MYLA Pablo credited coach Roger Gorayeb as she finally got the recognition as a true star in a team featuring giants.
Tears flowed down her cheeks as she received the Finals Most Valuable Player trophy in the Shakey’s V-League Collegiate Conference, stepping out of the huge shadows of Dindin Santiago Manabat and Sister Jaja Santiago.
Pablo shone National University completed a comeback form a match down to win the best-of-three title series with a 25-21, 26-24, 25-19 victory over powerhouse Ateneo on Sunday at The Arena in San Juan.
“Nagthank you lang ako sa kanya kasi actually siya yung tumatayong tatay ko sa loob ng court and then sa training,” said Pablo right after she was awarded with the Finals MVP
The 22-year old pride of Tarlac had moments of brilliance for the Philippine Under-23 team under Gorayeb in the Asian meet earlier this year, and she continued to work on her game under the multi-titled coach.
“Lagi niya sa akin ina-advise na ‘makinig ka lang sakin magkaka-award ka’ and nag-thank you rin siya sakin kasi isa ako sa senior sa team isa sa inaasahan,” added Pablo.
The fourth year marketing major tallied for 15 points, anchored on 13 spikes, and registered seven digs.
“Iniisip ko talaga na gawin ko ’tong inspirasyon na maglaro as a team and i-angat ko itong team namin sa championship,” she said.
Gorayeb said he knew this was Pablo’s time to shine.
“Si Myla tahamik na bata parang laging may iniisip,” he said. “Sabi ko sa kanya, My, ang lakas ng kutob ko na pag tayo ang nanalo ikaw ang MVP ng Finals panahon na para ikaw naman ang makakuha niyan.”
“Kaya nung manalo siya kita mo ‘yung yakap niya eh sumampa sa akin akala mo batang maliit kasi lagi ko sinasabi ‘yan sa kanya, ‘yung confidence niya lang,” added the veteran mentor.