SOS Football Festival’s “Going Beyond” Gathered Around 60 Teams In Mindanao
Standing true to its theme, “Going Beyond: Advocating Children’s Rights through Football Development,” this year’s SOS Footfest gathered around 60 teams from all over Mindanao at the Davao Crocodile Park Grounds last October 20-21, 2018. The two-day football festival promoted children’s rights and empowered the youth by cultivating football in the city.
Going beyond its usual mechanics, this year welcomed teams from Men’s and Women’s Open categories. Opening the games to everyone for free, and having various activities such as juggling and freestyle football challenges energized not just the players but also the coaches and guests.
Tatay Leonilo Rivero, SOS Davao Village Director, welcomed everyone to the festival, and was then followed by Street Child World Cup 2018 Team Philippines Captain and Generation Amazing Youth Ambassador Angela Hifume’s leading of the oath of sportsmanship. Along with Ms. Ivy Togonon, Antonio Floirendo Sr. Foundation’s Executive Secretary, Mr. Michael Aportadera, City Sports Development Office’s OIC, and Mr. Noel Presto, Maharlika Sports Development Institute Representative, they all graced the ceremonial kick-off before starting the games.
RMC FC grabbed the championship title against PPU FC, as Crocs FC won 2nd runner-up in the 7-under mixed category. RMC’s Karl Lacia was hailed Most Valuable Player in the said category. In the 10-under mixed category, RMC FC defeated Amigos FC for the gold. Crocs FC won 2nd runner-up. RMC’s Luke Lacia wore his MVP title in the category. Davao Strikers FC beat Crocs FC in the 12-under boys’ category while SOS FC ranked 2nd runner-up. Davao Strikers’ Prince Baculot won MVP.
The intensity of the games heated up among the rest of the teams in categories 15-under boys, 18-under boys, 16-under girls, Men’s and Women’s Open. Crocs FC bagged the championship title against Lasang FC in the 15-under boys while Davao Strikers FC ranked 2nd runner-up. In the 18-under boys, Black Knights FC emerged the top team as they defeated Nabunturan United FC in a heated game. Lasang FC went home with the second runner-up post. In the 16-under girls, Lupon United FC fought intensely against AC Mintal FC for the championship title, while Lasang FC won second-runner up. JT’s Manukan defeated SOS FC in the Men’s Open, as RMC Khanj won 2nd runner-up. In the Women’s Open, SOS FC bagged the gold against Nabunturan FC, as Lasang FC won 2nd runner-up. Crocs FC’s Saidamin Bacol, Black Knights’ Prince Flores, JT’s Manukan’s Glenn Bulaquina, and SOS FC’s Agot Danton won MVPs in their respective categories.
The success of the event would not be possible without following sponsors: ANFLOCOR, MGCP Steelworks and Allied Services, Smart Telecom, Kim Guan Trading Co. Inc., Yellow Cab, Dole Philippines, Microtel Inn & Suites, Sagrex Corporation, HLC Construction & Development Corporation, Amtrac Philippines Inc., Sky Direct, and Nature’s Spring.
The event was in partnership with Maharlika Sports Development Institute, University of Mindanao Sports Development Center, Davao Crocodile Park, City Mayor’s Office and City Sports Development Office, Central 911 and Davao Police.