By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.
It’s just a team short of closing the 300 mark of squads seeing action in the 1st Ceres Cup 7-A-Side Football Tournament set May 17 – 18 in various football pitches in the cities of Bacolod and Talisay, Negros Occidental.
Different football clubs across the country will converge and compete in this two-day bootfest, with categories in Under-9 and Under-10 – open to boys, girls or mixed teams; Under-11, Under-12 and Under-13 – all in the boy’s category; Under-14 boys and girls; Under-16 boys; Under-18 men and ladies; Under-20 men; Men’s and Ladies’ Open; and 38-Above.
Among the teams seeing action at the Carlos Hilado Memorial State College pitch are 24 sides in the U-9, including: South Cotabato FA, I-Pag-asa Iloilo, Westbridge-Iloilo, PPFC, Montevista FC, Mabini FC, Tamasak, Don Bosco FC, Himamaylan, Strikers FC, Les Lions, Trinity Christian School, Football Kings-A, Football Kings-B, United Dumaguete, BNFC-A, BNFC-B, Marist School-Manila, UNO-R, San Carlos FC, BNFC-ILAYA (A), BNFC-ILAYA (B), Giuseppe FC-Cebu, St. John’s Institute, Canlaon Hijos FC, and Kicker’s FC;
28 teams for U10: South Cotabato FA, Don Bosco Cebu-A, Don Bosco Cebu-B, Rising Star FC, PPFC, Los Amigos, Montevista FC, USLS, Kicker’s FC, Magallon Utd., TCS, Wildfox, RSB Team, SJI, St. Francis of Assisi, BNFC, Marist School-Manila, San Carlos FC, BNFC-ILAYA (A), BNFC-ILAYA (B), Ateneo de Manila, Bago-A, Bago-B, Silay City, Jackals, Goldcrest Vipers, Ateneo-Cebu, and UNO -R;
24 teams in U-11: Don Bosco Cebu-A, Don Bosco Cebu-B, PPFC, ABES, BTFC, USLS, Tamasak, Don Bosco FC-A, Les Lions-A, Les Lions-B, Himamaylan-A, Himamaylan-B, SJI, Holy Cross-Dumaguete, TCS, Giuseppe FC-Cebu, Corintthians FC-Manila, St. Francis of Assisi, USC-Cebu Bed, Futbolitos Dgte., Marist School-Manila, BNFC-ILAYA, Bago, and Don Bosco FC-B;
34 teams for the U-12: I-Pag-asa Iloilo, Westbridge-Iloilo, Rising Star FC-A, Rising Star FC-B, Silay FC, PPFC, Los Amigos, USLS, Strikers FC, Mabini Elem. Sch., Don Bosco FC, Les Lions-A, Les Lions-B, Magallon Utd.-A, Magallon Utd.-B, TCS, Victorias City, Bago, Wildfox, Football Kings, United Dumaguete, SJI, Giuseppe FC-Cebu, Corintthians FC-Manila, St. Francis of Assisi, USC-Cebu Bed, UNO-R, Ma-ao United, SSA, BNFC-ILAYA (A), BNFC-ILAYA (B), Marist School-Manila, Holy Cross-Dumaguete and RSB Team;
and 17 teams for the U-13: I-Pag-asa Iloilo, PPFC, CKFC, Minuluan FC, ABES, BTFC, Los Amigos, USLS, Tamasak, Football Kings, St. Francis of Assisi, Futbolitos- Dgte., UNO-R, Ateneo-Cebu (A), Ateneo-Cebu (B), BNFC-ILAYA, and Bago.
