CEBU CITY – Staying in a place hundreds of miles away from home must have a reason other than bliss. For Roygbiv “Roy” Barro, it is the study and athletic aspirations. And on this particular situation, Roy is balancing two – football and practical shooting.
Though he has to juggle three things at a time – Barro always finds time to return home to his family in Cebu. Although, each time took a little bit longer because of the pandemic, his fondness for practical shooting and his duties as a football varsity player as a left-back defender of De La Salle University (DLSU).
“I decided to stay in Manila (but) not really for good, but for a longer period of time because I want to concentrate on my shooting, football, and studies” explained Barro. “Before I usually go home to Cebu every after event and because of that, my training will always be disrupted. I have to make some adjustments.”
According to the 21-year old former Don Bosco Technical Center forward, the plan of DLSU football team to hold a bubble training in preparation for the upcoming UAAP Season 84 tournament, which is scheduled to push through in February 2022, is one of the underlying reasons for staying much longer in the nation’s capital.
And he is dead serious in his career as a practical shooter for the Laguna Practical Shooters Group (LAG-PSG).
Before keeping his sights busy at the firing range, Barro first fell in love with football. He learned the rudiments of the sport at Don Bosco, where he achieved a certain measure of success as one of the top football players in Cebu and represented Central Visayas three times to the annual Palarong Pambansa competition.
“Football is really a sport that is closest to my heart,” said Barro, a one-time awardee of the Sportswriters Association of Cebu (SAC).
But aside from a tough routine as a member of DLSU Men’s football team and being an achiever in shooting, Barro holds double proficiency and tenacity in academics, which is his first and foremost priority.
His sacrifice and commitment paid their dues as Barro has become a consistent Dean’s Lister through his years in college.
But for now, he is girding up for various shooting competitions ahead, most notable among them are the Grandmaster’s Challenge Cup and the Bolo Cup, in which most top Sharpshooters and Champions in the country will participate.
“I have a lot of things to prepare for. By staying in Manila longer, I hope this will give me a stable foundation towards achieving all my goals in life,” added Barro, who finished No.22 from among the149 participants in the 24th Battle of the Gun Clubs in December last year in Marikina City. RCM