ILOILO CITY, Feb. 22 (PNA) — Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong, multi-awarded star player of the famous Azkal football club, kicked off Friday a football clinic and tournament for Under 14 and Under 16 players in a football festival in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.
Caligdong, a native of Barotac Nuevo, will train more than 1,000 students aged 6 to 16 years old coming from 10 public and private schools in Iloilo participating in the tournament.
At least 30 teams were already organized to undergo the training and competition dubbed as “Globe Football Para sa Bayan,” a grassroot football training program that will start on Saturday at the Barotac Nuevo football ground.
The program will benefit Ten Moves, a public and private campaign to raise resources in order to build 10,000 classrooms in pubic elementary and high schools all over the country. So far, Ten Moves has already raised money for 3,000 classrooms to help the government answer the classroom backlog.
The campaign for classrooms is spearheaded by the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) of which Globe Telecom and Ayala Corporation’s social arm, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd). From employees of Ayala and Globe alone, the campaign has raised P225,000 to help build the classrooms.
In lieu of tuition fees for those who will enroll their kids in football clinics, the parents pledge to help Ten Moves with P300 as their share in the classroom campaign.
Chieffy was chosen by Globe as sports ambassador due to his passion for football and to drive the company’s advocacy on sports development and promotion of football as a national sport.
Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu said that Caligdong “is a living proof that a home-grown talent can figure prominently in the international sports arena, giving Filipinos the pride and honor of being represented by a passionate sports icon like him.” (PNA)