DID YOU KNOW? Proud Cebuanos Rondina, Fajardo related by blood

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jun 20, 2020 12:55 PM
DID YOU KNOW? Rondina, Fajardo related by blood
(Photos by Arvin Lim)

Sisi Rondina is as much a proud Cebuano as she is a proud Thomasian.

Before re-energizing University of Sto. Tomas' women's volleyball program as well as their faithful, the diminutive spiker grew up toughened up by her humble beginnings in Compostela.

Little did she know that from her small town, she would go on to win four MVPs in beach volleyball, one MVP in indoor volleyball, and a bronze medal for the Philippine national team in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

At the same time, little did she know that she had a distant relative three hours away - a distant relative who was making his own mark in sports.

"Malayo po, pero pinsan ko siya," Rondina shared in The Prospects Pod last Friday. "Meron akong pinsan na Rondina then si kuya June Mar, umuuwi doon paminsan."

Yes, Sisi Rondina and June Mar Fajardo are cousins - distant cousins, but cousins nonetheless.

"Isang beses, sabi ko sa pinsan ko, 'Pinsan niyo ba siya (June Mar)?'" she narrated, through chuckles. "Sabi niya, 'Oo, pinsan natin yan!' Sabi ko, 'Ay, weh?'"

The volleyball star and the six-time PBA MVP did not know each other when they were growing up in Cebu and only recently discovered they were related by blood. "Pagtapos nun, nagkita kami sa isang guesting tapos binisaya niya ako. Sabi ko, oo nga, pinsan ko nga siya kasi parang okay naman yung pagpansin niya sa akin," the former said.

If that is the case, can you just imagine if 5-foot-6 Sisi got an inch or two from pinsan June Mar's height of 6-foot-11?

And still could jump just as high? Imagine that.

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