PETRON skipper Ces Molina is one of the several Philippine Superliga players who will become a free agent after the year, but she hopes to stay with the Blaze Spikers.
As Petron swept rival F2 Logistics in straight sets to repeat as All-Filipino champion in Game Three of the finals last week, Molina's contract expired, underlining the uncertainty of what the management plan for the championship core is.
“I’m a free agent na. Hindi namin alam kung ano pa yung plan pero we’ll see,” Molina said after winning her fifth PSL title. “I’m sure naman na makikita ng lahat and malalaman ng lahat kung ano yung next step ng Petron sa amin.”
As part of all Petron’s triumph since she joined the team in 2014, the 5-foot-9 outside hitter wants to be part of the club’s future title quests.
“Siyempre sobrang naging family ko na ‘to ang saya lang na lahat ng championship andoon ako,” she said. “Walang kahit na sinong player ang gustong mawala sa mga susunod na champioship sa Petron.”
Molina has been with Petron in its best and worst times - in the team's maiden title reign in PSL Grand Prix 2014, the historic 13-0 sweep of the Blaze Spikers led by Rachel Ann Daquis, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, and Aby Maraño to win the All-Filipino 2015 and even when the squad had a titleless year in 2016 settling for silver in the Grand Prix when it lost to Foton.
The former San Beda star Molina won three more championships in the All-Filipino Conference 2017, Grand Prix 2018 before completing a golden repeat in the recently concluded All-Filipino, where the Blaze Spikers tied the historic 13-0 record of the 2015 batch with a Game One victory in the Finals only to lose in Game Two before claiming the trophy in the rubber match.
“Siyempre sobrang happy ako kasi naging part ako ng lahat ng championship and siguro mas nakadagdag ‘to para mas maggrow pa and iimprove ko pa yung sarili ko,” Molina said.
Being with Petron through the years, Molina said that this core, bannered by All-Filipino MVP Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes, Bernadeth Pons, Remy Palma and collegiate players Sisi Rondina and Buding Duremdes under head coach Shaq Delos Santos, is for keeps.
“Sobrang naging strength namin yung bawat isa so happy talaga kami na lahat ng pinaghirapan namin all through out the season lumabas,” Molina said. “Like any other team meron din itong team na malaking puso sa paglalaro. Everyone talagang individually yung skills nandoon and meron kaming teamwork talaga.”
“Talagang lumabas lahat ng laro ng bawat isa so yun yung naging key naming lahat na ginusto naming lahat yung willingness namin to win,” she added.
With her future still uncertain, Molina is just cherishing the title celebration, enjoying the holidays and preparing for next PSL season, where she hopes that she will still be wearing her beloved Petron jersey.