Lady Falcons’ budding playmaker spreads wings beyond the hardcourt

Date Posted: November 27, 2020 at 03:42 PM

MBT, WVT, GVT extend help to distressed setter, community

Louie Romero has slowly been becoming a household name in the Philippine volleyball scene last year after leading a rookie-laden Lady Falcons to the PVL Collegiate Conference title last 2019.

Yet, the momentum built by AdU’s rookie-captain in San Marcelino came to a sudden halt after just a single game in UAAP 82 when the Covid-19 pandemic forced officials to suspend all sports activities as health and safety protocols.

With imposed lockdowns around the country, and classes being held virtually, almost all student-athletes went back to their provinces, including Louie who went to her home in Rodriguez, Rizal.

Staying in their residence in Kasiglahan Village, Louie found herself in another test after consecutive typhoons hit Luzon provinces punctuated by 365mm of rainfall from Typhoon Ulysses that submerged low-lying areas in Marikina, San Mateo and Rodriguez. Louie’s house was plunged in water with floating debris that rose to more than the second floor of some houses, while already sinking others and forcing residents to take refuge on their roofs.

In an interview with the Adamson News, Louie shared how the water level quickly rose in their area.

“Nung una po kasi, nasa kabilang bahay po ako sa Tita ko. Nung una, binabantayan ko lang talaga yung tubig dito sa kalsada. Unti-unting umaangat po talaga sya hanggang sa umangat na po sa gate ng Tita ko tsaka po ako lumipat sa kabilang bahay namin,” she said.

Ginising ko po yung mga kapatid ko tsaka po yung tatay ko pero yung tatay ko po pala gising na at naghahakot na [ng mga gamit] papunta sa second floor namin. [S]obrang bilis ng mga pangyayari. Hindi namin alam kung anong gagawin pero nanatili kaming kalmado tapos kaming tatlong magkakapatid, napagdesisyunan nang lumikas kasi pataas nang pataas talaga yung tubig,” she furthered also revealing the flood was already neck-deep when they decided to leave their house.

Relief operations were conducted left and right in Rodriguez and its neighboring towns after flood water subsided, and being the playmaker that she is, Louie was in the front line of efforts in her community.

Clad in her rubber boots and Adamson warmer, and armed with a medical face mask and eye shield, Louie braves the muddy streets of Kasiglahan to facilitate relief distributions.

Last November 21, the Office for Athletic Development (formerly Office for Athletics and Recreation), with the Falcons’ Men’s Basketball Team, and Girls’ and Women’s Volleyball teams organized their own contribution to assist Louie and her fellow flood victims in Rizal.

The group led by OAD Director Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM distributed water jugs, Akari-sponsored lights, and groceries to the victims in Kasiglahan.

Coach Lerma Giron of the Lady Falcons explained her team already had an initial plan to help in the University and parish’s daily feeding program at the Falcon Walkway that catered to street dwellers in the immediate vicinity.

“Actually, yung team namin, nagpaplan talaga na magcollect na rin ng donations para street dwellers. ‘Di ba nagpapa-hot food sila Father – yung Adamson – dun sana namin gustong makatulong. Tapos habang nagcocollect kami, dumaan nga ‘tong typhoon so pinapili ko yung mga bata… So nagkaisa yung Women’s at Girls’ team na dito sa urgent needs na lang ng typhoon victims.  Tapos nagkausap kami ni Fr. [Aldrin] na magsabay na lang sa relief operations,” the youthful mentor said.

Asked about the help she got from Adamson, her teammates, and friends, Louie had nothing but gratitude.

“Yung mga coaches ko po tsaka teammates, nagcheck po kaagad sila sa akin kasi nagpopost po ako sa Facebook na kailangan ng rescue ng tatay ko and wala po talagang rescue na dumarating that time. Kaya nung mga time na yun, nagsishare po yung mga teammates ko na kailangan ng rescue. Nung nalaman po nila kung gaano kagrabe yung baha dito, gumawa po talaga sila ng aksyon,” the 2019 PVL Collegiate Conference Finals MVP said.

Thankful po ako sa Adamson kasi inextend po talaga nang one week [yung Midterms]. Actually ngayon, patapos pa lang kami sa paglilinis ng bahay kaya buti rin po nakarating yung Adamson dito – volleyball, basketball, sila father po, Akari, yung [OAR] staff para tumulong po sa amin.”

Serving as a setter anew during relief efforts, Louie Romero remains one of the best playmakers, and a true MVP in or out the court.

“Survivor rin po kasi ako ng baha. Maraming tumutulong sa amin – marami talagang nagbibigay ng tulong kaya yung mga tulong na binibigay sakin, sinishare ko sa mga kapitbahay ko, sa mga kababayan ko.”