How ‘Yeye’ is at home by Mommy Bhaby Reyes
Barry Viloria on May 13, 2018 03:48 PM
As we celebrate Mother’s Day , we get to know more about our favorite athletes through their moms. First up is Mommy Bhaby Reyes on daughter Mika, a former DLSU Lady Spiker. She reveals everything here—from her insecurities to her peculiarities! (Photo by Barry Viloria)
Like a scene in some sports-themed movie, a jubilant, puffy-eyed Mika Reyes rushed to the Araneta sidelines to give her mother a hug. The scene followed the entire DLSU Lady Spikers crying and jumping in celebration, after they defeated the Ateneo Lady Eagles on Game 3 of the epic finals of UAAP season 78. Although they struggled in the first set, the green team avenged themselves by winning the next three sets. The crown finally returned to Taft.
Mommy Bhaby Reyes watched from the patron seats to witness it all.
“Yung team effort nila talagang lumitaw,” she told us yesterday evening while waiting for her “Yeye” to come out of the dugout. “Di ko alam kung ano pakiramdam sa game. Iniisip ko nalang sana matapos yung game at walang injury.”
Makings of a champion
For one, Mommy Bhaby boasts that she’s never missed a game of her daughter, tagging along everyone in the family with her even if it’s at Araneta, the MOA Arena, FilOil Arena, or elsewhere.
“Wala kaming absences, kami lahat sa buong family. Kumpleto kami lagi manood—yung Papa niya tsaka yung dalawang siblings nya, ever since nung first year nya hanggang ngayong last year nya,” Mommy Bhaby revealed.
After all, she said, it’s the least she can do for her panganay who has found herself an irreplaceable passion that brought her blessings too many to count. Reyes has been a darling of the UAAP crowd—endorsements, media appearances, a huge fan base, and more would stand proof of evidence to this.
Mommy Bhaby would narrate the beginning of it all. How her daughter found her place in volleyball could just be fate if you ask her, since Reyes initially felt awkward and insecure as she was always the tallest in class.
“Nung high school lang kasi sabi ko ‘Make use of your height.’ So, first magdyo-join sya ng basketball, pero parang hindi nya type. May nag-convince sa mga classmate nya to try volleyball. So, from 1st year to 3rd year sya ng high school bench player lang sya. Pagka-fourth year lang siya nakalaro talaga.”
“Kahit bench player palang sya sa St. Scholastica nun, supportive na din ako.”
A more mature Mika
Mommy Bhaby would eventually see her boyish and unassuming girl transform into a more refined lady who has learned the value of priority and time management. Reyes might be an “average” student on paper, but as an entire individual, the housewife said that Yeye has become so much more over time.
“Nakakaabot naman sya sa standards ng pagiging student-athlete. Mahirap ang schedule nya pero never siyang nag-fail sa mga subjects niya,” she said.
“Ibang level din kasi talaga pag college na. During season, sa dorm lang sila. So, weekend lang sila umuuwi.”
Mommy Bhaby doesn’t really “miss” Reyes, if you’re curious. Why, “halos everyday nasa dorm din ako, dinadala ko yung laundry nya. ‘Pag may request syang food, dadalhan ko sya, malapit lang sa ‘min, eh. Ten minutes away.”
And when Mommy Bhaby gets to give in to her student-athlete daughter’s cravings, trust that she’ll be heading to the dorms with sinigang na hipon, sinigang na baboy—“May allergy pa nga siya, lahat ng bawal yun yung gusto niyang kainin!”
Yeye at home
Reyes is spoiled whenever she’s at home, Mommy Bhaby gave away.
“Si Mika, matutulog nalang sya, kakain pa din. Mahilig talaga syang kumain. Gusto niya lagi siyang may nginunguya. Gusto nya yung mga sour na mga candies, dark chocolates!”
“May cartoons din na inaabangan nya lagi. Kasi ‘pag nasa bahay sya, siya bida, eh. Sya may hawak ng remote. ‘Pag darating sya sa bahay, yung dalawang kapatid nya na isang 13 ‘saka 11, hindi nila mahahawakan ang remote.”
Volleyball can be a sensitive topic in the Reyes household, although the graduating Psychology student isn’t really one to be melodramatic about it.
“Wala namang iyakan sa min ‘pag natatalo, kasi masyadong strong ang personality nya. Never syang umiyak. Siguro, nake-carried away lang sya ‘pag meron syang pinanghihinayangang bagay na sayang kaya sya naiyak.”
“Nung last game nila sa FEU, sabi nya nga sa amin na, ‘Andun na. Bakit nawala pa?’ So, naiyak sya. Pero after that wala na, hindi nya naman itutulog yun, eh.”
For Mommy Bhaby, this seemed to be the attitude that kept Reyes going until she finally got it: A well-deserved championship to culminate five years of plain hard work.