DINDIN Santiago believes younger sister Jaja has what it takes to be the next leader of National University's Lady Bulldogs.
Jaja earlier admitted she felt like starting all over again after Dindin played out he final year of eligibility with the Lady Bulldogs. But ever the supportive sister, Dindin said Jaja will be just fine.
“Akala niya lang ‘yun,” Dindin told Spin.ph. “Nawawalan lang siya ng tiwala sa sarili niya pero ang totoo kaya niya.”
To make Jaja feel her support, Dindin watches almost every Lady Bulldogs’ game from the sidelines in the ongoing Shakey's V-League Season 11 Open Conference.
The 6-foot-2 Philippine Super Liga top rookie pick said all Jaja needs to do is believe in herself.
“Sobrang proud ako sa kanya, 18 pa lang siya pero ang mature na niya mag-isip,” Dindin said. “Kahit tapos na ang training nag-e-extra (work) pa siya. 'Yun ang quality ng mahusay na athlete.”
NU is currently in sixth spot with a 2-3 card in the Shakey’s V-League.
Although they no longer see each other as much now that Dindin lives with their family in Tanza, Cavite while Jaja stays in the NU quarters, the former NU team captain constantly reminds Jaja she is now the leader of the Lady Bulldogs pack, and therefore should lead by example.
“Sabi ko sa kanya 'wag siya mamimili ng set at 'wag siya sisimangot,” said Dindin.
“Lagi ko pinapaalala sa kanya na ikaw ang tinitignan ng teammates mo, dala mo sila. Kung ano man ang gawin mo sa loob (ng court) susundin nila. Masaya naman ako na ginagawa niya ang role niya sa team,” she added.