pagcor to support pff grassroots program

26 January 2012


PASIG, Philippines – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement for PAGCOR to provide the PFF with financial assistance for Kasibulan – the PFF’s Grassroots Development Program.

“This is a major boost in our efforts to promote football at the grassroots level and we are very grateful for the support of PAGCOR” according to PFF President Mariano V. Araneta, Jr. Mr Araneta has made grassroots development, the centerpiece program of his administration after having been unanimously elected to a fresh 4-year term as PFF President earlier this month.

The assistance of PAGCOR is in furtherance of its mandate to assist the promotion of sports development in the country. It is also envisioned that the Kasibulan program will become an avenue for PAGCOR employees to engage in Corporate Social Responsibility activities by serving as volunteers for the program in various parts of the country.

Kasibulan will be launched on February 11, 2012 in Calamba, Laguna. The program is also being supported by the Asian Football Development Project. FIFA Vice President for Asia and Executive Committee member Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will be on hand to personally launch these programs.

The PFF will be holding 144 Festivals of Football in at least 24 provinces as part of the Kasibulan program for this year alone. It is expected that this will involve the participation of over 15,000 participants from the age of 6 to12. These 3-day festivals will include coaches and educators courses, participant skills assessment and training and small-sided matches. Among the areas scheduled to hold these festivals are the conflict areas of Basilan and Kalayaan Island in the Spratly archipelago.

Mr. Araneta also disclosed the appointment of Mr. Andres Crisanto Gonzales, coach of the UP Diliman Men’s Football Team, as the Project Director of Kasibulan.

One of Kasibulan’s goals is the early identification of talent. The initial phase of the program will cover a period of 7 years and will serve as the main vehicle in support of the PFF’s goal of qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.


For inquiries please contact:

Atty. Roland Tulay, General Secretary, PFF

T. +63 2 571 2870; E.


Bonnie Ledesma Ladrido, Special Assistant to the President, PFF

T. +63 2 571 2870; E.



a slice of football heaven: barotac nuevo

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by Bob Guerrero

MANILA, Philippines — It is the day after Christmas, and like the Three Kings, Ebong Joson, a.k.a. the Blue Haired Fanatic, and I are on a pilgrimage. We find ourselves in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo province, to soak in the atmosphere of the Philippines’ number one football town.

Barotac Nuevo has produced national team footballers for generations as university football programs regularly recruit thoroughbred players from the small town. Her sons populate the rosters of top club teams. Almost all the notable homegrown Pinoys on the Azkals learned their football growing up there. In a basketball-mad nation, Barotac Nuevo has always been an oasis of the Beautiful Game.

Azkal Ian Araneta planned a youth tournament here in his hometown months ago. He invited superfan Ebong to watch. Ebong invited me. In seconds, I decided to go. In minutes, I had booked my flights online.

Lurix Araneta, Ian’s father, picks me up from the airport. The former national team player is slight of build and soft-spoken, but legend is he was a terrific striker for Army. We chat all throughout the ride from the Iloilo Airport, and in 45 minutes, we arrive.


At a glance, Barotac Nuevo looks like any other small town in the Philippines. It seems quite unremarkable, with verdant ricefields and rustic Filipino homes dotting the highway.

And then you reach the plaza, where, under the shadow of the San Antonio de Padua church’s bell tower, lies the football field, perhaps weedy and patchy in spots, but definitely a full-size regulation pitch. It’s also fringed by mossy three-step stone bleachers on three sides.

I’m introduced to the other movers and shakers of the local football scene — Melvin Juarez, Jessie Sazon, and Sammy Causing, collectively known as the Caballeros Football Club. They are feverishly working to set up the lines and the goals for tomorrow’s tournament.

True Ilonggo hospitality is the order of the day. The organizers, all top footballers in their time, seem to appreciate my interest in Barotac Nuevo and welcome me with open arms.

I come not just to watch, but also to fulfill a dream of playing pick-up football in Barotac Nuevo. But unfortunately, the elements aren’t cooperating. A steady afternoon drizzle has scared off most of the players, except for a hardy bunch of lady booters, including one with exceptional pedigree.

