PVL: Tiamzon gets late birthday surprise
Mark Escarlote on Nov 04, 2018 09:05 PM
I don’t know if makita niyo ‘yung face ng mga bata kanina nu’ng nakatapak sila sa taraflex na magandang gym, ilaw and everything -- Nicole Tiamzon
A group of kids with their parents and guardians clad in black shirts trooped the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Sunday.
BanKo’s open hitter Nicole Tiamzon got a late birthday surprise when she marched onto the court for the Perlas Spikers’ match against Adamson-Akari as the group cheered her on when her name was called for the starting lineup.
The kids on the rafters were actually Tiamzon’s Spike and Serve volleyball program students who came all the way from Taytay, Rizal to watch their mentor play in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference.
“I didn’t know na pupunta sila kasi yesterday I celebrated my birthday with them. Sinurprise nila ako and everything and ngayon paglabas ko ng dugout nand’yan silang lahat ibig sabihin suportado ng mga magulang yung gusto ng mga bata,” said Tiamzon, who celebrated her 23rd birthday on Saturday.
Tiamzon played inspired volleyball as she finished with 10 points in BanKo’s 25-17, 25-17, 25-18, win over the Lady Falcons that hiked the Perlas Spikers’ record to 7-2.
“May halong kaba siyempre you don’t want to disappoint the kids. They see you on TV naman pero this is the first time they went here na manonood tapos naka-suit up ako, naka-Perlas ako,” she said. “Sa tv lang nila nakikita ‘yun noong una.”
“May halong kaba pero hindi naman ako magpapaano kasi yun nga inspirasyon ka ng mga bata. You have to be a role model sa kanila and masaya ako kasi nakababa sila tapos nakita nila yung Perlas,” Tiamzon added.
Spike and Serve is Tiamzon’s non-profit organization for kids.
“Sila ‘yung mga bata na kinuha namin sa program namin for one year sa Taytay. Mga public school students sila ages 8-11,” explained Tiamzon. “We got them since March and then, until June next year nasa amin sila.”
“Kumbaga ang program is Spike and Serve, grass roots development program, we cater students, teachers and parents,” she added.
Tiamzon was thankful and appreciated the surprise but what gave her joy was seeing the kids’ eyes light up watching the game live.
“I don’t know if makita niyo ‘yung face ng mga bata kanina nu’ng nakatapak sila sa taraflex na magandang gym, ilaw and everything,” said Tiamzon. “’Yun ‘yung mga kasiyahan ng mga bata ngayon and maybe it can be a start for them to dream di ba?”
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