Goshen Land snatches 1st MMGD Football title

Author: Harley F. Palangchao
Published in: Baguio Midland Courier
Date Published: 07 August 2011

Team Goshen Land – Baguio united Football lived up to the public’s expectationby ruling the men’s division of the 1st Mayor Mauricio Domogan Football Cup that culminated over the weekend to end the month – long action – packed weekends.

It was a remarkable performance for both Goshen Land and the Benguet State University Alumni but the former emerged triumphant at the end of the regulation 2 – 1.

All three goals were netted during the second half of the game, which continued despite the inclement weather.

BSU Varsity settled for third place in the same division.

Members of the fames Baguio Cinderella who now called their team Baguio Ladies T – Manx brought home the championship trophy of the ladies division by winning via penalty kick – out over their equally talented and younger BSU Ladies Team.

Baguio Ladies Solid took home the third place plaque.

Visiting Laoag A won the 16 under over MBL United, a team composed of street children Manila, while Baguio City National High School Football Team A was the second runner – up.

BCNHS Football Team is the king of the 12 under division and was trailed by Bonifacio A and la Trinidad Central School Football Team, which settled for first and second – runners up, respectively.

The much younger Goshen land boaters emerged victorious by winning the 10 under over its closest rival, Jose P. Laurel and Quezon A.

Team Brazil snared the 8 under championship trophy from rivals Bonifacio and Jose P. Laurel. Barangay Pinsao players, meanwhile won over Pinsao Hard 11 to bring home the title in the men’s division of the G – string category, one of the highlights of the vent.

Pinsao Hard 11, however, bounced back by winning the secondary division of the G – string category over Dagsian United and Quezon Hill – A.

It was Bonifacio A that ruled the g – string elementary division and it was trailed by Pinsao Hard 11 and Jose P. Laurel.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan who graced the closing ceremonies acknowledged being moved by the tenacity of the football players who showed the beauty of the game even on muddy grounds.

“Football can be your key to a successful career,” said Domogan, as he challenged them to excel in football with a hope that leading universities in Manila will offer them full scholarship in college.

The mayor thanked Goshen Land led by its top honcho, lawyer Alexander Bangsoy, and partners for organizing the event as he promised the city government will exert efforts to improve the lawn of the Melvin Jones ground.


Goshen stays unbeaten in 1st MGD men’s football open

Author: Roderick Osis

Published in: Sun.Star Baguio

Date Published: 22 July 2011

GOSHENLAND formalized its entry into the semis to take the number one slot at the close eliminations by edging closest rival Benguet State University Alumni football club in last Sunday’s game at the Melvin Jones grounds.

The Baguio United Football Club backed squad stormed one of their strongest rival enroute to a 7 -1 trouncing of their Benguet counterpart in the men’s open of the first Mayor Mauricio Domogan Football Cup.

The victory, the teams fifth straight win, will cap its campaign in the tournament which will also serve as a training of sorts for the upcoming Men’s Smart National Open Club Championship this August in Iloilo later this year.

The BSU Alumni FC had their taste of first defeat after scoring three successive victories in the monthlong weekend event by Goshen Land Capital.

BSU Varsity, meanwhile, got back at its winning ways after edging Team Onse, 1 – 0, during the weekend play while Team Onse bounced back hard against winless Pinsao Hard 11, 4 – 1.

Team Onse, composed of players from Saint Louis University, earned their first win in the tournament after three losses while BSU Varsity claimed the third spot in the team standing with two wins and a lose.

BCNHS and Pinsao are the only teams with no win in the tournament but still can catch the last ride for the semis despite having 0 – 2 and 0 – 4 records, respectively.

The high school squad from Gov. Pack Road although needs to win against Pinsao on July 23 before facing BSU Varsity later in the afternoon and will cap the eliminations against Team Onse on July 24.

The alumni and varsity of BSU will also clash this weekend after the BCNHS – Pinsao tiff.

In the 16 under division, out of town Laoag City A hanged on to a 1 – 0 victory for the championship against MBL United during Sunday’s final game.

Laoag, the second seed at the close of eliminations, behind MBL edged BCNHS A in a thrilling 3 – 2 win during their semis to barge into the finals while MBL downed Dagsian United in a 1 – 0 nail bitter during the semis.

