How well do you know Jia Morado?
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 21, 2017 06:24 PM
Cool but competitive, one of the league’s top setters has her own quirkiness, too. Ace this quiz if you think you rightfully belong to the Morado Nation? (Photos taken from Morado's Instagram: @juliamorado)
Currently contending DLSU captain Kim Fajardo for this season’s Best Setter plum, two-time UAAP champion and Ateneo Lady Eagles’ very own Julia Melissa "Jia" Morado has carved her own niche in the offense department proficiently enough to become an easy fan favorite. We recently named her Player of the Week after steering the Katipunan-based squad to an early Final Four berth in Season 79. (Ateneo is at a formidable 9-1 win-loss record so far.) Answer each of the following multiple-choice questions, with every choice you make corresponding to a point. The number of points you get at the end of the quiz will reveal how much you know about Morado!
1. If you can only name one word to identify Morado from the rest of the Lady Eagles, it would be:
a. Diva. As the team’s captain, she has a lot of pressure on her shoulders. And sometimes she can’t help but act demanding and strict over her squad. -0
b. Leader. The fourth year student-athlete might be in charge now but she’s no HBIC. Ever humble, she plays the quiet but violent playmaking role in support of the team’s prolific spikers. -1
c. Geeky. She is the most studious in the group! “She studies all the time!” Michelle Morente once said about Morado. -1
2. Despite her youth, psychology student Morado has gone on to be a student entrepreneur. Name all her businesses, all of which she started with boyfriend Miguel de Guzman.
a. A pillow business, which she conceived looking for a solution that may make it better and convenient for her to relax at the dorm. Plus, a Slurpee business she launched last summer. -2
b. A gym, which she recently opened to exclusively cater to her fellow student-athletes. Plus, a line of varsity hoodies and shirts she designs herself and modeled by fellow UAAP athletes like Jessey de Leon and Mika Reyes. -0
c. A gym, which she recently opened to cater to her fellow student-athletes. Plus, a Slurpee business she launched last summer. -1
3. While Morado as a certified superstar has fans mobbing her for a photo-op, she, too, is a fangirl herself. Name at least three matinee idols she has gushed over once, complete with photo evidence she would later post on Instagram!
a. Sam Milby, Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dy, Vhong Navarro. -1
b. Piolo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, Enchong Dy, Vhong Navarro. -1
c. Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, Enchong Dy, Vhong Navarro. -2
4. Ever since, Morado’s top choice for college has always been Ateneo. She previously mentioned her reasons being the environment and the quality of education there. The setter has obviously lived through a successful career as a Lady Eagle. What else does she consider her best feats apart from winning two championships and the UAAP Season 77 Best Setter award?
a. Playing for the national team! She was there at the 2015 Asian U-23 Championship and in the 28th Southeast Asian Games back in Singapore. “It was such a great honor playing for the Philippines, I was able to meet my idol there!” she once told Upfront at the UAAP. -2
b. Pulling through an operation that made her skip the VTV Invitational Cup in Vietnam in 2015. Morado is always known to come out of any injury still as headstrong and confident as she has always been. She even downplayed a sprain in the middle of Season 78. She told ABS-CBN News, "Mas importante 'yung laro sa akin, and ayoko naman maging burden sa team." -1
5. Morado found herself in the crossfire after her non-inclusion in the recently formed 25-man pool set to compete at the Asian U-23, Asian Senior Women’s and 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this August. Coach Francis Vicente, who led the national team tryouts, eventually picked Kim Fajardo, Rhea Dimaculangan, and Roselle Baliton as his setters. How did the Ateneo skipper react to this?
a. By being indifferent about it. She has the UAAP to rule anyway. -0
b. Just by being her usual humble self. “It's not my decision to make naman, decision ‘yun ng coaching staff…. They know what's best naman for the team they want to form… I respect their decision.” -1
c. While she says she might not have received an invite to the tryouts, she still dreams of playing for the country any day. “Actually, I'm sure naman everyone in that pool is deserving… Anyone you put in that team naman, pare-pareho naman kami ng goal eh, to play for the country and represent the country.” -2
0-3 pts. = You’re Team #OBF!
You’re obviously a first level Ateneo fan, as you’re too focused on the obvious star scorers putting it away from mid-air. You have yet to go technical about sports and fully realize that much of the digits are courtesy of the blue school’s time-tested setter Morado!
4-6 pts. = You’re Team Jia Morado!
Who cares about the spikers? You know too well that much of the offense comes from the playmakers themselves, and Morado is this current league’s exemplar. You know that after Round 1, she currently topped the Best Setter and Best Server races. You love how she puts magic in her distribution, sometimes even to the point of deception to any of the seven rival teams’ ire!
7-10 pts. = Welcome to the Morado Nation!
You replay every beautiful set she does on YouTube, you sometimes read fanfiction starring her and Bea de Leon, you go crazy with kilig every time she posts something online with his athlete-photographer boyfriend (yep, you’re that kind of stalker!). You have followed Morado since her nene days at CSA and you are thrilled how much she has grown into this champion player. You can’t wait to see more of her at the homestretch of her UAAP career—something that doesn’t worry you as much as you already know how much she’s considering a semipro career after graduation!