Mae Basarte: An eye on volleyball and the arts

UPWVT junior Mae Basarte not only has a passion for volleyball but has her eyes on a future in the arts.

Mae Basarte — artist or film director?

The Cebuana smiled. “Sana,” her eyes lighting up. If all things fall into place, she will do both. The arts and film are pursuits Mae is most passionate about outside volleyball. After finishing her first degree and enjoying a successful career in volleyball, she hopes she’ll get to take up film. It was a dream she had told her first coach in Manila, after her graduation from high school.

“Nung bata pa ako, meron na akong interest sa art, sa film,” shared Basarte over dinner at the Hai Kang Seafood restaurant in Greenhills last Saturday, March 17.

The embers for that artistic talent were unknowingly stoked by her older brother, of all persons.

“Yung kuya ko kasi ang galing sa illustration,” recalled Mae with a hearty laugh. “Nung bata ako, humihingi ako ng tulong sa kanya sa mga (drawing) assignment ko pero ayaw niya! Aaahhh!”

So Basarte tried her hand at drawing. “Sinubukan ko at talagang nag-practice ako. Saka ko nakita na – ah, kaya ko pala. Meron din akong talent kahit paano.”

While her love for the game of volleyball is unquestioned, Basarte hopes that her dreams for a career in art and even film will be realized. “Yung volleyball hindi naman forever, so realistically, dapat meron kang ibang puwedeng gawin sa buhay mo,” she explains.

“Nag-try ako last semester mag-shift to film,” she shared. “Delayed na ako pero gusto ko…”

In her spare time, she likes shooting videos and editing them as well. And she shares notes, observations and ideas with her UPWVT teammate, Josette Thai who is also into film.

“Sa ngayon tapusin ko muna yung isa ko na course then mag double major ako.”

Are her teammates also the subject of her simple videos?

“Yes,” she simply says.

Best supporting player?

Mae Basarte laughs. “Basta sa ngayon aral at laro muna. Then tignan natin.”