Jaja Santiago, 6-foot-5, glad to finally find online shop that caters to tall girls

Apr 18, 2019

FOR 6-foot-5 volleyball player Jaja Santiago, her stint in the Japan V.League has been a blessing in more ways than one.

The national team mainstay shared that having met a diverse group of people in a foreign land helped her a lot in volleyball and in life - especially in her search for clothes that would fit her lanky, statuesque body.

SPIN Life caught up with Santiago during one of her games in the Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix and the Foton star revealed the struggle she had to endure growing up.

“Sobrang nahihirapan ako noong wala pa tayong sizes for tall [people],” she said. “Kaya ang ginagawa ko nagpapasadya ako, nagpapatahi ako ng pants. Kaya madalas nagso-shorts na lang ako kung wala talaga akong pants eh or leggings ganoon na rin kasi ang uso dito sa atin.”

“Before naman ‘yung shoes ko pinagkakasya ko kaya noong bata ako nagkaroon ako ng excess na buti dito [sa paa] dahil sa maliliit na sapatos,” added Santiago, whose shoe size is 13 for women and 11.5 or 12 for men.

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But when she went to Japan, her fellow imports from Europe shared to her the life hack she badly needed.

“Before sobrang hirap akong maghanap ng mga damit ko pero noong napunta ako sa Japan, ‘yung mga imports namin from Europe nakakabili sila ng mga long pants nila,” said Santiago.

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“Tapos binigyan nila ako ng online shop - Long Tall Sally Shop, Asos - so doon na ako namimili ngayon ng mga pants and damit ko, mga longsleeves. For shoes, meron na tayo dito ‘yung Payless,” she added.

Jaja is so delighted that she now shops online almost every week.

“Every week namimili ako, kasi before ‘yung mga pajama ko hanggang dito lang [sa may shin], ngayon hanggang dito na [sa ankles],” she shared happily.

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