• Aaron Arendsen

Amanda Villanueva: A journey in finding her true self

Updated: Dec 23, 2020


After graduating college and finishing her notable UAAP stint at Adamson University, Amanda Villanueva admitted getting “lost and overwhelmed” along the way, not knowing what to do that lead her to dig deeper into herself and eventually find her path.


The previous Lady Falcons Open Spiker immediately joined the PLDT Home Fibr Hitters after earning her Psychology degree, in which she was teamed with well-known players like Alyssa Valdez. However, even though their team was on a series of victories, she wanted more to up her game in life.


“I thought that I’ve been playing for 8 consecutive years already and what I did was to train all the time. [So] I wanted something new out of my life and I wanted to challenge myself in a different setting,” Villanueva said.


She then went to the Middle East and worked for an investment company while applying to be a flight attendant of a top airline, in which she was rejected 8 times making her confused and question herself continuously.


Even though she was earning good money, she didn’t feel happy with what she was doing, so she went back to the Philippines, still not knowing what to do whether to play professional volleyball or go corporate, but with the vision of going back to her comfort zone.

“I joined BVR (Beach Volleyball Republic) for fun [because] I needed to weigh if I want to play again because you can’t just play and then back out, you have to be committed and that’s how I am,” she said.


“If you want to do something, you got to be committed, if you’re 50-50, you just might not do it at all,” she added.


Villanueva’s turning point in life was when she was diagnosed with having panic attacks. She was told that her body is in a lot of stress; she had too much on her plate. A combination of a lot of hard work, discovering, and traveling was pushing too much stress upon herself.


She admitted that being young gave her a lot of doors open for opportunities to be grabbed; this plethora of opportunity eventually resulted in her struggling to know which one to grab at first.


“What I did was to stick at one thing and that was going back to play and being fit and healthy,” she told "Hang Time."

Listen to the full episode and interview with Amanda Villanueva with the link below:







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“Trusting everything to the higher being in the universe because you have no control of what’s happening, and what you can control is how you will react to everything that’s happening to you,” she added.


Currently, Amanda Villanueva found her place in the universe, working as a team manager for Creamline Beach and owns “Smash and Bite,” a burgeria she put up together with her fiancé.

The entire interview of Amanda Villanueva (Episode 3 of Hang Time) can be found with the links below.


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This piece was written by Carla Molina, a common contributor for Globally Ballin check out the link below to see all the articles by Carla Molina that revisit past episodes of the network in bring the story of the guests to article form as well.


https://www.globallyballin.com/articles/categories/episodes-revisited

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