The year 2017 is fast becoming Jovelyn Gonzaga’s banner year.
After she decided to quit the military and prioritize her love for the sport by representing the country in an international stage, a new window of opportunity opened for her.
Few months back, the troika of Gonzaga, Rachel Anne Daquis and Honey Royse Tubino joined Cignal to beef up its roster under the mentorship of George Pascua in the Belo Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference.
They went beyond expectations as they led the HD Spikers to their first title after five long years.
It’s a mission accomplished for the queens.
It, however, wasn’t a cakewalk especially for Gonzaga, who emerged as back-to-back Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the conference.
The 25-year old Iloilo native was supposed to take a break from playing volleyball as she has to complete a grueling eight-month basic military training with the Philippine Army.
But she gave up her childhood dream of becoming a soldier when she chose to join the national team that will compete in AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this year.
It’s her alternative way to serve the country.
And there, she found Cignal along the way.
[quote]”Sobra akong na-stress before ng liga na ito. Hindi ko na kailangan i-consider na ito family ko ito, ito passion ko ito and I’m so happy talaga na nagmeet-half way ang lahat.”
“Kaya Papa God na talaga ‘to lahat kasi sinurender ko na ito sa kanya. Kasi almost na aalis na ako (playing volleyball), ‘di ba? But in God’s plan, pinayagan ako ng Army, okay sa Cignal and ito sobrang thankful ako.”[/quote]
No doubt, her passion was the key to this triumph.
All she wanted was title for the hungry Cignal and bagging an individual award never came up to her mind.
[quote]”Actually, hindi ko siya (MVP) in-expect dahil sobrang after akong manalo since alam naman natin na for the past few years, hindi nagkakaroon ng place ang Cignal ‘di ba? So, doon kami nag-focus na ipa-champion natin ‘to more than the individual award.”[/quote]
Gonzaga considered her latest MVP award as God’s handsome reward for all her hard work and great determination.
[quote]”Itong back-to-back MVP, sobrang thankful ako. Regalo na ito ni Papa God sa akin. Ito ‘yung pinaghirapan ko para sa team at siguro ito bigay ni Papa God sa akin.”[/quote]
She, however, credited the HD Spikers’ impressive team effort for such historic victory as it serves as the key to win the title.
[quote]”Maraming nag-step sa games, so hindi ko talaga in-expect.”[/quote]
Finally, Gonzaga said there’s one person who deserves to be called MVP:
[quote]”Si Ate Chie Saet dahil siya ang playmaker. Alam naman natin na once na gumana ‘yung setter mas madali na lang para sa mga spikers. I commend Ate Chie for giving us very good plays.”[/quote]
True enough, there’s no other player as humble as Gonzaga.