By Johnny R. Lee, Ph.D.
Greatness in any endeavors would not be complete without mentioning the great moments and personalities who lent their talents and made a remarkable impact in bringing up to greater heights the games of volleyball in Tawi-Tawi.
One famous moment was when two local boys named Gabshar Tahiluddin and Yusop Abdulkarim slugged it out in the FINALS during the 2015 NATIONAL BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS held in the scenic and famous Boracay Island.
Facing a formidable tandem from Far Eastern University of Metro Manila, the two Tawi-Tawi boys withstood and vanquished the number one seeded FEU team in a thrilling deciding set with a regulation two point margin after a 15-15 tie in the final set. At stake was a P250,000.00 cash prize plus loads of sports equipment.
The scene during their championship games was one for the record. The bleachers were filled to the rafters as all 13 participating team members were in attendance. These, plus the hundreds of visiting tourists and local residents were there too watching closely the annual events sponsored by Nestea Philippines.
The FEU sports management, sensing and anticipating a worthy contender from the Tawi-Tawi, shipped out and ferried their school cheerers with a marching band all the way up from Manila down to Boracay island. Added to the spectacular tournament were the presence of prime and known Philippine movie personalities who were there as part of the Nestle company product endorsers.
The Tawi-Tawi sports heroes, Tahiluddin and Abdulkarim, played under the banner MSU Tawi-Tawi Team coached by MSU Sports Director Prof. Edward Lee.
(This writer was present at the scene when the game was played in Boracay. He was there as the Coach of Team Mahardika Institute (MIT) who landed as 7th placer of the 13 qualifiers from around the country.) JOHNNY R. LEE