De La Salle University Lady Spiker and Philippine Women’s Volleyball National Team member Dawn Macandili is one busy body.
She once said hard work beats talent and put in the time to be where is she now. She was named UAAP Finals MVP and was the first Filipino libero—a player highly specialized in defensive skills—to win the Most Valuable Player Award when she won it at the 2016 Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference.
The diminutive but extremely skilled young lady has a daily routine that isn’t for the weak. “A normal day would involve sprints, a warm-up with balls, six-on-six, then a focus on individual skills, one-man, sometimes, weights training, plyometrics. That’s an everyday cycle,” she says. Entire mornings take up this cycle. In the afternoon, she hops to the university to attend classes.
Dawn has persisted throughout the rigors of training for the sport. She now also lives away from her family as she has to be closer to school and training venues. It has become rare for her to come home.
But she has found the time and opportunity to bond with her family. A typical bonding moment with her equally busy dad, a businessman, Donato, comprises of sharing a meal and watching television. “In college, I would hardly come home because of the time training takes up. So each time I see him, we eat,” she said.
And thankfully, technology has also caught up on her parents and has allowed them to have bonding moments the modern way.
“Recently my parents discovered social media, so they also post and communicate with me through messaging” she said.
Dawn says she finds that her relationship with her dad has also evolved. “He’s now more malambing,” Dawn says, “…compared to before when he was super strict and did not allow us to go out,” she added.
And with technology now more accessible than ever, no schedule is too tight for any family to bonding or share moments with family.
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