Tuesday, December 23, 2003


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Tuesday, December 23, 2003 issue
by GLENN C. MICHELENA, Sun.Star Correspondent

WITH the Visayas cast to the national finals settled earlier in the tournament, two ousted teams, Negros Oriental and Iloilo, played a spirited game worthy of being the curtain closer of the 2003 Philippine Football Federation (PFF) National Men’s Championship–Visayas Regional Finals at the Barotac Nuevo field in Iloilo.

Negros Oriental defeated Iloilo, 4-2, in the shootout overtime period and closed its uneventful journey of the competitions with a win.

While the Bacolod squad crushed the depleted Cebu FA-Hapee squad, 4-0, in the day’s other non-bearing match.

Despite the debacle, Cebu is still on a positive mode. The Cebu squad and Negros Occidental made the national finals by virtue of their top-two finish.

With only 11 players showing up for the game, Cebu’s problems compounded after one of its players got disqualified with a red card, leaving Cebu with only 10 players to work with most of the game.

“We are happy with the team’s performance,” said Cebu Team official Maxi Maximo. “Our goal was to improve on the team’s performance and qualify for the national finals and we accomplished both.”

The tournament, which ended without giving out awards and recognitions, was staged as the qualifying ground for the national finals.

Monday, December 22, 2003


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Monday, December 22, 2003 issue
by Patrick Costelo

CEBU Football Association (CFA)-Hapee had an easy walk in the park to the National Finals after thumping Negros Oriental, 5-0, but the fate of top striker Ronald Loayon remains unsure.

The 23-year-old Loayon, Cebu’s top scorer with four goals so far, revealed yesterday he might not be able to return to Cebu and play for the National Championships in March if he is advised to report for training at the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Loayon of the University of San Jose-Recoletos earlier passed PAF’s entrance exam and was not recruited by PAF’s men’s football team, as earlier reported. He will leave for Manila for a medical exam. Playing coach Glen Ramos, however, is not worried of Loayon’s departure as the team is equipped with equally talented strikers, he said yesterday.

CFA-Hapee barged into the regional finals with a superior elimination-round record of two wins and a draw in the four-team tournament. The finalists qualify to the National Finals next year.

In another development, the CFA is set to bid for the hosting of the National Finals in March, disclosed CFA president Jonathan Maximo yesterday.

CFA-Hapee’s game-long domination blew off with a Warlo Sabella goal in the 23rd minute followed by Loayon’s slammer in the 33rd. Roland Verdida closed the first half with authority as he squeaked one in at the 44th to give Cebu a 3-0 edge at halftime.

Just four minutes into the second half, Loayon scored his fourth elimination-round goal in the 49th as Negros Oriental remained scoreless.

Ramos gave CFA-Hapee an upbeat endgame as he scored in the 89th.

Cebu, will take on defending national champion Negros Occidental, the team it drew in the elimination, in today’s finals at 1:30 p.m. and will take the 6 p.m. ship back to Cebu.

Host Iloilo, which finished No.3, will play bottom team and winless Negros Oriental for third place in the opening match at 9 a.m.

Cebu and Negros Occidental will meet North/South Luzon winner PAF, which represents the National Capital Region Football Association (NCRFA), and runner-up Laguna Football Association (LFA), along with the champions from Southeast Luzon; West, North and Central Mindanao. PCC

Sunday, December 21, 2003


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Sunday, December 21, 2003 issue
by Patrick C. Costelo

CEBU Football Association (CFA)-Hapee may have moved a win away from the National Championship but it is on the verge of losing its top striker Ronald Loayon.

Loayon, the team’s top scorer in the tournament, who led Cebu to a win over traditional powerhouse Iloilo Wednesday and to a 1-1 draw against defending national champion Negros Occidental in the ongoing 2003 Philippine National Men’s Championship-Visayas Regional Finals in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, was reportedly recruited to suit up with the Philippine Air Force.

Reports say the striker was asked to report for a medical exam yesterday as the PAF, which ruled the North/South Luzon Regional Finals, wants him in the team as early as possible.

If things go as planned, Loayon may play for PAF in the National Finals.

Jonathan Maximo, CFA president, on the other hand, appealed to the PAF yesterday not to take Loayon until the tournament finishes.

The University of San Jose-Recoletos’ Loayon has no contract with CFA-Hapee, which he joined after a three-month tryout. On the other hand, he may play for the PAF as an enlistee if he decides to leave Cebu.

The Glen Ramos-coached CFA-Hapee will play Negros Oriental at 3 p.m. today in its last elimination game of the four-team competition, which lasts until tomorrow.

Negros Oriental earlier lost to Iloilo, which Cebu ripped, 2-0, on its first assignment.

Friday, December 19, 2003


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Friday, December 19, 2003 issue
by Patrick C. Costelo

CEBU Football Association (CFA)-Hapee pulled snatched sweet victory right in front of the Barotac Nuevo home crowd when it beat host team and powerhouse Iloilo, 2-1, Wednesday in the 2003 Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Men’s Football Championship – Visayas Regional Finals.

In the opening game, defending champion Negros Occidental handed Negros Oriental a 4-3 rout as it drew first blood in the tough four-team field, which pools the best from all over the Visayas.

“We had our eyes set on Iloilo the fact that it’s a traditional football power and they had the home crowd,” said Jonathan Maximo, CFA president.

