Showing posts from October, 2009

Fair Play: The proud parents of the 'others'

DR. JOEL Cadungog Pascual and his wife Dr. Chona Aragon are walking on Cloud 9 these days.

Their son just made it to the RP team 19-Under football team.

Doc Joel once told me that he takes care of the sports activities, while his wife is in charge of their kids’ studies.

Pascual is No. 1 for RP U19 team

ANOTHER Cebuano made it to the RP youth football team, making him the third to see action for the country this year.

Goalkeeper Paolo Pascual of the University of San Carlos (USC) made the cut and will join the Philippine team in the Asian Football Championships 19-Under Group G eliminations in China.

Despite joining the training camp late, Pascual, who was recommended to the squad by his teammates during his stint in the Palarong Pambansa in high school, will be the starting keeper of the team.

Fair Play: Parents in Milo football

BANTAY lang mo moabot mo sa Mindanao!!!

That’s what a few disgruntled parents hollered at the officials during the Milo Little Olympics secondary football finals between Visayas and Mindanao.

Their complaint? Their perceived bias of the officials for the Cebu teams.

Fair Play: My World Cup 2010 accreditation

I GOT a nice surprise from the e-mail recently.

It was from the South African embassy, reminding us that the accreditation window for media men who want to cover the 2010 World Cup is about to close.

I’d probably file mine before the window closes.

ANS comeback kids win Milo gold

LAST year, the Abellana National School football players were on the outside looking in, barred from joining the Milo Little Olympics.

During the awarding ceremony for football yesterday, all eyes were on them—the champions of the first Milo Little Olympics national finals.

Fair Play: That is all folks

BEING a Philippine football fan, it seems, is a bit like being a runner.

You have to continually punish yourself for your love of the sport.

The only difference is, in running, you know that you’d eventually reach your goal before you die.

Fair Play: Football on the greatest show on air

I GOT a couple of queries through email recently, both from expats concerning their favorite sports—football.

The English and American variety.

Though both were about different sports, they share the same sentiment—for them, there isn’t enough football in local cable channels.

Fair Play: Manny Magicsing and Nonito Aquino

WE GOT so serious the past few issues it’s killin’ my two running companions’ creative juices.

Suspension this, suspension that and before we know it, we’d be in suspended animation.

Whew, let’s take a break, shall we?

Springdale routs Guiseppe


PAREF-Springdale took the solo lead in Group A of the Boys 17 division as they clinched their third victory in the 12th Aboitiz Football Cup with a lopsided win over Guiseppe yesterday at the Aboitiz Sports field.

Paref-Springdale trampled Guiseppe, 21-0, and remained undefeated in the tournament.

Forward Bran Go was the man of the match as he logged six goals for Paref-Springdale, while Mikel Alazas, Bernard Montayre and Jon Young played the supporting cast for their ace scorer as they added three goals each.

Fair Play: Message sending failed

THERE are so many ways to settle a conflict.

What Southwestern University athletic director Ryan Aznar did wasn’t one of them.

Three players from SWU were suspended for playing in another event. Aznar thought they shouldn’t be.

Fair Play: The sad case of Joy and Mary

POLITICIANS who fight for sports development are a good thing.

Politicians who bring their fighting in sports are not.

The mess that Joy Young and Mary Ann delos Santos are in is not only comical, but also disappointing.

1st Home Sweet Home Spa kicks off on Oct. 25

EMPLOYEES from the BPO industries and those from Mactan will get a chance to stoke their competitive fire in the 1st Home Sweet Home Spa Football Festival at the San Roque fields next Sunday.

The event, which will have teams playing 9-aside matches in 10-minute halves, will have the men’s and women’s divisions.

Teams who have signed up so far for this Sunday’s event are Convergys, Sykes, Aegis People Support, Teletech, Lexmark and NCR.

Organizers have also invited teams from the Mactan Export Processing Zone.

These teams also join open competitions organized by other groups but usually fare badly when they face the more established clubs or school-based teams.

Since they want to play in a more level playing field, football players from the competiting companies have decided to organize themselves and hold a tournament for “weekend” warriors.

