ABY Marano is proud to take Kim Fajardo under her wings as the outgoing La Salle skipper enters the volleyball pro ranks.
A former UAAP MVP who has now suited up for various professional clubs aside from playing for the country in international events, Marano is simply glad to show the way for Fajardo, who has been asking her for advice on life as a professional athlete.
Marano was impressed with Fajardo’s work ethic from her rookie year to graduation and is confident that with just a little guidance, the spearhead of the recently crowned UAAP champion La Salle Lady Spikers will do great in the commercial leagues.
“Sobrang happy ako for her. Simula nung dumating siya sa La Salle, lahat ng paghihirap na pinagdaanan namin together, nag-flashback sa amin nung nag-champion sila,” Marano said.
“Napakaganda ng year ni Kimmy na nag-exit siya na nakapag-champion siya sa team kahit two years siya nabakante sa La Salle,” said Maraño, referring to Fajardo’s two-year residency after moving from University of Sto. Tomas high school to La Salle’s women’s team.
Marano is also glad Fajardo is preparing early for life in the pros.
The two have actually played together in a commercial league and have been named to the Super Liga selection that will play in the Asian Club Championships, but the former noted it will be much different when an athlete goes pro full time.
“Nagtatanong siya kung how does it feel to be in the (club leagues) kasi college pa siya. Continuous lang ‘yung kuwento kuwento, motivate. Ang buhay dito, malayo sa college, kailangan na talagang isipin na trabaho na natin ‘to.
“Iba sa college kasi you are serving your school. Dito, trabaho ’to, gagawin mo lahat para kumita para maging worth it ’yung binabayad sa atin ng mga players. Iba na ’yung level ng pinag-uusapan namin,” said Maraño.
Maraño added she is happy not just for Fajardo but also to the entire Lady Spikers squad.
“Nakita niyo naman kami ni Yeye (Mika Reyes) sa sideline, talagang tumatalon kami, umiiyak kami. Sobrang saya namin. Nakaka-proud na na-achieve nila ‘yung goal nila despite na wala na kaming mga seniors. Ibig sabihin nag-step up sila sa team,” said Maraño.