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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Our Paneng: How I see DLSU Lasy Spikers' Team Captain, Stephanie Mercado

Perhaps the brand of being a La Sallista  gives most people the notion of being socialites and not easy to get along with. People who are not used to eating street foods or are picky with restos to dine at and people to go out with. Not Stephanie Mercado. Team Captain of the De La Salle Lady Spikers with a very exceptional volleyball record, Steph proved all those notions wrong. First of all, she's people friendly. Almost always every after game, Steph stops whenever someone asks to have a photo with her. She always makes time to be in touch with the people who supports her and never speaks ill of the people who misjudge her. Not that I'm saying she's perfect, but she sees to it that she doesn't step on anybody. That's definitely not her. Steph is a very outspoken person, she's not afraid to speak her mind out as she always talks with sense. Though very honest and straight forward, one won't feel uncomfortable and awkward as she converses with you like you've known each other for a long time. She's very much easy to get along with and you'll never have a dull moment when you're with her. She's very smart and, like I mentioned earlier, she always talks with sense. She's not serious all the time as this Lady Archer has humor in her veins, too. You'll be surprised when you hear her witty jokes and out-of-this-world terms.

Second, with regards to food, Stephanie seems to enjoy the thought and act of food and eating. Japanese cuisine is her favorite according to a source but she's not picky though. She eats whatever is served as long as it's edible and it's intended for human consumption. She even considers Pinoys' Top Street Food, Isaw (grilled chicken intestines), as one of her favorites. Despite the love for food and eating, she's one of the lucky ladies who don't get fat.

Just like anybody else, she loves to spend time with people she values. She also goes out to the malls and occasionally chill elsewhere with her teammates and/or supporters. Despite spending time with her family, her friends, teammates, supporters, occasional invitation to pose for shoots, and do other stuff she loves, she still manages to maintain a good status on her academics. Her being a Dean's Lister is so much an inspiration to others, proof enough that Academics and Athletics can go together, that not all athletes are egghead. It's no wonder why she has thousands of supporters in the Philippines and some parts of the world. It's just a sad thought that it'll be her last playing season with the De La Salle Lady Spikers this coming UAAP Season 73. But fans, like me, still look forward to seeing her play in other leagues. Though not with her current DLSU Teammates but at least she'll still play after college. With her display of love for volleyball, Stephanie Mercado is definitely one of the biggest names in Philippine Collegiate Volleyball.


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