Negrenses Leopoldo Aragon, Tonie Mark Arenal and Michael Quinlat, along with the other members of the Philippine Team that will see action in the 2010 Homeless World Cup this September in Brazil will visit Bacolod City on July 15.
Aragon is from Brgy. Banago in Bacolod while Arenal and Quinlat are from Talisay City. They were tapped to join the team by the national Homeless World Cup committee headed by Leopoldo Arnaiz.
Each member of the team was chosen by the committee based not only on their football skills but also their personal backgrounds, data from the team stated.
Aragon, 19, is a high school drop-out who used to engage in vices. His transformation into a more responsible teenager started after he joined Homeless World Cup team.
Twenty-three year-old Quinlat is the youngest of four siblings who never had a permanent home after his parents separated. He tried to find a job but failed to land on a stable one until the Homeless World Cup team “discovered” him.
While he sees the Homeless team as his chance of getting a better life, Quinlat is determined to give his best to make the country proud.
Arenal, 23, considers the Homeless World Cup as his stepping stone into going back to school. A championship for the RP Team in the Brazil competition this September will give him the opportunity to realize his dream and help his family.
Aside from helping the players reach their potential and develop their football skills, Arnaiz said the Homeless World Cup paves the way for the members of the competing squad to improve their lives and become better citizens of the community.*NAB
Visayan Daily Star