Gumabao to use lucky "No. 19" for Creamline jersey
Mark Escarlote on Mar 27, 2018 06:51 PM
Iíll just get jersey no. 19 kasi itís also my Binibining Pilipinas candidate number -- Michele Gumabao
After her success in the pageant world, Michele Gumabao will be back on the volleyball court to beef up a star-studded Creamline squad for the coming 2nd Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference starting May 6.
The former three-time UAAP champion will be bringing in the same lucky charm she had when she won the Binibining Pilipinas-Globe crown recently for good measure.
Gumabao will be donning the Cool Smasher jersey no. 19, parting ways with her long-time volleyball jersey no. 7 – the number she carried since her college days in De La Salle University.
The 5-foot-10 opposite spiker is the newest recruit of Creamline, which is looking to capture its breakthrough title after finishing third in both the Reinforced and Open conferences last year.
She and long-time friend libero Melissa Gohing are reunited after a year following Gumabao’s transfer to Cocolife in the Philippine Superliga in 2017. The duo brought Pocari Sweat together with top hitter Myla Pablo to a sweep of the Open and Reinforced conferences of the defunct V-League two years ago.
Unfortunately, for Gumabao, holdover Ivy Remulla has been wearing the no. 7 jersey since last season.
“Every time naman when you join an new team, syempre being a rookie you don’t want to take naybody’s number and Ate Ivy is no. 7,” said Gumabao. “So sabi ko ayoko ng issue siyempre so sabi ko, ‘Sir ako na ang magpapalit siyempre ayoko ng issue. Don’t ask her to change.’”
“Kasi even though kilala ka naman on that number, it’s just a jersey number at the end of the day,” she added. “Nagkataon lang talaga na when I’ve been transferring teams the past few years, nagkakataon na walang jersey no. 7 o bagong team talaga. So it’s the first time na I’m joining a team that’s already there.”
With her jersey No. 7 already taken, the next option for Gumabao is a no-brainer.
“So may jersey no. 7 na so sabi ko, ‘Oh, I’ll just get jersey no. 19 kasi it’s also my Binibining Pilipinas candidate number,’” she explained.
“Everything just worked out naman, walang may no. 19 and I’m very happy na I’m bringing the number. Something new, that’s the only thing I want naman no, change,” Gumabao added. “The fans naman I think they'll love it all. At least kilala ka bilang Binibini 19 and jersey no. 19.”
Gumabao’s presence adds firepower, experience and leadership to the Cool Smashers bannered by ace scorer Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado.
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