Jaja Santiago, PH vice-consul visit Pinay spikers
Mark Escarlote on Oct 29, 2019 11:18 AM
Philippine vice-consul Thomas Aquino (middle in black barong) and players Jaja Santiago (third from right at the back row) and Maika Ortiz (rightmost from back row) visited the Philippine national women's volleyball team in their training camp here on Monday (Photo by Mark Escarlote).
TOKYO --- The Philippine national women’s volleyball team welcomed familiar visitors Monday night.
Jaja Santiago, who will sit out the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games next month due to her club duties in the Japan Premier League, came to the Nationals’ hotel in Sagamihara here together with Foton teammate Maika Ortiz.
“Di ko talaga palalagpasin yung chance na mabisita sila,” said Santiago, who brought treats and gave her teammates and friends warm hugs as they met at the hotel lobby, uplifting the spirits of the Nationals after a tiring three-hour bus ride from Hitachi, Ibaraki where they played Hitachi Rivale in a tune-up game.
Santiago and Ortiz, who is still recovering from a knee injury, played for the national team in the past two editions of the biennial meet.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. vice president and national team program head Peter Cayco and secretary-general Ariel Paredes hosted a dinner for the team and their visitors at a nearby restaurant where they were also met by vice-consul Thomas Aquino and his wife Ana.
Aquino was informed by former Department of Foreign Affairs secretary and now House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano that the Nationals are in Japan for a 12-day training camp.
“He asked us to check them also and make sure that they’re OK,” said Aquino. “For the embassy naman we’re here and we totally support them.”
“I hope that everything works out here and we wish them the best for the SEA Games,” he added.
The Nationals still have three remaining training days in the camp before flying back to Manila on Friday heading into the final stretch of their build up for the Manila SEA Games which will formally open on Nov. 30.
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