Dilemma for Jaja Santiago as six-month offer to play in Thailand clashes with final stint with NU
Jaja Santiago has a lucrative offer to play as Bangkok Glass import for six months but the schedule clashes with her final year of eligibility in the UAAP with NU. Kiev Iz Kresta

PROMINENT Thai club team Bangkok Glass is looking to acquire Philippine volleyball star Jaja Santiago to play in the prestigious Thailand Volleyball League.

Thailand Volleyball Association, through Thai national team manager Somchai Donpraiyod, sent an e-mail to Philippine Super Liga president Tats Suzara on Thursday asking for the availability of Santiago.  

The top Thai volleyball official said that Bangkok Glass is in need of an import, who would help the team reclaim the title after a sorry loss to rival Supreme Chonburi early this year.

The 6-foot-5 do-it-all hitter has a standing offer of $4,000, roughly P200,000 every month or P1.2 million at the end of her six-month contract.

“The offer is USD 4,000 per month (for) six months contract, (with) apartment. If is she agrees, they would want her to travel (here) ASAP,” said Donpraiyod in the e-mail.

The offer, however, will cover end of October to end of May and will directly collide with Santiago’s last playing year with National University as the UAAP is set from early February to late April next year.

The national team standout has to decide on or before Saturday morning as the team will have to beat the deadline of the submission of the O-2 Form or the team’s official final roster for the tournament.

“The problem is they have to apply O-2 by Saturday morning. So whether it’s a yes or a no, can she give us the answer by Saturday?” said Donpraiyod in the e-mail.

If Santiago will accept the offer, she will join Thai superstars Pornpun Guedpard, Sutadta Chuewulim and skipper Pleumjit Thinkaow in a team that had Ashley Frazier and Jordanne Scott of the United States and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa of Vietnam as imports in the previous years.

Meanwhile, the offer from Thailand was not the first international offer for Santiago.

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Back in 2013 she also got an invitation to join University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) but a then 17-year-old college freshman declined the offer.

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