As she smiled in front of the camera, Mylene Paat was visibly happy. After all, she’s back home.
The Adamson community, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier, too. After all, a beloved daughter is back home.
Paat confirmed her return to the Lady Falcons, hoping to contribute more than just a name as the team hopes to win a first-ever UAAP women’s volleyball championship in Season 80 next year.
The 5-foot-9 spiker last played for Adamson in Season 78, sitting out last year to ply her trade with the Laoag Power Smashers in the Shakey’s V-League and then the Cignal HD Spikers in the Philippine Superliga.
But representing her alma mater was always on her mind and the itch to bring the Lady Falcons back to the Final Four for the first time since 2014 pushed her back to San Marcelino.
“Sobrang excited na ako makabalik. Actually, gusto ko na agad mag-start yung training,” said Paat after Adamson bagged the first-ever Akari Cup crown on Sunday.
Now armed with more seasoning from experienced coaches like Nes Pamilar and George Pascua, the lefty aims to be the x-factor who can be spell the difference from last year’s nightmarish campaign to 2018’s season full of hope.
“Maturity,” said Paat when asked what she can contribute to a team that also features Jema Galanza, Eli Soyud, Fhen Emnas and Joy Dacoron.