PH Women’s Softball prepare for Korea during visit to Nevada

By Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 10, 2014

LAS VEGAS – For over two months now, the Philippine Women’s Softball team has been staying in the United States for extensive training.

Some of them are no strangers to American culture because they have been to the World Series, but homesickness is still a challenge.

“Dapat pag naglaro na kami sa Korea,” said Beronica Belleza, one of the team’s players. “Gawin namin inspirasyun yung mga natutunan namin dito, lalo na sa training, na everyday kami nag training, umaga, hapon, yung pagod na knakuha namin dito dapat ma iapply namin sa Korea.”

How hard is it for the players?

“Mahirap po, kase everyday po kami nag titraining,” she said. “Gigising kami ng mga 6:30, dapat nasa field na kami ng seven, tapos uuwi kami ng bahay, magpapahinga kami tapos punta nanaman kami ng batting cage para pumalo.”

Marlyn Francisco, another player, says, “Yung maging malayo sa pamilya namin, nagsaksakripisyo po kami para sa team at para sa mga tao na gustong manalo kami.”

The Philippine government has helped the team come to the U.S. for this training.

The private sector is also behind them.

“This is the first time the Philippine government support this kind of game,” said coach Ana Santiago. “Maybe we will make history if we train this way. We learned a lot from this training. Nakuha namin yung mga Fil-Am na share nila yung kind of training na ginagawa nila dito sa America.”

Twenty-one year old Fil-Am Danielle Gilmore says this is quite a learning experience for both the Filipino and Fil-Am players.

“The language that we speak here in softball here in America, it’s different the way they speak,” said Gilmore. “Just little things. It’s hard to explain, but it’s the situational language and all that stuff. It’s been a learning process for everybody but we are heads and shoulders above from two months ago.”

The players have also been getting lots of support from fellow Filipinos who know they are in Las Vegas.

“We pray that it will be a good turn out and we pray that they will be healthy, safe, and they will have fun,” said Grace Samson.

“Kailangan tulungan natin sila,” said Alloy Carillo, another supporter, “Kase binisita tayo dito sa America.”

The Philippine Women’s Softball Team is scheduled to play this Saturday and Friday at Lynn Craig Park in Henderson. They are hopeful that kababayans in Southern Nevada will support the team on their last two days of stay here in the Valley.

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