Darlene Berberabe-Lim had to take on the role of cheerleader for her daughter Jamie in the young Karateka's gold medal recently awarded at the Southeast Asian Games.
Fortunately, she has a wealth of experience in this area.
“Back then I was known as the wife of Samboy Lim. All right, all right. "Let's go, Skywalker!" Now? "I am known as Jamie's mother," she said, wiping away tears after her daughter won the gold.
Darlene cheered behind Samboy during the daring PBA days when the PBA legend earned the monikers "Skywalker" and "Dragon" as Jamie battled for the top prize in the Kumite class for women weighing – 61 kilograms.
It was something new for Jamie to take part in the SEA games in front of a home audience. Darlene? She was a little more familiar with the situation.
"I already know what to say, what to do," she said. "I already had a tarpaulin [poster] ready."
“I trained Samboy, even if I didn't know anything about basketball – and he pretends to listen. It's the same with Jamie. I act like a coach, although I hardly know anything [about karate] “, she said with a giggle.
Darlene continues to storm Samboy while he is recovering from a stroke.
"[Before the games] I wrote to Jaime:" Papa struggles to be here with us every day to experience this moment, "she said.
And more than Jaime's gold, Darlene was most moved by how much her daughter reminded her of Samboy, who was twice a gold medalist at SEA Games.
"She has his discipline. She has his focus," she said.
Darlene should know. She has spent a lot of time being a face in the crowd and watching her husband and daughter use their moment.
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