It is truly undeniable that Filipinos love playing and watching sports.
In the Philippines, sports is a big deal for most of us. We always make sure that we watch our favorite teams and players, whether at home or at the venue of the game itself.
Filipinos were first introduced to Western sports in the early 1900s when American teachers came here to the Philippines and taught basketball and baseball.
Different games were held from 1911 to 1913 for these sports. The American teachers taught basketball to both boys and girls, but some groups did not agree with women’s basketball.
Because of this, volleyball and softball became more popular among girls.
We cannot deny that Filipinos are huge sports fans. The support that Filipinos give to sports can be seen whenever there are athletes who are sent abroad to compete internationally.
We have sports like boxing where a lot of Filipinos boxers are known for being champions like Manny Pacquaio, Nonito Donaire, and Onyok Velasco among others. Before, we know that when there is a Pacquiao fight, the streets are clear and there is no heavy traffic because all of us are watching his fight.
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Whenever the UAAP Season opens, the students and alumni from the different schools belonging to UAAP become active and excited in supporting their own schools.
The University Athletics Association of the Philippines or UAAP was established in 1938. The UAAP is the athletics association of eight universities in Metro Manila namely, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, the University of Sto. Tomas, Adamson University, Far Eastern University, National University, and the University of the East.
The UAAP holds games for 15 different sports, including volleball and basketball.
These universities train their athletes to their best shapes in the hopes of bagging the championship.
In UAAP’s volleyball, we have seen a lot of amazing players who really made a mark in the history of Philippine volleyball.
Athletes like Kim Fajardo (DLSU), Michelle Gumabao (DLSU), Gretchen Ho (ADMU), Amy Ahomiro (ADMU), and Alyssa Valdez (ADMU), are just some of the most notable volleyball players in UAAP history. Aside from their exceptional volleyball skills, they also caught the hearts of their fans because of their beauty.
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Another rising volleyball star is to watch out for.
FEU’s Carlota Hernandez is being talked about in social media right now because of her beauty. At 5″5’, Carlota is the outside hitter for the FEU Tamaraws at just 18 years old.
Her photos during the games made netizens admire her effortless beauty and poise despite playing in the court for a whole game.
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Carlota doesn’t even look like she’s breaking a sweat!
We hope to see more of the new volleybelle of the Tamaraws. Follow Carlota on Instagram @_carlyhernandez!