THERE is no forever as former La Salle skipper Aby Maraño learned the hard way.
Looking back, the player known for her beast-mode, devil-may-care attitude admitted getting frustrated when the Lady Spikers were denied a fourth straight UAAP women’s volleyball title by longtime rival Ateneo Blue Eagles on her final playing year with the school.
Marano, owner of three championships in college, said she was a picture of a vanquished warrior following the loss and recalled how difficult it was for her to overcome the defeat.
“Papasok sa sarili mo na dapat ‘yung pride ayun champion ka. Magtiwala ka na in-earn ninyo ‘yan, andoon ‘yun, it runs in your blood, ini-infuse ‘yun sa DNA mo,” she said.
“Pero from time to time hindi naman ‘yan ibibigay sa’yo ni Lord na wala kang ginagawa. Kailangan mo talaga magtiis.”
What made the loss more painful was La Salle had all the reasons to win it.
The Lady Spikers had a thrice-to-beat advantage entering the finals against the Lady Eagles behind the solid core of Ara Galang, Mika Reyes, Cyd Demecillo, Desiree Cheng, and Kim Fajardo under eight-time champion coach Ramil de Jesus.
In contrast, Ateneo was a rookie-laden team with only Alyssa Valdez carrying the entire team headed by newly-installed Thai coach Tai Bundit.
“Masasabi ko talaga na pana-panahon lang talaga. Hindi mo talaga mako-kontrol, minsan kailangan mong ipaubaya sa Kanya kung ano ang will niya,” said Marano.
The law of averages eventually caught up with them, Marano added.
“Totoo talaga ‘yung kung sino ang nasa taas ang patutunguhan niyan ay pababa. Kasi wala na eh, nasa pinakataas ka na, saan ka pa pupunta? Tataas ka pa ng tataas?” she said.
“So ‘yun, mindset talaga champion ka andyan ang pride mo, kailangan masaya ka. Pero dapat alam mo rin na hindi forever, dapat handa ka,” she added.
“‘Yun ang natutunan ko, dapat handa ka kung ano man ang manyari kung madapa ka at saka matuto ka sa sarili mo. Turuan mo ang puso mong tumanggap ng pagkatalo, importante ‘yun. Kasi kung hindi mo matututunan, kagaya ko, nabigla ako,” she continued.
A year after what she considered the lowest point of her career, Marano said she has already regained her confidence after becoming part of the team that represented the country in the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore last June.
“Pero nakabangon ako, masaya, masaya talaga,” she said.
Marano will be back on the court with Petron as the team seeks its third title in the Philippine Super Liga in October.