Showing posts from March, 2006

Askal lifts Azkals to improbable win over Taiwan

A STRAY dog’s untimely answer to nature’s call propelled the Azkals to a scintillating 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei yesterday in their first game of the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup at the Penabenuang Stadium in Bangladesh.

Facing a far more superior team, the Azkals, who are coming off back-to-back losses to Thailand’s senior and Under-23 teams prior to the Challenge Cup, were on the defensive for most of the match, with captain Ali Borromeo providing spectacular defensive plays to stop the opposing strikers.

The Pinoys rarely had a chance at goal in the second half before that fateful 79th minute, when the dog came to play.

Early in the match, the Azkals, which has problems in the opposing side defense, left a man open but his shot hit the bar, unto Borromeo’s head before keeper Ref Cuaresma, a former Southwestern University scooped it safely.

Cuaresma was taxed to the limits of his abilities in the next 30 minutes as he pulled save after save as the wily Chinese offense ke…

Another bridesmaid finish for CIS

FOR the second straight year, the Cebu International School stumbled in the International Schools Athletic Conference Girls' football finals to finish second in the eight team event over the weekend at Brent Baguio.

CIS, which lost to Brent Subic via shoot-out in last year's finals, lost 0-2 to Brent Manila last Sunday to finish second in the event. The runner-up finish also boosted CIS to third place in the over-all rankings of Isac. Brent Manila got the over-all trophy award for the second straight year after sharing the top prize with CIS last year.

Newcomer Mindanao Christian Academy, which took the boys basketball crown over Southville IS, 46-45, finished second over-all.

"Girls basketball is what pulled us down in the rankings because we finished last. We weren't able to practice much for girls basketball because the kids were busy with a school play," said CIS athletic director Brian Bedford.

The CIS girls, coached by Dexter Arrojado and Jessica Aspillaga, …

CIS returns to Isac girls football finals

BAGUIO City – The Cebu International School barged into the final round of the International Schools Activities Conference (Isac) Girls' Soccer after a grueling four-game second day at Brent Baguio.

Meanwhile, their Boys' basketball team bowed out of contention despite putting up a valiant effort against Mindanao Christian Academy (Mica) before losing, 28-38 to finish with three wins and three losses.

The CIS girls, won two, drew one and lost to Brent Manila in the second day of the Isac meet to finish second in girls' soccer behind Brent Manila. CIS has 14 points on four wins and a draw while Brent Manila is first with 18 points from six wins.

Ironically, British School Manila, the only undefeated team with three wins and four draws is not in contention for the finals as they finish third with 13 points.

The CIS girls will have a chance for revenge against Manila, when they face each other in the final match at 9 p.m. today.

"We can beat (Brent) Manila, they just got …

CIS dominates Isac girls soccer day one

BAGUIO City – The Cebu International School had a good start in the first day of the International Schools Athletic Conference (ISAC) here at Brent Baguio.

The Girls' football team took a temporary hold of the top spot after bagging two wins and a draw, while the Boys' basketball team also started with two means before stumbling in its final assignment, losing to Southville International School (SIS), 27-40.

"If we win both events, we will be the ISAC over-all champion," said CIS athletic director Brian Bedford. Last year, CIS shared the over-all trophy with Brent Manila.

In its first game, the CIS girls, who finished runner-up last year, had difficulty finding their target as they fought to a scoreless draw with defending champion, Brent Subic.

"Lisud ka-ayo makascore kay gamay ra ka-ayo ang oras," said CIS head coach, Dexter Arrojado, who is assisted by former University of Sto. Tomas varsity, Jessica Aspillaga. Each half runs for only 17 minutes.

In their …

FC Inter Cebu holds Denker Cup

From the Site.

Here is also the correction for our EWALD DENKER Tournament Invitation:

Sunday, April 2, Men's Open,
Sunday, April 23, Youth, 1991 and younger,
Sunday, April 30, Youth, 1989 and younger,
Sunday, May 7, Youth 1993 and younger,
Sunday, May 14, Youth, 1987 and younger.

