Sunday, 21 July 2019 00:01

The Story of Sisi Rondina - Finding God in the midst of poverty


Volleyball superstar Cherry “Sisi” Rondina of the University of Santo Tomas Lady Tigresses shared a piece of herself during the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas on Friday, July 19, 2019.


Cherry Rondina of the University of Santo Tomas shares her story of faith and hope in the love and mercy of God during PCNE 6's Heart to Heart Talk with Cardinal Chito on Friday, July 19, 2019.
Photo by: RCAM-AOC


Rondina, Most Valuable Player of the UAAP Season 81Women’s Division shared how she and her family find God even when they struggle fighting poverty in Cebu. 

“I started nothing po. Wala talaga, mahirap yung buhay po pero doon na lang po humahawak sa quote na ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and lagi po akong nagdadasal. Kasi sa pamilya po namin tatay ko pa lang sobrang istricto niya like hindi po niya kami pinapatulog pag hindi pa po kami nagdadasal. So always talaga yan,” Rondina said.

Given the state of life her family has, the young athlete remained optimistic and never gave up with her determination to give her family a better life 

“And yun yung sabi nga ni papa na manalig lang tayo, may outcome itong paghihirap natin. And yun nga po, maraming pinagdaanan to the point na, nasabi ko naman to na bata palang kami, proud ako na nakaain kami ng panis sa hirap ng buhay. But sabi ko nung pagkakain ko nun father, sabi ko, hinding hindi na to mauulit kasi tumungin ako sa mga kapatid, sa pamilya ko, ang hirap ganun yung makikita mo,” Rondina said.

Rondina also shared how she finds comfort from God’s embrace through constant prayer.

“Lagi po akong nagdadasal na Lord tanggalin niyo po ang anxiety ko. Lagi akong umuupo sa simbahan, paglabas ko magaan na. Ang gaan sa feeling na yung Diyos yung gagamot sa'yo."

Rondina’s life story was featured in ABS CBN’s Maalala Mo Kaya on Saturday, July 29, 2019, portrayed by Kim Chu. (HJ Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish and Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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