Aboitiz Football Cup kicks off 13th season on Aug. 29 Friday, August 27, 2010
With more funds provided for the event, football fans can expect a better and more exciting Aboitiz Football Cup (AFC) as it kicks off its 13th season this Sunday, Aug. 29, at the Aboitiz Sports Field in Mandaue City.
Teams from different schools and football clubs in Cebu will be competing under a league-type format in different age brackets both in men’s and women’s categories.
Aboitiz Land Inc. CEO Andoni Aboitiz will grace the launch together with Aboitiz Foundation Inc. EVP & Managing Trustee Sonny Carpio and officers from the Cebu Football Association (CFA).
The Aboitiz Foundation has increased its funding for the six-month tournament from P690,000 in 2009 to P1.1 million this year. The AFC is part of the Foundation’s corporate social responsibility program to develop well-rounded individuals and promote the spirit of sportsmanship that will translate into passion in everything they do.
“The whole idea behind the Cup is to promote football among the youth of Cebu,” Aboitiz Foundation President Jon Ramon Aboitiz said. “This is how committed we are in supporting football in Cebu.”
Launched in 1997, the AFC is today Cebu’s premiere football event and the longest running age-group tournament. It serves as CFA’s selection process for the Philippine Football Federation, which organizes national competitions.
Also during Sunday’s kickoff, nationally renowned coach Leticia Bautista, who is head coach of the Ateneo Women’s Team and the National Women’s Team, will hold tryouts for girl athletes born from 1995 to 1997. Those who excel in the tryouts will get a chance to play in the national football team.
Coinciding with the kickoff is the AFC logo design contest. Entries must best represent the tournament and carry the corporate colors of Aboitiz.
Candidates will be judged according to originality and creativity (20%), craftsmanship and use of medium & texture (15%), elements of art and use of space (20%), composition & unity and variety (15%), symbolism and message conveyed (20%), and presentation & overall impression (10%).
The contest is open to all players of the football cup and all bona fide employees of Aboitiz Group companies. Each contestant may submit as many as five entries. Deadline for submission is on Sept. 30, 2010.