Biltz tournament style, maximum 8 teams per category,
Lineup (22players) 30 min before the 1. game of the team,
Maximum per game (11players,3 substitutes,goalie substitute)
2 brackets, playing time depends on the number of teams,
all teams will receive a Trophy,
no registration fee.
Location: Lapu-Lapu, MEPZ 1 field
contact: Manfred, email:, tel:34658371

Thanks to the Big Guy


FOOTBALL mags are as rare as a Pele sighting here in the Philippines. Imagine my surpise when I got a few in the mail last week, thanks to the Big Guy, man-mountain Jack Biantan, the former Sun.Star assistant sports editor who is now pulling his weight in London, with his newly-born son, Lucky.

He's coming home this May 4, and he said, he's going to donate an England jersey to the MVP of the Inter Club Invitational's Men's Open. And in classic Jack Biantanesque -- a bahag for the 38-above MVP."

CCSC to introduce football to barangays

FOOTBALL in Cebu is set to get a livelier as the Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) is ready to spread the sport to the grassroots.

"With Ricky Dakay as our sports director for football, we can introduce football to the barangay level," said CCSC's Jack "The Wack" Jakosalem.

Dakay, who also sits at the Queen City Football Club board, was named the godfather for football in Cebu, a move by the CCSC to copy what Ed Hayco has done with the multi-awarded Team Cebu City-Dancesport.

The grassroots program is also expected to increase the population of football players in Cebu, which is already having problems with suitable playing venue.

However, Jakosalem and Dakay are already taking steps to address the perennial problem with the long planned football field at the South Reclaimation Project.

"The mayor has already approved that two football fields will be constructed at the SRP along with the planned multi-purpose park," said Jakosalem.

A field for baseball and…

Springdale wins Red Ribbon

PAREF-Springdale bagged its fourth straight title after a surprisingly easy, 3-0, whipping of Hiroshi FC in the finals of the Red Ribbon Under-16 tournament at the San Roque Parish football field.

This year, Springdale has won the 1991 age group of the Thirsty Cup, Cebu International School Friendship Cup, while also bagging last year's Aboitiz 15 Under, also against Hiroshi.

Yesterday's win also capped Springdale's impressive campaign in the Red Ribbon, where it has not conceded a single goal while scoring 18 in its four wins.

"Kaluoy sa Ginu-o, na-champion," said Springdale coach Mario Ceniza, "I was a bit worried because we didn't get to practice much as the kids were busy with their exams."

Ceniza said he didn't field some of his players yesterday since it is their policy not to let players who missed the practices, play.

Ceniza need not worry as Carlos Veloso and Kevin Tecson's strong presence in the midfield allowed Springdale to control th…

Bacolod to host LG Cup

AFTER last year's 23rd Southeast Asian Games, football fans in Bacolod City are set to witness another international football extravaganza with the country's hosting of the qualifying round of the 2006 LG Cup.

Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Johnny Romualdez is still waiting for the final confirmation from the Asean Football Federation.

"It's still unofficial because we haven't got the papers yet," said Romualdez. "If we get it, it will be most likely in Bacolod."

However, a report from the Vietnam Football Federation website already mentioned the Philippine's hosting of the event, slated Nov.

"Though the host country for the final round has not yet been chosen, the program will vary little from 2004. Accordingly, the qualifying round will be held in the Philippines from Nov. 7 to the 25 with the participation of Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Laos, and the Philippines. Brunei will join the tournament on the condition that the sp…

Dakay named Cebu football's godfather

AFTER ED Hayco's successful handling of Team Cebu City-Dancesport, the Cebu City Sports Commission is mulling to appoint a 'godfather' to take care of each sport, to duplicate the dance czar's achievement with dancesport.

"We want to spread what Ed Hayco has done to the other sport, the godfather doesn't necessarily have to be a player of that sport, he should just have the passion and can devote his time for the sport," said Jack Jakosalem of the Cebu City Sports Commission.

Hayco, and his wife Eleanor have helped raised the level of Dancesport in the city, leading to Cebuanos domination of dancesport in the national level and culminating to a gold medal sweep in last year's Southeast Asian

Among the 'godfathers' the commission are looking are Juan Uy for swimming, Ryan Rivera for gymnastics, Glen Soco for volleyball and Ricky Dakay for football.

