Last December 28-29, 2016, we launched our first ever ADDU Alumni Football Cup. It was a 9-a-side, single round-robin, 2-day tournament. We invited current and former students of the school and allocated only 60 slots for participants. We then divided them equally into 4 teams—Red, Blue, Black, and White Teams—with each team having high school and college students, and graduates/alumni, with at least one lady playing on the pitch at all times. Only top 2 teams get to play in the championship. The Blue and Red teams battled it out in the championship, with the Blue team reigning supreme at the end of the tournament. All players from the top 2 teams received Starbucks gift certificates for making it to the championship: PhP 200 for each player in the champion team and PhP 100 for each player in the runner-up team. The GCs were sponsored by the Blue Knight Association, Inc., thanks to Mr. Butch Samante, the Alumni Director, and the Alumni Board of Trustees. We were also able to raise PhP 3200.00 from pledges to kick-start our Football Program fund, this fund will be used for the future projects of the ADDU football teams.
Testimonials from some Participants:
Rick Inting (2nd Year BS Environmental Science, Black Team)
It was a really great event to be part of. I never imagined that I would be able to play side by side with some players who are now participating in the UAAP. Win or lose it was a very successful and memorable event because not only did we play for a cause but also had fun in the process while showing camaraderie and true sportsmanship. I hope that more would be able to participate and it would be an annual event.
Erika Turtur (HS Batch 2012, Blue Team)
I think the ADDU AFC is a good way for us alumni to remember where we came from. Although we went to different schools after ADDU GS/HS, the AFC helped us remember that we all have once played for this school and that’s what connects us with each other. Joining AFC was really fun because i got to play with people from different batches who I didn’t get to play with before or I didn’t know were actually from ADDU.
Gio Diamante (HS Batch 2010, White Team)
The 1st ADDU AFC, for me, was defenitely a success. The fact that former and current football players from different batches came together to celebrate the beautiful game was incredible because it brought back not only memories but friendships as well. It was nice to see everyone and see how all of them had grown over the past years. I hope and pray that this annual gathering will encourage more batch of players to join the tournament because face it, there’s nothing like playing football with your teammates again.
Coreen Ostan (3rd Year, AB Mass Communication, Red Team)
I like the fact that this year’s Alumni Cup was already officially organized by the ADDU Athletics, not like in the past years wherein most of the Reunion Cups were held almost abruptly. Compared to the previous ones, there were significantly more participants this year. And this definitely has an impact on the players. It makes us reminisce our early years in football and rekindle (and even renew) the friendships that we have not felt and seen for a quite a long time because we’ve already gone our separate ways as individuals. The ADDU AFC was an avenue for us to reconnect with the friendships we’ve had from the days that made us who we are today.
This is the first official ADDU Alumni Cup, and we will have more regular tournaments for the ADDU football community. During a celebratory dinner last December 30, 2016 with Coach Noli Ayo, our University Athletics Director, we have decided to start the Ateneo de Davao University Alumni Football League, a double round-robin, 9-a-side football league open to all alumni of ADDU. All games will be played every Sunday in the ADDU Matina football field. League details are still being finalized but we are looking to launch the league in February or March of this year and have another one later in the year. Stay tuned for updates!
Thank you Coach Noli, for your support and for always pushing us to think and go beyond sports. Thank you again Mr. Butch Samante, the Alumni Director of ADDU, and to the Alumni Board of Trustees for your generosity. Thank you Mr. Mark Samante, Alumni Affairs Coordinator, for delivering the opening message for the Alumni Cup. Thank you to the rest of the organizing team—Nikko Zamora and the Diamante Brothers (Gio, Gelo, and Jed)—for taking the time to organize the Cup with the University Athletics Office. And of course, thank you to all the participants who played last December, for enthusiastic participation and for helping us start the Football Program Fund.
Written by Simone Jaldon, Special Projects Coordinator, ADDU Athletics Office