LEGAZPI CITY — At a tender age of 13, Alleiah Malaluan’s suitors from Manila are fast lining up—not to be her partner but to be her school of choice.
The 5-foot-9 Malaluan has been considered as the most intriguing and most fascinating prospect in this year’s Palarong Pambansa secondary girls’ division where she aims to steer Calabarzon to a gold-medal finish.
An incoming Eighth Grader at De La Salle-Lipa, Malaluan showcased her offensive prowess as an open hitter in Calabarzon’s 25-17, 25-16 victory over Negros Island Region in their semifinals showdown on Friday at the Bicol College gym in nearby Daraga.
Asked if she’s getting offers from Manila-based schools, Malaluan immediately answered with all honesty, even naming some of them.
“NU, UST and Hope Christian (High School) po,” said the Paninsingin Tambo, Lipa City native.
The youngest of 3 children, Malaluan also played an instrumental role in De La Salle-Lipa’s title run in the Shakey’s National Volleyball Girls League last November, where she was named MVP. She also led Calabarzon to a gold medal finish in the elementary girls’ division of last year’s Palaro held at Tagum City, Davao Del Norte.
Before making a big jump to the Big City, Malaluan is making the most of her chance with De La Salle-Lipa.
“Proud po ako na mapabilang sa team na ‘to at ‘yung experience po na makapag-Palaro ulit,” she said.
Malaluan is expected to lead Calabarzon on Saturday morning when they take on National Capital Region in what promises to be an explosive showdown for the coveted medal. — By Jerome Lagunzad