On the other hand, events to be played at the Ceres FC Mandalagan pitch have nine teams for U-14 girls: Ateneo-Davao, LCC-G, Minuluan FC, Tamasak, Rizal Elem. Sch., BTFC, St. Francis of Assisi, Canetown FC, and San Carlos FC;
16 teams in the U-18 boys: Dumaguete NHS, Silay FC, CKFC, Minuluan FC, Sagay FC, Panaad United, Bayawan FC, Escalante FC, CPU, St. Vincent-Iloilo, Cebu-Pocket Monsreu, Pulupandan, St. Francis of Assisi, UNO-R, Cebu-Barele, and Don Bosco-Cebu;
and 10 teams in the U-20 men’s: SOS-FC Iloilo, Minuluan FC, 1 Day Laundry, Dumaguete NHS, USLS, UNO-R, Kandingan FC, JBLCF-Marineros, Cebu-Barele, and Minuluan-Concepcion.
Playing at the main venue in the Ceres FC North pitch are 24 teams in U-14 boys: LCC-G, I-Pag-asa Iloilo, I PFC-AS, SOS-FC Zaraga, Dumaguete NHS, Rising Star FC, PPFC, Minuluan FC, USLS, Don Bosco FC, Himamaylan, TCS, Wildfox, St. Paul’s-Barotac, SJI, Bayawan FC, Ateneo-Cebu, BNFC-ILAYA, St. Francis of Assisi, Bago, Jackals-Victorias City, UNO-R, Magallon Utd. and Montevista FC;
29 teams in the U-16 boys: I-Pag-asa Iloilo, SOS-FC Zaraga, Tanjay-Ting Tassing, Tanjay-Chis Football, Rising Star FC, PPFC, Minuluan FC, Daisy ABC, Los Amigos, USLS, St. Vincent-Iloilo, Tamasak, Don Bosco FC, Guihulngan-Neg.Or., West Bridge-Iloilo, St. Francis of Assisi, Canetown FC, Dancalan FC, Holy Cross-Dumaguete, Siliman-Bro, San Carlos FC, Ateneo-Cebu (A), Ateneo-Cebu (B), Jackals-Victorias City, UNO-R, Don Bosco-Cebu (A), Don Bosco-Cebu (B), Atletico de Bago and Saints CF;
16 teams in the U-18 ladies: USLS-IS, Silay FC-A, Silay FC-B, PPFC, UNO-R, BTFC, Don Bosco FC, Rizal Elem. Sch., St. Francis of Assisi, Ateneo-Cebu, Bayawan FC, SSA, San Carlos FC, Dumaguete -NOHS, Erco FC-Cebu, and Sta. Barbara;
10 teams in the 38-Above: Old School, NBI-Iloilo, Silay FC, FCB, Kandingan FC, San Carlos FC, Ceres-BUFC (A), Ceres-BUFC (B), Brgy. Bulak-Bulak, and Erco FC;
34 teams in the Men’s Open: Ceres-A, Ceres-B, USLS Alumni, FU, Siliman University, NBI-Iloilo, Silay FC, PPFC, CKFC, Plaza Real, Minuluan FC, Himamaylan FC-A, Himamaylan FC-B, Sagay FC, Barbados FC, MYC-Murcia, Dancalan FC, Nick Town Sond’s Team, Panaad United-A, Panaad United-B, Bayawan FC, Las Buenas FC, Panasiatic FC, Teleperformance, Escalante FC-A, Escalante FC-B, USLS-A, USLS-B, Shohuko FC, Magallon Utd., Kandingan FC, Pontevedra FC, Victorias City, and Real Mangkas;
and 23 teams in the Ladies Open: Victorias Secret, Katsila FC, Siliman FC, FU, Ninas de Futbol, Minuluan FC, UNO-R, San Carlos Alumni, Himamaylan FC, Rizal Elem. Sch., Futboleras, Nolja FC, Don Bosco-Cebu, USLS-Engrng., SSA, Sta. Barbara, San Carlos City, Jaro FC-A, Jaro FC-B, CPU Mix-in, Victorias City, Erco FC-A, and Erco FC-B.
The football festival is a vision of Ceres FC manager and organizing chairman, Leo Rey Yanson, which is aimed at providing football enthusiasts the opportunity to foster and exhibit sportsmanship in a competitive, safe, and friendly environment.
“It also seeks to encourage and promote football development in Negros Occidental,” said Organizing Committee Vice Chairman Nicolas Golez./