October 04, 2023

UST libero Bernadett Pepito shares ‘nene days’ with former teammate Bella Belen

UST libero Bernadett Pepito shares ‘nene days’ with former teammate Bella Belen

With the second round of Season 85 UAAP women’s volleyball drawing to a close, teams who are gunning for the top two spots in the Final Four must be feeling the pressure as they need to close out the eliminations on a high note. One of those squads who can still secure a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis are the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses. Parading an 8-3 win-loss record, they’re in a good position, but certainly cannot afford to drop the ball.

With the tension mounting, one Tigress, particularly Bernadett Pepito, probably tried to de-stress a bit by reminiscing the time when she was still a kid trying to make her mark at the Palarong Pambansa.

On her Facebook page, UST’s ace libero shared a photo of the National Capital Region team, which she was a part of back in the day. At first glance, you probably won’t recognize her, given how young-looking she was along with her teammates.

Pepito had the perfect caption for the post as she dubbed it “Nene days.”

The UST crowd-favorite is the one in the middle wearing jersey number 3. Yep, Pepito wasn’t a libero before.

If you would look a little closer at the throwback pic, you’d probably identify another UAAP standout in Season 84 rookie-MVP Bella Belen. She’s the one on the far-left side wearing a bright smile for the cameras. Who knew that she’d be making history in the UAAP a few of years later?

It was a delight seeing that NCR squad’s group photo. It’s sort of a reminder that both Pepito and Belen have come a long way in their volleyball careers. It’s going to be even more special to look at as they accomplish a lot more in the years to come.