#Bestiegoals: Aby Maraño and Rachel Daquis
Barry Viloria on Apr 04, 2016 11:06 PM
How the friendship between Tyang and Buday came to be (Photo taken from Daquis' Instagram account: @rachdaquis13)
Every avid volleyball follower would find a photo of star volleybelles Rachel Daquis and Aby Maraño together uncommon. In fact, there are lots of which on Instagram and other social media accounts, making us believe they’re more than just fellow national team players or even rivals.
“Di kami nag-abot (sa UAAP) pero naging friends kami since naging teammates kami sa Petron hanggang sa national team,” former DLSU captain Maraño recalls of how her friendship with Lady Tamaraw pride Daquis came to be.
Maraño was a three-time UAAP champ who only entered the collegiate league in Season 72, while Season 70 victor Daquis had already left school by then. But the younger volleybelle already knew of Daquis even back in high school. Aside from contributing to the national team, they only got to play together again for the Petron Lady Spikers in the PSL come 2015.
They instantly hit it off, says Maraño, “kasi totoong tao sya eh. Ganun din ako so nung nagkakilala kami at nakita namin kilos, galaw, and pananalita ng isa't isa. Parang gets na namin na magkakasundo kaming dalawa.”
“Parehas lang kami kalog and madami kaming napagkakasunduan na mga bagay. She's crazy and funny like me, that's why we get along talaga so much.”
Favoring the fans, social media was there to document the entire (crazy) sister act Maraño and Daquis have both had—from their international conquests and beach volley matches to events attended as celebrity athletes. Online, the two volleyball favorites do dance, act, act goofy in pictures, do DubSmash skits, and what have you.
“We practice dance movements ng mga songs na trending, tapos i-po-post namin kahit di naman kami magaling sumayaw. Sumasayaw kami basta trip lang namin!” says Maraño. “Basta pag kalokohan, nagkakasundo kami.”
Their friendship has apparently extended off the court. What else do they love to do together that we don’t see? Food trip, “kahit saan lang namin matripan kumain or kahit street food man yan.”
The two have even gone to out-of-town vacations together, too, along with other players. If you ask Maraño, their trip to Fortune Island in Batangas remains to be one of their most memorable.
“Konti lang time namin dun but I had fun kasi nakapag-beach and swimming kami. Tawang tawa kami sa struggle ng bawat isa kapag inaalon kami ‘cause ang lakas ng pressure at hindi namin kinakaya! Tinatangay talaga kami!” she remembers with a laugh.
Call Maraño and Daquis corny but the two former student-athletes really don’t do (alcoholic) nights out that much. Focus, Maraño says. It all boils down to volleyball, that one thing that has brought them to where they are now and has bound them so strongly over time.