How Joy Dacoron found herself, her way back to Adamson through art
Alvin Laqui on Feb 10, 2019 09:56 AM
Adamson senior Joy Dacoron is approaching her final playing year with a clear goal and an open mind. (Right photo from Dacoron's Instagram @joydacoron)
Adamson middle blocker Joy Dacoron had her mind set on foregoing her final playing year in the UAAP after helping lead the Lady Falcons to a respectable 6-8 finish in UAAP season 80.
Her decision was nearly set in stone, until she played semi-professionally for the BanKo Perlas Spikers in the Premier Volleyball League, and understood the fleeting nature of being a student-athlete.
"Along the way na I'm with team Perlas, dun ko na realize na being in a collegiate team, kailangan magcreate ka ng memorable [experiences]," Dacoron said in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports.
Now she's returned to the collegiate ball club after fruitful stints with Perlas in the pros and in an international pocket tournament in Vietnam, and the Cebuana hopes to make the most of her limited time left in the UAAP.
"This last playing year ko, kailangan magkaroon ako ng self-fulfillment for myself," she told ABS-CBN Sports. "Sana mailabas ko naman this playing year ko kung ano yung meron ako, good example dapat maipakita ko sa mga bata. May ipapayo rin ako sa mga bata, na 'yun din yung mga realization ko while nasa labas ako."
Aside from re-discovering her passion for playing for Adamson during her time away from the team, Dacoron also rekindled her interest in her first love: art.
“Mahilig kasi talaga ako sa art, mas nagustuhan ko sya noon high school ako, kaso nung nag-college ako, di ko na pinush [‘yung] course na related sa art, naging practical na lang ako sa opportunity na scholarship na binigay ng Adamson kaya financial management kinuha ko,” she said.
Picking up a paintbrush again after putting her artistic dreams on hold helped clear Joy’s mind.
“Through art malalabas mo ang pag ka-creative mo, makapaglabas ka ng mga feelings mo na di mo kayang ilabas,” she told ABS-CBN Sports.
“Pag kaharap ko ang mga canvas marami akong mga realization na na-crecreate,” Dacoron said. “That time na nag try uli ako mag-paint, down ako, at di ko alam ano gagawin ko o gawin kong priority.”
In painting, Joy found freedom in expressing herself. She also found other passionate people outside of volleyball.
“Isa din kasi tong paraan para mabawasan mga iniisip mo at makahanap ng kaibigang willing ka pakinggan at tanggapin,” she said. “Positive and negative man ang hugot mo sa pag-paint mo, maganda talaga sya eh, meron talagang nakakapag appreciate sa mga gawa mo.”
She recalled a piece she created, then shared on Instragram, and how other people's reactions gave Joy a better perspective on life.
“Noong nag post ako, may mga nagsabi na maganda raw gawa ko. Doon, nagkalakas-loob uli ako, marami pala paraan para gumaan loob mo lalo na, mas naging buhay ko yung volleyball, for seven years na umiikot sa volleyball life ko and halos negative natatanggap ko, so for me good thing din na may ganito akong pampalakas-loob din,” she bared.
Dacoron will need stability as the added pressure of being one of Adamson's seniors weighs on her mind.
She knows she has big shoes to fill with the departure of Jema Galanza, but the immense responsibility of helping the young squad is a welcome development for the 5'11" middle blocker.
"It's a great privilege eh. And I would take it as a positive. Thankful ka kasi binibigyan ka ng ganun, which means may tiwala sila sayo," she beamed.
That trust was handed to her by head coach Airess Padda, who famously had choice words for Dacoron last season during a timeout.
Coach Air's now-iconic "Do your f****** job!" rant on live television made Dacoron realize how much potential the coaching staff sees in her.
"Si Coach Air kasi gusto niyang baguhin yung culture ng Adamson, lalo na yung winning mentality, so thankful ako na nangyari 'yung ganun, kasi hindi naman din ako yung tao na pag sinasabihan ng ganyan lalo akong nadodown," she said.
"I take it as a challenge to myself... Hindi ka naman mapagsabihan ng ganun kung hindi ka niya nakikitaan ng great potential in yourself," Dacoron reflected.
CLEAR GOAL, CLEAR MIND
With a clear goal and a clear mind, Joy hopes her choice to return for her final year pays off. Not only for self-fulfilment, but as a chance to reward her coaches for their trust as well.
"Noong nagdecide akong bumalik ako for my last playing year, sinabi ko rin kay Coach Air na 'I'm very thankful' dahil sa mga challenges na binigay niya sa akin," she said, and Joy could not be more thankful.
"Pag may mga naka-appreciate sa mga gawa mo o nagagawa mo, for me self-fulfillment talaga yun, andun yung happy ka sa ginagawa mo, at nakakapag-pasaya ka sa ibang tao," Dacoron added, talking about volleyball, and her art.