SELF-confessed fan Mela Tunay would always give way to her idol, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas.
The former University of Santo Tomas stars came back to the Tigresses’ lair on Wednesday at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion for an exhibition game against the current batch of volleybelles.
Tunay used to wear the jersey No. 8 in her five-year stint with the España-based squad from Season 74 to 78 because of Maizo, who also donned the same playing uniform when she suited up for UST from Season 68 to 73 (except for Season 70).
“Automatic na yun, every time teammate ko si Nang [Aiza], automatic No. 18 ako,” said Tunay.
“May iba sa lineup dumoble ng number kasi yun yung number talaga nila sa UST,” she added. “Pero ako nasanay na ako na automatic na yun [No. 8] for Nang yun. Pag sinabing numero otso’ Aiza Maizo yun pag UST.”
Although Tunay and Maizo have been playing alongside each other for Petron in the Philippine Super Liga, Tunay admitted that she can’t still help but be a fan whenever Maizo would wear her UST jersey.
“Akala ko nga naka getover get over na ako kasi nakakasama ko na ilan sa kanila, pero iba pala mapanood sila ulit ng naka-UST jersey,” said Tunay.
“As in nakalimutan ko ko na nag-UAAP at PSL ako,” she added. “Kasi feeling ko high school ako na naiiyak at nagcheer lang sa super idols ko.”