Aleona Denisse Santiago Biography, Career, Family, Net Worth and Awards
Aleona Denise Santiago – Aleona Denise “Dindin” Antonio Santiago–Manabat (born September 26, 1993) is a Filipino volleyball player. She played in the UAAP during her collegiate years for the NU Lady Bulldogs and started her professional career in the Philippine Super Liga as the first overall pick in the 2014 season for Petron Blaze Spikers.
Aleona Denise Santiago – Personal life
Santiago was born on September 26, 1993, the third of five siblings. Her brother (Axel Leonard Santiago, a former champion of men’s volleyball player in National University “NU Bulldogs” of UAAP Season 75) is currently working in PLDT and her older sister is working in Dubai, while she and her sister, Alyja Daphne “Jaja” Santiago, both played for the women’s volleyball in different leagues, she and Jaja was the same as the De Ocampo brothers, Yancy and Ranidel de Ocampo, both played in the Philippine Basketball Association, who both hail in Tanza, Cavite.
Her father was a former basketball player Jojo Santiago and her mother is Alma Antonio a caregiver in Israel.
Aleona Denise Santiago is married to basketball coach Chico Manabat.
Aleona Denise Santiago – Career
Santiago won the SVL 10th Season 1st, Conference won the Conference Most Valuable Player award, the SVL 10th Season 1st, Conference Conference Most Valuable Player and Best Server. She has also won the SVL 11th Season, 1st Conference Conference Most Valuable Player award and the 2014 PSL Grand Prix 2nd Best Middle Blocker individual award.
She started her rookie collegiate volleyball career with the UST Golden Tigresses, before transferring to National University. After being transferred from UST to the NU Lady Bulldogs, Santiago played for two seasons as the team captain. She is one of the Guest Player especially in Championship match against Cagayan Valley Lady Rising Suns during the 10th Season of Shakey’s V – League in the 2013 Open Conference as Smart-Maynilad Net Spikers finished in the second place.
She is one of the Guest Player especially in Battle for Bronze match against Philippine Air Force Air Spikers during the 11th Season of Shakey’s V – League in Open Conference as she helped PLDT Home Telpad Turbo Boosters to win the match.
Her first professional team, where she was the first draft pick for the 2014 season with Petron Blaze Spikers and debuted in the 2014 All-Filipino Conference of the Philippine Super Liga (PSL). In early December 2015, Santiago took a leave of absence from the sport because of her pregnancy.
First joined as a guest player during the 11th Season, 3rd Conference of the Shakey’s V-League. On August 18, 2016, Santiago announced that she will join the Foton Tornadoes for the 2016 PSL Grand Prix Conference, playing alongside her sister, Jaja.
Aleona Denise Santiago – Clubs
- Philippines UST Golden Tigresses (2009-2010)
- Philippines NU Lady Bulldogs (2012-2014)
- Philippines Smart-Maynilad Net Spikers (2013)
- Philippines PLDT Home Telpad Turbo Boosters (2014)
- Philippines Petron Blaze Spikers (2014-2015)
- Philippines Philippine Army Lady Troopers (2015)
- Philippines Foton Tornadoes (2016)
Aleona Denise Santiago – Awards
- UAAP Season 76 “Best Attacker”
- Shakeys V-League 8th Season 1st, Conference “Best Blocker”
- Shakeys V-League 10th Season 1st, Conference “Conference Most Valuable Player”
- Shakeys V-League 10th Season 1st, Conference “Best Server”
- Shakeys V-League 11th Season, 1st Conference “Conference Most Valuable Player”
- 2014 Philippine Super Liga Grand Prix “2nd Best Middle Blocker”
- 2015 Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino “1st Best Middle Blocker”