Volleying the ball to memory lane with the PH National Volleyball Team

Maybe we can finally get a bite of those medals at the sea games this year. With about only 5 countries to confirm to the competition, the odds may just be in our favor for this November. To lighten the spirits for a bit, let's all walk down the memory lane and check out the glorious history of the Philippine Volleyball, thanks to the awesome spikes and serves of these these five legendary volleybelles:

Nene Ybanez-Chavez

This lady gave the Philippines a chancce to be known as a superpower in volleyball, when the Women's National VBall team ranked second behind Thailand in number of gold medals won in 1977. Nene was part of those who lead the team, a known legend from Southwestern University in Cebu who helped the Philippines dominate the SEA Games in the early ‘90s.

I'm pretty sure you won't want to anger her or any other volley champ I'm about to make kwento cause she herself earned the MVP and Best Spiker honors along the way. She has played competitively until 2013, and continues to make her mark in Philippine volleyball by coaching a team in the Philippine Super Liga professional league.

Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo

Balse-Pabayo, from Tagum City, Davao del Norte, is another champion UST alumna and one of the players who carried the Philippines to a bronze medal in the 2005 SEA Games. Balse-Pabayo is still going strong today, currently playing for the Philippine Army Lady Troopers in the Philippine Super Liga and also the Premier Volleyball League, where she is a two-time champion.

Angeli Tabaquero

One of Philippine volleyball’s contemporary stars, Angeli Tabaquero is a renowned collegiate champion, having won titles as part of the UST Golden Tigresses. Tabaquero also represented the country as a member of the Philippine National Team in the 2013 Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship, and as part of the PLDT Home Tvolution national team in another stint in the 2014 Asian Club Championship. An unfortunate injury forced her to retire in 2016 and become a coach for the Adamson Lady Falcons.

The road to the 2019 SEA Games continues 

Our teams for the Philippine Men's and Women's National Volleyball are gonna compete against the rest of the region from November 28 to December 10 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, Manila. I'm pretty sure Alyssa Valdez and Aby Marano are bringing light to making the Philippines a powerhouse in the international volleyball scene once again.
Of course, homegrown companies like Rebisco are giving their full support to the teams, and are looking forward to help bring pride and glory to the Philippines. Together, Filipinos will again cheer for the national team fighting as Sambansa – or one nation – under the colors of our flag.

Rebisco has been a proponent of Philippine volleyball and various organizations and leagues that comprise it. Aside from supporting the Philippine national team in this year’s SEA Games, Rebisco has also backed the Philippine Women’s Volleyball Team in the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. The company is also committed to developing the future of the sport with the newly-launched 18-and-under Rebisco Volleyball League. For more info and updates on the Philippine National Volleyball Team, follow Rebisco Pilipinas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @RebiscoSambansa.

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