Ina Araneta is Ian’s kid sister. She studies in Barotac Nuevo Comprehensive High School, and even though just a junior, is already being offered football scholarships by universities in Manila.

In spite of the rain, she and her mates take the field for a five-on-five with one very obese football commentator.

The girls can play. The standard is light years away from the typical girl game in Metro Manila. The ball control and dribbling is, as they say in football jargon, quite cultured. I huff and puff and try to keep up.

The obese football commentator should have scored. We get a free kick from some distance. Our opponents were expecting me to lob it to Ina. I go direct into the small goal with the tip of my boot. I catch it sweet, on target, with decent venom. But the keeper, a pretty little thing, maybe 13 years old, flat out dives and bats it clear.

We retire that day after some roast chicken and a few bottles of Gold Eagle beer outside our digs, the Aseur Pension House. It’s run by the chatty and vibrant Lorena Leigh, a Barotac Nuevo native married to an Englishman. Like everyone we meet there, she treats us like family.


The next day dawns cold and stormy. We all wonder if the tournament will push through. But a trip to the plaza reveals that a little moisture won’t cancel a tournament in these parts. Ian, the gracious host is there, along with fellow Barotacnon Azkals Chieffy Caligdong and Roel Gener. Misagh Bahadoran has also come along for additional star power. Also in attendance are a bunch of youth teams, shivering in the waterlogged field during the very wet opening ceremonies.

After the pleasantries, the games kick off on the five small fields carved into the larger field. The lower divisions, from five to seven years old, are scrappy affairs, with the kids all swarming around the ball like ants. The older kids show more panache, although one field is basically little more than a giant puddle, where kids slosh around while hacking away at the ball. The kids show amazing skill, even the ones who play barefoot. The uniforms might be mismatched and the surface a tad ragged, but it’s clear that this is football country.

Meanwhile, Ina Araneta is lording it over in the women’s division, goals coming thick and fast. Her team wins the title handily.

By this time, Ebong Joson has transformed himself into his alter-ego, the Blue Haired Fanatic. Resplendent in blue wig, shades, and blue, red and white face paint, he’s a hit with the kids.

Lunch is across the street at Karen’s eatery. In between mouthfuls of authentic Iloilo batchoy, I gaze at yellowing pics on the wall of past Philippine National Teams. Most are stacked with Barotacnons.

That afternoon the tournament winds down. One team wins its division in a heart-stopping penalty shootout. Trophies are handed out. The spirit is great. Everyone has a wonderful time, especially the hundreds who lined the field to spectate.


The next day is when we are slated to leave, but there’s more football. An open, inter-barangay tournament kicks off, and two senior teams duke it out on the pitch. They are mostly local kids, but vacationing Barotacnons based in Manila, like Stallion FC’s Ruben Doctora, are also in the mix. I trot over behind a goal to take pictures and hear a small, raspy voice calling my name from the crowd.

It’s none other than the town’s most famous product, Chieffy himself. We chat. I express regret that I’ll miss his inter-barangay game later in the afternoon because of my flight. His friendly, humble nature, in spite of his fame, is classic Barotac Nuevo.

I walk back to the center of the field and a stranger comes up to me and shakes my hand. He recognizes me from my Azkals commentary and thanks me for always mentioning his town whenever a Barotacnon Azkal makes a good move on the pitch. “Pumapalakpak ang tenga namin dito tuwing naririnig naming binabanggit mo ang Barotac Nuevo,” he says.

Doctora, after blazing over the bar twice, finally finds the back of the net. The halftime whistle blows and it’s time for Ebong and I to catch our flight. We say our goodbyes and thank yous and vow to see each other again.

The town leaves an indelible mark on me. But one last anecdote speaks volumes about how a passion for football is so deeply ingrained in local life.

Remember the little goalkeeper girl who stopped my shot the day before the youth tournament? On the day of the tournament I was suprised to see her in street clothes. I asked her why she wasn’t playing. Her answer shocked me. “Di pa ako pinapayagan ng doktor kase kaka-opera ko lang sa appendix,” she replies.

