Denden Lazaro admits she gets nervous as she transitions from star athlete to supportive girlfriend
Denden Lazaro is two-time UAAP champion known for her poise and composure on the volleyball court, yet she admits becoming uncharacteristically jittery while on the sidelines cheering for boyfriend LA Revilla. Jerome Ascano

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DENDEN Lazaro, former Ateneo star libero, is used to getting all the attention during her memorable career in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournaments.

But now that she's on a volleyball sabbatical as she pursues a degree in medicine, she has smoothly made the transition to girlfriend-slash-cheerleader to PBA player LA Revilla.

“I’m a proud girlfriend, (I’m his) number one fan,” said a smiling Lazaro in a chat with

In the almost two years that they’ve been together, Lazaro has been by Revilla's side as the former La Salle star made the difficult transition to the pro league where he bounced from GlobalPort to the D-League to KIA (now Mahindra).

And now that the 26-year-old Bacolod native has carved a niche in the PBA as Mahindra's starting guard, Lazaro beams with pride and hopes her boyfriend keeps reaching for his dream.

“I’m really happy that he’s doing well in the PBA," said Lazaro. "I hope he improves pa on everything, sa skills pa, and his attitude sa court kasi for sure matagal pa ‘yung lalaruin niya in the PBA. He has a lot to learn pa.”

It helps that Lazaro, who turns 24 on January 21, is an athlete herself and therefore understands what a PBA player goes through.

But it has not been totally easy for the two-time UAAP champion, who is known for her poise and composure on the volleyball court yet becomes uncharacteristically jittery while on the sidelines cheering for her beau.

“I’m always there,” she said. “(Pero) oo, kinakabahan ako lagi. Minsan lost ako kasi hindi ako marunong mag-basketball so I don’t know the ins and outs of it.”

Lazaro said she’s not the type of girlfriend to cheer loudly or shout during games, even as TV cameras naturally spot her from time to time when she’s inside the arena where the Mahindra play.

But each and every time, the unassuming girlfriend would rather let Revilla have the spotlight.

“Hindi ko kayang ganoon (mag-cheer or sumigaw), clap clap lang ako tapos pag nakaka-shoot naman siya, ‘Yes!’ mga ganoon lang,” said Lazaro. "Poise lang, hindi ko scene ‘yun eh."

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