by Akiko John Domingo

Among the three awards: gold, silver and bronze, it’s the first one that matters most for Jasper Fernandez.

Fernandez, 16, a freshman student of Bulacan State University's College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT), was very diligent before the finals of the table tennis male division in the 2012 Intramurals of the said university.

Fernandez attained his finals appearance by defeating Bustos Campus’ Philip Feliciano on the quarter finals by just a point, 3-2.

He then won the Men’s Group A after vanquishing COE’s Mark Jeffrey Espinola with 3-1 score.

But unfortunate incidents followed and he lost the finals against Jansen Reyes of CHE with a slim 4-3 score.

After the awarding ceremony, Fernandez said, “Silver ang napanalunan ko, ‘di ko in-expect 'yon, gold ang inasahan ko.”

When asked on what he will do after the game, Fernandez said, “Train hard po.”

Fernandez was also involved in swimming, though much more devoted on pingpong.

Idol ko po talaga si Timo Boll,” Fernandez articulated pertaining to a German table tennis superstar.

“At dahil kay Timo Boll, mas lalo ko pang pagbubutihan,” Fernandez said, inspiring himself.

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