May 29, 2024

Incomparable support: A mother's love endures for these UAAP Season 86 volleyball stars

Incomparable support: A mother
Some of UAAP's biggest volleyball stars express their gratitude for their mothers. | Art (c) Mitzi Diyan/One Sports; Photo (c) RM Chua/One Sports

It’s no secret that parents are the first people to introduce a child to sports. But what makes a child continue playing is the support given by them, most especially the mothers.

As athletes blossom into the superstars they are supposed to become, one thing remains unchanged: their mothers' support.

Athletes would be the first ones to admit that there's nothing quite like a mother's support and love.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, some of the UAAP’s biggest stars revealed how their mothers continues to support them throughout Season 86.

For one, NU’s star setter Owa Retamar admits to being given a “lucky charm” by his mother in every game. This has seemingly worked for the 22-year-old Retamar as he and the Bulldogs are just one win away from securing a rare and historic four-peat in men's volleyball.

“Lagi siyang nanonood. Simula elementary kaming magkakapatid, laging nanonood si mama. Si mama laging may binibigay na lucky charm, so secret nalang. ‘Yun ‘yung lagi niyang binibigay sakin kumbaga ma-feel ko siya habang naglalaro ako,” Retamar told One Sports.

Reigning MVP Josh Ybañez, meanwhile, appreciates the lengths that his mother will go to watch his games live.

“To be honest, I can’t compare my mother’s support sa ibang tao kasi since I’m from General Santos City and sobrang layo from here, talagang lumuwas sila dito para manood," Ybañez said.

"Parang ‘yung support ng mama ko, hindi ko siya ma-compare sa lahat. Since pagka-bata ko, sa lahat ng aspect, suportado niya ako,” the UST star hitter added.

Fellow MVP Bella Belen of the NU Lady Bulldogs, on the other hand, considers three individuals as her "mother" as she expressed her gratitude for the support they’ve given throughout her volleyball career.

“Tatlo kasi ‘yung kinoconsider kong mother—’yung mommy ko, ‘yung lola ko, and ‘yung tita ko. Lahat sila laging nagsusupport," she said.

"‘Yung tatlo na ‘yun, hindi sila masyado nakaka-watch. Si lola matanda na, si mommy may work, si tita may work, so lagi lang nilang pinapaabot ‘yung messages na good luck na nanonood sila sa bahay. Kahit wala man sila sa venue, talagang ‘yung presence nila naka-support sila all throughout the game,” said Belen.

Win or lose, a mother’s support will always be there.

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there!