Kalinga Province native does his family proud
ABS-CBN Sports on May 30, 2017 12:59 AM
Kurl Rosete (No. 15) exults after delivering a successful wing attack in Sta. Elena’s three-set conquest of Phil. Army, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21, Tuesday. The boy from Kalinga Province also accounted for the Wrecking Balls’ 10 blocks and went on to score 10 points to help power his team into the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League. (Photo by Azcharey Cabrera)
On the eve of Sta. Elena’s crucial May 25 match against Philippine Army, Kurl Rosete, 22, sent his family in Kalinga Province fare money so they could watch him live in the Premier Volleyball League at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
Bartolome Rosete, a jeepney-driver-turned-carpenter, set out from Kalinga at 5:30 p.m. on the same day that he received the money, boarding a Manila-bound bus via Isabela along with his wife and youngest son, 10-year-old Lancer.
They arrived at 4:30 the following morning at the bus terminal in Quezon City. Over eight hours later, the visiting Rosetes were seated at the ringside section of the playing venue. They hollered and clapped their hands as one of their own helped the Richard Gomez-owned Sta. Elena ball club in its merciless assault of the hapless Philippine Army Troopers.
Darkened by continuous exposure to the sun, the Rosete patriarch virtually gushed in Filipino over his firstborn’s 10-point production against the Troopers, third highest on the Sta. Elena scoreboard behind team captain Berlin Paglinawan’s 13 and middle attacker Ace Mandani’s 11, and tied with Israel Encina’s identical 10-point output.
“I didn’t know that my son has become an even better player in Manila. I used to watch his games when he was still playing in the province and Baguio City. No other team could defeat my son’s then. But for his present team now to win despite much stronger opponents here in Manila, I like to think that it does say something for our Kurl.”
That’s fatherly pride speaking to you.
Kurl Rosete’s high-leaping ability, which makes him look like he was taking a vacation in the air, is what makes him an accurate spiker.
Little wonder then that in Pinukpuk Vocational School in Kalinga, he competed in both volleyball and high jump in the secondary division. He is among the many outstanding volleyball players who learned volleyball rather late.
Her mom volunteers the information that Kurl played competitive chess and volleyball for fun in elementary in Pinukpuk Central School.
As a freshman in Pinukpuk Vocational School, he represented the school in chess and in table tennis the next year. It was high jump and volleyball for him from third to fourth year high.
He was immensely thankful that he has stuck to volleyball, which gave him a full scholarship in Hotel & Restaurant Management in University of Baguio. He didn’t finish the course, though, as he decided to try his luck in Manila in a desire to help his father support their family.
Kurl says he’s awaiting an enlistment callback from Philippine Navy for which he played first in the second season of Spikers’ Turf in 2016.
When Navy skipped the ensuing commercial tournaments, he joined the Instituto Estetico Manila lineup next and Sta. Elena Construction now.
Loyalty is a big thing for this Kalinga native. He’d have liked to play for IEM again in the maiden staging of the Premier Volleyball League, a joint project of Sports Vision, the outfit that gave the nation 13 years of the highly successful V League, Asics as official league partner, and Mikasa as official game ball.
But all the IEM spots were already taken when he signified his intention to rejoin the happy family of the Phoenix Volley Masters. He joined the Sta. Elena tryouts instead.
Kurl Rosete says IEM will forever be a part of his life.
After all, the Phoenix Volley Masters took pains to travel all the way to Baguio two years ago to honor him with a surprise birthday party!