After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk FILE PHOTO – Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA year before it celebrates 15 years of existence, the Premier Volleyball League embarks on a new journey amid a sea of challenges.The rise of a rival league has gave the need to develop newer stars to beef up its roster of teams. There is also the need to build more relationships with corporate sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT Then known as the Shakey’s V-League, the innovating tournament became the launch pad of several of the country’s biggest stars, including the biggest of them all: Alyssa Valdez.The former Ateneo stalwart has become the face of Philippine volleyball, her skills taking her to several tournaments abroad, both as a star for national teams and as an import for other countries’ club teams.The ex-Lady Eagle has also blazed the trail for other volleyball superstars so that they now are able to match their counterparts in men’s basketball in terms of celebrity status.Anywhere there’s a volleyball game—whether it’s collegiate or club competitions, fans now go wild over seeing their favorite stars in action. They take photos, hunt for autographs and chat up their idols, who end up making a huge impact on their lives.But that works both ways, too.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But the greatest challenge is to remain true to the vision of the league’s original founders when it wanted to highlight women’s sports by giving the country’s top volleyball athletes a playground of their own.“When we started out, we really wanted an outlet for these girls’ talents even after their collegiate years,” Ricky Palou, president of tournament organizer Sports Vision, told the Inquirer in a previous interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe league has gone way beyond that. 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The two are now playing as imports in Japan.Rachel Daquis, the former FEU star who ventured into part-time modeling once turned heads in the Shakey’s tournament.The legends of the game managed to grab their share of success in the early years of the PVL’s forebear, the V-League.Angeli Tabaquero, now an assistant coach with the Adamson Lady Falcons in the UAAP, strutted her wares in the V-League, helping University of Santo Tomas dominate the early years of the tournament.The list of the other big names go on: Charo Soriano, now a regular campaigner in beach volleyball, Gretchen Ho, Fille Cainglet, Mary Jane Balse and others can trace some of their success to the PVL.And as it wraps up yet another successful tournament, the league is ready to grow some more.How far it will go? No one knows. But one thing’s for sure: When history views the PVL decades from now, it will see a league that championed the talents of women’s athletes and gave them a league of their own to shine. —INQUIRER SPORTS LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tabal sets out for sixth straight Milo marathon championship View comments
Central Demerara Lions Club in collaboration with Central Georgetown Rotary Club and Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) jointly donated over million in medical supplies, footwear and clothing to residents of Kuru Kururu, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Over 250 residents benefited from this medical outreach and warmly welcomed the initiative.The recipient of the wheelchair along with members of the medical outreachGuyana Times was told that eye screening was conducted on 110 persons that enabled 80 residents to be in receipt of eye glasses. A large quantity of clothing and over 250 pairs of footwear were donated to the people of Kuru Kururu.In addition, medical check-ups were done on the residents and medical care was given to over 200 residents.Over 250 residents received dental services, which included extraction and filling. Upon the group’s learning of a resident’s medical condition that required a wheel chair, such was donated to the elderly man.A medical bus was used to facilitate the dental services that featured a long line of persons waiting to access the service.The medical outreach featured a number of members from each of the charity groups. President Dwarka Singh from the Central Demerara Lions Club expressed gratitude of being able to undergo such a massive project and pledges to continue the work of charity. President Rajesh Seebaran of Central Georgetown Rotary Club and Mr Stephen of HAP, Director from the USA echoed similar sentiments.