According to Jakosalem, Uy wanted to spread swimming in the Barangay level but his project did not p…


I was informed by our managing editor for news that somebody called to complain about my football stories. The person said, he wished that _____ gets the same level of coverage as ______ and that the kids were disappointed.

Come on guys, give me a break. I've been giving equal space to all teams out there. (I never got to talk to the guy. So for those who have complains, call me, heck, i've posted my number here lot's of times, again its 09274400368)

My first reaction, when I was informed of the call, was that person must have not read our paper in months. But, I may be wrong, I may be seeing things in a different perspective.

So, am I?

I also thought, it may have something to do with the pictures that gets published in the paper. Yes, I think one school gets the lions share of the pictures, but it's not my fault.

During tournaments, the protocol in the newsroom is, the day before you sked the photo assignment. And i always write, Red Ribbon tournament at San Roque: 1 to…

Win Streak.

Hi folks, I'm trying to compile a record of the win streak of the different teams here in Cebu. By win streak, I mean winning the title, as there are some discrepancies with the age group competition, precisely when some competitions are labled as U12 and the other competitions are defined as for the elementary level etc., well. Here come's you.

Here's my compilation (and do correct me if I'm wrong, my record tallying starts from Jan. of 2005)
PU6: none yet
PU8: none yet
PU10: none yet
BU12: DB (?), Milo (05), City Olympics,
BU14:Paref (?)
B17:CIS (CIS, Aboitiz, San Roque, Thirsty)
G17:CIS (Aboitiz, San Roque, Thirsty)

college:(none that I know of, recent champions, UV, are on their first year)

Cebu Inter-Club gets bigger

SUMMER in Cebu means football extravaganza as the Cebu Inter-Club Invitational tournament gets bigger with P90,000 in total prizes, while another club is staging its own tournament.

The Inter Club, organized by Queen City United will be in the last week of April while FC Inter Cebu is also staging the Denker Cup, a full 11-a-side game for the Men's side alone in various playdates next month.

From last year's P30,000 top prize, Queen City has increased the purse to P45,000 to the men's champion. The Ladies' Open purse is P30,000 while the 38-and-above division champion will pocket P15,000.

Among the teams who have confirmed their participation in the summer event are De la Salle University, which has Cebuano Oliver Colina in its lineup, West Negros College, coached by Norman Fegidero, the RP team hero in its 1-0 win over Malaysia in the 1991 Southeast Asian Games and Ormoc FC.

Aside from the Men's team, they will also have a Women's Competition and a 38-and-above c…

Thirsty Cup fotos.

I got another cd full of pictures from the Thirsty Cup. It's a bit late. But what the heck. It's wonderful. (click on photo to enlarge)

The oath of sportsmanship -- forgotten the next day.
Jack "The Wack" Jakosalem addresses the participants.
Young boys from bright protect their "assets."
Faces in the crowd -- innocent faces.
Always stretch up before a game to prevent injuries.
Look at the keeper's face and you see courage and determination.
If you can't stop 'er, hold 'er.

A couple of CIS cup photos

(to anyone who want their photos published in the blog, just email me at

The youngest champion, DBC-Giussepe A, composed of Lornezo Genzo, who scored eight goals in their and Anderson Villagracia, who had six, including the title-clincher. Other members of the team are Johann Samosa, Gab Lopez, Graem Liu, Jack Sembrano and goalkeeper Agustin Roa.

They won all their games without conceding a goal, defeating DB-Giussepe B, 2-0; Springdale, 1-0; Asian Shipping, 2-0; Sacred Heart School-Jesuit, 4-0; and San Roque FC B, 5-0.

In the finals, they repeated over Springdale, 1-0.

DBC bags five titles

THE DON Bosco College (DBC) football teams reigned in the Cebu International School Friendship Cup after taking five champion's trophy.

The Friendship Cup also depicted the picture of Cebu football – DBC and Paref-Springdale figured prominently in the youth age-groups while the CIS ladies showed they are the team to beat in the distaff side as they swept the two titles.

