Molina harbors no ill-feelings toward bashers, critics

Mark Escarlote on Oct 10, 2019 06:09 PM
Molina harbors no ill-feelings toward bashers, critics
Ako naging motivation ko yun [criticisms], kahit maraming basher, kahit maraming may ayaw sa akin, mahal na mahal ko pa rin yung mga taong hindi sumusuporta at sumusuporta pa rin -- Ces Molina (left, number 6).

Ces Molina’s love for her country and volleyball is bigger than the amount of criticisms and bashing that she has been receiving since her inclusion to the women’s national team two years ago.

The open spiker has been the target of hurtful and mean remarks and even slanderous accusations online to the extent that Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. had to seek legal actions.

But the disrespect Molina received didn’t dampen the Petron standout’s dedication to serve the country through the sport.  

“Nu’ng una talaga hindi maiwasang hindi pansinin kasi medyo masasakit din ‘yung mga sinasabi nila,” said the San Beda University product.

The 25-year old player once again made it to the national team roster for the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the country will host next month and critics again followed Molina like a shadow.

Learning to ignore her detractors, Molina is taking everything thrown at her as a challenge and motivation to be better.    

“Marami ring sumusuporta at marami ring positive na nagsasabi sa akin at nagme-message na parang i-turn mo na lang into positive lahat ng sinasabi nila,” said Molina, who debuted with the Nationals back in 2017 in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games. “Dahil dapat maging mas motivation mo yung mga ganun and to improve. Hindi yung i-take mo yun as negative na ganu’n ka naglalaro.”

Molina made it to the selection for the ASEAN Grand Prix where she joined the squad for a two-week training camp in Bangkok, Thailand before marching into the first leg of the four-nation tournament.

The hitter, despite the barrage of criticisms, averaged 14.3 points per game in the inaugural leg where the Philippines finished with a bronze medal.         

When the tournament made its stop in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last weekend, Molina normed 9.3 points per outing as the host country again captured a third place finish.  

Her hard work earned her the nod of head coach Shaq Delos Santos to join the 14-woman Philippine lineup for the biennial meet, where the country targets to end a 14-year podium finish-drought.

“Ako naging motivation ko yun [criticisms], kahit maraming basher, kahit maraming may ayaw sa akin, mahal na mahal ko pa rin yung mga taong hindi sumusuporta at sumusuporta pa rin,” Molina said.

Love her or hate her, Molina will serve her country to the best of her ability.      

 

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