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    NU volleyball stars Dindin, Jaja Santiago grieve over dad's untimely death

    Mar 7, 2014
    The death of the Santiagos' dad came just two days after the NU Lady Bulldogs lost to Ateneo in a do-or-die game for the right to meet De La Salle in the UAAP women's volleyball finals. Jerome Ascano

    TRAGEDY struck the family of National University volleyball stars Jaja and Dindin Santiago following the untimely death of their father Jojo last Monday.

    NU athletic director Junel Baculi confirmed the bad news to Spin.ph but said he had little details other than the fact that the Santiagos' father, a law enforcer, was killed "in the line of duty."

    “We don't know the real reason why, hindi ko pa alam ang lahat ng details. As of now we are giving Dindin and Jaja some space and some time to grieve,” he said.

    The death came just two days after the popular Santiago sisters and the Lady Bulldogs blew a chance to reach the UAAP women's volleyball finals after losing to Ateneo's Lady Eagles in the step-ladder semifinals.

    The Santiagos' dad was last seen in public after the Saturday game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum comforting the two sisters after the loss in Dindin's final game with the Lady Bulldogs.

    The family has not released a statement over the death, although Dindin poured her heart out in an Instagram tribute to her dad that included two pictures of them together.

    The caption read: “Tataykooo!! Para samin ikaw ang the best tatay para samin. Mahal na mahal kita ng higit sa buhay ko. Di mo man ako naabutan tumuntong sa stage, para sa iyo ang bawat tagumpay na nakakamit ko. Tatay ko salamat sa lahat.

    “Alam ko na kahit iniwan mo kami noon alam ko na lahat yun may reason kung bakit. Ramdam ko mga effort mo para iparamdam sa aming magkakapatid kung gaano mo kami kamahal na kahit pagod ka hihintayin mo kami ng ilang oras para makasama mo kami. Ihahatid mo kami sa uuwian namin kahit dalawang oras ang biyahe at antok na antok ka. Pinapatawa mo kami ng sobra-sobra. Pinoprotektahan mo kami. Mami-miss ko `yung kakausapin mo ako na kamusta na maganda kong anak, babae na ba anak ko. Pag may nang-aaway sa iyo sabihin mo sa tatay at aawayin natin. Tatay ko miss na miss kita sobra. At mahal na mahal kita.

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    “Alam ko na kasama mo na si Lord dahil alam ko na napakabuti mong ama sa amin. Di ko man naparamdam sa iyo na sobrang mahal kita pero sa puso ko ikaw ang paborito kong tatay at pinag-mamalaki ko na kamukha kita. Mahal na mahal kita tatay ko hinding-hindi ka mapapalitan sa puso ko mahal kong tatay. Sana bumalik ang ngiti kong ganito kasi yung ngiting ito pag nakikita ka lang. Iloveyousoooomuch tatayko.”

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    The death of the Santiagos' dad came just two days after the NU Lady Bulldogs lost to Ateneo in a do-or-die game for the right to meet De La Salle in the UAAP women's volleyball finals. Jerome Ascano
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