AFTER years of postponing her international debut, Philippine volleyball star Jaja Santiago is finally ready to take her talents to Japan.
The do-it-all Foton spiker, who turned down an athletic scholarship from University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 and a stint with Thai powerhouse team Bangkok Glass in 2017, is set to leave the country in September to see action in the Japan V Premier League in October.
“Palagi naman natin masasabi na hindi ka pa ready kasi iba ‘yung kalidad (sa Japan), kumbaga high caliber sila,” said Santiago.
“Pero tingin ko naman for two months na tuturuan nila ako bago magstart ‘yung league tingin ko magiging reading-ready na ako para sa team nila and marami na akong matututunan siguro,” she added.
Counting the days until she finally makes it to the international arena, Santiago is looking forward to what’s in store for her in Japan.
“Nilu-look forward ko na matuturuan nila ako and mai-improve nila ‘yung skills na meron ako and ma-adapt ko rin ‘yung way kung paano sila maglaro, ‘yung disiplina nila and kultura nila,” she said.
While volleyball fans and even the media are waiting for the confirmation on what team she will play, Santiago politely declined to reveal the club team.
She cited that it was the team’s decision not to make it public just yet.
“Kung sa akin ok lang (i-reveal anong team) pero kasi ang pinanghahawakan ko ang sinabi ng management ng paglalaruan kong (team) kung maaari daw pagkapatapos na ng press con or sila ‘yung unang maga-announce,” she said.