Celine D says she never ever ‘cheats’ during training
Lady Tamaraw Celine Domingo with her ever supportive parents. Cirilo and Lynn Domingo rearrange their business schedules to be able to watch every game of the second of their five children. (Photo by Nante Azores)
Ever since she began playing varsity volleyball in third year high school, willowy Celine Elaiza Domingo of Far Eastern University says not once has she ever cheated during practice.
By that, the academically-gifted transferee from the University of the East means she makes it a point to attend every training session of her team, does not skip any of the warm up exercises when the trainers are not looking, or just unconcernedly bides her time waiting for training to be over.
That no-nonsense attitude toward training which she keeps drilling into the head of younger sister Cyrille, a high school volleyball player, now translates to a regular spot on the Lady Tamaraws’ starting six in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference.
Celine had been a starter as well and already the team captain of her previous squad, the Lady Warriors, even on her freshman year and one player her UE coach held up as equally good in academics.
A third-year tourism student, Celine greatly credits her parents, dad Cirilo and mom Lynn, for whatever she is now, saying their full support encourages her to be an achiever.
She had been in the Top Three of her class in Abiertas Radiance School in Quezon City and in Bethel Academy in Gen. Trias, Cavite, where the Domingos are now residing.
“It is a great help that I and my siblings have very supportive parents,” says she. “They make things easy for us.”
How does she pay her mom and dad for their love and generous support?
“From the bottom of my heart, I make them the inspiration in everything I do. It’s the only way I know at the moment to show my gratefulness to them.”
Since her UE days till her present stint with the FEU Lady Tamaraws, her parents and siblings have been regular fixtures wherever and whenever she plays. Even on weekdays.
The Domingos run what they call a small business. “As we are self-employed, we can rearrange our business and personal schedules to be with Celine in every one of her games,” says mom Lynn.
On weekdays Celine’s parents show up at the playing venue with their friends only. On weekends, though, the whole Domingo clan is present, from the grandparents to aunts besides her father and mother and the rest of her siblings.
Mom Lynn notes with justifiable pride that all of Bethel Academy where Celine spent her high school looks up to her daughter as a hero, an idol worthy of emulation.
This is so not so much for Celine’s academic achievements as for her status as the school’s most popular athlete now seen on national television.