Sobrang traffic di ko kinaya -- office girl Alyssa Valdez
Mark Escarlote on Oct 05, 2016 06:16 PM
Iba rin kasi na magpo-focus ka sa mga bagay na not really related about anything sa volleyball or sa school talaga. That’s the first time na lalabas din ako so it’s really challenging din talaga. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mangyayari -- Alyssa Valdez
Volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez is wearing a different cap this time.
The former Ateneo de Manila Queen Eagle kicked off her volleyball kit and shoes to wear another attire.
Valdez is now an office girl braving rush hour, the concrete jungle of Ortigas and the busy life of an employee.
“I started yesterday,” Valdez told ABS-CBN Sports Wednesday as she slipped her knee pads while inside Bureau of Customs’ dugout inside the PhilSports Arena in Pasic City.
Valdez is now employed as a foundation program assistant for Rebisco in Ortigas.
And how was her first day?
“Sobrang traffic di ko kinaya. Oh my God!” was her first reaction. “Di ko alam na ganoon para ka-traffic papuntang work. From Katipunan to Ortigas sobrang traffic.”
“Eh first day we had a meeting pa para ma-meet ko ang iba pang part ng group na nasa Novaliches,” added Valdez, who also had her on-the-job training in the same company’s marketing department. “So ayun, I got to meet ‘yung core group ng foundation and got to roam around sa building nila and siyempre ‘yung mga kailangang gawin as an employee ng company, ‘yung mga biometrics ‘yung ganoon. ‘Yun ang mga ginawa ko in my first day.”
Also for a change, Valdez said that she’s able to roam around the building without the usual bouncers protecting her from being mobbed by the star’s legion of fans.
“Medyo mataas naman ang office namin at nasa ituktok kami ng building. Wala (ng bouncers)” she said, adding that she’s a ‘normal office worker’ around her co-employees.
Her work, Valdez explained, is about identifying, updating and arranging programs for the company’s scholarship foundation.
“Office work talaga,” explained the three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player and UAAP Season 76-77 champion. “I need to help them na maipagsasama-sama namin ang mga graduate na scholars saka ‘yung mga scholars ngayon na tinutulungan ng Rebisco.”
“Assessment din talaga, more of assessment talaga ang ginagawa ko and try to help on new programs,” Valdez added. “Program to stay connected sa scholars and paano sila makapagbigay ng gratitude sa Rebisco ganoon lang.”
Working in an office is a different environment but a welcome challenge for the 23-year-old AB Psychology graduate.
“Ako iniisip ko lang na light lang siya pero mahirap kasi ako I’ve never been sa work na ganoon na parang office work,” said the national team player that saw action in the 2015 Asian U-23 Championship and flag-bearer during the 28th Southeast Asian Games. “Iba rin kasi na magpo-focus ka sa mga bagay na not really related about anything sa volleyball or sa school talaga. That’s the first time na lalabas din ako so it’s really challenging din talaga. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang mangyayari.”
Still, Valdez won’t be leaving the world of volleyball.
In fact, her employers allow her play for the Transformers in the 13th V-League Reinforced Conference.
“Very lenient naman sila. Sa work mayroon lang din akong kailangang i-meet na hours para sa ginagawa ko,” said Valdez. “Very open naman sila na if I have something to do with the team or with anything OK naman sa kanila basta magawa ko lang ang task ko na dapat kong gawin.”
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