eric Ty. “We looked at her age. We looked at her capability. We looked at her durability. We looked at her commitment to the team. She was the one to approach us that she will never leave our team. A spark lit between our management committee and we thought, 'If she wants to stay, why don't we want her to stay?' And we thought we'll build around her.”
Ty added that the move was one of the team’s effort to retain the core of the team. Pocari Sweat earlier signed former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle Fille Cainglet.
“Long-term strategy is to preserve a championship team. We're looking at our options. We must look at the fact that there’s no thing as a static team. In our case, well try our best to preserve and bring them back and maybe signing a few more to longer term contracts,” Ty added.
The deal came as a surprise for Pablo as her contract could be considered as a breakthrough in local volleyball.
“Ako din naman nagulat ako dahil sa ibang teams, one-year lang,” she said. “Isa ako sa player na binigyan, sobrang saya and thankful lang ako kay God and sa mga coaches. Di ko sila bibiguin.”
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