12 December 2010

PH football team to get P1M from MV Pangilinan

By Cedelf P. Tupas
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines—Business tycoon and sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan pledged on Sunday night P1 million to the Philippine football team for its campaign in the Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup.

Pangilinan, through Smart Sports, made the commitment when the Filipino booters graced the PBA games at the Araneta Coliseum.

The Filipino football players made it to the semifinals of the Suzuki Cup for the first time recently after stunning Vietnam, 2-0, and forcing draws against Singapore and Burma (Myanmar).

The support comes as a big boost for the Filipinos, who rued their lost home-field advantage for the semifinals after AFF officials deemed the proposed venue, the Panaad Stadium, in Bacolod as not up to international standards.

The Filipino footballers will play Indonesia in the first of the two semifinal legs on December 16 in Jakarta.

“We are very happy with the help of Mr. Pangilinan,” said team manager Dan Palami. “This is a big step in the development of football in the country.”

Palami hopes Pangilinan’s support will open the floodgates for more corporate backers for the team, which had played abroad virtually unnoticed until its historic victory over the defending champion Vietnamese.

“Mr. Pangilinan is happy to help,” said Smart Sports’ Patrick Gregorio. “They need help. It’s time to help.”

The team will make a courtesy call on President Aquino in Malacañang at 2 p.m. on Monday, before holding a public training session at the University of Makati field.

The Philippine booters leave for Jakarta on Tuesday.



  1. Mr. Pangilinan, I praise your contribution to Phillipine sports. You truly are one of the greatest pillars of sports in this country. May I also state that one million you have pledged will be the best value for money you have ever invested. You dont realize how much it will do only for the team but as incentive for the thousands of other players hoping to represent our country. We do hope you will continue to support the Azkals in the future.

  2. Huwag mo lang ibibigay yan kay Martinez at babawasan ng "expenses"...hehehe

  3. Thank you Mr. Pagilinan for your support of the Azkals. I'm a long time fan and this commitment will definitely pay dividends.

    Your continued support is greatly appreciated by all of us Azkaleros.

  4. mr. manny pangilinan you are a great great person thank you very very for supporting our team philippines azkals.. you are good examples to others like you .thank you mr. pangilinan

  5. hope that manny pacquiao would support this team azkals like mr.manny pangilinan who donated 1million.

  6. We should renovate our football pitch with this money and let Martinez and the AFF officials sleep there the whole year until they point out their lies. Or else we will make a pitch in Mindanao and let them sleep with the hungry terrorist.

  7. Baka kapalit ng P1M chuchupain niya si Papa Neil Etheridge.