“But with Wednesday’s result, I can just imagine how tough our team is with its never say die attitude. We had to come from behind and we pulled it off right in front of their faces.”

Host Iloilo slammed in the first goal with a stunner in the eighth minute when Jorge Adventura scored on Cebu goalkeeper Ace Mangohid with a high looper from 40 yards.

However, CFA-Hapee turned on the heat defensively to control the rest of the first half, despite remaining scoreless.

The Glen Ramos-coached CFA-Hapee got its break six minutes after the second half kick off as Ronald Loayon of the University of San Jose-Recoletos clinched an equalizer at the 51st.

The almost spotless defense of CFA-Hapee stalled the potent home team offense and eventually broke away with a goal in the 75th courtesy of Exas’ Elimar Baunsit.

No games were played yesterday, which was rest day. Games resume today with Cebu facing Negros Occidental at 3 p.m. while Negros Oriental takes on Iloilo in the opening match up at 1 p.m.

Meantime, Negros Occidental similarly held on from a 2-0 deficit at halftime to score a come-from-behind win over Negros Oreintal.

As Negros Oriental ran out of gas in the final 45 minutes, Occidental inched closer scoring two goals in the half to level the game.

Things got worse for Oriental in the homestretch when it committed a foul inside the penalty box giving Occidental the chance to win the game via penalty.

The top two teams in the Visayas finals will get slots to the National Championship next year against the rulers of the North/South Luzon Finals, Southeast Luzon Finals, West, North and Central Mindanao Finals.

Wednesday, December 17, 2003


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Wednesday, December 17, 2003 issue
by Patrick C. Costelo

THE Cebu Football Association (CFA)-Hapee Men’s Football Team sets outs to war against one of the most squads when its faces host Iloilo today when the 2003 Philippine Football Federation (PFF) Narional Men’s Championship –Visayas Regional Finals today in Barotac Nuevo.

Hostilities commence at 1 p.m. with Negros Oriental faces defending champion Negros Ocidental in the opening game while Cebu versus Iloilo follows at 3 p.m.

The Glen Ramos-coached Cebu selection will have a one-day rest tomorrow before it faces Negros another powerhouse team in Negros Occidental on Friday at 3 p.m. following the Negros Oriental-Iloilo match up.

The five-day clash between four teams will pit the top two teams in the championship match after the elimination while the bottom two settle for the third place battle in the finals.

The top two squads automatically qualify to the National Championship early next year together with the top teams from North/South Luzon, Southeast Luzon, West Mindanao, North Mindanao, and Central Mindanao.

Backed by Hapee and Tran-Asia, the team is made up of goalkeepers Ace Mngohid and Oscar Lemence, midfielders NiƱo Zapanta and Harold Buot, forwards Elemar Baunsit and Ronald Loayon.

The team pooled through a three-month selection by the CFA, include Vincent Ramos, Heintje Ruiz, Rene Mendoza, Robert Nicart, Oliver Colina, Wearlso Zabella, Rolando Verdida, Voltaire Montebon, Gregorio Guiwan, and John Michael Abellana.

Monday, December 08, 2003


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Monday, December 08, 2003 issue
by Patrick C. Costelo, Staff Reporter

DBTI goes to national finalsHOST team Don Bosco Technology Center got back with a vengeful but untimely 3-0 win over Negros Oriental National High School yesterday at the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus.

But it was immaterial as Cebu failed to qualify to the National Finals. Negros Occidental giant Don Bosco Technical Institute emerged the champion by goal difference after stunning DBTC last Friday, 2-0, and drawing with Negros Oriental High on Saturday, 1-1.

For the first time in two consecutive years it has hosted the Coke Go-For-Goal National Football Championship-Visayas Regional Finals, Cebu lost the championship.

DBTI could have wrested the National Finals ticket earlier had it beaten Negros Oriental, but the draw made matters tentative as the former had to wait for the result of yesterday’s match.

Negros Oriental, meantime, could have won the regional title had it defeated DBTC by three points. A penalty shootout could even have materialized between both Negros teams had Negros Oriental won against Cebu by two points.

But an entirely different DBTC squad set out yesterday giving the visitors the intensity of a defending regional champion as Kyle Soriano slammed a goal in the 25th minute to end the half at 1-0.

The Glen Ramos-coached DBTC scored its last two goals in the last 10 minutes of play after its defense held on, unlike the team that ran out of gas in the second half against DBTI in the opening day after trailing 0-2 at halftime.

Soriano scored goal No.2 in the 80th while Cebu leg MVP candidate Patrick Caricari drained the third goal in the 85th to thump the visitors and save face with the runner-up trophy.

DBTI’s Jonard Benetic, who scored both goals in the win against Cebu, bagged the MVP award while his teammate Von Joseph Bayquin took home the Best Goalkeeper honors.

DBTI took the third individual award as Michael Orbino nabbed the Best Midfielder medal.

Cebu, on the other and, took the remaining awards with John Tirol and Soriano taking the Best Striker and Best Defender medals, respectively.

Philippine Football Federation’s Jojo Rodriguez, director of competition and Jimmy Somogod, Referee Committee head, CFA’s Jonathan “Maxi” Maximo, Neil Montesclaros and Merk Bretherton, graced the closing rites, which saw Negros Oriental take the Chris Monfort Fair Play trophy after not logging a single caution. PCC