After news broke out that former Ateneo star Alyssa Valdez got an offer to play for a Thai volleyball ballclub, former PH women’s national team skipper Jovelyn Gonzaga confirmed several squads from Thailand have showed interested in acquiring services of several more Filipino spikers.
Gonzaga, currently a member of the RC Cola-Army in the Philippine Super Liga, said PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara actually texted her with a Christmas greeting, along with the news that club teams have started inquiring on her services, along with 2016 PSL Grand Prix MVP Jaja Santiago, Aby Maraño and Kim Fajardo as guest players in the Thailand league.
“Actually tinext na ko kanina ni Sir Tats (Mr. Ramon Suzara). Nag-greet ng Merry Christmas tapos in-inform niya ko regarding that. Sabi ko nga sobrang thankful naman ako. Once na binigyan ako ng opportunity, iga-grab ko talaga yun. Thy will be done, kung para sa akin,” the 24-year-old Guimaras native told FOX Sports.
The 2016 PSL Invitational MVP has been on a tear this year, having played for Foton Pilipinas last September in the Asian Women’s Club Championship held in Biñan, Laguna. She also played in Women’s World Club Championship last October.
With the potential new opportunity coming Gonzaga’s way, the 24-year-old former Central Philippine University standout is thrilled no end.
“Sobra akong natuwa kanina nung natanggap ko nga yung text ni Sir Tats regarding that. Sobrang tuwa, di ko ma-explain. Bibihira lang mabigyan ng opportunity na maging isa sa option nila na kuhanin ako, napasama ako. Maging isa lang sa pagpipilian, sa ganung ideya palang, na-overwhelm na ko,” she explained.
But being a member of the Philippine Army as a corporal will more likely be a drawback should a Thai club, indeed, intend to give her a serious offer to play.
“Kaya lang yun nga ang magiging struggle na naman since nasa military ako, kailangan talaga if ever na kukunin nila (Thai club) ako, kailangan ng advance letter. Na-overwhelm ako at the same time medyo na-alangan ako dahil nga sa nature ng work ko,” she said.
“Kahit hindi man ako matuloy or hindi man ma-push through yan, pero yung ideya na naisip ng Thailand na kuhanin ako, sobrang malaking bagay na sakin,” added Gonzaga.
With New Year fast approaching, Gonzaga hopes she can continue to represent the country in the future.
“Ang pinagpe-pray ko lang is maging steady lang yung career ko na hindi ako bababa, yung andyan lang ako sa picture and makapag-represent ako, makatulong ako sa bansa,” said Gonzaga.
“Iyun lang naman ang simula’t sapul na gusto kong mangyari. Makapag-represent sa bansa, ma-showcase ko yung talent ko kasi yun yung passion ko, yun yung buhay ko. Alam ko na kumpleto yung buhay ko pag na-achieve ko yun,” she closed. – Joyce Palad