PHI protest backfires as inspired Manganang waxed hot
Mark Escarlote on Jun 10, 2015 04:47 PM
She said she doesn’t feel offended because it happened to her before. No ill feelings -- Indon reporter translating for Manganang
SINGAPORE --- "Bakla!"
A man from the Filipino crowd watching the 28th Southeast Asian Games volleyball match between Philippines and Indonesia shouted as Aprilia Santini Manganang walked to the service line midway through the second set.
The same person howled “Boo! Ang pogi mo!” followed by a crack of laughter among the partisan audience waving small Philippine flags.
The Indonesian misfired her service, hitting the net as jeers and loud clapping echoed inside the OCBC Arena 2.
It didn’t matter as Manganang, who is allegedly a hermaphrodite, was approached by her teammates tapping her back.
No amount of heckling, jeering or name-calling could dampen Manganang’s game.
The 23-year-old powered Indonesia to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-14, win against the Filipinas to start the 2013 Myanmar bronze medalist squad’s campaign on a high note Wednesday.
Manganang scored 13 points from 12 kills and block for the Indonesians, who won on two fronts after the organizers denied the protest of the Philippines leaving a sour taste in the country’s first appearance in the biennial meet since 2005.
Approached by Filipino sports reporters for interview, Manganang was already speaking to Indonesian press in Bahasa.
“She don’t know how to speak English,” according to a male Indonesian reporter.
Asked to translate, the reporter said that Manganang has no ill feelings about the Philippines’ protest.
“She said she doesn’t feel offended because it happened to her before. No ill feelings,” said the reporter.
And it showed in the game.
Manganang was hammering down on her offense.
In one of her highlight play in the first set Manganang unleashed a missile that went off the hands of PHI team libero Denden Lazaro as the Indonesians went ahead 22-20 after a bad start.
After Pinay star Alyssa Valdez scored a hit, Manganang slammed a winner that Jovelyn Gonzaga barely blocked with both hands as the PHI skipper fell flat on her back.
Manganang in the second set denied 6-foot-2 Dindin Santiago’s running kill and after a few play smacked a back row kill that again went off the hands of Lazaro punctuated with a stare down.
“It just fired her up,” said the Indonesian reporter pertaining to the amount of boos and jeers from the Filipino crowd she received the whole match.
The Philippine protest urged a gender test for Manganang two days before the match but was denied.
“They (the organizers) told us there was not enough material time to conduct the gender test on the Indonesian,” said Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta.
Romasanta added that he was informed by the SEAG Organizing Committee that it was only following the certification given by the International Volleyball Federation, known by its French acronym FIVB, clearing Manganang to compete in an earlier FIVB-sanctioned competition.
Romasanta said that he did know the competition where the Indon had been cleared by the FIVB.
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