Sta. Elena head & CEO graces PVL men’s title playoff
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 15, 2017 09:27 AM
Ms. Alice Eduardo (second from right), president and chief executive officer of Sta. Elena Development and Construction, dropped in at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City Saturday to watch Game 2 of the championship series between the Sta. Elena-backed Mega Builders and the Cignal HD Spikers. Seated with her is her staff and Volley Bolts team manager Junjun Abcede.
Aptly described as a woman of steel, Ms. Alice Eduardo, owner of Sta. Elena Development and Construction Corporation, let loose and cheered Mega Builders, one of her two sponsored teams in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, in the second of their best-of-three title duel against Cignal HD Spikers.
It’s true what they say of and write about this regal lady equally known for her humanitarian causes – that she both inspires and spreads cheers and hope wherever she goes.
And her team also called Volley Bolts got a dose of these.
Whipped in four sets in the opener of the finals series, 23-25, 25-21, 19-25, 17-25, the Mega Builders got an 18-25 thumping from the HD Spikers in Game 2 and were seemingly on the way to total disintegration when the elegant president and CEO of their sponsoring firm quietly arrived at the playing venue and took her seat at the VIP section in the company of her staff and team manager Junjun Abcede.
Told of the presence of the top honcho of Sta. Elena Development and Construction, coach Dong dela Cruz’ charges perked up and played like they never did before, took the second set, lost the third, and came back in the fourth and eventually won, 18-25, 25-23, 26-24, 22-25, 15-13, to force a rubber match on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
“Na-motivate at na-inspire po kami ng presence ni Ma’am Alice,” said Volley Bolt Madz Gampong, one of three on the team who were recruited from Tawi-Tawi. “Nakakahiya naman pong matalo sa harap ng presidente ng aming sponsor. Winner si ma’am sa construction industry sabi ni Sir Junjun so dapat winner din kami sa PVL.”
Gampong and the rest of the Volley Bolts could only wish that their benefactor would watch Game 3 as well.
On Monday Ms. Eduardo sent word that she would.
Sta. Elena is also the moving spirit behind the PVL participation of the Sta. Elena Wrecking Balls, who are also attempting a medal finish in this tournament organized by Sports Vision with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball. They got back at their Game 1 tormentor, the Air Force Jet Setters, in the second match to extend their separate series for the bronze medal.
Ms. Eduardo, though, was already impressed by the showing so far of the Mega Builders and the Wrecking Balls. She was particularly delighted by the special awards won by Sta. Elena’s Berlin Paglinawan (best opposite spiker) and the towering Volley Bolts duo of Kim Malabunga and Francis Phillip Saura (1st and 2nd best middle blocker, respectively).
Soft spot for kids
The woman of steel is keeping a low profile where it concerns her company’s and personal humanitarian causes.
Friends and associates say the golden-hearted woman is most especially proud of Sta. Elena’s donation of the Hematology-Oncology Isolation Ward, a pediatric cancer wing, to Philippine General Hospital. Cancer-stricken children from poor and disadvantaged families are now finding relief here.
It is estimated that “…There are some 3,500 new cases of childhood cancer in the country each year, with 70 percent of them diagnosed in the late stages of the disease. This is when cure is no longer possible or can only be possible with the most aggressive and extremely costly treatment most families can hardly afford.”
Years ago Ms. Eduardo had visited the cancer-stricken child of one of her employees.
Because she said charity cannot wait, she, as head of one of the biggest construction firms in the country, teamed up with PGH, the nation’s largest government hospital, to build the Hematology-Oncology Isolation Ward.