BSU Alumni, Goshen Land ‘clinch” MGDFC semi – finals

Author: Harley F. Palangchao
Published in: Baguio Midland Courier
Date Published: 17 July 2011

Inclement weather and muddy grounds failed to dampen the spirits of footballers with crowd favorites Goshen Land and BSU alumni from dominating the Men’s Open of the 1st Mayor Mauricio Domogan Football Cup.

As of July 10 tally, Goshen Land and BSU Alumni Football Club remain unbeaten with 4 – 0 apiece to become virtual semi – finalists in the month – long football tournament happening at the Melvin Jones grounds.

Goshen Land almost had a draw with younger Team Onse last Sunday when the score went 2 – 2 with almost few minutes remaining in the 45 – minute match. Goshen Land eventually got the final goal to end the game 3 – 2 over Team Onse.

Earlier, Goshen Land did not allow Pinsao Hard 11 to set a goal when it won the match 11 – 0.

BSU Alumni FC overwhelmed Pinsao Hard 11 with 5 – 1 score then beat Team Onse 2 – 0 before it won the close match with Baguio City National High School Football Club 6 – 5 on Sunday.

BSU Varsity bounced back from a loss to Goshen Land by scoring 4 – 0 against Pinsao Hard 11.

In the 10 under category, it will be Goshen Land against Jose P. Laurel in the finals match while Quezon Elem. A and Quezon Elem. B in the 3rd place match.

In the 12 under, it will be interesting finals match between BCNHS and Bonifacio while either La Trinidad Central B or Baguio Hard 11 will settle for the 3rd place.

The muddy Melvin Jones grounds is being seen as an advantage for local football players in preparation for the incoming national competitions.

“When they play in ideal grounds, they will surely have an advantage,” said Goshen Land top honcho and organizer Atty. Alexander Bangsoy.

While Domogan pledged Php 30,000.00 for the tournament with Baguio Rep. Bernardo Vergara planning to chip in with Php 15,000, dozen of players are much more interested in joining future tournaments even without cash prizes.

“Their desire to play encourages us more to look for partners so that we could sustain this kind of grassroots tournament,” Bangsoy added.

Goshen dominates MGD Cup Leads Men’s open, eyes title in 10 – u

While Goshen Land shows superb game playing for four straight wins, mostly in washout, BSU Alumni FC appears to be the only force capable of stopping the host’s juggernauts as the weekly Mayor Mauricio Domogan Football Cup continues at the Melvin Jones Football Park.

This even as Baguio City National High School and Bonifacio A dispute the 12 under title, and host Goshen Land takes on Jose P. Laurel B in the finals of the 10 under of Goshen Land backed tournament which ends on July 30.

Goshen Land’s men’s open team were impressive as they blasted BSU Varsity, 6 – 1, BCNHS by a 5 – 0 whipping, an 11 – 0 whitewash of Pinsao Hard 11 and a narrow 3 -2 victory over Team Onse for an immaculate 4 – 0 win loss slate as game continues in the premiere men’s open.

But BSU Alumni FC could not be left behind as it walloped Pinsao Hard 11, 5 – 1, a 2 – 0 win over Team Onse and a close 6 – 5 victory over BCNHS FC for a 3 – 0 slate that keeps them just a win down the host team.

In 12 – under games, BCNHS (six wins, one draw, zero loss) cruises to the finals after a 6 – 0 victory over La Trinidad Central B (3 – 3 – 1) to face Bonifacio A (5 – 2 – 0), which cruised past Baguio Hard 11, 1 – 0.

Bonifacio A was the only team to draw the BCNHS squad in the elimination after the latter’s 3 – 0 win over Bonifacio b, 1 – 0 victory over LT Central B and 2 – 0 win over Quezon FC and later followed by wins over LT Central A (2 – 0), 3 – 0 over Baguio Hard 11 and 3 – 0 past New Life Ministry.

Bonifacio B, on the other hand, had wins over Quezon FC (2 – 0), LT Central A (1 – 0), New Life (1 – 0), Boni B (2 – 0) and LT Central B (1 – 0) and draws against Baguio Hard 11 and BCNHS.

In 10 – under action, Goshen Land edged Quezon A, 1 – 0, even as Jose Laurel B escaped Quezon B, 1 – 0.

Jose P. Laurel B topped the first bracket with four wins against zero loss (Brazil, 1 – 0, Quezon A, 1 – 0, Bonifacio A, 1 – 0, and Central B, 1 – 0). Quezon A came in second with a 2 – 2 win, draw card, wins that came from Brazil (1 – 0) and Central B (2 – 0) and draws with Bonifacio A and Jose P. Laurel B.

