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    Inspired by Barros, Alyssa not closing door on running for public office

    Oct 15, 2018
    PHOTO: Dante Peralta

    REP. Alyssa Valdez? Sounds good.

    Drawing inspiration from Brazilian volleyball legend Leila Barros, who was recently elected senator in her country, Valdez said she is not closing the door on running for a public position in the future.

    “Siguro darating naman ang point na may mag-snap dyan na ‘you really have to serve (the country) after na lang ng volleyball siguro,” said the Creamline skipper. “I’m not closing my doors but I’m really happy to help anyone din naman, so who knows."

    The pride of San Juan, Batangas said she is in fact in talks with her former Ateneo teammates on forming a group that will aim for a partylist seat in Congress that will primarily support Filipino athletes.

    Valdez believes that having a representation in Congress will be a big help in improving the plight of the Filipino athlete.

    “You know honestly kami talaga nina Ate Cha (Soriano), mga teammates ko from Ateneo, we really wanted to (form) a partylist,” she revealed.

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    “Gusto talaga nami ang ibang tao na mag-support talaga sa sport. ‘Yun pa lang parang may concept na,” she added.

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      The national team member, who has been to many countries during her tour of duty with the national team, couldn’t help but feel the need to do something that can be of help to the improvement of Philippine sport.

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      “Lalo na ako na nakikita ko whenever I go out of the country like Asian Games, grabe talaga ang support ng bawat country na nakakalaban namin. So I wanted also na ganoon ang mangyari sa Philippines,” said Valdez.

      “We are trying to conceptualize pa lang naman. We’re serious but as of now, marami pa rin naman nangyayari sa amin sa volleyball kung na-settle muna lahat so why not, ‘di ba?” she added.

      With the local elections just a few months away, Valdez shared that Barros’ election served as a motivation for her.

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      The talented Brazilian opposite spiker won the hearts of Filipino fans when the country hosted the FIVB Grand Prix in the late 90s and early 2000s.

      As an eight-year old kid who had zero knowledge about volleyball, Valdez stressed that Barros instantly became her hero.

      “Leila Barros siguro is one of the heroes of Philippine volleyball,” she said. “Isa siya sa talagang hinangaan ng lahat ng tao, that’s why we’re all here.”

      “As a volleyball player I’m just really proud na may someone na very strong and brave enough to face another chapter of her life,” she added.

      So is she open to run for a higher office?

      “Siguro hindi naman sa ayaw kong magsalita ng tapos, mga councilor muna, hindi just kidding,” the former Ateneo Lady Eagles star said. “I really want to help not just volleyball in general.”

      “But siguro sa nakukuha kong responsibility ko ay hindi lang din naman nali-limit sa volleyball,” she added. “Siyempre kailangan mo rin namang maka-experience ng mas madami, si Leila Barros nga ilang taon na rin naman then dun lang din nya na-realize na she’s ready to serve."

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