By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Senior Reporter
SPORTS is among the hardest-hit sectors by the coronavirus illness 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, however it’s also a supply of inspiration for one to weave via the prevailing difficult circumstances.
That’s the motor behind the not too long ago printed e book Successful Nonetheless: Essays from the Philippine Sports activities Panorama through the Pandemic, which is an anthology of essays written by completed Filipino sports activities stakeholders and personalities.
It goals to encourage people to forge forward and use these tough instances to be formed, or reshaped, to be higher variations of themselves.
“Clearly, the pandemic hit us arduous. For those who go searching, each side of life has been affected by it. I can not consider any affairs not affected, and it’s not solely in sports activities,” mentioned Noli Ayo, mission coordinator for the e book and athletics director of Ateneo de Davao, in a Zoom Conferences interview.
Successful Nonetheless is a product of the thrice-a-week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) classes which Mr. Ayo spearheaded final yr simply because the pandemic was beginning to grip the nation, with a bunch of athletes and coaches and sports activities personalities.
Within the on-line classes, that are nonetheless ongoing, they speak about their totally different experiences throughout this time of the pandemic, the way it has affected them at varied ranges, and the way they’re shifting ahead, amongst different issues.
“It began with a small group then it attracted increasingly more people not solely right here within the nation, but in addition from overseas. When that occurred, we mentioned to ourselves that perhaps there was one thing in what we have been doing,” shared Mr. Ayo, who’s the convenor and one of many founders of the Mindanao Peace Video games, one of many greatest independently working sports activities organizations in Mindanao.
Among the many regular attendees of the classes, who finally turned members of the pool of writers of Successful Nonetheless, have been Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting), Ada Milby (rugby), Meggie Ochoa (jiu-jitsu), and Rubilen Amit (billiards) in addition to coaches Jong Uichico, Sandy Arespacochaga and Haydee Ong (basketball) and Oliver Almadro (volleyball).
Additionally a part of the group have been sports activities officers Akiko Thomson-Guevarra, Rebo Saguisag, Pearl Managuelod, Belay Fernando and Paul Supan, and sports activities executives Robbie De Vera and Geraldine Bernardo.
“All through the conferences, we gathered a whole lot of fascinating insights. Then the concept to make a e book out of it got here up. We felt that we needed to share what we have been discussing to extra folks in order to not have it lay to waste,” Mr. Ayo mentioned. “We didn’t need to preserve what we have been discussing only for ourselves.”
MAKING THE BOOKMr. Ayo mentioned in making the e book it was necessary for everyone to be aware of the lesson of getting a typical compelling purpose.
“Right here we like gathering folks, however generally we function in silos. And for this e book, we didn’t need that to occur,” he mentioned.
Successful Nonetheless is guided by three central themes – management, adapting to alter and shifting ahead.
Mr. Ayo mentioned initially they considered assigning writers for particular subjects, however finally reconsidered it, permitting them as an alternative to jot down something they need, however following the traces set for the e book.
“We mentioned to them, “For those who can categorical it, you may write it.” And we took it from there.”
And the result’s Successful Nonetheless, which consists of seven chapters, particularly, Overcoming Struggles, Thoughts over Matter, Relearning Endurance, Change or Pivot, The Anatomy of Champions, Inside Out, and Successful Nonetheless.
“This e book is a tangible proof that nice issues can occur when you have the appropriate folks coming collectively. I’m so happy with this e book and all of those writers,” Mr. Ayo mentioned.
He went on to say that the reception for the e book has been overwhelming, not too long ago being bought out and is about for reprinting, one thing they’re enthusiastic about. Quantity 2 can be being deliberate.
“On this pandemic, you both sink or adapt. The e book is about adapting, evolving amid the prevailing circumstances,” Mr. Ayo mentioned.
“The pandemic has affected us, nevertheless it additionally gave the invitation to alter. Many are nonetheless struggling, however there are additionally others who’ve moved ahead. [Things may look impossible right now], however the factor about impossibility is it solely takes one individual [or moment] to take away the unattainable.”
Successful Nonetheless is bought for P750 and is obtainable over the Successful Nonetheless Fb web page and on-line bookstore Loopy About Paper.