DBC-Giusseppe A started the title haul for the Bosconians as it defeated Springdale, 1-0, in the Players 6 finals to complete an impressive run of seven straight wins without conceding a single goal.

Lornezo Genzo, scored eight goals in their run while Anderson Villagracia had six, including the title-clincher. Other members of the team are Johann Samosa, Gab Lopez, Graem Liu, Jack Sembrano and goalkeeper Agustin Roa.

In the 8-under finals, DBC defeated M. Lhuillier-Canduman, 1-0, to take home the title, while their 10-under squad also defeated rival Springdale, 1-0, to top the division.

Valentino Calvo scored the lone…

CIS Friendship Cup opens this Saturday

he third Cebu International School (CIS) Friendship Cup kicks off this Saturday with a limited field and revised rules at the CIS field.

Instead of offering competitions in the age group and senior teams, CIS has limited this year’s tournament to the age-group level, from Players 6 to Boys and Girls 17-Under — minus the senior division.

“We have over 80 school-based teams coming over,” said CIS athletic director Brian Bedford.

The other age groups are Players 8, Players 10, Players 12, Girls 14, Girls 19, Boys 14 and Boys 17.


Ironically, the CIS Boys 17 team, which has won the past four titles in the age group in Cebu, won’t be playing in the CIS friendship Cup as most members of the team are playing in a basketball league.

“We asked them if they wanted to play, but they said they couldn’t,” Bedford said.

On the other hand, its Girls 17 team, which has also won four titles of its own including the Thirsty Cup, is fresh from a win from Dumaguete last weekend.

CIS won its semifinal m…

RP 'in AFC-Under 19'

The Philippines after all will be represented in the biennial Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-19 Women's Championship qualification competition in Bangkok on 05-09 March 2006 after it appointed former Philippine Olympic Committee president Cristy Ramos the match commissioner for the Group 2 (ASEAN) qualifiers which includes host Thailand, Myanmar and new AFC member Australia.

The Philippine team missed the bus to the AFC Under-19 Women's Qualifiers when the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) failed to submit its entry form on time due to "clerical error." The PFF sent its entry form on 03 January 2006 while the AFC set the deadline on 31 August 2005.

"The AFC Under-19 Women's Qualifiers is a very important competition as it is really the first step to qualify for the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Russia in August this year. The PFF did a great disservice to Philippine football when it failed to submit the entry form on time," Ramos s…

Another entry under "drunk runtings."

I started playing football when I was nine or ten. Together with some friends, we would stand behind the goal post as ball boys. For every errant ball, we’d get a few dribbles and one lousy kick.

As we grew older, we were no longer ball boys, and got to play on the field. Together with guys five or ten years older. We’d play full eleven a side, or five on five with one keeper. Or if the numbers don’t divide evenly, the keeper gets a friend. A lone defender against the two sides.

During summer, we’d be on the field at 7, return home for lunch, and get back at 1 p.m. I swear, some of my friends’ skin, up to this day, still have to recover from that too much sun.

Saturdays and Sundays were the busiest time. There would be one full game going on, while a few slackers would wait at the side to sub. Rules were simple, no hard fouls. In fact, I don’t remember seeing a single hard foul. There were no fights either.

The only guys who got physical were the guys who were wooing the same gir…

Written after the first brawl (It's MY blog after all)

Seven players got suspended for one tournament after that ugly brawl in the Aboitiz Champions league.

One tournament and we all hear these grumbles and all. The ref was wrong, they should have provided security during the match, this player should have been red carded, blah..blah..blah.

You hear too many things, but never this “I’m sorry, what I did was wrong, I accept the sanction and I regret my actions.”

Simple, profound and effective.

Instead, what we have are “itstheirfault” stories.

They brawled and got suspended for one tournament, which for me is a slap in the wrist. They’re lucky that they got away with it. Methinks the sanction should have been longer, they should have been banned for a year at least from any form of football.

So they blamed faulty officiating for the brawl. The most stupid excuse I have ever heard.

