Ten days after getting their NOPSSCEA championship trophy, members of the University of St. La Salle elementary table tennis boys’ team are in tears as they mourn the passing of Miguel Java, the 12-year-old boy who died in the Java Pension House fire in Bacolod City yesterday.
Miguel was scheduled to compete in the provincials next month with his teammates from La Salle. His coach, Marell Lagunday, said Miguel’s teammates both from USLS and Lopue’s Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) are in shock at the suddenness of his death.
“He was very polite and diligent during practice. At first, he seemed aloof but after a couple of years of training with the team, he opened up and was more outgoing,” Lagunday said.
“Just last week, his father, Christopher, treated the team to snacks to celebrate our back-to-back championship in the NOPSSCEA. He said that if we win in the provincial meet then he will organize an outing for the team,” Lagunday recalled.
Miguel was supposed to play doubles with Franz Geganto, his teammate from La Salle.
Miguel was an only child and his mother, Liah Ng, who is based in New Zealand, is scheduled to come home today.
“This is very sad and painful for the La Salle and LOPTTA team. We will dedicate our games in the provincial meet to Miguel,” coach Lagunday said.*
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