As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across the globe, the sporting world has come to a halt.
The Philippines is no different, having seen the suspension of activities from leagues such as the UAAP, NCAA, and PBA.
This, of course, has been done in order to ensure the safety of the community. After all, fans, officials and even the top-tier athletes are vulnerable to the virus.
Take Jaja Santiago for example.
“Mahina kasi ang baga ko so kailangan ko talagang maging safe. Kaya sobrang alaga ko talaga sa sarili ko,” bared the 6-foot-5 internationalist, who made history with the Saitama Ageo Medics in the Japan V. Premier League a few months ago.
“So mas talagang iniingatan ko ang sarili ko.”
Santiago intends to return to Japan by the end of March in order to prepare with her club team in preparation for a pocket tournament in May. But with Luzon placed under community quarantine, she has become a part of millions who’ve been urged to stay home.
There’s no question that she’s keeping herself in tiptop shape amid the lull. But besides working out at home, the 24-year-old — who recently obtained her degree at National University — has also found another activity to do while stuck indoors — painting.
In a story in her official Instagram account, Santiago shared a landscape portrait of a sun setting down on a mountain range and an ocean, showcasing her artistic talent on a canvas.
Quite an artist indeed, considering that it’s apparently her first painting. As she put it:
“First time to make my own painting.”
With this, Santiago has shown that there are productive activities that people can enjoy doing from the comfort of their homes.
On the court, Santiago is undeniably an athlete that budding talents can look up to as inspiration. But she continues to prove herself as a good role model off the Taraflex as well.