Jerrili’s dad now wants a school team title for her
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 21, 2017 12:19 PM
Jerrili Malabanan (left photo) prepares to serve while her yellow-shirted dad, Mang Jerry, and younger sister Jennifer (right photo) look on from their box seats.
Now that Jerrili Malabanan, 22, had won a gold medal as a key member of the BaliPure Lady Warriors, winners in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, his ever supportive dad Jerry wants a second title for her. This time around as a member of the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws.
“I will be the happiest father on the planet if Jerrili wins a second championship with FEU this time,” says the senior Malabanan, a retired US Federal employee, moments after the Lady Tamaraws pulled the rug from under the highly touted Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles on Sept. 9.
With the way the almost intact FEU squad is playing under new coach George Pascua, Mang Jerry might get what he wishes for the eldest of his four beautiful and studious daughters.
The Lady Tamaraws, their unbeaten run snapped by the National University Lady Bulldogs (now 3-0) on Sept. 16, are in joint second place with the Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles in Group A standings at 2-1 apiece.
They dealt Ateneo its only defeat to mark them as a worthy title contender in this groundbreaking league organized by Sports Vision in cooperation with official league partner Asics and official game ball Mikasa.
And this early, many are predicting that 2018 could be the FEU women’s year when the next UAAP volleyball season unfolds in January.
Full family support
A player enjoying family support is commonplace, but the one Jerrili is getting from her family, principally from his dad, is like no other.
When she told him she wanted to play collegiate volleyball in the Philippines, Mang Jerry relocated the family from California, where he had worked as a postal employee until his retirement, to his country of birth. Except for his wife, who has stayed behind to continue her maritime office work in California till she reaches retirement age, the Malabanans are living in Quezon City now.
He bought Jerrili a brand-new car, a Toyota Vios, so she won’t be late for training and her games – and classes.
Her dad and three younger sisters adjust their schedules so they will be around for her games in any venue.
That’s not all. Mang Jerry would bring in from 15 to 40 relatives and friends and classmates of Jerrili to the games, taking care of their box tickets and snacks or meals afterward.
With such all-out family support, there’s no reason for Jerrili not to achieve further excellence in her chosen sport as well as in her studies.
Jerrili fans blinked when for two games now, she didn’t start for the Lady Tamaraws.
This was so because, Mang Jerry explains, Jerrili could not attend all the training sessions as she and sister Janice, 20, are both in deep preparation for the defense of their theses as graduating BS Biology students.
“Both my daughters are graduating at the same time in the same course and will further take up medicine,” the proud father says of her studious daughters.
Jerrili will specialize in sports medicine.