PICTURE Perfect is the newest segment of Spin.ph, where athletes share the stories behind five of their most interesting pictures on Instagram.
We think kicking things off with libero Jennifer Nierva, who had a tremendous rookie season manning the floor defense for National University Lady Bulldogs, is a no-brainer.
Her awesome Instagram feed brims with beautiful selfies and fun pictures with teammates and her loved ones — a steady mix of happy and heartfelt that never fails to draw in her most loyal of followers.
We picked five of our favorite pictures from her feed and asked the 19-year-old future star to clue us in on what each post means to her.
Tearful after a loss
Nierva, a four-time UAAP girls’ division champion of Nazareth School, admitted she'll never get used to losing. In this picture captured by lensman Mix Gatpandan, Nierva is down on her knees, looking quite heartbroken after another NU defeat.
Though visibly upset, Nierva says this picture has reminded her to stay positive and be more resilient. “Naging motivation ko yung picture na ito na kailangan after ng talo you will come back stronger,” says Nierva.
Valentine’s date with her mother
Nierva has always believed that her family is her rock, the inspiration that keeps her going, especially during the most trying of times. Last Valentine's Day, Nierva chose to spend that special day with her mom rather than bewailing yet another loss.
“Kapag athlete ka source of strength and motivation mo is your family,” Nierva says. “So malaking bagay kapag sinasabi nila yung thoughts nila at napaparamdam nila sa'yo yung love kasi yun yung kailangan mo sa mga ganoong oras.”
Former coach Babes Castillo will always have a special place in Nierva’s heart even though they are not together in one team now. This photo was posted last October 24, 2018 at Pulang Bato, Negros Occidental. That was the first time that the batch of Nierva joined mainstays Audrey Paran, Joni Chavez, and Roselyn Doria. Though Castillo is now handling Sta. Lucia in the Philippine Superliga, Nierva vows to always remember all the lessons she has learned from her ex-coach.
Nierva had a great time when the Lady Bullpups went to Taiwan to celebrate their fourth consecutive championship. “Super enjoy yung mga moments namin doon,” she recalls.
Nierva enjoys taking selfies prior to every game. This one went viral and was a hit among her fans who couldn't help but feel stunned by their idol's natural beauty. Nierva always finds the time to sneak a selfie or two in because she's always been quick to gear up for the game.
“Two hours before ng game, andito na kami sa venue so ang dami ko pang time. Kaya tuwing may games, nagmi-mirror ako. Tini-take advantage ko lang yung lighting," explains.