Globe Telecom unveils its sports advocacy program, Globe Sports, by supporting two national football teams – the Philippine women’s football team known as the Malditas and the national futsal team known as Muzang. Photo shows officials and team members, led by Globe external affair head Jocel de Guzman, Globe vice president for digital media Glenn Estrella and Malditas’ coach Ernie Nierras.
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine womenâ€™s team Malditas and futsal squad Muzang gear up for two major tournaments, hopeful of sustaining Phl footballâ€™s gains in the last few tournaments.
The Malditas will carry the countryâ€™s colors in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar in December while the Muzang will vie in the Asean Football Federation Futsal Championship from Oct. 19-27 in Bangkok.
Malditas coach Ernie Nierras will assemble Phlâ€™s strongest ever womenâ€™s side for the SEAG mission, bringing back the core of the group that defeated Iran in the AFC Asian Womenâ€™s Cup qualifiers and adding new 5-foot-10 recruit from Stanford.
â€œI think the POC has put it already, if youâ€™re not medal contender, weâ€™re not sending you so sending us to the SEA Games tells us they have faith in us,â€ said Nierras during yesterdayâ€™s launch of Globe Telecomâ€™s sports advocacy program, Globe Sports.
â€œExpectations are high, and we donâ€™t mind the challenge, we live for that challenge. We have one specific color in mind and hopefully weâ€™ll bring that home when we come back in December,â€ he added.
Muzang coach Red Avelino admitted his wards will have their hands full in the AFF meet, especially bracketed with powerhouse rivals Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei in Group A.
â€œWeâ€™re on a rebuilding process now. Our expectations are managed; we know where we stand, we know the teams weâ€™re going up against but weâ€™ll just give our best and weâ€™ll fight our hearts out,â€ said Avelino.
The Muzang and Malditasâ€™ respective campaigns got a big boost with partnership with Globe. The Globe Sports advocacy program, according to Globe president and CEO Ernest Cu and VP for digital media Glenn Estrella, is aimed at providing support for Filipino athletes with world-class potential and to develop sports awareness in various Globe CSR communities in a bid to discover grassroots talents.
â€œThrough this advocacy, we are effectively strengthening sports development in the country. Football is just the first step because our sports advocacy is not a mere sponsorship channel but itâ€™s actually a long-term partnership to develop sports programs for our Globe CSR communities,â€ said Cu.
For his part, Estrella said: â€œWeâ€™re here to help players play and get (international) exposure. We believe that if they donâ€™t play, they wonâ€™t learn; if they donâ€™t compete with the best, then they will never be the best later on.â€
The Malditas and the Muzang, along with fellow Globe-backed Green Archers United and La Salle Greehills, will join the telecom company in its â€œGlobe Football Para sa Bayanâ€ CSR advocacy.