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Name : ALYJA DAPHNE SANTIAGO
NU Lady Bulldogs (WVT)
Nickname : JAJA
College : National University
Highschool : University of Santo Tomas
Position : Middle
Height : 6’4
Rookie: UAAP Season 76
Holds the record of the youngest player to ever play in Shakey’s V-League. She
joins NU as Guest Player in Season 7 Conference 2 at the age of 14.
Alyja Daphne Santiago and Roxanne Pimentel holds the record of the tallest player
so far in the Shakey’s V-League. Roxanne, Guest Players for UST for several
seasons stands 6’3″, tying it up is Santiago (who also holds the record for the
youngest player ever been in the league) who also stands 6’3″, the Guest Player
for NU on Season 7 Conference 2.
Feedback from her fans:
“She holds the record of the youngest player to ever play in Shakey’s V-League at
the age of 14 as Guest Player for the NU bulldogs in Season 7 2nd Conference”
“Beauty and Power…
Sana bumilis pa sya at iimprove nya ang kanyang blocking katatakutan talaga sya sa
“maganda nga yang si jaja……..lalo ngayon medyo nagkalaman ng konti lalo sexy
sa paningin ko!!!”
“very surprised she didn’t go to ucla, but it’s her decision to make.”
“Ako, hindi surprised. Sweet kasi yung parang image nya eh. Kaya alam ko puso na naman ang paiiralin nya sa magiging desisyon nya.”
“Maalam tumanaw ng utang na loob ang batang ito. Malayo ang kanyang mararating. Pagpapalain ito ng nasa taas.”
V-League/PH squad returns home, fate uncertain
By Noel Zarate
“When I looked down on my jersey and saw the Philippine flag, it made me more
focused on what had to be done,” 17-year-old phenom Jaja Santiago, the
tournament’s “Miss Volleyball” awardee explained in Tagalog. “I wasn’t competing
for a school or a club anymore. This was for my country. That’s one of the reasons
I chose to stay here (instead of accepting an offer to study abroad) because I
know I can make a difference here. I pray that this team stays intact.”
Here’s why Jaja Santiago said no to UCLA Bruins offer
By Reuben Terrado
“Iniisip ko po, kapag pumunta ba ako doon, may tutulong ba sa akin at kapag
nangailangan ba ako, may matatakbuhan ba ako?” says NU Lady Bulldogs rookie Jaja
Santiago. Jerome Ascano
FAMILY was the main reason why Jaja Santiago decided to stay with National
University and decline an offer of an athletic scholarship from the University of
California-Los Angeles (UCLA), which would have given the volleyball rising star a
chance to hone her game in the US NCAA.
While she understood that the Bruins offer would have given her the rare
opportunity to play for a Division I school in the US, Santiago said she dreaded
the thought of being alone in a foreign land.
“Maraming nagsasabi bakit pinag-iisipan ko pa,” Santiago told Spin.ph. “Hindi
naman sa ayaw dahil ‘yun naman talaga ang isa sa mga priority ko. Kaso iniisip ko
po, kapag pumunta ba ako doon, may tutulong ba sa akin at kapag nangailangan ba
ako, may matatakbuhan ba ako?
“Ang hirap din na walang assurance lalo na ako lang ‘yung pupunta doon at minor pa
po ako,” Santiago added.
After passing up on the offer relayed to her by UCLA assistant coach Joy
McKienzie-Fuerbringer last March, the 6-foot-4 Santiago said she decided to take
up an Electronics and Communications Engineering course at NU.
“Iniisip ko rin ‘yung pag-aaral ko. Iba kasi doon. May mga subject doon na wala
dito. Nag-aalangan din ako,” said Santiago.
Santiago said things would’ve been better if a family member accompanied her in
“Siguro mas okay na kasama ko pamilya ko. Siyempre kapag nangailangan ako ng
tulong, may malalapitan ako,” the 17-year-old said.
Santiago and older sister Dindin were a part of the V-League selection that
represented the Philippines in the recent Women’s World Championship qualifiers in
The younger Santiago said it was an honor to don the Philippine colors.
“Masaya ako kasi naging part ako ng Philippine team and at the same time,
nakatulong ako sa kanila,” said Santiago.
Even though the team was hastily formed, Santiago said that they were able to
develop camaraderie so quickly.
“Kahit one week lang, nakita ko ‘yung tulungan namin sa laro,” said Santiago.