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[December 04, 2013]

Gumabao's new field of dreams [Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)]

(Gulf Daily News (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) VOLLEYBALL darling Michele Gumabao personifies talent, charm and passion.

Her thunderous spikes are almost unstoppable, and her fierce persona on the hardcourt seems to belie the bubbly girl with the ever-ready infectious smile.

She is undoubtedly one of the most recognizable faces in the sport that has witnessed a boom this year and drawn mammoth crowds comparable with the multitudes present in every La Salle-Ateneo basketball game.

The 5-foot-9 Gumabao has helped the De La Salle Lady Spikers win three straight Universities Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) titles. Last March, they swept old rivals Ateneo Lady Eagles in the title series, 2-0. For her sustained brilliance, Gumabao earned an added personal achievement when she was adjudged Finals' Most Valuable Player (MVP).

And as expected, after a successful stint in collegiate volleyball, many opportunities knocked on Gumabao's door like products endorsements, guestings and a TV hosting stint. These things may have helped her decide the kind of career she would love to embrace. So she has finally made up her mind: she is walking away for good from the hardcourt towards the lights and camera on the sidelines.

That means she is no longer suiting up for her fifth and final playing year with the Lady Spikers in the 76th UAAP season which had already started this week.

Actually, Gumabao has already finished her BS Marketing Management studies at La Salle, and to resume her UAAP career, the two-time Best Blocker and Finals MVP would need to enroll for the required units. She could stay for another year by enrolling in the DLSU Graduate School of Business Pronouncement The La Salle community and the fans - tens of thousands of them, in fact - were still keeping their fingers crossed that Gumabao would reconsider her earlier pronouncement that she's no longer be playing her final year of eligibility. But apparently there's no change of heart for Gumabao now and it's final, she is no longer coming back at forefront of the Lady Spikers who will be launching their ambitious bid for a four-peat.

At this point in time, the daughter of former PBA player, actor and congressman Dennis Roldan wants to pursue her dreams in other fields. She will still hear cheers, but from a different crowd, in a different arena where a new career for her awaits. The 21-year-old volleybelle wants to carve a name in the entertainment industry.

Actually, after helping the girls in green win three straight titles in the UAAP, the lovely Gumabao had already started making the big switch: from hitting the ball hard to hosting gig.

Now she works as a segment host for a sports program on television, and recently was part of the Shakey's V-League Open Conference, not as a player but as courtside reporter.

She has also entered modeling and is part of a daring and controversial ad campaign for a sports retail store. Obviously, she enjoys being busy and doing what she's doing now.

A new career awaits her and she has already learned to take risks and accept change for she knows change can also be good.

She is certain that the great amount of hard work, self-discipline and passion she gained from playing volleyball has equipped her to survive what's ahead of her, on and off the hardcourt. She may not be the Lady Spiker with the jersey No. 7 anymore, but the Lady Spiker will conquer what's ahead - with her feet firmly planted on the ground and her sights set on her goals for her new career.

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