kasibulan sa iloiloPosted: March 4, 2012
Opening remarks at launch of Kasibulan in Iloilo while pinch-hitting for PFF President Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, Jr.
In behalf of PFF President Mariano V. Araneta, Jr., I would like to thank all of you for having us here at this Iloilo Football Clinic and the soft launch of Kasibulan in Iloilo held with the support of the US Embassy – Manila. It is indeed heartwarming to see the result of the effort and the organization that has gone into putting this clinic over the past several days. To that – hats off to Iloilo Football Association (IFA) President Joseph Gensaya, IFA General Secretary Bob Javellana and the rest of the IFA. Kami sa Philippine Football Federation particularly ang staff sang Kasibulan Grassroots Development Program can only do so much in terms of conceptualizing, planning and directing the program. Ang success sang aton nga national grassroots program ultimately depends on the provincial football associations nga naga-implementar sang programa. As you know we re-launched the Kasibulan Grassroots Program last month sa Calamba, Laguna. Kasibulan is aimed at kids 6 to 12 years old. Ang event naton the past 3 days is only a dry-run para sa full-blown launch sang Kasibulan sa Iloilo. We will do this within the next 2 months for this program which will be a year-round program with 6 Festivals of Football. Ang aton ginapangabay sa programa nga ini is to discover new talents while bata pa sila. Hopefully will be able to discover the new Chieffy Caligdong, Ian Araneta and even Phil Younghusband through this program. Ang success sang aton Philippine Azkals indi ta ma-sustain kon indi ta magsugod subong sa pagpangita sang mabulos sa ila. Isa pa ka goal sang Kasibulan program is to help the Philippines qualify for the 2019 U-17 Junior World Championships. Wala lang ta kabalo pero basi isa sa inyo maging parte sang ina nga team. To the parents of our children, salamat guid sa inyo nga pagpahulam sang inyo mga bata sa amon. We promise to not just to make them better football players but also better citizens of our country. To our players, mga bata, I hope that you take this program seriously while at the same time making sure you have fun. We have, right now, a golden opportunity in Philippine Football to reach heights that we have never reached before in this game that we love. We need your help in making sure that we do not waste this opportunity. Again, salamat guid and we hope you will have as much fun participating in this program as we had putting it together. Maayong hapon sa inyo nga tanan.