What kind of a football player instinctively dives flat out on the ground, in a friendly pick-up game, to make a save, on fresh appendix stitches?

A player from Barotac Nuevo. Where football is religion. And making the play is all that matters.

talk2globe? how?

We are aware that you are experiencing temporary loss of signal. In the interest of national security, safety measures are being conducted by the government in the areas near Quiapo will temporarily affect our services.

– @talk2globe on Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila-wide (also includes surrounding areas) service disruption of Globe Telecom mobile and wireless services is such a glaring symptom of the long-known but unaddressed technical deficiencies that the company faces. It is not so much the fact that Globe has these problems that ticks you off it’s more their way of communicating this to their customers. The lack of candidness is disappointing. It would be nice if we. long-time subscribers, are treated more like people instead of being treated like inconvenient necessities.

Late last year, Globe bared plans of a massive upgrade of their system. I guess that was their way of acknowledging their issues which had long been known but kept being swept under the rug.

For today’s service disruptions – “national security” is the excuse. Okay.

Whatever the real reason is, this inconvenience points to either weak contingency planning or a lack of concern for its subscribers or both. First of all, I cannot imagine that Globe only knew about this prospective disruption only on the day it was going to happen (or maybe they didn’t – I don’t know). Whether they did or not, they could have launched a massive subscriber information drive to warn them of the prospective disruption and to make contingencies (like get a Smart phone or something). A one-day discount for post-paid would have been a nice touch to show it cared for its subscribers.

The other irritating thing is blaming the Black Nazarene procession for the disruption. Ay dios mio! The Black Nazarene procession has been going on for ages, wala ba silang natutunan sa nakaraang taon na puwede nilang gamitin para hindi na mangyari yung disruption na ‘yan? They even have the temerity to say “Black Nazarene procession that will temporarily affect our services as well as other Telecom companies in the area.” (Underscoring mine). How presumptuous. Globe – FYI lang – my Smart phone works well enough in “the area”. Even if pumalpak lahat na Telecom companies “in the area”, ganun na ba kababa ang standard nila to say na pangit yung service nila pero okay lang kasi pangit din naman yung iba. Ano ‘to – contest to be the best among the worst?

Globe’s subscribers are said to be skewed towards the higher-income demographic. These are people who will understand if you tell them the true score but they will likewise be the ones who will know when you’re taking them for fools.

I am an advocate of free market competition because of the ultimate benefits that redound to the consumer. Normally, having healthy competition is part of that philosophy. Despite this, I have been partial to the partnership between the PLDT/SMART group and Digitel/Sun Cellular. Why? Because they got to be where they are now by EARNING it. The customer is the ultimate arbiter of the state of competition.

Instead of “griping” about losing out in the bidding for Digitel/Sun Cellular, Globe should look inward and address their technical and consumer issues. That will be how they will become serious (and not token) competition to the other Telcos. Have better products and services, take better care of your subscribers, be more creative, be more efficient in utilizing your existing bandwidth, etc., etc.

No matter how many gazillion pesos you spend on upgrading your systems if this does not lead to a better subscriber experience then you will forever be stuck as #2 and you will only have yourselves to blame for it.

Globe ‘s (the company) mission statement and the vision that goes along with it sounds all great and dandy. Maybe at some point you will get to where you want to be but for now those are nothing but hollow words.


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tubong KASIBULAN. lumaking AZKAL.

sisimula 02-12-2012

Gawad Kalinga partners with the Philippine Football Federation in launching the “SipaG” program

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Gawad Kalinga is partnering with the Philippine Football Federation in launching a grassroots community development program for underprivileged Filipino youth.

Dubbed, “GK SIPAG”, the program was launched at the Amici’s restaurant in San Juan Greenhills. GK, a non-profit foundation that has built over 2,000 communities nationwide, was selected by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to receive funding for its grassroots football program under the AFC’s Dream Asia Movement.  At the launch were GK Executive Director Jose Luis Oquiñena, PFF President Nonong Araneta, and Danny Moran of the Henry V. Moran Foundation.

