CAGAYAN DE ORO

Oro's top athletes share positive tips amid virus outbreak

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Adrian Othniel Yulo (in the middle) then with his Xavier University chess team during the Milo Little Olympics National Finals. (Contributed photo)

STAYING at home will not only be a victory against the pandemic Covid-19, but a triumph for every Filipino family, who in the past were mostly preoccupied to enjoy special bonding and lengthy get-together as a close-knit family.

Cagayan de Oro's top athletes, especially those who made a name as varsity players in top colleges and universities in the big city, are one in sharing this thought even in the most trying times when everyone is seriously threatened by the global scourge that is the new coronavirus.

"The best people to be with during this trying times is our family. I am lucky to have come home before the lockdown in Manila was pronounced. No better place to feel safe than to be at home with my family. Also I’m doing workout everyday with my siblings in order to stay in shape," said Euricka Eslapor, who saw action for the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Fighting Maroons in Season 82 UAAP Women's volleyball tournament.

Athena Sophia Abbu of the University of Santo Tomas was also lucky to be home early, packing things right after classes in Manila had been suspended and so the rest of the UAAP Volleyball's Season 82.

But she remains health conscious and fully aware what to do amid the human race's fight against the deadly virus.

"During these times when the world is experiencing this pandemic and everyone is under home quarantine, it is very important to stay fit and healthy and be updated with current events and informations. To do this and cope with my sort of stay-at-home vacation, i make sure to always wash my hands regularly, eat healthy foods, take my vitamins and exercise daily," said the youthful Abbu.

"Every afternoon, I would hit the treadmill for about 30 minutes, do planking and lift a little weights. Doing this, I make sure to burn the calories I ate and maintain my physical condition. Hope and pray that we will get through this the soonest," she added.

UST football women's alumnus We April 'Julie' Gerona is somewhat cool and a bit care-free in dealing with the once-in-a-lifetime challenge that brings more horrible effect in countries with extreme weather condition such as the winter season.

Here's jolly Julie for you.

"Tungod sa Covid natakdan kog Tiktok (referring to Facebook's latest craze of awful but entertaining dance and gimmickry). Tungod sa Covid nakabalik ko'g luto sa mga favorite food nga gusto nako i-cook. Zumba pud to sweat.. then watching series 'Prayers for World Healing'," shared Gerona, now a part-time swim trainer at Xavier University and full-time senior high teacher at Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS) in Cagayan de Oro.

Adrian Othniel Yulo of De La Salle-College Saint Benilde was among those affected, though he always moves in a positive way and thinks like a Grandmaster.

"Despite the recent happenings going on around the world, I, as a chess player with the use of the internet, study games between grandmasters in order to make good use of the time. I observe how they think and react to particular positions that bring out the experience and skill they have in the first place. Aside from chess, I like to spend time talking to my best friends and play computer games with them," said Yulo, a former XU stalwart, best remembered for winning the MVP award in the Milo Little Olympics National Finals.


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