Angge Tabaquero says self-belief important in bid to instill winning culture at Adamson
Angge Tabaquero is part of the all-female coaching staff that will lead the Adamson Lady Falcons in Season 79. Mei-Lin Lozada

NEW Adamson assistant coach Angge Tabaquero hopes to instill a winning attitude and culture in the young Lady Falcons squad coming into the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.

Two months before the competition, Adamson formally introduced its all-female coaching staff led by American head coach Airess Padda with Michele Gumabao, Cherry Macatangay and Tabaquero as assistant coaches.

For Tabaquero, the former University of Santo Tomas skipper and two-time UAAP champion, the first order of business is to teach the team how to act and think like champions.

“Definitely, as a coach sino ba naman ang hindi magdi-dream ng championship para sa team niya, ‘di ba? Pero aside sa championship, ‘yung ano muna ang attitude, how to get there ang dapat nila matutunan,” she said on Friday at the President’s Office in Adamson.

“At saka ‘yung attitude na whatever hardships na pagdaanan mo, dapat ‘yung passion mo greater pa doon sa mga obstacles na ‘yun,” she added.

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Tabaquero knows all too well about rising above adversity to get to the top. She was sidelined for one season in the UAAP after she suffered an ACL injury during an offseason match in the Shakey’s V-League Season 7 First Conference.

She didn’t have a smooth comeback after her injury but she still recovered and ended her collegiate career with a championship before she skippered Cagayan in the 2013 and 2015 SVL.

“Kasi dapat nila matutunan na napakasarap makamit ang bagay na gusto mo kapag pinaghirapan mo, ‘yung dapat nila matutunan na hindi mo makukuha ang isang bagay na gusto mo nang hindi mo nalalampasan ang mga hardships,” she said.

Three months in the team, Tabaquero already takes pride in the progress the Lady Falcons have made since she first saw them in training.

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“Grabe kapag nakita mo sila ngayon, ‘yung parang mga hindi Team B, ‘yung laro ng Team B parang Team A,” she said. “Ganoon kasi ang gustong mangyari ni coach Air eh, and sana madala namin ito sa UAAP.”

The 79th Season kicks off on February 4 next year. 

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