Here's why Cignal HD Spikers wore matching hair ribbons in game versus Foton

Aug 2, 2019

THE Cignal HD Spikers let their hair accessories do the talking as they wore identical green, red, and yellow ribbons in support of teammate Alohi Robins-Hardy's advocacy to protect a sacred mountain in Hawaii.

Robins-Hardy, whose versatile play was key in Cignal's win over Foton on Thursday in the PSL All-Filipino Conference, was grateful for her teammates' show of solidarity.

"I thank them. I thank them for the opportunity," she said. "I'm blessed to be here."

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Since July 15, protesters have been picketing at the base of Mauna Kea, where a $1.4-billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is going to be constructed.

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Mauna Kea, Hawaii's tallest mountain, is a famous place of worship for many residents on the island.

"This serves as a support for Alohi, kasi meron silang dine-defend na mountain, isang solemn na lugar sa kanila na iko-convert to an observatory," said team captain Rachel Anne Daquis.

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Protecting Mauna Kea has been a mission of many residents for 10 years now. It started in 2009 when TMT team officials chose Mauna Kea as the ideal spot for their project.

When Robins-Hardy's teammates heard of this story, they didn't hesitate to link arms for the cause, wearing the colors the original Hawaiian striped flag on their hair to make a statement.

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"It was the idea of the whole team," Daquis added. "We're very supportive of each other here."

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