IT was that time of the year again when stunning ladies shared the limelight with basketball stars as the 41st season of the PBA opened in simple rites at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Among the muses were four volleyball stars who, at least for a day, traded their jerseys for the most glamorous dresses as they walked down the court looking every inch like beauty queens.
Volleyball players represent!
The Lady Eagles star, who was in a royal blue full romper done by Pablo Cabahug, got the loudest cheer from the crowd when she entered the court with Talk ‘N Text players. But the charming UAAP back-to-back MVP admitted she isn't too comfortable wearing her four-inch stilettos.
“It’s a really different field eh, it’s about sports pero being the one who’s wearing not the sporty attire ibang world ‘yun para sa akin so nakakakaba,” she said.
“Mas gusto ko ng rubber shoes!” she laughed.
Earlier this year, the Ateneo star already conquered her fear of glamming up for ceremonies when she served as the Philippine contingent's flag bearer in the 28th Southeast Asian Games held in Singapore in June.
“Iba naman ‘yun naka-flats naman ako noon,” she said. “Pero hindi ko alam kasi first time ko rin mag-muse talaga sa isang basketball team.”
But it wasn’t her first time to doll up, the 22-year old pride of San Juan, Batangas bared.
“First time ko mag-muse? Ah, no naman pinasali naman ako ng nanay ko sa pageant, but then that was like 10 years ago,” she said while trying to keep herself from laughing.
“Oy, best in talent ako kasi nag-hula-hoop ako doon.”
Turning serious, she expressed gratitude to Talk ‘N Text management’s trust for picking her.
“Well I’m really, really happy because who would’ve thought that a volleyball player will represent a team, di ba and it’s Talk ‘N Text ‘di ba? So thank you sa trust. I hope hindi naman mawala ‘yung trust ng mga tao sa akin sa pagsuot ko ng heels,” she said.
Mika Reyes, the fair-skinned La Salle volleyball star, was glowing in her body-hugging red dress as she represented Barako Bull.
Although it was not her first time to act a muse for a basketball team, Reyes said she had doubts the first time she was told of the offer to play the same role for a PBA team.
But upon hearing the confirmation from a friend who has friends with the Barako Bull management, Mika said she got ‘super excited.'
“Usually sa mga barangay (ako nagmu-muse) and now sobrang excited ako kasi ‘yung nag-contact sa akin sabi ko, 'Ah bakit ‘di ba pumayag ‘yung iba, ganon ganon?' Sabi niya, 'Hindi, hindi, ikaw ‘yung first choice.' So sabi ko, 'Sige po,' then inask ko muna ‘yung time,” shared the 5-11 Lady Spiker.
“I’m super excited pero wala kasi akong kilala sa PBA pero magandang environment ‘yun and exposure,” she added.
Although she’s not the type to back down from any opponent on the court, Reyes said she didn't bring her competitiveness to the event.
“I think hindi naman siya may reward, represent ko lang talaga ‘yung team na kumuha sa akin,” she said. “Wala rin naman akong balak makipag-ano hindi naman ako competitive sobra na, ako pinakamaganda, hindi ako ganon.”
Rachel Anne Daquis
Rachel Anne Daquis was pretty comfortable being a PBA muse for all-Filipino and Governors' Cup champion San Miguel Beer along with fellow volleyball player Alexa Micek.
The experience was actually the second one for FHM Philippines' No. 8 sexiest woman in the country, having played the role with GlobalPort last year.
“Wala na (kaba), syempre ngayon hindi na intense kasi sanay na,” Daquis, who was was in a red body fit pencil cut dress that emphasized her curves, said.
“Syempre masaya (nakuha ako ulit), speechless kasi champion team (ako muse),” added the Petron star.
The night came with a lot of firsts for Alexa Micek, who served as muse for San Miguel Beer with Daquis.
“It’s my first time to be the muse and probably the longest time to be in heels," the Fil-American volleyball player for PLDT Home Ultera said. "That was an interesting experience.”
“I’m ready to take them (shoes) off but I’m glad that I survived, maybe four inches but that’s still too high for me. I prefer volleyball shoes or even better barefoot in the sand, I like beach volleyball, that’s the best,” she added.
Although she can’t wait to get back to her usual get up, Micek said she had a great time being a PBA muse.
“It was super fun, there was a lot of energy in the gym and there’s the dance routine it was really cool to be a part of (this),” she said.