De Guzman puts country first, skips PVL stint

De Guzman puts country first, skips PVL stint
My management team, Virtual Playground and I have decided not to play in any commercial league for now to focus on our national team training -- Johnvic De Guzman

Dedicated to serve for flag and country, former College of St. Benilde star Johnvic De Guzman sacrificed a stint in the maiden Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference to pour all his time and effort with the national team.

The recently named team captain of the national squad bared that he and his management, Virtual Playground, decided to focus with the team’s build up for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in August.    

"It’s barely four months before the SEA Games and a lot of preparations has to be done for us to achieve our end goal,” De Guzman told ABS-CBN Sports. “My management team, Virtual Playground and I have decided not to play in any commercial league for now to focus on our national team training.”

De Guzman, who led the Blazers to their breakthrough NCAA crown last season and named Most Valuable Player, added that his priority for now is the national squad.

“PVL I know will run for two months and it will definitely have daily practices simultaneously with the national team. That being said, will require me to have twice a day training with two different teams with different systems,” said De Guzman, who is making a second straight SEA Games stint after participating in the Singapore edition of the biennial meet two years ago.

“So we’ve decided to sit out for now and be at least less prone to injuries because of tired legs,” he added. “I’ll reserve my energy to serve the national team come SEA Games 2017.” 

Aside from training with the national squad, De Guzman is also pursuing a career in showbiz and has to fulfill other off-court commitments. 

“Also, I still have pending commitments that I have to fulfill with my sponsors and there are several showbiz engagements that I have to attend,” said De Guzman, who starred in last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival hit “Seklusyon”. 

Several teams showed interest to tap De Guzman's service but he and VP decided to put the country first. 

The power-hitter is setting aside a stint in the PVL, for the meantime, for a higher purpose but the King Blazer will soar in the country’s premier men’s club league once he completed his tour of duty.

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