FORMER MVP and champion Venus Bernal is glad that a University of Santo Tomas player will finally raise the top individual honor, 12 years after she won it.
Bernal, who both won the MVP and championship in 2007, said that Sisi Rondina really deserves being crowned as this year’s MVP but what makes her more successful is bringing UST back in the Finals for the first time since 2012.
“Actually yung sa maglalaro pa lang yung UST sa Finals napakaganda na nun for the school, tapos makukuha pa (MVP) siya ni Sisi. Deserved naman talaga niya,” said Bernal, who was in attendance in Game One of the Finals between UST and Ateneo on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Bernal is also proud that she has the same mentality with Rondina, who was not contented with the MVP crown as she remains focused on winning the UAAP title.
“Sa pagkuha palang ng award na MVP hindi ko pa siya naiisip before e so talagang ang target namin is yung championship, yung award sa finals,” Bernal said. “Kasi yung MVP bonus na lang yun pero siyempre mas maganda siya para sa sarili mo rin perp yun nga championship talaga yung hinahangad namin.
Besides Rondina, Bernal is also impressed by their team work with rookie sensation Eya Laure, Caitlyn Viray, Alina Bicar, KC Galdones, Ysa Jimenez and Rica Rivera under coach Kungfu Reyes.
That’s why the former Queen Tigress, who is now working at Manila Water and playing volleyball in their company seldomly, feels that this is UST’s year to end a nine-year title drought.
“Bukod doon kay Sisi siyempre with the help of the team parang feeling ko talaga para sa UST itong taon na ‘to,” Bernal said. “Happy lang ako for Sisi at least bumalik sa Espanya ngayon yung award ng MVP.”