Lady Tams Remy and Toni have definite plans for their future
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 03, 2016 02:06 PM
Know more about Far Eastern University's scoring duo Remy Palma (right) and Toni Rose Basas.
Lady Tamaraws Mary Remy Joy Palma and Toni Rose Basas are strictly following a timetable they hope will lead to a bright future for them and their families.
Palma, 20, from Apalit, Pampanga, says she’s done with one half of her plans for the future when she finished her BS Psychology studies in four years last school year. She’ll play out her fifth and final year in the UAAP, then look for a job if there won’t be any offer coming from the commercial teams, which is very unlikely considering her caliber as a middle attacker.
Basas, 19, from Tacloban City, can’t wait to get her diploma in Business Management, then study again this time in a police academy preparatory to taking the board exam for cops. While most volleyball players have their eyes peeled on a stint in commercial leagues, she is more focused on becoming a policewoman like her mom.
Far Eastern University coach Shaq delos Santos couldn’t be any happier than Monday last when Palma, Basas and Bernadette Pons (see separate story later) delivered what’s expected of them as veterans in the Lady Tamaraws’ masterful dispatch of NCAA champion College of St. Benilde, 25-16, 25-18, 25-18, in their first game in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13-Collegiate Conference at Philsports Arena in Pasig.
Pons (11 points), Palma (10) and Basas (10) combined for a 31-point production, ably showing the team’s rookies and sophomores how it’s done on the court. The win gave FEU a share of the lead in Group B with University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20 tormentor of debuting San Beda College last Saturday over at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Joining FEU, UP, St. Benilde and San Beda in Group B is University of Santo Tomas.
In group A of the 10-team cast of the V-League Collegiate Conference organized by Sports Vision in partnership with official outfitter Accel and official ball Mikasa are San Sebastian College-Recoletos (1-0), Technological Institute of the Philippines (1-0), Ateneo (0-1), University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (0-1) and defending champion National University.
The five-foot-10 Palma has already appeared in the Shakey’s V-League for quite a number of times, representing her school as a duty-bound athlete on a full scholarship and suiting up for Philippine Army in the V-League Reinforced Conference last year..
Playing commercially and finishing her studies are two of Palma’s immediate goals in life for the simple reason that she’s in a hurry to help out her rather big family. Ever since she enrolled in FEU on a full athletic scholarship, she had been taking a full academic load semester after semester.
When most athletes opt for a lighter load to rest bodies and minds after the draining exhaustion brought about by long hours of training, Palma didn’t mind straining herself some more so she could finish her course at the earliest possible time. She got her diploma after four years.
“Gusto ko na pong makatulong agad sa mga magulang ko,” she says. “Marami po kaming magkakapatid, 13 lahat, at mas maraming pamangkin. Kahit paano gusto kong makatulong para makapag-aral din ang mga mas bata kong kapatid. Nagkaroon po ako ng tsansang makapag-aral at gusto kong magkaroon din sila.”
Her father, 68, is a retired government employee.
Palma says she had realized early on that she was taller and bigger than her childhood playmates.
“Pareho six-footer po ang dalawang lolo ko,” she said.
She was a natural for sports requiring height, or so her physical education teacher had told her. She started playing volleyball competitively when she reached Grade VI in San Vicente Central School in her hometown, and continued playing through her four years in Bro. Andrew Gonzales Technical & Vocational High School also In Apalit.
In high school she was picked to play for Pampanga in the regional meet twice and for Central Luzon Athletic Association in the Palarong Pambansa once. She was discovered by the FEU scouts in these competitions.
Toni Rose Basas
Third among five siblings, Basas takes special pride in that both her parents are helping out people while actually doing their jobs. Her dad is a fireman and her mom whom she idolizes is a cop. She says she finds women in uniform special, courageous, and worth emulating.
“Maliit pa lang ako gusto ko nang maging isang pulis tulad ni Mama.”
Danger, says Toni, lurks in her parents’ line of work so a fireman and a policeman, she reasons out, must be extra brave, have foresight and are quick to respond to life-and-death situations. She opines that her parents’ ability to make snap decisions in the face of life-threatening crises was what saved her entire family back in Tacloban City from the end-of-the-world fury of super Typhoon Yolanda.
Looking back, she recalls the horrors of waiting while she was in Manila watching on TV the terrifying storm surge that gobbled up lives and houses and property in the place where she was born and where her family was living at the time. She says she cried all night as she had no way of knowing if her family was safe or not since all lines of communication from Tacloban City were down. She prayed as she had never prayed before, long and hard, beseeching the high heavens to please spare her loved ones from this terrible disaster.
Amid a maelstrom of reports about whole clans and families perishing in the aftermath of the super howler, none from the Basa family was even harmed. Thankfully, says Toni, the family house was far from the center that was washed over by the storm surge. Inwardly, she was also thanking her parents’ presence of mind, courage and ability to confront dangerous situations, she adds. It further firmed up her decision to follow in her mom’s footsteps.
Through older sister Maritoni, who also played for FEU for four years in the UAAP, Toni Rose was discovered by then Lady Tamaraws coach Nes Pamilar. She was immediately brought in to Manila after finishing her second year high school in Tacloban City. She has since been staying in the FEU athletes’ dorm even if his family is now only one jeepney ride away from her in their rented apartment in Quezon City, to which the Basas family had immediately relocated after Typhoon Yolanda.
She puts on a happy game face when she’s on court. Light of feet and lighter still of body, she soars in the air, her shoulder-long hair gathered in a ponytail flying as well, as she aims to smash the ball, directing it more often than not off the blockers’ hands when palm and leather connect. Whether she’s foiled or not, the smile stays on her pretty face.
Toni Rose Basas says she enjoys every game she plays as much as she enjoys every day of her life.