A good seed planted in a bad soil has lesser chance of growing than a bad seed planted in a good soil. The Banwag Asul aims to cultivate a soil; CULTURE.
Made possible by our ever supportive partners; One Meralco Foundation and Mr. Roger Cariño (Ateneo de Naga University Alumnus).
The Banwag Asul, or “Blue Light” in Bisaya, is an annual event of the Men’s Football team. The event seeks to recognize all the effort throughout the year, recognizing outstanding student athletes in the Football Program. It also is a tribute to the graduating seniors and the time of the year to thank the coaches for all that they have done.
The Banwag Asul was attended by the varsity members of the Ateneo de Davao Men’s Football Team last March 22, 2019 in the Grand Men Seng Hotel. The Banwag Asul started out last year spearheaded by the seniors of the Ateneo Men’s Football Team batch of 2018. It was the hope of the pioneering batch to make the Banwag Asul a yearly tradition. The Ateneo de Davao Football Program makes it absolutely sure that athletes and coaches get a different experience in their years in AdDU Football – something life changing.
Our gentlemen athletes were accompanied by their wonderful and beautiful dates. It has been a tradition to bring a date in the Banwag Asul embodying the idea that a team is a family and cultivating personal relationships is a priority for the Ateneo Men’s Football Team. The presence of these guests only reaffirms the importance of this event and the level of personal commitment everyone gives. In the AMFT, we believe that there is a better way to be athletes and a better way to use and experience sports. We are a Football team that aims not only to play a sport but also to share and use sport. Who we are as people is given emphasis over who we are as sportsmen.
In line with Jesuit and Ateneo teachings, our formation of student athletes include serving others and going beyond what is expected. The AMFT aims to continue to operate just like an organization. No student athlete is given any scholarship or any financial or academic incentive. Young men and women in the AMFT are thus not in it for fame or fortune but for the experience, embodying the team war cry which is “Commitment, Grit, Teamwork”.
by Emmanuel Jose Collado; BS Accountancy 5; Captain, Ateneo Men’s Football team; President, College Athletic Council 2018-2019