SOS FOOTBALL FESTIVAL GATHERED OVER 50 TEAMS ON ITS 11TH YEAR
The 11th SOS Football Festival, themed, “All Together: Advocating Children’s Welfare and Development through Football,” gathered over 50 teams in Mindanao at the Davao Crocodile Park Football Field last October 21-22, 2017. It continues to realize every child’s potential and promote unity among various organizations in the community.
Atty. Aileen Lizada, SOS Children’s Village Davao Board of Trustee Corporate Secretary, welcomed everyone to the festival; followed by Maharlika Sports Development Institute founder, Mr. Edgar Te’s announcement of grassroots development through long-term partnership. Along with Ms. Nimfa Montealto, Assistant Village Director, they graced the ceremonial kick-off before starting the games. Boys under 12, Boys under 10, and Mixed under 8 battled on the first day.
Crocs FC grabbed the championship title against Medvil FC, as Toril Crossers A won second runner-up in the boys under 12 category. Crocs’ Matt Lim was hailed Most Valuable Player in the said category. In the boys under 10, Hyenas FC defeated Maco A for the gold. SOS FC won second runner-up. Hyenas’ Miggy Caangay wore his MVP title in the category. Amigos FC beat South Shield FC in the mixed under 8 category while Hyenas FC ranked second runner-up. Amigos’ Jaime Togonon won MVP.
The intensity heated up the following day when teams in categories HS Girls and Boys under 14 and under 17 played for the gold. Hagonoy Strikers bagged the championship title against Toril Crossers in the boys under 14 while Bangoy FC ranked 2nd runner-up. In the High School Girls, Sakya FC emerged the top team when they defeated Lasang FC in a heated game. SOS FC bagged the second runner-up post. In the under 17 boys, Lasang FC fought intensely against Holy Cross FC for the championship title, while Hagonoy Strikers won second-runner up. Hagonoy Strikers’ Francy Dela Peña, Sakya’s Maija Calizo, and Lasang FC’s Adonis Pescaderia won MVPs in their respective categories.
The following sponsors graced the event's overall success: NCCC Mall, Sky Cable, Grand Men Seng, Dole Philippines, Amtrac, Ijet Forwarder, Damosa Land, Jenson Land, Instatech, and 911.
The event is in partnership with Maharlika Sports Development Institute, Davao Crocodile Park, Smart Telecom, Motortrade, Rotary Club, City Mayor’s Office, and Nature’s Spring.