The Philippines hosted the second leg of the 2019 ASEAN Grand Prix tournament at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna from October 4 to 6, 2019.
When my friend (Joey Magobo) sent me the schedule of the tournament on my messenger last Wednesday (October 2, 2019), I got very excited to witness the memorable event live. I cancelled all my Saturday and Sunday appointments. Volleyball is life.
Going to the sports complex was fun. Asking mu uncle to drive for me is a relief because I’m not familiar with the place. From my house to Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna, it took us an hour. My friend (Edelle Mendoza) and I arrived at the venue at 1:30 pm. Luckily we didn’t go to the ticket booth to secure tickets because Edelle’s uncle who is one of the line judges of the tournament gave us the tickets. There were two lines to the entrance. Spectators with bags and without were separated.
The line for without bags was too short making it easier for the spectators to reach the entrance. However, it took me thirty minutes to enter the premises of the sports complex. There were police officers to inspect our belongings. Perfume, bottled water and drinks, and food were not allowed inside the sports complex.
Ushers and usherettes were around to assist us to our seat. Upper box J was our haven. It was of a free seating. I sat beside the camera men. During time-outs I talked to them asking the technical aspects of their job. Our place was so perfect.
Different food kiosks were placed on the second floor of the building of the sports complex. I got hungry and had some slices of pizza and buko shake. Buko shake is my favorite fruit shake by the way.
Match three between Vietnam and Indonesia started at 3 pm.
Vietnam put up a strong fight and grabbed the third set, but Indonesia asserted its might for a 29-27, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17 triumph.
Thailand fully engaged a depleted Philippines side to score a lopsided 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 victory Saturday might on match four and remain on target for the second leg title in the ASEAN Grand Prix.
After the game, I saw a friend of mine at the lobby. He gave me a lift back home. At 8:15 pm I safely reached my home sweet home.