PVL: MVP Pablico’s mom is his No. 1 fan

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 16, 2018 04:53 PM
PVL: MVP Pablico’s mom is his No. 1 fan
Summer is always bonding time for the Pablicos of Laoag, Ilocos Sur. Adamson University ace spiker Pao Pablico (extreme right) enjoyed the cool climate of Baguio City with (from left) lone sibling Glenmar, mom Marilen and dad Glen during his last summer vacation.

On weekends Mrs. Marilen Pablico will unfailingly travel by an executive bus from Vigan to Manila whenever her son Paolo has a game in Manila. She will board the bus again back to where she comes from immediately after the game.  

She doesn’t mind the long travel time each way.    

“All the fatigue brought on by the 10-hour bus ride to Manila quickly dissipates when I see Pao (Adamson Soaring Falcon Paolo Pablico) play for his school, more so when he plays exceptionally well,” said Mrs. Pablico, a mother of two and dean of the hospitality management department of the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan.     

She broke her weekend routine when she showed up for her son’s second bronze-medal game for Adamson on Wednesday against Far Eastern University, which proved to be the last day of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference as well as National University swept University of Santo Tomas in their title series.

“Pao made lambing to me over the phone,” she said of her son Paolo, admittedly the wind behind the Soaring Falcons’ wings. “He wanted me to watch Game 2 of Adamson’s playoff with Far Eastern University as well even if it fell on a Wednesday. I couldn’t disappoint him remembering that his dad, SPO3 Glen Pablico who’s assigned in Paoay, has always been too busy to attend his games.”

Before her eyes, Paolo unsuccessfully tried to avenge the Falcons’ Game 1 loss to the Tamaraws and extend the series. But just as she prepared to leave the Filoil Flying V Centre, Pao sought her out to inform her that he was due to receive a special award some 30 minutes later.   

“He didn’t tell me what award he was to receive,” Mrs. Pablico disclosed. “Tears clouded my eyes when my son was called as the MVP. The announcement came as a total surprise. Having personally followed this tournament, I expected the MVP to come from National University, (Bryan) Bagunas in particular.”  

In retrospect, she went on to say, “I’d like to think my son really deserved the award. I know he’s always training hard to be better, which explains why he can’t see us in Laoag as often as we want him to. Despite his hectic training sked, he never forgets to devote equal time to his studies. He also shines in academics with grades of 1.0, 1.25 and 1.5. I’m so proud of him.” 

Adamson Coach Domeng Custodio confirmed Mrs. Pablico’s assessment of his ace player.   

“Pao is the kind of player any coach would love to have,” said Custodio in Filipino. “He has never given me any problem since I recruited him from the Palarong Pambansa four years ago. Then and now he has remained a humble and very polite person.”

Paolo Pablico will be playing his final year with the Falcons in UAAP 81, which unfolds next February.

“Sa huling taon ng paglalaro ko sa UAAP,” he said, “gusto ko para kay Coach Domeng na muling pumasok kami sa Top Four. At para sa mga teammates na iiwan ko, gusto kong makasungkit kami ng medalya.”

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