18 June 2012

Panaad to host Long Teng Cup in October

The Philippine Football Federation (PFF) has tapped Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City as site for its planned hosting of the four-nation Long Teng Cu bootfest featuring Phl, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei and Macau.
PFF president Nonong Araneta said instead of holding it Manila, they have decided to bring the Long Teng to Bacolod as the City of Smiles is more feasible in terms of financial requirements.
Additionally, he said the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium's scheduled conversion into an artificial turf beginning next month may not be finished in time for the tourney, which the PFF targets to stage from Oct. 3-7.
"We are already communicating with Chinese Taipei, Macau and Hong Kong that if we'll host the Long Teng Cup, we'll hold it in Bacolod. If they're okay with it, then we'll go ahead (with the Cup) in Bacolod," said Araneta.
He said the hosting in Panaad, largely considered the birthplace of the Azkals, is estimated to cost P5-6 million, inclusive of food and accommodation of the delegates plus match officials, and logistical requirements such as security.
This amount, he explained, is substantially lower than the estimate if the tourney were to be staged in Manila.
"If we hold it in Manila, we'll reach P9 million, which includes P2-million plus on security alone. People in Bacolod said they can do the security at about P300,000 to P400,000 so we'll have substantial savings already on that item," said Araneta, who's confident to get sponsors for the event.
Another factor that swayed it to the side of Panaad is the availability of Rizal Memorial.

"We're not sure if constructions in Rizal will be finished by that time so I told the three (nations) that we'll do it in Bacolod. We're waiting for their approval because when they initially asked us to host, they mentioned Manila. But if they're willing to go to Bacolod, then it's a go," said Araneta.
The Long Teng Cup, or whatever the name the PFF will eventually use for the meet, should serve as one of the final build-up for the Azkals before they do battle in the AFF Suzuki Cup in late November.
"Hopefully, the Long Teng Cup this will be a good preparation for our actual team that will play in the Suzuki Cup," said Araneta.
The Azkals placed second to Hong Kong last year in the single-round-robin format Long Teng Cup in Kaoshiung, a one-spot improvement from their third place finish in the inaugural edition in 2010, also in Kaoshiung.



  1. Bakit hindi ganapin sa Cebu? Wala po bang Footbal stadium ang Cebu.

    The last time I watched a football game in the Rizal memorial stadium was the 1991 SEA games, di ko na matandaan ang kalaban nang Philippines, back then it was all grass. Now magiging artificial turf na. 2012 minus 1991, wow 21 years. Dahil lang sa grupo nang Azkals na nag 4th sa Suzuki cup nung 2010 at nagwagi at natalo sa mga nakalipas na mga laban nila, ito na ang resulta.

    Well it is better late than never at all. I hope our officials learn from this experience.

  2. cebu is a basketball loving city.

  3. also, cebu does not have a football stadium that can hold 30T spectators, good dugouts for the teams during the games, good lighting facilities and enough parking space to hold thousands of vehicles during the match.
    But, i think University of San Carlos-Cebu and Aboitiz is preparing to construct futbol fields of international standard.
    By the time Cebu will have its own futbol stadium, it will be a good venue then for international games...or even local futbol league. Cebu is more accessible than Manila.

  4. Cebu is more accessible than Manila? What are you smoking penge naman.

    1. Yes, according to international survey,, Cebu Airport is more praised by tourist than the chaotic Ninoy Aquino International Aiport in Manila, so it's more accessable. And yes, Cebu is to be watch because when the Cebuanos start something they will do it right and big. The Stadium Project is on the way and San Carlos University, Aboitiz and Queen City United are aming for the Ball and the Cebuanos will one day bring the streaming crowd to the Cebu and the loud sream of GOAL to its international standard Stadium..

      Hilom lang ang mga Cebuano pero Lalom..

  5. ok kung may stadium ang problema may manonood ba?!..

  6. i am not a cebuano because i'm an ilonggo, pero i think mas maraming manonood ng futbol sa Cebu ky sa Manila...because, bacolod, iloilo, dumaguete and the rest of Mindanao am sure will watch.
    And to the accessibility mentioned above, YES, wither it will be in Cebu or Bacolod, more people can watch football games because it is nearer to futbol fanatics from the Provinces, Cities, Municipalities and the Bariio-folks.
    For the information of everybody, Vessels (Roro/Fastcraft), Buses, Planes are available 24/7 in going in and out of these places mentioned.
    For more info about Cebu and Bacolod...please visit their websites or inquire thru the Dept. of Tourism!

  7. Folks don't forget Mindanao is the most-likely had a potentials most specially Davao city, they have a wide street road two-ways and still clean and green environment..all kinds of transportation -air,sea and land are accessible., sana nga lang may kanya-kanya ng Football Stadium ang bawat big cities para they have their own home-crowd...

  8. Sana nga meron kanya kanya Football Stadium ang ibat ibang cities dito sa pilipinas. Tapos ang PFF gawa sila ng liga na every city meron mga teams na mag lalaro, nang sa ganon lalong ma motivate pa ung mga bata na mg laro ng football, and at the same time lalo pa ma develop ang football sa atin bansa. Ano sa tingin nyo?