GK Executive Director Luis Oquiñena mentioned, “We are thrilled to be partnering with AFC and the PFF in using football as a tool to end poverty.  GK has always brought a holistic approach to community development, and sport plays a big role in molding  the values in our communities.  We chose football because of its power in teaching our youth the values of teamwork, selflessness, and bayanihan.  I am glad that AFC and the PFF are partnering with us to ensure that our football program will have even greater impact in the communities where we work.”

The SipaG program will initially be rolled out in 10 GK sites across Metro Manila. The GK sites are based in areas in Baseco, Smokey Mountain, Payatas, Sitio Ruby, Pasig, Mandaluyong and Quezon City.  SipaG will work with close to 500 participants aged 7 to 16.  The GK sites will recruit children into the program, and all participants will be required to attend GK’s regular weekly values formation sessions as well as enroll in school.  Their health and grades will also be monitored for improvement.

“GK has been using football as a tool for its Child and Youth Development program since 2005.  Ed Formoso and Danny Moran of The Henry V. Moran Foundation,  helped us start the project, and this eventually grew into a program were kids outside of GK villages wanted to join GK because of football.  Once enrolled, we required the kids to attend weekly values formation sessions, attend school, and maintain satisfactory grades in order to play. We also have targets for the parent’s involvement in their activities, so that the entire community is involved”, said Kevin Goco, Head of GK SipaG.

Philippine Football Federation President Nonong Araneta said “We decided to support this program with the AFC because of GK’s track record of success.  We were also impressed with GK’s holistic approach to developing communities, which really goes beyond the game.  The PFF will support GK through technical assistance and logistical support.  In addition, players from our National Team will serve as ambassadors to the program.”

Alex Tayamora, a resident from GK Sitio Ruby was one of the first participants of the GK Football Program.  He started playing football at age 12, when the Henry V. Moran Foundation and former women’s national team head coach Marlon Maro began working with GK in setting up its grassroots football program.  Coach Maro took Alex under his wing and transformed him into a successful student athlete taking up BS Computer Application in De La Salle College of St. Benilde on a football scholarship.

Coach Maro, who will serve as the Technical Director of SipaG mentioned, “The story of Alex Tayamora is a big reason why I continue to support GK as a program for grassroots development.  We go right into the slums, recruit children in their communities, bring them through values formation sessions, and train them to play on the street or basketball court.  More importantly, we are using the sport to save lives and develop role models for the community”.

The goal of SipaG is to eventually work in at least 20 sites across Metro Manila.  It also has plans of expanding its reach to GK sites based in Visayas and in conflict areas in Mindanao.

Danny Moran of the Henry V. Moran Foundation mentioned, “GK is the perfect partner for promoting development through sports.  They have the infrastructure and villages in place, complemented by holistic programs in community development.  Our foundation supported the idea of using GK and football as a formula for building a nation, and we are extremely happy to see more partners come on board to promote development through football.”

phl women’s national team go up against internacional de madrid

PASIG, Philippines – The Philippine Women’s National Team (the Malditas) will have a practice match with CF Internacional de Madrid at the new BGC pitch on Friday, January 6 from 7 to 9 pm. The new artificial pitch facility opened this week. It is located at the back of the MC Home Depot Center at BGC. The match is open to the public.

pff to support gawad kalinga’s SipaG program


PASIG, Philippines – The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and Gawad Kalinga (GK) will launch the GK SipaG Program in ceremonies to be held tomorrow at the Amici Restaurant in Greenhills. The program will entail the holding of Festivals of Football in the various GK Villages all over the country.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has adopted GK as a recipient-institution of its Corporate Social Responsibility program. The AFC, through the PFF, will provide the technical and logistical support for GK SipaG. It will also donate $25,000 to support the nation-building projects of GK. Philippine Azkals’ Chieffy Caligdong and Ian Araneta will serve as GK SipaG Ambassadors.