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Cha Cruz on role as PSL ambassador, state of PH volleyball



Fondly called “Miss Everything” by her fans, Cha Cruz continues to prove how apt the monicker is. She is rare breed of player that can do anything inside the volleyball court. A two-time finals MVP in the UAAP (2010, 2011), and four-time UAAP champion (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011), Cha has done it all. Recently anointed as the PSL’s new brand ambassador, it looks like Cha will continue to inspire volleyball fans everywhere.

Happy with everything that is happening in her life, Cha is able to keep her success from getting into her head, and with her recent appointment as PSL ambassador, she hopes to inspire other people as well.

“In all humility, I know for a fact that I’m blessed in my life. I’m blessed in every aspect of my life, in my family, work, and career. Even in life’s challenges. This opportunity I know has a lot of duties and responsibilities in promoting the league. I think for me it’s a perfect opportunity to share God’s greatness in my life, and use my talents and skills to inspire others,” said Cha Feeling blessed with her new role.

Cha promises to strive to be the best that she can be, on and off the court.

“I’m just really grateful for this role. Lahat ng kaya kong gawin, gagawin ko.”

So what exactly is Cha’s role as PSL ambassador? PSL President Tats Suzara had this to say.

“As an ambassador, to attend PSL functions and press conferences. Not only for Cha to have a chance to play in the PSL, she also has the chance of witnessing other leagues abroad. Last year, I invited Richard Gomez and Gretchen Ho to watch the World Grand Prix in Hong Kong. These are very normal functions of being an ambassador, especially with the objective of the PSL to the development of volleyball in the club level. Yung players natin in UAAP and NCAA and other leagues are really looking forward to playing in the Super Liga in the future. So this is one of the important objectives that Cha should prepare for.”

With all the things she has on her plate, Cha hopes to be able to manage her time between shuffling playing in two different leagues, representing PSL as the brand ambassador, and fulfilling her duties in her full-time job. Despite this, she promises to do her best every game, citing her desire to inspire those who watch her.

“Siguro at first, time management. Kasi aside from this and playing in another league, I have work. I’m a full-time teacher in an international school,” said Cha, who teaches grade two english in International School Manila. “So siguro, tignan namin sa schedule. Sana may mag-match dun if ever may mga tour.”

“What I can do is play my very best in every game. Kasi ako rin ‘pag nanonood ng volleyball, nakakainspire kung nakikita ko silang naglalaro with all their hearts. Kahit sobrang busy sila, they give their hearts for the sport,” Cha said.

Asked what she thought about the turbulence that Philippine volleyball is currently experiencing, Cha just wants the best that the Philippines has to offer to be able to play.

“I know there’s a lot of things going on in Philippine volleyball. Siguro given the chance na papalaruin sila, palaruin sila. I know kung marami pang issue, unahin muna nila [playing for the country]. Kasi sayang din yung talents and all. Kung bibigyan ng chance sa players mag-unite, why not diba?”