UAAP volleyball champs turn into ‘beauty queens’ for a night

It’s #TheNewPH with the new torch bearers of La Salle’s women’s volleyball team.

With the face of the Taft crew, Mika Reyes, now done with her tour of duty for the Lady Spikers, the team’s young guns Kim Dy, Majoy Baron and Justine Tiu made the MEGA Pride Ball their debut into the spotlight Sunday at the Shangri-la, The Fort.

Ditching their rubber shoes and jerseys for high heels and floor-sweeping dresses, the trio turned heads as they sashayed into the posh venue looking every inch like a model, blending into the crowd and at the same time standing out.

“Finally! Wala kami sa court ngayon. Beauty queens kami ngayon,” Baron, Season 78 best blocker, told FOX Sports.

Leaving her fierce on-court persona at home, Dy adds: “It’s our first time here. Excited kaming lahat kasi first time namin sa Mega Ball. Minsan lang kami lumabas and dress up like this so it’s super nice.”

The annual event was well-attended by the who’s who of the fashion and the entertainment industries, with lights flashing from every direction as photographers captured the red carpet moments of the guests.

While they are accustomed to wearing top of the line sports apparels, the Lady Spikers were on a different high as they talked about the white attires that were specially made to fit their own personal style.

“I’m wearing Kim Gan. It’s a deep v-neck with long sleeves. And look at my slit,” Tiu exclaimed, flaunting her legs.

“Ang nangyari nag-usap kami what I want. Sabi ko I want it to be simple yet fashionable. Parang ngayon, nakuha naman niya agad. This is especially designed for me,” she added.

Dy, who is the reigning UAAP finals MVP, sported another Kim Gan creation that also showcased her legs for days, the glorious back part—or the lack thereof—remains to be her favorite detail.

“It’s a sleeveless dress and it’s backless with a very high slit. And also, it’s made of bamboo linen. It’s super nice,” she said like a kid at a candy store.

On bringing her personality into the garb, Dy adds: “She asked what we wanted. She asked what I wanted to show and I said my back so here we are. Super ganda ng dress. I love the result. It’s more than what I wanted.”

The process of choosing what the modelesque Baron would wear at the event, however, was entirely different as designer Jeffrey Rogador involved the middle blockers’ thousands of fans online to pick among five designs.

Luckily for the Baguio lass, the winning dress happened to be what she would have chosen in the first place.

“We had five choices and ‘yung poll, ito ang nanalo. Pero if I was given the choice it would still be my pick,” she admitted. “It’s a turtleneck, long sleeves, sheer dress. I love the neckline and the see-through back.”

Some of the Pinoy Pride awardees for the night are reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and fastfood giant Jollibee, who are both taking over globally, giving Filipinos more reasons to be proud of their home country.

And it was only fitting that Dy, Baron and Tiu grace the event as they are expected to be the new toast of the collegiate volleyball scene with the exit of some of its biggest stars this 2016.

Talking more about the event, Baron says: “It’s a movement. Ang theme is new Philippines. Like dun sa mga post namin, we can achieve victory through unity. It’s all about being world-class Filipinos.”

The Lady Spikers are all too familiar with teamwork and unity as these became the foundation of their celebrated Season 78 campaign.

“What this event is trying to show is we can excel at our own turf. We just have to really work hard for it. We shouldn’t depend on others. We should be the ones to start the movement,” closed Dy. — By Mac Dionisio