They will play a single round robin with the top teams advancing to the knockout stage.

USJ-R beats USPF to keep Cesafi title

From Sun.Star Cebu

THE University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) retained its Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. football title after defeating University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF), 2-0, in the finals yesterday at the Aboitiz Sports Field.

Fair Play: Me, myself and migraine at the Holiday Spa

MAYBE because of its nature, running, kinda makes you schizophrenic.

You mean like this? Reallyreallyreally?
Hey, you’re still here?

When you start struggling, your friends pop up. You know, friends whom you listen to when you’re alone and you debate between drinking and working.

Still the best: Springdale, DBC keep titles


PAREF-Springdale of Unit 6 retained its title in the secondary division football tournament of the Cebu City Olympics after a come-from-behind penalty shootout victory over Abellana National School (ANS) of Unit 9 yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Complex.

Fair Play: What gray area?

I REALLY thought the Cesafi provision on a player’s residency requirement was vague—what with the confusion on its interpretation and all.

A gray area, they call it. But, I think there are no gray areas in it.

CES' Theater of Dreams

AT THE crack of dawn in one small patch of grass that barely qualifies for a football pitch—or a playground even—a group of youngsters start their thrice-weekly grind of football drills.

While most of their schoolmates are just waking up, they are off greeting the dawn as they warm up for the day’s exercise. And as the rest of the students troop to school, members of the football team—from six-year-olds to 12-year-olds—toil under coaches Jun Santillan, Elmer Yonting, Eric Colina, Nick Sanchez and Mario Ceniza, who serves as a consultant, for the day’s final workout.

Fair Play: Volleyball coaches vs. Cesafi: Round 1

WALKING out in a sports event is a big mistake, except maybe when teams are trying to prevent an escalation of violence.

Only sore losers, those who want to win at all costs, or people with the mentality of a toddler walk out.

Cebu City Olympics Photos

Graeme Mackinnon, the Ceburoo from Down Under dropped by Cebu and took some great photos during the Cebu City Olympics.

Springdale won this massacre, 15-0.

USJ-R faces USPF in Cesafi finals


DEFENDING champions University of San Jose- Recoletos (USJR) wasn’t in its usual dominant form but it still won, 1-0 against the University of the Visayas (UV) in the semifinal round of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. at the Aboitiz Sports Field yesterday.

After a scoreless first half USJ-R had two chances to score in the second but missed—a header that was way off and free kick that hit the bar.

Sun.Star accepts donations for victims of Typhoon Ondoy

However, USJ-R delivered in its third attempt. Robert Mamac penetrated from the left side and connected with Jiffer Siaboc for a header in the 69th.

UV still had ample time to equalize but it couldn’t hit the mark.

Despite the win, USJ-R coach Mario Ugarte wasn’t impressed by his team’s performance.

“Their performance was not too well. They weren’t passing the way they did but the important thing is they won,” Ugarte told Sun.Star Cebu “They should impro…

Fair Play: The real No. 1 returns

I SAY it’s the season for comebacks.

Save for the aborted return of Michael Schumacher and the circus regarding Diego Maradona, two other stars have made successful returns to their sports.

Fair Play: You see, UC sees it

UNIVERSITY of Cebu athletic director Bernard Ricablanca pulled a stunner on Milo’s Pat Goc-ong during the awarding rites of the Milo Little Olympics Visayas Eliminations last Sunday.

I don’t think Goc-ong saw it coming.

Coach eyes Cebuano for RP team

AFTER three others got the chance this year, another Cebuano will get his shot at donning the RP football team’s colors.

University of San Carlos goalkeeper Paolo Pascual was invited to join the national training camp in Manila by goalkeeping coach Noel Marcaida and could see action for RP in the AFC U19 Championships in China next month.

Milo Little Olympics finals pictures: Part 1

All pics courtesy of G. Rodriguez.

Mike's Note: There are more pics but I just realized after uploading this one that the pics are too small.  Will upload this and and the rest of the pics once they are also re-uploaded in a bigger size. :-)