The Philippine Sepak takraw team with some PLDT executives and employees.
This is the first medal earned by the Philippines in this year's SEA Games..
“PLDT is our lucky charm,” said Karen Caballero, president of the Philippine Amateur Sepak takraw Association. “Five years ago, our little Sepak takraw family wouldn’t have thought that we will be generously supported by a telco giant such as PLDT.”
The Philippine women’s Sepak takraw team also bagged a bronze medal in the regu competition, where Thailand nabbed gold and host country Malaysia received a silver medal.
PLDT, through its Home Fibr, sponsored the team’s tracksuits donned by the players during the awarding ceremony.
The Philippine Sepak takraw Team had quite a journey to be where they are today. But these young athletes aged 18 to 25 years old have a heart that is filled with passion, perseverance, and dedication. All those years of struggle – of finding an appropriate place for training, good sponsors, and mostly a chance to excel in the sport – are coupled with the fact that they what they do is simply because of their love for the sport.
Team captain Ronsted Gabayeron from Puerto Princesa, Palawan, has been playing the sport for 13 years already (since he was 12). Gabayeron is thankful for the people who continue to support their team. As a team captain, he always reminds his teammates to just enjoy the game. “Palagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na i-enjoy lang nila ‘yung laro. Wala naman mawawala sa atin kung ibigay natin lahat. Ibuhos niyo na lang lahat.”
(I always tell my teammates to just enjoy the game. We have nothing to lose if we give all of our efforts during the game. We just need to pour everything out for the sport.)
PLDT FVP for HR Emil Tanchico shares some words of encouragement to the team during the send-off.
PLDT FVP for HR Emil Tanchico shared some words of encouragement for the team during their send-off. “PLDT has been supportive of Philippine sports. In sports, you will see how life evolves – how you struggle, how you train, how you sacrifice in order to achieve your goal,” Tanchico said.
“Your victory will be our victory. Your success will be the Philippines’ success because if you get to be highlighted in the international arena, Philippines will be in the map. And the Philippines will be waving its flag proudly and you will say, ‘I am a Filipino.’,” Tanchico added.
PLDT Senior Relationship Manager for CRM G-Public Sector Jojo Alonzo has always been supportive of the team’s endeavors. It was through Alonzo’s persistence in providing the aid needed by the team that coined him the nickname of the team’s very own ‘good luck charm’ as mentioned by Caballero. He also previously accompanied the team during their competition in Thailand for the 31st Thai King’s Cup World Championship, where the men’s team won its first gold in the double’s event as the women’s team also bagged a bronze.
Philippine Amateur Sepak takraw Association President Karen Caballero expresses her gratitude to PLDT.
Smart AVP for Community Engagement and Partnerships Gabby Cui also gave some key learnings from his experience as a former professional athlete. He used to the acronyms BASICS to highlight these main points, which stands for b
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