Now a family man himself, he still listens to his father

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2017 10:01 AM
Now a family man himself, he still listens to his father
Veteran Benjaylo Labide (No.5) has been ably providing the leadership and maturity for Philippine Army in its campaign in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League. Last Saturday the Troopers, in their first ever semifinals appearance in any Sports Vision-organized tournament, deftly shot down heavy favorite Philippine Air Force in four sets, 25-23, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, at the start of their best-of-three semifinals. (Photo by Azcharey Cabrera)

All his life, Army Cpl. Benjaylo Labide, now 30, says his father has been his role model.     

It is from him, a retired physical education teacher and a successful sprinter during his years in Far Eastern University, that Labide first learned the value of keeping fit and trim to stay long in life and in any sport.   

“I have to stay fit especially now so I could keep up with the younger and more exceptionally skilled players around,” says Labide in Filipino. “There are a lot of much younger and stronger players now in volleyball. Those who are not getting any younger anymore like me should, my father always rams down my head, strive hard to stay fit and continue living a healthy lifestyle.” 

Under his father’s vigilance, the young Labide has successfully stayed away from smoking, a no-no for an athlete, although he admits to giving in to drinking only on social occasions, whatever that means.

An accomplished sprinter in the 100, 200 and 400m, the senior Labide, says the adoring son, has been imparting to him the wisdom of life ever since he was little. And when finally the younger Labide had found the sport more to his liking, volleyball, when he was a junior in San Francisco High School in Quezon City, he has since continued to get motivated by his father.    

“My father until now has been around to tell me, among other things, if what I’m doing is helping me or not in my sport. Several times in the past he raised my spirits when I was contemplating to give up.”

Labide says he need not look far for a role model in raising a family. “I grew up in a family with a father who takes his responsibility very seriously. For that I’m very thankful. I’ve now started passing on to my son Jadda every nugget of wisdom I’ve received from my father.”    

After high school, the six-foot Labide played for the National University Bulldog starting in 2003. Armed with his playing skills and a diploma in business administration as a management major, he enlisted with the Philippine Army, where he is now a corporal doing physical fitness encoding. 

Labide leads by example, another lesson learned from his dear dad.  

Being the most senior on the Troopers’ squad beefed up by four youthful players from the University of Santo Tomas and La Salle-Taft, Labide provides the leadership and maturity his team needs.    

Thanks in great measure to his leadership and hot-scoring, the Troopers bagged the final ticket to the semifinals by turning back anew the challenge of Instituto Estetico Manila, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, on June 1.

Labide struck for 19 points the first time the Troopers outlasted the Phoenix Volleyball Masters April 30 to become the first match winner of the inaugural staging of the PVL, another grand project of Sports Vision in cooperation with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball.

He again scored in double figures, 12 points behind Rico Romnick’s 17 and Lemuel Anthony Arbasto’s 14, as Army upset Air Force in four sets in Game 1 of their semifinal showdown for one of the two finals slots.

“We already felt blessed by our first ever semifinal appearance in any Sports Vision-organized league,” says Labide, “but to win Game 1 of our playoff against traditional favorite Air Force, it’s something short of a miracle. Like my father used to tell me, nothing is impossible to achieve if you work very hard at getting it.”


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