PVL Finals: Para sa akin super girl siya – viral fan on Valdez
Mark Escarlote on Jul 13, 2019 10:49 PM
Para sa akin super girl siya -- Tatay Ricky Matrimonio (photo courtesy of Alyssa Valdez)
Creamline star Alyssa Valdez finally got a chance to meet a super fan whose love for her went viral on social media.
The three-time Most Valuable Player in an emotional meeting on Saturday warmly hugged 50-year-old Ricky Matrimonio inside the Cool Smashers’ dugout at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan after Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals against PetroGazz.
Tatay Ricky, who suffered a stroke last year, was filled with joy and happiness after meeting her ‘super girl’ idol.
“Kasi matagal ko na siyang idol eh, college pa lang siya idol ko na siya magaling talaga siya bilib ako sa kanya. Para sa akin super girl siya,” said Tatay Ricky, who got a chance to also meet Valdez’s father, Tatay Roel.
Tatay Ricky went viral on social media after her daughter, Princes Rina, posted a video of him in tears while watching Valdez play against BaliPure in the last playdate of the elimination round. The video was taken on June 29 – on Valdez’s 26th birthday – and was posted on July 10.
Her Twitter post collected 12,000 likes, 1.6K retweets and was viewed 248,000 times.
“Hindi ko inakala na dadating sa kanya ‘yun eh, kasi pinost ko na rin ‘yun sa Facebook tapos wala lang,” said Princes Rina, 25 and works in a call center. “Tapos may nagsabi sa akin na i-post sa Twitter baka mapansin tapos nagulat ako na after isa or dalawang oras nag-trending siya agad tapos napansin ni Alyssa. Hindi ko sinabi na napansin na ni Alyssa.”
Princes Rina said that she brought her father along in the venue when a friend, who is a Motolite fan, gave her free tickets.
“Kasi nilibre lang kami ng katrabaho ko tapos hindi pa sila [Valdez and Creamline] naglalaro umiyak na siya,” she said. “Tapos kanina pagkakita niya ng T-shirt na may Valdez sa likod umiyak na naman siya.”
Her post trended and caught the attention of Valdez. ABS-CBN Sports analyst Mozzy Ravena volunteered to buy Tatay Ricky and her daughter tickets for Creamline’s game.
Tatay Ricky and Prices Rina got courtside seats. He finally got a chance to watch Valdez play up close.
“Talagang idol ko siya [kaya ako naiyak], natutuwa ako na makita ko siya, sobrang tuwa. Masaya ako, sobrang saya napaiyak ako na napansin niya ako,” said Tatay Ricky, who himself played volleyball as a varsity in Carlos Albert High School.
The fascination of the former ABS-CBN service driver, who got a chance to chauffer for Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber in a taping, with Valdez started when the top hitter was still playing in Ateneo de Manila University in the UAAP.
“Simula noong college siya [pinapanood ko na siya], [nu’ng] tinalo nila ‘yung De La Salle,” recalled Tatay Ricky, who had to stop working after suffering a stroke on December 16 last year the day after his birthday. “Sobrang bilib ako sa kanya noon hanggang sa ngayon siya pa rin ang number one para sa akin.”
Valdez, who is a well-loved volleyball player for her charm and humble demeanor, was overwhelmed for the love given to her by Tatay Ricky.
“Nakakatuwa, very genuine talaga. Na-meet ko siya kanina he was saying na he’s watching me since I was in college, tapos na stroke siya tapos hindi na siya nakakanood masyado kasi syempre nahihirapan din siya gumalaw,”said Valdez. “So very genuine, very nakakataba ng puso na may nakikita ka na ang gusto lang mapanood ka, gusto lang makita ka personal, not looking for anything in return ‘di ba?”
Tatay Ricky now has a fan in Valdez.
“So I’m really a fan of tatay. Ang saya, nakaka-speechless, nakaka-overwhelm. Sana mabless pa ‘yung mga kagaya ni tatay,” she said.
“Nakakatuwa rin na nakakainspire siya, pero para sa akin I’m really speechless and nakaka-overwhelm na nadadala mo sa mga ibang tao, wala ka naman ibang ginagawa, naglalaro ka lang naman ng volleyball but you’re able to touch ‘yung buhay din ni tatay,” Valdez said.
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