Meet Erysa Pascual: A Story of a Female Basketball Aspirant

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By Frank Leo Aniscal - Published August 31, 2020


Being conservative is part of the Filipino culture, especially for women. Soft-spoken, covered with thick dress, and typically hygienic. But as years go by, we learn to accept the fact that women can also do what men can, including those activities that require strength and athleticism. And that is what Erysa Baldivino Pascual proved to her parents.

At a young age, Erysa got interested in the sport of basketball by watching her uncles and neighbors playing on the courts in Moncada, Tarlac. From being an audience of town leagues and pick-up games, she was able to learn the fundamentals and has played not only with other female basketball players but also against the opposite gender.

Because of that, her parents tried to divert her attention by forcing her to play different sports. However, it only added fire to her love and passion for basketball as she continued showcasing her skills and talent by joining the varsity team of her school. Her family witnessed her motivation, development, and her eagerness to win when she’s on the hardcourt, so eventually, they started supporting Erysa on her chosen career.

Recently, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) gave license to Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) as the first professional league for female basketball aspirants. This gives way for Erysa’s dream to become a reality in the future.

Like Erysa, we can break old barriers for as long as we love what we’re doing and thrive to become successful without causing harm to others and not neglecting other responsibilities. As she quoted her favorite verse in the bible: Mark 5:36 - “Don’t be afraid, just believe.”

To inspire you more, here is Erysa Baldivino Pascual’s story:

Ako po si Erysa Baldivino Pascual,taga-Moncada,Tarlac po. Nung bata po ako ay lagi po akong pinapalo sa pwet hahahaha u wanna know the reason?

Grade 4 palang po ako nakikita kona pong naglalaro yung mga tito ko ng basketball,nood sa mga liga,laro sa plaza.Pinapalo po ako sa pwet kasi lagi akong nakikitang naglalaro ng basketball na kalaro mga lalaki kasi hindi daw dapat ganon laro ko.

Syempre po makulit akong bata non kaya patuloy parin ako sa paglalaro hahaha. Grade 6 ako ay nakikidayo na kami sa kabaranggay lang namin hahaha.May time non na ayaw kona maglaro kasi lagi akong napapahiya sa plaza kasi po pinapalo talaga ako. HAHAHAHAHA. Alam niyo po kung san ako tatakbo? Sa sementeryo po HAHAHAHA kasi po malapit sa sementeryo yung basketball court kaya po dun ako tunatakbo dahil alam kong di ako mahahabol ni mama don.Uuwi akong umiiyak tapos sermon palagi.

Nasubukan kona rin pong sumali sa liga nang mag-isa kolang na babae hahaha, Grade 6 po ako nun.Tapos po nung maging high school na ako may basketball girls po pala hahaha and syempre dahil sa makulit ako ay sumali talaga ako.Ang alam nila mama na laro ko ay volleyball hahahaha.Halos lahat ata ng laro nasalihan kona dahil sa ayaw akong palaruin ng basketball.Arnis,table tennis,taekwondo,badminton,volleyball,long jump,high jump, at pati track and field hahahaha. Hindi alam nila mama na kasali ako sa basketball sa school.Municipal meet,Cluster meet at provincial meet, umiiyak ako kila mama para ipapirma sakanila parental consent ko HAHAHAHAHAHA.Hanggang sa naging grade 9 po ako nagulat nalang ako na super supportive na nila sake. Nanood sila noon sa municipal meet kasama mama,papa,cousins,titos,titas at pati lolo't lola ko.Nung nakuha po ako sa CLRAA ket naiyak mama at papa ko kasi baby bonjing ako e hahahaha. Diko maranasan matulog sa ibang bahay tapos isang buwan don sa training e. Kaya pag tatawag papa ko sakin sasabihing uwi kana baby,dito ka nalang haha iyak iyak pa nga ako non e.

At ngayon po lagi po nila akong sinusuportahan, lahat po binibigay nila for me pagdating sa basketball kasi pinatunayan kopo talaga sakanila na kaya po naming mga babae ang larong basketball.Hindi po ako natakot kahit ang dami po talagang naging hadlang kasi nakatatak po sakin tong verse na to:

D o n ' t b e a f r a i d, j u s t b e l i e v e.” - Mark 5:36

Nakakatakot pong matalo pero mas nakakatakot po pag dika natuto. Huwag nating bilangin yung mga talo,gawin nalang natin itong aral na pwede nating ikalakas sa susunod.Sabi nga po ni idol Lebron James na You have to be able to accept failure to get better.

Babae kami,hindi basta babae lang.

-Glyn

Sa mga dipo supportive ang magulang ngayon ,pakita lang po nating gusto natin yung ginagawa naten at patunayan po nating may patutunguhan po yung paglalaro naten.Basta wala po tayong napapabayaang ibang responsibilities naten,tuloy lang po natin ang paglalaro with the love of the Lord❤️