Goshen Land topped the other bracket with three wins and two draws, while Quezon A had three wins against a single draw and loss.

In the 8 – under bracket, Brazil has an untarnished record of four wins to pace five other teams. It won over Jose P. Laurel (1 – 0), Bonifacio (1 – 0), Small World (2 – 0) and Quezon (3 – 0) for a run away 13 points and seven goals.

Despite the loss to Brazil, Bonifacio remains at second spot with a 2 – 1 – 2 slate, which is the same as Jose P. Laurel (2 – 1 – 2) but ahead on goals with two against the lonesome goal of the latter.

New Life is fourth with 2 – 2 – 1 slate, ahead of Small World and Quezon which won not a single game.

Soccermania hits the highlands Baguio’s Field of Dreams: touching and changing lives of kids through football.

Author: Annabelle Codiase – Bangsoy
Published in: Cordillera Today
Date Published: 17 July 2011

The Melvin Jones football grounds may not be London’s Wembley Stadium. Or Camp Nou, that 100,000 capacity stadium of the Barcelona Football Club rated five star by the Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Still, it has seen muddied “wagwag” boots propel dreams in children’s hearts. Like the motto on the stands of Camp Nou (“Mes que un club”), it’s more than an un – even, un – manicured field. It has become the field of dreams for Baguio’s young football players.

These dreams, get etched in their young minds every time they risk getting scolded by their mothers for soiled socks, shoes and kits marinated in the chocolate brown dust and mud aty Burnham Park.

Mike Danieve Arbela never though he could be the leader of a team that will represent Baguio City and the Cordillera region in this year’s national games.

The 12 – year old had to make amends first with slack study habits, indiscipline and some attitude before the captain’s band was strapped to his left arm by his coach, Gatan Dalang, a former Ateneo player.

“Dito kami tumino sa football,” Mike proudly said, “Gusto ko maging kagaya ni Coach.”

The son of a part – time taxi driver – carpenter and a saleslady, Mike wants to land a college football scholarship at Ateneo to help his parents. Yet he doesn’t want dream alone.

“Gusto ko, lahat kami sa team makakuha ng scholarship sa Ateneo,” he said.

As he enters high school, Mike was selected by Goshen Land Capital, Inc. as one of its first batch of scholars from the poor public school kids playing football.

He aspires to become like his coach, Gatan, a local boy who grew up playing at Melvin Jones and was recruited by Ateneo, together with his friend, now a high school football team coach Aris Bocalan.

Together, they helped power the Ateneo football team that won three – peat UAAP championships from 2004 to 2006. Then they came back home to train young kids for football so they could be prepared and trained for life, beyond the dusty and rocky Melvin Jones Football Field at Burnham Park.

“I thought I would coach so I could share my skills and talent,” Dalang said. But after meeting under – privileged kids from public schools at the Melvin Jones Football Field his coaching took on a difference course.

“Football coaching for me now is about touching and changing lives,” he shared.

Also under his wing is James Mark Ariola, 12, a striker in Mike’s team. He used to frequent computer shops. He’d go home late, making his mom worried sick. While gifted with a talent for football, he was an absentee trainee.

Challenged to commit to training so his talent won’t go waste through a positive coaching approach, his addiction for computer games stopped and he was transformed into an outstanding player.

He dreams of becoming a player for the Azkals and aspires to reaching the pinnacle of any local boy’s football dream – to play in an international stadium for the famed European football team Manchester United.

James Mansueto, the team’s co – captain and central defender, admitted he joined football so g=he could veer away from the destructive influences of burn gangs and fraternities.

A very quiet soul, he usually keeps to himself but transforms into a hard player inside the field. He said he learned self – discipline through positive coaching in football.

The son of a carpenter and a homemaker, James dreams of playing in an international stadium and finishing a course at the Philippine Military Academy to help his parents. Like Mike, he was also awarded a scholarship grant from Goshen Land.

Kenneth Sibaen, 11, was unlikely to become a football player. Now entering grade 6, he proved a year before that anyone can play football.

Was overweight and sluggish in training,” coach Dalang said. After going through football coaching, he slimmed down, became industrious and committed. Like the rest in the team, he learned self – discipline from his coach. He dreams of playing alongside Ariola for Manchester United.

