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    Dindin says volleyball clubs outside Japan looking to acquire Jaja

    Mar 13, 2019
    Dindin Santiago-Manabat is very excited for sister Jaja Santiago.
    PHOTO: Dindin Santiago Instagram (dindinquickersantiago)

    DINDIN Santiago-Manabat is back to help out Foton and while sister Jaja is also eager to give her old club a boost, she may not be available anytime soon.

    Manabat said teams from other countries are also interested in getting the services of the 23-year-old Santiago, even as she continues to play for Ageo Medics in the Japan V.Premier League.

    “Si Jaja, sinasabi nga nila na bata pa. Madami pang kumukuha sa kanya, hindi lang Japan,” said Manabat, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, refusing to provide more details.

    “Basta sobrang proud ako sa kanya, saan man bansa siya pumunta; Europe, Korea, China. Minsan lang mangyari 'yun sa Filipino na player.”

    The elder Santiago returned to the Philippines even with the V.Premier League still ongoing, Toray Arrows holding a 13-7 win-loss record.

    “Nagkita kami bago umuwi. Okay naman siya. Minsan homesick, pero part of pagiging import 'yun na mag-isa siya and wala siyang nakakausap,” Manabat shared.

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    “Lumalaban naman siya para sa future and para sa team niya. Gusto niya din tumulong sa Foton kasi pamilya niya na nga din ’to.”

    Dindin only had limited playing time with Toray, while Jaja has been well-utilized as a middle blocker.

    “Sa age niya na 23 tapos ganoon na siya na nagagamit na, napunta siya sa good team Japan and sobrang sipag niya, proud ako,” she said.

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    Dindin Santiago-Manabat is very excited for sister Jaja Santiago.
    PHOTO: Dindin Santiago Instagram (dindinquickersantiago)
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