It’s not a stretch to say that Jerrili Malabanan is one of Philippine volleyball’s rising stars.
After a noteworthy career with in the UAAP with the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, Jerrili has found success with in the Premier Volleyball League, playing for the PayMaya High Flyers.
A career in volleyball wasn’t always the main goal for Jerrili however, as she had her sights set on a career in the medical field.
“My parents, they really pushed me, even since I was in high school, that they want me to stay in the medical field, because my dad, most of his sisters are doctors.” Malabanan told ABS-CBN Sports.
Malabanan went on to take up BS Biology in FEU because of those Med School aspirations, but now, it seems like that path will have to be put on hold, as she admits that volleyball has become her priority.
“I’m not sure yet, because I wanna still keep playing volleyball. For now, volleyball is my priority.”
“Playing with a club team, I think this is one of my priorities for now.” Malabanan added.
Now on her second season with the PVL, Malabanan was an integral part in BaliPure’s Open Conferece championship run last season.
This season, Malabanan and the High Flyers have secured a twice-to-beat slot in the semifinals.
Jerrili isn’t closing the door on re-igniting her Med School dreams however, as she says she’s still going to pursue it one day.
Right now though, volleyball is at the top of the list, and she’d like to keep playing until she can.
Just in case she does end up heading to Med School, what field does Jerrili intend on taking up?
“I really like kids, so probably Pediatrics,” shares Jerrili. “Or my mom also wants me to try Pharmacy.”
Catch Jerrili Malabanan and the PayMaya High Flyers as they try to become the PVL Season 2 Reinforced Conference Champions!
Don’t miss the action every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream.