Kumpleto na ang family namin ulit -- Cherry Rondina

Mark Escarlote on Apr 03, 2017 06:47 PM
Kumpleto na ang family namin ulit -- Cherry Rondina
Parang sobrang nakaka-overwhelm lang kasi ‘yun nga, kumpleto na ang family namin ulit. Ayun, masaya ako -- Cherry Rondina

University of Sto. Tomas is now on the brink of breaking a four-year Final Four drought.

And a large part of it is due to the inspired performance of late by Cherry Rondina.

The third year player has been explosive all throughout the season but the power-hitter now has extra motivation that not only pushed her to perform well but also calmed her longing to have a mother by her side.

Rondina reunited with her mother, Alona, Wednesday after 14 years of being away working as an overseas Filipino worker in Brunei.  

“Kahit hindi naman siguro dumating si Mama, siya naman talaga ang inspirasyon ko para maglaro. At saka parang kumalma lang talaga ako, kasi alam mo ‘yung feeling na, one of your goals na makumpleto ang family mo is, hindi mo na iisipin, kasi nangyayari na siya,” said Rondina Sunday after the Tigresses’ morale-boosting 25-20, 25-21, 25-16, drubbing of University of the Philippines in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena. 

“Ayun, parang chill, parang kalmado na ako ngayon,” added Rondina. “Parang sobrang nakaka-overwhelm lang kasi ‘yun nga, kumpleto na ang family namin ulit. Ayun, masaya ako.”

The team captain scored 14 points with 13 coming off attacks and had four kill blocks in the Espana-based squad’s victory that improved its record to 8-5 and handed UST at least a semifinals spot playoff. 

Unfortunately, Rondina’s mother was not there to witness her volleyball prowess.

“Nasa Cebu na siya sa amin. Hindi (na siya nakapanood dito). Pinauwi ko na talaga siya kasi ayaw ko naman tumagal pa siya dito,” she explained. “Kasi alam niyo naman, sobrang busy ko rin sa training, ayoko ‘yung hindi ko siya papansinin.”

“Sabi ko doon ka sa mapapansin ka, hindi naman sa ine-etsapwera ko siya, pero gusto ko na may pumapansin sa kanya, may mag-aalaga sa kanya, kasi ako, pagod, siya pagod,” Rondina continued. “So gusto ko na, sige Ma, umuwi ka na. Tapos ayun, hinatid ko siya sa airport.”

Though her mother will just be a part of “Team Bahay” cheering for the Tigresses, Rondina hopes that she’ll be able to see her play live in the Final Four.

But for that to happen, Rondina and UST must first hurdle National University to formally clinch the elusive semifinals berth on Saturday.




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