A student-athlete has to sacrifice for his school, says this Red Lion

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 29, 2017 04:26 PM
A student-athlete's sacrifice for his school
File photo of Yeshua ‘Shu’ Manliclic, who is now wearing jersey No. 5 for the San Beda Red Lions.

“In everything I do I always think of my family,” says San Beda College Red Lion Yeshua ‘Shu’ Manliclic in Filipino. “I won’t even attempt to do it if it will harm my family or affect them negatively.”

At 21, Shu, a fourth year marketing student, looks very serious in life.

And he is, having been raised singlehandedly by his mom along with his three older siblings. The experience of growing up since age 10 without a father to guide him and being exposed to his mom’s hard work and sacrifices, says he, has hastened his maturity.

On his own after graduating from high school, the youngest of the Manliclics from SSS Village in Marikina, the shoe capital of the nation, pounded the campuses in search of a school that would accept him as an athlete and award him a full scholarship so as not to be a further burden to the family breadwinner.

Former San Beda coach CJ Cuevas, seeing the promise in him, took him in at once.

Shu is now into his fourth playing year for the Mendiola-based college, as enthusiastic and hardworking in training as he was on his first day with the Red Lions.

“A student-athlete no matter how demanding his academic load is has to give himself 100% to the training. Making sacrifices for the school is the obligation of every athlete even if he is a starter or a substitute or a bench-warmer.”

The five-foot-10 open/utility spiker is bent on finishing his studies and becoming successful in his chosen profession all because he wants to help support his family.

“I cannot see myself in the near future not doing something to help my family even if I am the youngest. I want my mom to stop working and just enjoy the rest of her life free from worries.”

Looking back, Shu says he was forced by his elder brother and sister to take up volleyball so that if he was good enough, he could win high school and college scholarships.

He willed himself to learn the sport and be good at it. He was in Grade VI when he made the Concepcion Elementary School squad.

In high school – Roosevelt HS first before he transferred to Sta. Elena HS – he was picked to join the Rizal provincial selection  and  became a teammate of the celebrated Ateneo Blue Eagle Marck Espejo.

“Marck remains as nice and humble as ever,” says Shu of Ateneo’s ace spiker. “He’d always have a warm smile for me whenever we run into each other.”

In sports in particular and in life in general, this good-looking Bedan believes that industriousness, patience, and trust in one’s self will get one far and ahead.

Yeshua Manliclic was born on Jan. 9, the feast of the Nazarene; hence, his biblical name Yeshua, meaning, Jesus, as picked by his mom for her youngest child.

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