A huge banner that reads “Happy Birthday Alyssa Valdez” stole the limelight prior to the highly-awaited semifinals showdown between Pocari Sweat and Bali Pure on Wednesday in the Shakey’s V-League Season 13 Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan.
After the official warm up, members of the Alyfinity, Valdez’s no. 1 fans club, brought in a number of cakes and a bouquet of flowers to celebrate the 23rd birthday of their idol.
The group then sang the ‘Happy Birthday’ before handing to the former Ateneo star several of its gifts.
Teary-eyed and all, Valdez made a silent wish in front of national television before blowing the candles on her cake.
“Everytime naman (they inspire me) siguro sobrang today extra effort talaga sila. But you know their presence going into the game, Wednesday, Saturday, Monday, parang ok na ‘yun sa amin and now nagbigay pa sila ng extra effort so sinong hindi matutuwa,” said the volleyball darling.
“And you’re not naman expecting anything from them, I mean, that’s why siguro mas [nakaka-touch kasi] you’re not expecting na ganoon ka-genuine ang love na binibigay nila sayo, sobrang unconditional, sobrang maraming, maraming salamat talaga,” she added.
This is Valdez’s second time to celebrate her birthday during a game. The first time was against PNP in the Open Conference in 2014 when her fans lined up before the game to give her gifts.
“Oo naman (this is a perfect gift) kasi this is how many times na akong nagcecelebrate ng birthday na may game so parang, you know, volleyball is really (meaningful),” she said.
Kiefer Ravena, the volleyball darling’s current beau, was also at the venue to celebrate Valdez’s birthday.