Malditas, Phoenix Trip Ko

While our men’s football team, the Azkals, is currently dealing with some problems involving “star” players, our Malditas are preparing for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championships set October 16 to 25 in Vientiane, Laos.
Malditas coach Ernest Nierras released a provisional list of 27 players which will be trimmed down to just 20. We are happy to know that identical twins Marice and Marie Magdalot, former players of the Philippine Women’s College and Davao Football Association, have been recruited by the RP Team to join.
We hope that they will do their best while training and be part of the final roster of 20.
The Magdalots are among the young players recruited by the Philippine Football Federation to beef up its national squads for international competitions.
We even have our Little Azkals and Dabawenyos Jed Diamante and Javi Romero-Salas are part of the team.
The recruitment of Davao players to the national teams is the result of the year-round tournaments organized by the DFA with the help of sponsors from both the public and private sectors. We can even produce more top-caliber players in Davao if the PFF starts sending even just a little portion of the funds they annually receive from FIFA to the DFA.
Oh well, when will PFF share a five-digit sum or better still six digits for football development in Davao?
Just imagine the cost of maintaining the DFA Clubhouse, lights and field. It would be a big help, Sir Nonong Araneta.
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The recent Phoenix Petroleum Trip Ko Basketball Tournament resulted to the recruitment of a former banana barbeque vendor by the DMMA College of Southern Philippines basketball team.
Raffy Tabudlong of Sasa had a hard-time in life, but thanks to the opportunity given by Phoenix Petro, he was discovered as one talented player and that induced DMMA to have him on board the team after the tournament.
That’s the beauty of private sponsors getting into sports because you can always find a talent worth supporting. Lovely!
The good news now is that Phoenix Petro will be organizing its second Trip Ko basketball soon. The one behind this event is sporting a big smile again.
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The Sisters of Mary Immaculate-Davao is organizing the “Takbo Ko, Edukasyon Mo” 5-K Fun Run on Oct.15 starting from Roxas Avenue.
The event hopes to raise funds for less fortunate children who are under the care of a loving staff at the Fr. Domenico Masi Center. The Center is a residential care of hundreds of home-based scholars, according to organizer Kharla Acosta.
Kharla is calling all Dabawenyos to be part of the event by registering at RunClub Davao in Barrio Obrero or Lots for Less in Lanang. You can also text or call 09207932213, 09426800681.
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We will be keeping in touch with ABAP executive director Ed Picson as Davao’s Rey Saludar, the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist, gets ready for the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Saludar, a flyweight, hopes to just get into the Top 8 to earn a ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.
Fellow Dabawenyos Anthony Barriga, a light flyweight, and lightweight Charly Suarez,are also gunning for honors on Sept.26 to Oct.8. This is it guys!
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Happy birthday to ‘nong Rene Balugo, Freeman editor Nimrod Quinones, mi hermana Rachel Rodriguez, San Miguel Corporation’s Randy R. Dominguez, Davao City’s former No.1 councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta and fellow Holy Crossian Rochelle Rubio.
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