Ara Galang has been making a name in the volleyball scene ever since the start of her UAAP career in 2011. With her skills and smarts, she was named captain for the renowned Lady Spikers even before her senior year.
Despite Galang’s promising career as an athlete, it was revealed that she wanted to follow the footsteps of former team captain Aby Maraño in entering the business world. The LaSallian decided to sit down with the volleyball star and talk about her post-UAAP plans.
Cooking up the idea
According to Galang, what sparked her sudden interest in starting a business of her own was the Tyang Aby’s cafe, which her predecessor opened up in Sampaloc, Manila. “May one time na bumisita ako [sa cafe]. Mukhang masaya naman ang mga tao dun,” she says about Maraño’s place.
With the inspiration of Maraño’s cafe menu coming from volleyball, Galang plans to make the theme of her store in line with another popular sport.
“First love ko talaga yung basketball. Pero volleyball yung for girls so doon na lang ako,” Galang shares, adding that she has learned to love the sport after years of playing it.
As of press time, Galang has yet to decide on a name for her store. “Siguro by graduation may naisip na ako,” she adds, explaining that she’s currently focusing on volleyball and her remaining classes.
A different plan
While it is true that she wanted a business that would go together with Maraño’s Cafe, Galang expressed that, instead of a cafe, she is considering opening up a store that sells bags.
“Ever since bata pa ako, mahilig na ako sa mga bags,” she says. “Madalas akong lumalabas para lang bumili ng
According to her, she wanted to share her love for bags with others. Also, the chance to meet fellow “bag lovers” is a perk she wouldn’t want to miss. “Masaya yung feeling na may mami-meet kang mga tao na may parehong hilig sayo besides volleyball,” she points out.
She also shared how she plans to operate her business. “Baka magba-buy and sell ako [ng bags],” she says. “Pero kung swerte, gusto kong gumawa ng sarili kong brand.”
Support from loved ones
As one of the best collegiate volleyball players in the country, Galang understands that nothing can be achieved without hard work. She knows she would face a lot of challenges that she has not faced on the court, yet she believes that, whatever these challenges bring, she has her friends to back her up and support her. “Di naman ako mag-iisa. Alam ko na may magsusuporta sa akin,” she says.
Galang’s family also showed their support in her career plans. “Pero sabi sakin ng pinsan ko na mag-volleyball na lang daw ako,” she heartily adds.
Currently, tie-ups are being made with some companies to give Galang a boost in her budding business career. However, before venturing into the business world, her focus will be on her responsibilities as a student and an athlete in La Salle. “Isa-isa muna. Focus muna sa acads and yung position ko in the volleyball team,” she concludes.