Sisi Rondina delighted Rhenz Abando stays in Growling Tigers lair

Oct 18, 2019

FORMER University of Santo Tomas queen volleybelle Sisi Rondina was among the happiest upon learning that men's basketball rising star Rhenz Abando is staying after all the hullabaloo.

Sisi, who's known to love UST with all her heart, assured Abando that he made the right choice of not leaving the Growling Tigers lair despite receiving offers from other schools.

"Ako na mismo ang magsasabi, hindi siya magsisisi na pinili niya ang UST," she said.

The former UST women's volleyball team captain understands that whenever players make a name for themselves, opposing teams get tempted.

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"Kung ano man ang magiging issue, eh nasa mundo tayo ng sports, alam mo naman dito kapag may nag-boom [na talent], lahat gagawin para mapa-sa'kanila," Sisi shared. "Nakaka-proud siya kasi nag-stay siya sa UST. Kumbaga sa pag-ibig, pinaglaban niya. 'Yun ang maganda doon, loyal. Kasi hindi talaga nabibili ang loyalty."

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    Rondina, who has received her fair share of online bashing during his five years in the UAAP, came to Abando's defense. She explained that players have different backgrounds and perspectives, which lead to their decisions.

    At the same time, she stressed that he should be patient, as success doesn't happen overnight.

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    "Iba-iba kami ng perspective as players. For me, hindi ka talaga magsisisi choosing UST," Sisi said. "Just wait for his spotlight, kung ano talaga 'yung magiging outcome ng hard work niya, hindi sa ibang tao."

    On a lighter note, fans are shipping Rondina and Abando, calling them #CheRhenz. Both are known to be high-flyers that fuel their respective teams with boundless energy.

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      Sisi clarified she's merely a fan of Rhenz.

      She added, "Actually, idol ko talaga siya. The first time napanood ko siya maglaro, na-idol ko na talaga siya. 'Yung tipong mapapanganga ka sa sobrang taas niya tumalon, nakita ko pa siya mag-dunk, mag-block kapag may magsu-shoot. Unang beses kong makanood ng basketball na ganoon ako sumuporta."

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      From one Tiger to another, Rondina has this to say to her idol.

      "Basta nakaka-proud siya na nag-stay siya. Madami pa siyang matututunan sa mundo at career niya. Sana 'yung path niya is maganda, and maging mas wise siya as a player and as a student," she said.

      "Enjoy-in niya lang ang pagiging UAAP player niya, tapos I hope na kapag gumraduate siya, may legacy din siya na iiwan. Sabi nga ni coach Aldin Ayo, hanggang matapos ang collegiate career niya, [nasa UST siya]. Kaya, yes! Hindi naman talaga kami close, kahit hindi na ako pansinin noon, basta mag-stay lang siya."

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