Clean Slate – Football goes to Lasang, Toril

by Moses Billacura

IT seems that it’s going to take forever to change the landscape of Philippine sports development.
It’s heartbreaking to know that a once sports power in Southeast Asia like the Philippines is time and again beaten by our neighbouring nations in the Southeast Asian Games.
It’s sad that our top Philippine sports officials always have the lousiest excuses for failing to hit their target number of gold medals.
My expectation was that after the dismal performance, they would tender their resignation as a matter of honor.
Where’s the honor? None. Horror? Yes.
* * *
I am very impressed with how the Davao Association of Tennis Clubs (DATEC) officials are doing these days.
They recently conducted a coaches training at Eco2 Club and the next round of training is in February next year.
With the help of friends, businessmen and tennis players, DATEC has found a way to be self-sufficient in the conduct of training and tournaments.
Philta regional director Engr.Carol  R. Angel would want to keep the events going in order to achieve in the near future the production of top caliber players and coaches in her tennis jurisdiction.
Tennis players and their parents are lucky to have an “angel” taking care of them.
* * *
For the first time, the 7th Mayor Inday Sara/VM Rody Cup Holcim Cement Inter-High School Fotball League wil be moving out of the Tionko field.
The Davao Football Association and Holcim Philippines officials have decided to bring the beautiful game closer to non-downtown kids.
Aside from the Deca Homes Resort Residences Country Club which has been hosting the tournament courtesy of club manager Giovannie Paulo Soo, games will now be played also in Toril and Lasang.
I know that this is going to be an extra cost to the sponsors but this is the best way to promote football to kids in the other areas, like Lasang and Toril.
We have high schools like A.L.Navarro High in Lasang and Dona Carmen Denia High in Toril where there are a lot of sports talents waiting to be discovered.
It’s not only from the private schools that football talents can be discovered. It has been proven in the past that many of our former national players from Davao actually were products of the public high school system.
If the sponsors will continue to hold the games outside of the Tionko field, football, for sure, will be the next sport kids in the Lasang and Toril areas that they will be appreciating and eventually playing it.
* * *
Happy birthday to George Walter Misa of the Davao Horse Club, Kristel S. of Manila Bulletin, Art Bonjoc of ABS-CBN, ma’am Yeng Laureano of A.L.Navarro High, long-time amiga Raymin Reyes-Sunga, former Ateneo High basketball star Carl Anthony Tech and fellow Holy Crossian Robert Rances.