My high school coach never had the technical know how, but he was good in a lot of things. During the half time break of one heated match against an out of towner…

Football and Marxism

(Uh-oh, drunk mike's got internet connection at home)

THE most influential person in the first two millenniums – Karl Marx - never played the game, but I guess, Marxism is not limited to ideology and can be extended to the field.

Dialectics. One of Marxism’s strongest point is Dialectics. They don’t buy the usual cause and effect concept – the cause is sometimes the effect and the effect the cause.

In every game, every call by the referee is viewed differently -– it all depends on which team you are playing for or supporting.

“Stupid ref, I didn’t hit him, his knee hit my foot, or he headbutted my foot! Why’d you sent him off for, it was a dive? He’s play-acting! “(Medical staff comes in to retrieve player and dismembered foot and rushes him to emergency ward)

Conflicts. For the old Marxists, the inevitable conflict with the haves and the have nots will lead to only one action and solution -– a revolution resulting to a new status quo. A society which favors the rich will eventua…

Caslib names 31 to Challenge Cup training pool

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March 5, 2006 -- Philippines Men’s National Team Head Coach Aris Caslib has named 31 players to the training camp roster that will begin workouts March 6 at the PhilSports Complex in Pasig City, Metro Manila.

Fourteen players who where on the U-23 Men’s National Team roster that played in the SEA Games recently have been called into the camp, including striker Phil Younghusband, who scored two goals in the tournament.

Philippines’ striker Freddy Gonzalez returns to the fold after missing Tiger Cup 2004 that was co-hosted by Malaysia & Vietnam. Gonzalez, who had one goal in four games played in Tiger Cup 2002, became the first player in MNT history to play professionally in Vietnam when he signed for Dong An Bank of the V-League last 2003.

Caslib has called four goalkeepers into camp, including Eduard Sacapaño who played in the P. F. F. Men's Open National Finals 2006 for NCR. Michael Casas, Jonas Valenzuela and Ref C…

PFF gets P40M for 2006

THIS year, the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) will receive from various institutions P38,402,696 million.

However, at the end of the year, PFF will still be in the red by some P500,000 as it will spend more than what it will get.

Just like in the previous year, the PFF will get the bulk of the amount from Fifa, football’s world governing body, while the rest will come from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Asean Football Federation (AFF).

Fifa will dole out P14,248,000 , which is part of its assistance to developing countries of $1 million spread over four years, while AFC will hand P3,705,210 and AFF will give P6,500,000. The PFF will also get P5,592,200 from local sources.


The PFF budget was handed out to the members of the board of governors, who met during their annual meeting in Iloilo City last month.

Cebu Football Association president Jonathan Maximo, who sits in the board, e-mailed a copy of the PFF budget to Sun.Star Cebu.

Of the total amount, some P20,00…

Sona bids journalism -– and football -– adieu.

Starting today, Cebu football is one person short, one important (though she wouldn’t call herself that way) cog short – and no, it isn’t about another prima donna.

Sona Mae Povadora -- sports and football beat reporter of the Freeman – is leaving Cebu and The Freeman, to spread her wings on a broader horizon.

An STC graduate, a Freeman intern, correspondent and staff reporter, Sona is a regular fixture in football tournaments (among others).

Despite living in the far side of the city (try Talisay), she manages to be at the USC-TC field (when the matches were still held there) first – a lesson perhaps for those who complain too much of venues that are too far.

When she first started covering football, she couldn’t tell an offside trap from the Venus Fly trap, yet, she has learned to love football (and some of the players have fallen in love with her.)

She asks, “Aaay (that is her trademark), walay football karun? (else I might think, it’s my company she misses, sorry B.)

It is but fitting,…

Red ribbon semifinal surprises

WHAT was supposed to be a heated match turned into a one-way affair as Paref-Springdale routed a surprisingly limp Don Bosco Technological Center, 3-0, in the semifinal round of the Red Ribbon Under-16 tournament at the San Roque Parish football ground.

The other semifinal also offered a surprise, as Hiroshi FC had to dig deep as it trailed, 0-1, early before coming up with a 2-1 win against a determined Don Bosco Boys' Home team.

