Andromeda’s Vortex

Women’s volleyball teams unified

By Atty. Farah G. Decano


SOMETHING spectacular in volleyball sports is in the offing this women’s month.

There seems to be a merger of the top volleyball associations in the country- the  Premier Volleyball League (PVL) and Philippine Super Liga (PSL). The two associations have been slugging it out for years causing much tension and demoralization among the players themselves.

Seeming merger? Yes. Because the trustees from each camp have deep issues against each other that their union is unlikely.  This possibility of a unified volleyball season was brought about by PVL outmaneuvering PSL.  The former successfully pulled an exodus of the best teams from PSL to PVL thus garnering the ideal number of 12 teams playing this season.

In an effort to save face, PSL released a statement that it was merely allowing the volleyball teams to play as guests of the PVL. Unfortunately for PSL’s bludgeoned ego, one transferring team denied this statement.

Sports politics aside, this upcoming season is much anticipated. With the recent movement of PSL’s reigning champion team, F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, to PVL, fans anticipate an extravaganza of   competitions this season:  They will finally watch the Cargo Movers slug it out against PVL’s best, the Creamline Cool Smashers.  This will be indeed a clash of titans coveting for only one single title – the champion.

Before this “seeming merger,” volleyball afficionados could only imagine how  2019 PSL’s Most Valuable Player, Kalei Mau, would exchange spikes against 2019 PVL’s MVP, Jema Galanza; how PSL’s best setter, Alohi Hardy and  PVL’s consistent top  setter,  Jia Morado would  outwit each other;   and  how the Phenom, Alyssa Valdez, and the towering Jaja Santiago eliminate the other.  Now all of these will become a reality unfolding.

I cannot wait to brace myself for impact.

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There are so many forwarded messages in social media about anti-covid vaccines, mostly horror stories about particular brands.  I don’t trust these messages. There seems to be no one accountable for these narratives.  I’d rather read from publications who put their reputations on the line for their articles.

I hope prestigious medical associations or societies in the Philippines increase their participation in the dissemination of information about anti-Covid vaccines.  With the massive demolition job against vaccines launched probably by interested but rivalling sectors, there is a need for these associations to step up and clear the confusion.  There is a need to publish statements which among the vaccines are with the least proven side effects, which vaccines should be used by whom and other concerns.   To facilitate the spread of their position, these medical societies could perhaps even make use of memes with a link indicated where readers could read more on about their position.

With the virus becoming more contagious, medical societies should also inform the public about the proper protective gear.  Is the ordinary surgical mask sufficient? What about KN95 or N95? How about air purifiers?  I do not care if some capitalist producers want to rake in more money from the public’s fear of the virus for as long as their products really perform what they say they can do. Deception is deadly in the time of pandemic.  We need the truth from the experts.

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