Alaska’s Football Cup marks its 21st year

Kids took centerstage at the 21st Alaska Football Cup held last weekend at the Alabang Country Club (Photo by Jamil Buergo)

The biggest and longest-running grassroots development program of Philippine football has again gathered close to 5,000 participants and 320 teams as it successfully staged its 21st edition of the Alaska Football Cup last November 26-27 at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa City.

The 2-day football event was able to gather school and club-based teams from all over the country. A total of 28 small football fields and 168 football officials administered the entire event.

Despite the heavy downpour brought about by tropical storm ‘Marce’ on the eve of the event that made the playing conditions muddy and tricky, children as young as six years old went out and showcased their football skills in this annual event supported by Alaska Milk Inc.

Alaska Football Cup tournament Director Tomas Lozano (Photo by Jamil Buergo)

Tournament Director Tomas Lozano, who has been at the forefront of local grassroots development of football in the country, wants to see more local talent that can play for the National Team in the near future. Lozano is speaking of the likes of Aly Borromeo and Emelio “Chieffy” Caligdong, who before playing for the Philippine Azkals first played in the early years of Alaska Football Cup.

Alaska Milk, through its Nutrition, Action, Champion program has continued to develop aspiring athletes not only in football but in other sports as well. Through the years, they have instilled that value of discipline, hard work, determination, teamwork, and sportsmanship in all their sports programs.