BaliPure’s Cayuna is one daughter every mom would be proud to have
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2017 09:36 AM
BaliPure’s newly-acquired setter Marie Angelica Cayuna, executing a jump toss in this photo, is proving to be a worthy addition to the Water Defenders. She is a highly competent replacement for prime playmaker Jasmin Nabor every time she’s sent to the court. (Photo by Nante Azores)
The last time this exemplary daughter and very studious student-athlete of Far Eastern University went on her once-a-year visit to her family in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte last July, she was in for a feel-good surprise.
Marie Angelica Cayuna, 19, was radiating joy while narrating how her neighborhood and alma mater, the Dapitan City National High School, welcomed her like she was a celebrity coming home to visit.
“Akala ko artista ako dahil mainit akong tinanggap ng mga kapitbahay namin at ng mga estudyante at teacher sa high school ko,” said Cayuna, second to the youngest in a brood of nine. “Nakakataba po ng puso.”
Cayuna’s is another story of a student-athlete from a faraway province left to fend for herself while pursuing her dreams in the Big City. Since joining the Lady Tamaraws as a setter-spiker, she had gone back to Dapitan City only three times in three years all during summer.
When she’s not training or playing or attending classes, she’d rather spend her free time in the Morayta athletes dorm.
“Mag-aayos ng gamit, maglalaba, mag-aaral ng leksyon, magpapahinga.”
She occasionally ventures out into the malls with teammates and classmates, but otherwise, she’d prefer to be at the athletes quarters.
She is determined to finish her business management studies, find work or continue playing commercial volleyball or do both to give her large family a good life. Her father had retired from work and she said it’s her mother who has been supporting the family by doing some little business here and there.
It’s her dream to land a good-paying job after university so her mother would stop working.
Though only going into her third year in the upcoming UAAP volleyball season, she feels lucky and deeply grateful to the FEU management to have been allowed to play in the commercial league. Her stint with BaliPure now in the Premier Volleyball League, a joint undertaking of organizer Sports Vision, official league partner Asics and official game ball Mikasa, is already her fourth or so with a commercial team.
A sizable part of her earnings from the commercial tourneys had gone to her family. When she came to visit them last July, she was carrying with her more money than she had already sent them, including her savings.
Cayuna spent a full week with them. “Nag-swimming po kami, kumain sa labas at nag-shopping. At nakipag-bonding sa mga pamangkin ko.”
She realizes that she needs to keep fit and healthy to be able to achieve her dreams for her family.
“Bawal po ang magpuyat. Kailangan laging kumain ng gulay. At kailangan ding mag-extra work out, magpapawis sa araw na walang training o laro.”
If you notice a little swagger in her whenever she strides on to the court, it could be because she does not know how to be nervous during a game. “Hindi na po ako kinakabahan kapag naglalaro. Nasanay na po ako sa mga big games namin sa UAAP.”
What does Cayuna bring to BaliPure?
Only this: whenever she and Nabor are on the floor at the same time, the Water Defenders transform into a multi-bladed weapon.
At any rotation, BaliPure has three spikers on the frontline.