Showing posts from November, 2008

Fair Play: Pacquiao reveals political plans

HERE’S a classic good news, bad news scenario for you.

Manny Pacquiao, the Pinoy boxer who graced many sports magazine covers, landed in the cover of Readers Digest in its December issue.


Fair Play: The Stoic Assassin and Boom Boom

IF football was like boxing, and players get nicknames like “Butter Bean” or “Iron Mike,” Springdale’s Carlos Veloso will probably earn the moniker “The Stoic Assassin.”

He’s calm, composed, his passes rarely miss the target and in big games, he delivers.

For the second straight year, his goals handed his school the Cebu City Olympics secondary football crown.

Last year, Springdale ousted the twice-to-beat Abellana National School on a pair of 1-0 wins courtesy of the Stoic Assassin’s goals. This year, it’s the turn of Don Bosco College to fall.

Cesafi finals in pictures Part 2

All pics courtesy of Dr JP.

After the Cesafi season, it's on to the Partners Cup for the collegiate teams. Who's its going to be? USJ-R or UV?

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Cesafi finals in Pictures Part 1

All pics courtesy of Dr. JP

The University of San Jose Recoletos defended its title after a shootout win against the University of the Visayas in the Cesafi finals. It was USJ-R sixth title in eight years, reinforcing its status as the best collegiate team in Cebu.

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Springdale, DBTC take football crown

SPRINGDALE completed a comeback to defend its secondary crown in the Cebu City Olympics.

Trailing 1-0, Springdale got its equalizer courtesy of Carlos Veloso and the 2007 champion went on to win by shootout.

However, DBTC coach Glen Ramos protested that the goal should have been disallowed as according to them, the ball went out of bounds.

Unfortunately for them, the referee stuck to his decision.

DBTC got its chance in the elementary division as it defeated Springdale to keep the crown.

Fair Play: The overdue finals

AFTER browsing the forums at, I learned a rather interesting tidbit, a football team in the Cebu City Olympics was supposedly disqualified for “cheating on their ages.”


Cesafi finals at CCSC postponed

I was informed last night that the Cesafi finals will be back to the original schedule at USC-TC, instead of the night games at CCSC.

Cesafi to hold finals at night

THE University of the Visayas vs. University of San Jose-Recoletos finals will be played at the Cebu City Sports Center at night.

Though the move might give a little advantage to UV as CCSC is considered the home field, Cesafi wants to bring the finals closer to the fans.

"I know it is unlikely but we want to hold it in a venue where it is accesible to many.  We hope more people will watch the finals," Cesafi commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy told Sun.Star Cebu

Fair Play: Football makes some strides

FOR the second time in six months, the Philippines was mentioned prominently in an Associated Press dispatch about the Fifa world rankings.

Last June 2008, the Azkals, (that’s the nickname of the RP football team) were the highest climber of all the 200 plus members of Fifa, climbing from 189 to 170.

UV faces USJ-R for Cesafi title

Courtesy of Sun.Star Cebu

THE two bottom teams the University of the Visayas (UV) and the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R), will be facing each other in the finals of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football tournament after scoring an upset against their top-ranked foes in the semifinal round at the University of San Carlos (USC)-Technology Center football field yesterday.

The highly-favored University of Southern Philippines Foundation, which was the No.1 team in the tournament, was overthrown by 2005 champion UV, 1-0.

Osmena lifts one year ban of ANS football team

From Sun.Star

THE Abellana National School (ANS) Under-16 football team gets a big break after Mayor Tomas Osmeña decided to cut short the one-year ban on the team for joining a tournament last June without informing the Department of Education.

“I sent a text message to the Mayor this morning to lift the suspension of the team and he agreed. This is not the fault of the kids but of the coach,” Cebu City Council Committee on Sports, Amusement and Games Chairman Sylvan “Jack” Jackosalem told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

ANS and their coach were given a one-year suspension by Mayor Osmeña after they joined the Philippine Olyimpic Festival Qualifiers in Dumaguete City.

Beforehand, Councilor Jackosalem was advised by Ricky Dakay, the City’s sports director for football, that they should lift the suspension of the whole team because some of the most talented Under-16 football players in Cebu City play for ANS.

Fair Play: For the good of the sport

A Junior NBA coach is set to announce a program today that will help local coaches in training their players.  Yipee!  Yahoo! Boring.  Zzzzzz.

I don’t think Philippine basketball need more technical help, or NBA-caliber advice, no offense to Mr. Frank Lopez.  What Philippine basketball really needs is advice and a whole lot of seminar on how to run an honest to goodness organization, minus all the politics.

Queen City dumps USPF

From Sun.Star Cebu

AN early set back proved costly for the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) Alumni as it was pounded by Queen City United, 4-0, in their Men’s League match of the 11th Aboitiz Cup Football tournament at the University of San Carlos-Technological Center field.

I have a dream...lots of them

I HAVE a dream,” Martin Luther King Jr. once said, and decades later, Barrack Obama is proclaiming, “Change has come to America…” Are you drunk? Or is this one of those can’t-think-of-a-column days?

I have a dream, and they may not happen decades later, or never at all. But still, a dream is for everyone. OK, here we go. I’m there already!

Fair Play: TCC Boys in Men's Open

BURIED under the news the previous weeks was an interesting development.  A bunch of teenagers of Team Cebu City (TCC) football taking Xantos FC to a clinic, 9-1, in a Men's Open tournament at the lovely field at Don Bosco Liloan.

A bunch of 16-year-olds in the Men's Open may be a mismatch to some, but if it's TCC you're up against, it's the other kind of mismatch, as shown by the score.

Team Cebu takes third place in San Carlos City

THE Philippine Olympic Festival-bound Team Cebu City Football finished third in the Pintaflores Football Festival in San Carlos City the other day.

A third-place finish may be a respectable achievement, but Coach Mario Ceniza says they still have a lot of work to do if they are to compete with the traditional powerhouse Iloilo in the POF later this year in
Cagayan de Oro City.

Fair Play: Horror Stories from the DepEd Cypt

IT WAS 12 years and 364 days ago when we spent three nights and four days during our Unit Meet in South Cotabato camping near a cemetery.

Since it was a Department of Education Culture and Sports (now the DepEd) organized meet, we knew we would be in for a rough stay so one of the guys brought a tent since we knew there wouldn’t be enough room in the quarters. But, we forgot to bring any flashlights or lamp and Barrio Cinco at 8 p.m. could get really dark.