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Kiwanis Futbol Festival

Grace Bondad-Nicolas | Jul 11, 2019

Kids show off their Kiwanis Futbol Festival awards.

The Kiwanis Week celebration is one of the biggest events in the Philippines, as all clubs simultaneously launch events to help under-served children. Spearheaded by the incumbent governors, with the help of all presidents and the support of members, Kiwanis Week is always successful because of the unity and collaborations. 

In the Philippine Luzon District, Governor-elect Raymund Yap shared his signature event: the Kiwanis Futbol Festival. In the event's third annual year, 76 teams drew a record-breaking attendance, with about 1,000 players. The Kiwanis Futbol Festival was held at Manila Jockey Club in Carmona, Cavite. Teams came from different parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. 

Philippine Luzon District Past Governors Andy Mojica, Manny Mamadra and Melvin Mendoza attended, and Mendoza expressed his delight as he witnessed the overall success of the event. He also mentioned that he was glad that his advocacy of the event is still being supported by the succeeding generation of Kiwanis leaders. 

“The sports event was created to enrich the Filipino youths’ lives and create a family-like bond without borders,” Governor-elect Yap said. “I do not personally play football, but my children do play, and I've seen how the sport positively influenced their lives. They not only learned discipline and sportsmanship, but they were also able to build such an empowering relationship with their teams. This is something I would like for the Filipino youth to experience. 

“Being in sports can teach them values, and for those who want to give an extra effort, football can also be their key to a brighter future, starting with a college scholarship. Since we started this tournament three years ago, 14 players were sent to college.” 

The Kiwanis Futbol Festival would not be possible without the help of other organizations: Mabuhay Football League, ABS-CBN (the Philippines’ leading television network) and Manila Jockey Club. 

“With the success of the Kiwanis Futbol Festival for three consecutive years, I’m positive that this can become a regular Kiwanis activity,” Yap said. “I saw the children have fun. At the same time, competing in tournaments like this can give them a sense of accomplishment and a chance of a brighter future. I would like Kiwanis to be an instrument to fulfill the youths’ dreams.” 

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