PVL: Valdez not closing doors on politics

Mark Escarlote on Oct 15, 2018 02:14 PM
PVL: Valdez not closing doors on politics
Alyssa Valdez and some volleyball players are planning on forming a partylist for athletes.

Alyssa Valdez could be looking at running for public position in the future.

With the local elections just a few months away and following volleyball legend Leila Barros being elected as a senator in Brazil, Valdez said that she’s ‘not closing her doors’ to politics.     

In fact, she and some local volleyball stars are now in the process of conceptualizing a partylist that aim to promote the welfare of Filipino athletes and nation building through sports.    

“You know honestly kami talaga nina Ate Cha (Soriano), mga teammates ko from Ateneo, we really wanted to (form) a partylist,” said the Creamline power hitter. “Gusto talaga namin ang ibang tao na mag-support talaga sa sports. ‘Yun pa lang parang may concept na.”

A representation in the House of Representatives, according to Valdez, will give athletes a voice in the government. 

“We really wanted to help not just volleyball, siyempre we want the support talaga sa lahat ng sports,” added the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player. 

“Lalo na ako na nakikita ko whenever I go out of the country like Asian Games grabe talaga ang support ng bawat country na nakakalaban namin. So I wanted also na ganoon ang mangyari sa Philippines,” added the national team member. 

However, the possibility of running for a position could take a few more years to materialize as Valdez is still enjoying her peak in the sport. 

"We are trying to conceptualize pa lang naman,” explained Valdez.

“We’re serious but as of now marami pa rin naman nangyayari sa amin sa volleyball kung na-settle muna lahat, so why not di ba?”
 
 
Barros a hero

Barros endeared herself among the Filipino fans when the talented Brazilian opposite spiker strutted her wares during the country’s hosting of the FIVB Grand Prix in the late 90s early 2000s.

With her charm, beauty and incredible power and skill, the 5-foot-10 hitter received a rock star status among adoring fans and became a hero among local volleyball players including most of the country’s stars today.

One of them is Valdez.     

“Leila Barros siguro is one of the heroes of Philippine volleyball. Isa siya sa talagan hinangaan ng lahat ng tao that’s why we’re all here,” said Valdez, who was just eight years old when Barros last saw action in the country during the 2000 World Grand Prix.

“As a volleyball player I’m just really proud na may someone na very strong and brave enough to face another chapter of her life,” she added.

Valdez herself has been actively doing civic works through her clinics and support to other foundations. 

And her following Barros’ footsteps in public service is not far-fetched.

"Siguro hindi naman sa ayaw kong magsalita ng tapos, mga councilor muna, hindi just kidding,” she said. “I really want to help not just volleyball in general but siguro sa nakukuha kong responsibility ko ay hindi lang din naman nali-limit sa volleyball.

“Siyempre kailangan mo rin namang maka-experience ng mas madami, si Leila Barros nga ilang taon na rin naman then dun lang din nya na-realize na she’s ready to serve,” Valdez continued. “Hindi naman sa hinihintay ko siguro darating naman ang point na may mag-snap dyan na ‘you really have to serve (the country) after na lang ng volleyball siguro."

“I’m not closing my doors but im really happy to help anyone din naman so who knows,” she said.
 
 
 
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