FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – Two teams of young, aspiring football players from Basilan will compete in the 3rd Football for Peace Festival on April 26 at Bonifacio Naval Station Football Ground, Naval Station Jose Francisco, Taguig City.
The teams, composed of 20 members aged 17 years old and below, were organized by the 18th Infantry Battalion led by its Commander and former Philippine Army Football Club (PAFC) President, Lt Col Cristobal JPP Perez.
The Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan team will compete in the 11 under category; while the Sumisip, Basilan team will compete in the 17 under category.
The two teams will have to undergo football clinics with Meralco Sparks on April 25.
Col Cesar J Mejico, President of the Philippine Army Football Club, said that the objective of the Football for Peace is to provide a different perspective to the youth, especially those from areas that have historically been accustomed to conflict and violence.
“By providing them opportunities to travel and learn, and organizing activities to enable them to interact with other Filipinos, the program aims to promote a culture of understanding and tolerance to inculcate a value for harmony and hope,” said Col Mejico.
This endeavor is part of the outreach program of the Philippine Army Football Club.
The Philippine Army Football Club was established in 1999, primarily to cater to the needs of all football enthusiasts in the Army community, especially children and youth aged 6 to 18 years old.
The Club was later on opened to children of non-military personnel who have exhibited talent and love for the game.
The PAFC have already participated in various regional, national and even international tournaments; and have numerous championship trophies under its name.