Klieu Mangaoang, 12, had seen yellow and red cards flashed over his academic performance since grade 1, before football came into play. Addicted to computer games, he just went to school for half day. Still, he helped his mother make ends meet by selling barbecue near a jeepney stand up until 11 o’clock in the evening. He’d go home tired and unable to focus his studies.

Football coaching helped him overcome. For the first time, he passed all his subjects and received a medal from his school for his football team’s championship performance at the Cordillera regional games. Now a Goshen Land scholar, he wants to become a PMA cadet and hopes to build a house for his future family, someday.

Meantime, he gets muddied and soiled in training towards scoring that life goal inside and outside the field of dreams.

Domogan Cup embraces g-string divisions, street kids from Manila

Published in: Sun.Star Baguio
Date Published: 16 July 2011

THE ongoing Mayor Mauricio Domogan Cup has expanded its g-string division and embraced a team of combined street kids from Manila that will play on Sunday, turning the weekend football series into an eight age group competition among 35 teams.

Going by the composite name MBL United, the visiting players from Muntinlupa, Boys Town and Leveriza, Quezon City, will see action this Sunday in the 16 under age bracket of the month-long meet.

To reach the tournament, the MBL kids had to solicit from Samaritans for the fare.

Goshenland, the major sponsor that organized the tournament with the Baguio United Football Club, will extend assistance to the 28 Manila street kids with most if not all are seeing Baguio for the first time.

Tournament commissioner Homer Alinsug swore he saw the kids practicing last year, making do with an empty plastic bottle in lieu of a ball.
“Yon ang sinisipa-sipa nila,” he said.

The g-string division, originally conceptualized as a friendly sidebar, has developed into a three-category competition of players clad in the traditional loincloth of the Cordillera — 12 under, 16 under and men’s bracket.

A visiting Scottish couple who accidentally got wind of the g-string division, said they were delighted to know about the unique g-string treatment to football.

“We’re proud of this; we want videos and pictures of it so we could show it to our friends in Scotland,” said Mich Elledmore, a diehard fan of the European leagues.

Competitions are on in the 8 under, 10 under, 12 under, 14 under, 16 under, ladies and men’s divisions, while the 7 under midgets festival, which will follow the new g-trend in grassroots football, will be played on July 30.

Goshenland surges ahead in men’s open

Author: Roderick Osis
Published in: Sun.Star Baguio
Date Published: 14 July 2011

GOSHENLAND and Benguet State University Alumni kept their winning streak after scoring one side victory anew during Sunday’s continuation of the first Mayor Mauricio Domogan Football Cup at the Melvin Jones Football grounds.

Baguio’s representative in the upcoming Men’s Smart National Open Club Championship this August in Iloilo, Goshenland mangled Pinsao Hard 11 in an 11-0 victory before barely escaping Team Onse, composed of players coming from the Saint Louis University, 3-2.

The win now puts Goshenland ahead by one game in the team standings of the men’s open with four victories.

BSU Alumni is also making its presence felt in the first month long football tournament to be played all weekends of July with seven teams competing in the men’s open after edging Baguio City National High School, 6-5, also during last weekends’ play.

Games for the men’s open resume on July 17 at Melvin Jones which starts at 8 am with BCNHS battling Pinsao Hard 11, Team Onse against BSU Varsity then Team Onse-Pinsao Hard 11 in the 1 pm game before the Goshenland – BSU Alumni encounter.

In the 12 under division, BCNHS formally took the first finals seat after beating La Trinidad Central B in a 6-0 victory after topping the eliminations with a 5 win, one loss record.

City High will be joined by Bonifacio A after edging Baguio Hard 11, 1-0, in the other semis pairing last week at the Melvin Jones Football grounds.
Bonifacio A placed second behind City High in the elims with an identical 5 win record with two games drawn, one against BCNHS. La Trinidad Central B and Baguio Hard 11 will dispute the battle for third.

The 10 under contest will also see Goshen Land and Jose P. Laurel B disputing for the crown after disposing separate rivals in their semis match.
Goshen edged Quezon A with a one goal to nil victory while the Laurelians barely made it past Quezon B in a nail biting 1-0 contest. Championship games will be played on July 30 for both the 10 and 12 under.

Meanwhile, registration of teams for 16 under division who wants to join the tournament will be open until July 17, 2011. Games will be held at Melvin Jones Football Grounds on the said date. For more information you may email info@goshenlandcapital.com.