"Being part of the RP Team is a once-in-a lifetime achievement" --- Mozzy Ravena

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 13, 2015 05:46 PM
 Being part of the RP Team a once-in-a lifetime achievement
"Being part of the RP Team is a once-in-a lifetime achievement. It's an honor. It's something you will cherish forever." --- Mozzy Ravena

SINGAPORE -- There was a tinge of regret on Mozzy Ravena's voice as she caught women's volleyball action of the 28th Southeast Asian Games between the Philippines and Vietnam Saturday at the OCBC Arena Hall 2 here.

Memories came flooding back.

There was a mission that she failed to accomplish.

"I wanted to be part of the RP Team sana before. Kaya lang some circumstances that were beyond my control," said Ravena, a noted volleyball analyst who is the mother of basketball star Kiefer of the national men's team.

One of the brightest high school prospects in the late 1980s, Ravena was recruited by legendary coach August Sta. Maria to be part of the University of Santo Tomas women's squad. That year, the Philippines was preparing for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games and Sta. Maria was appointed by the Philippine Amateur Volleyeball Association to handle the national team.

The young Ravena made the final cut.

"But four days before the tournament, I had to beg off because of my studies. I was a Med Tech (Medical Technology) student then. I thought I'm going to be a doctor."

The national team went on to win the bronze medal while Ravena starred for the Lady Tigresses while dating a basketball player from University of the East named Bong.

Four years later, there was an opportunity again.

Ravena had to turn it down.

"That was the time when we won the gold medal in the 1993 SEA Games here in Singapore. We had a Russian coach then. But I didn't consider it because I got married na nga the year before," said Ravena, blushing like a teenager.

"That's why I keep on telling my son, Kiefer, to grab every single opportunity to play for the country. Being part of the RP Team is a once-in-a lifetime achievement. It's an honor. It's something you will cherish forever."

Then, she rose from her seat and unleashed a warm round of applause for the young members of the national women's volleyball team for a brilliant job.

She could have been one of them -- 26 years ago.

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