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    MVP award validates potential for NCR volleyball standout Angel Canino

    Apr 20, 2018
    NCR's Angel Canino wins the MVP award in secondary girls' volleyball. Reuben Terrado

    STO. DOMINGO, Ilocos Sur — Angel Canino passed her Palarong Pambansa debut with flying colors, winning MVP honors after leading NCR to a hard-fought 12-25, 25-12, 25-18, 17-25, 15-12 win over last year’s champion Calabarzon.

    The 14-year-old incoming Grade 9 student said winning MVP was the furthest from her mind.

    “Nagulat po ako at first kasi hindi ko naman akalain na mag-MVP ako,” said the 5-foot-10 Canino. ”Tapos first time ko sa Palarong Pambansa. Actually po ang iniisip ko ‘yung iba kong teammates ang MVP kasi ako, gusto ko lang mag-contribute kasi sinasabi ng father ko na mag-contribute ako.”

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      Canino picked up the sport in Grade 2 almost naturally since both her parents are volleyball coaches. But the Bacolod-born player said her parents never forced her into it.

      “My parents are coaches sa isang school pero hindi nila ako pinilipit mag-volleyball. I’m the only one na nagpilit talaga,” said Canino.

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      Nearly seven years after taking up the sport, Canino is making waves.

      “Siyempre po sobrang saya po kasi hindi namin ineexpect na magiging ganun laro namin. Nag-contribute kasi lahat kaya nanalo kami,” said Canino.

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