[We now present you this year's SPIN.ph awardee under the Sportsmen Who Care category leading up to our announcement of our Sportsman of the Year]
ALL she wanted was to make other people happy, but it turned out to be the other way around.
It has been seven years since volleyball star Rachel Anne Daquis started her charity programs for Child Haus. Yet each year the event never fails to fill her heart with joy.
Daquis had an eye-opening experience when she was invited to a charity event back in 2011. Since then, she has been religiously putting in the time and effort to be with the organization every December.
For 2018, Daquis added Destiny’s Promise to her list of beneficiaries. She went to the orphanage in her hometown in Taytay, Rizal together with family last November.
“Sa akin, ‘yun ‘yung way ko mag-give back sa lahat ng blessings na bigay ni Lord,” shared the Cignal team captain.
“Ang sarap ng feeling na makita mong masaya sila, na nagse-share sila ng story nila na nagte-thank you sila sa 'yo na binigyan mo sila ng time,” she said.
The former Far Eastern University star was reluctant to share her story at first, saying that helping others doesn’t have to be publicized.
“Kaya lang naman ako nagpo-post (sa social media) kasi gusto kong may mga pasalamatan,” she said. “Pero, sabi ko nga, mas masaya ‘yung tumulong ka ng walang ibang nakakaalam.”
Daquis’ eyes beamed with joy when she shared the little things that made the kids happy. It may just be a hug, a selfie, a short chat, a fun game or a shared meal, but for the kids these little gestures meant a lot, she added.
While her intention was pure, it can’t be helped that Daquis’ efforts were still seen as a publicity stunt. But Daquis couldn’t care less.
“Wala, deadma lang ako, kasi sa akin hindi naman importante ang sinasabi ng tao,” she said. “Kasi mas importante sa akin ‘yung pure ‘yung heart mo na ginagawa mo ‘yun, hindi dahil gusto mo lang magpakitang gilas o gusto mong mapuri."
As a volleyball player, Daquis has achieved so much - championships and individual awards, fans, endorsements. She has also put her hard-earned money to good use. But what she wants to leave as her legacy is simple.
She wanted to be remembered as a good person.
“Lagi ko nga sinasabi sa sarili ko maging mabuting tao ka kasi ‘yun ang tunay na investment, hindi ang pera or mga bahay,” she said.
“‘Yung legacy na gusto kong maalala ako ng mga tao hindi dahil sa volleyball na naging star player ganyan pero gusto ko maalala ako na sasabihin ng tao na, ‘Ay, napakabuting tao niyan, never siyang nagdamot’” she added.
This coming December Daquis is still planing another charity event.
“Future plans continue ko na tumulong pa,” she said. “Prayer ko na gawin akong tool ni Lord na ipakita sa tao na may mga mabubuti pang tao.”