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Bryan Bagunas is enjoying winning the title on home soil again

Bryan Bagunas is enjoying winning the title on home soil again

By: Lance Agcaoili46 minutes ago

Bryan Bagunas is enjoying winning the title on home soil again

Cignal HD Spikers’ Bryan Bagunas wins Finals MVP award at the 2024 Spikers’ Turf Open Conference Finals. –MARLO CUETO/

MANILA, Philippines – Bryan Bagunas may have won back-to-back titles in Taiwan, but he said there is nothing better than the feeling of winning a championship in his home country.

After five years, Bagunas finally earned another Spikers’ Turf championship after recording 22 points built on 15 attacks, five aces and two blocks in Cignal’s successful title defense in the 2024 Open Conference Finals Game 2 on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum .

“Iba pa rin ‘yung nag champion ka sa sarili mong bansa,” Bagunas said after scoring the final four points of Cignal’s 25-23, 27-25, 25-21 win over Criss Cross to win the championship for good Friday evening crowd.

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“There are many fans of men’s volleyball and the growth of men’s volleyball in the Philippines. Sobrang nakakatuwa at nakaka pride.”

Bagunas last won a Spikers’ Turf Championship with National University in the 2018 season and a title on Philippine soil in the UAAP Season 81 in 2019 – the same year he last played in the men’s club competition with Air Force.

The former UAAP MVP, who won a pair of titles with Win Streak in Taiwan, found his new home with the HD Spikers and shared his international-caliber talent to complete a golden repeat.

Bagunas barely missed a beat in the Spikers’ Tuf, crediting his quick gelling to his new teammates and coaches.

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“Hindi language is the way you can do this, if you don’t. I think I have more time to make my journey, and I am the guide who is also the loob and the i-guide,” he said. “Malaking bagay yung connection namin siguro kaya nagin maayos performance after this final.”

Bagunas also enjoyed his Finals showdown with fellow Philippine men’s volleyball teammate and Criss Cross star Marck Espejo, with whom he shares the same goal of taking their sport to greater heights.

“Iisa lang kami ng goal, mapaangat yung men’s volleyball, yung level ditto sa Pilipinas. So if it’s similar, it’s good to go to the Philippines,” he said.

Bagunas returns to Taiwan for another pocket tournament with Win Streak, but he remains involved with the national team as it braces to host the 2025 FIVB Men’s World Championship.