Hiroshi and Springdale will fight for the Red Ribbon title on March 11 still at San Roque.

The first half of the DBTC-Springdale game went as expected as both teams fought to a scoreless draw.

However, it was a different story in the second half.

Miguel Arriola banged the first goal to an empty net after a cross got past the keeper, just seconds later, Bran Go headed in Karl ARcenas free kick for a 2-0 lead, with only four minutes removed in the second half.

DBTC lost all semblance of control of the match and the rare chance it had in the offensive end was sto…

PFF Budget for 2006

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International Affiliates
FIFA 14,248,000.00
AFC 3,705,210.00
AFF 6,500,000.00

Local Sources
Corporations 5,592,200.00
Government or Semi 1,650,000.00
Private Individuals 910,000.00
Private Institutions 1,500,000.00
Others 4,297,206.00

Total Inflows 38,402,616.00


Local Competitions 8,284,290.00 *(that a lot of moolah)
Administration 5,019,700.00 *(Now thats A lof of moolah for salaries)
International Competition 12,322,975.00
Development Courses 3,635,500.00 *(development what?)
Grassroots Devt Program 3,623,592.00 *(we have a grassroots program eh?)
Centers 1,248,000.00 *(centers?)
Media 240,…

Red Ribbon semis on

Tomorrow's semifinal round of the Red Ribbon Under-16 tournament promises to be a slam-bang affair after age groups powerhouses and fierce rivals -- Paref Springdale and Don Bosco Technological Center -- are to meet each other at the San Roque Parish football field.

The other semifinal match up is between Don Bosco Boys Home and Hiroshi FC.

Hiroshi - which has been struck by one controversy after the other this year — has earlier defeated DBBH, 2-0, in the elimination round.

In paper, DBTC is the favored team to beat, having won its two elimination games easily: 7-0, against FC Inter Cebu and 7-1; against Blessed John XXIII Seminary.

Best striker

On the other hand, though it also routed its opponents in its first two matches -- the Springdale offense didn’t score as much as DBTC, defeating Cebu Inmaculada Concepcion-Mandaue, 7-0, and San Roque FC, 4-0.

Springdale defense, which hasn’t conceded a goal yet in the Red Ribbon, will have to play catch-up with DBTC scoring Machine, Bernard Fr…

Hiroshi banned from CCSC

Football players belonging to the Hiroshi Football Club are no longer allowed to practice at the Cebu City Sports Center football field.

The ban, according to CCSC manager rickky Ballesteros, took effect last Tuesday after he issued a memo prohibitng the team from using the football field any time o the day.

Before, the team was allowed to practice inside the facility until 4 p.m.

However, its players wantonly break CCSC rules and continue to practice psat the designated hours, when joggers, sprinters and rehab patients are already using the tracks.

Ballesteros said he is doing this to protect their patrons, who have been complaining about being hit by soccer balls.

"we are suspending them from using the field because despite warnings, they still continue practicing at hours not designated and daghan na kaayong nadisgrasya.

Hiroshi added that most of those who get hit are udergoing rehabilitation.

Hiroshi FC has at least 120 players competing different age groups in football, and regul…

Ceniza: Pasinabo is destined for greatness

Arnie Pasinabo’s bagging the coveted Most Valuable Player award in the just concluded Philippine Football Federation National Men’s Open championship didn’t come as a surprise to his former coach, Mario Ceniza.

“When he was still with us, we knew he was destined for greatness,” said Ceniza, who coached Pasinabo and other gifted youngsters in the vaunted Carmen National School team together with football guru Graeme Mackinnon.

Pasinabo got the MVP award after leading Bacolod City to a tough 2-1 win over the favored two-time defending champion National Capitol Region -- which was bannered by 12 Ilonggos -- in the championship match.

Aside from Pasinabo, other Bacolod players who got individual awards were Jayson Panhay (best midfielder), Joel Ballo-allo (best defender) and Archie Bayquin (best goalkeeper). NCR’s Ian Araneta, who is from Iloilo, prevented a sweep by taking the best striker award.

In the tough Iloilo-NCR match in the elimination round, Araneta scored the only goal against his…