IRIS Ranola is relieved to have wrapped up her campaign in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games and be at the wake of his father, who passed away just before the start of the billiards competitions in Myanmar.
Ranola is eager to get home and be with her father for the last time after finishing with a bronze medal in the women’s 10-ball event on Friday.
Interment was set by the family for Monday (December 23), which gave Iris time to finish her campaign. Ranola and the billiards team left Nay Pyi Taw on Saturday.
“Ngayon, tapos na, puwede na, makakaabot na ako sa libing,” said Ranola.
Already ill-prepared for the SEA Games, Ranola admitted that she was affected by the death of her father especially in her first event, the women’s 9-ball tournament where she was the defending gold medalist.
“Pigil po (ang laro ko). First time na nalaman ko, sobra ang emotions ko. Natalo pa ako,” said Ranola, who finished with a bronze medal after losing to Angeline Magdalena of Indonesia in the 10-ball competitions.
In hindsight, Ranola is glad to take have taken care of her father in his final days instead of spending all of her time for personal pursuits.
“Hindi parating ako lang lagi,” said Ranola.