Calaanan City also known as “Tent City”  relocation site for Sendong survivors.  Our first stop, and first-hand experience of such journey.  We come with no judgements but as observers on how the kids, families and individuals are 2 months after the calamity.   With around 400 and tents and families, local and international organizations contributing their resources to help out and we the Futkaleros share the same  sentiment


There is always HOPE

survivors of tomorrow

I remember When Ondoy hit Manila it wasn’t the strength of the wind or the mighty downpour of water that caused the city to sink.  It consistently poured for days flooding the likes of Marikina making it a giant river of surfboards and inflatable boats saving people left and right. A brown pool of flooding memories.

It was at the same time the Futkaleros and I came back from a futkal project tired and exhausted.  I remember clearly advising Mo and the others to rest for abit and let the rain pass (also because for sure the traffic would be bad).   The boys affirmed and so we called a day  only to find out hours later that we have been conquered by the rain.

When we woke-up and checked the news we saw the disaster

ter it has caused the homes the victims and the survivors pleading for help.  It was also at that moment where it hit me again, this is not the first time I have experienced such divine guidance. Safe at home while nature pours some tough love to its creatures.

Watching all these happen made me feel helpless wanting to help but didn’t know how.  Although it was also inspiring to see how the spirit of the Filipinos are at best when in times of help.  Relief operations, donations, volunteer programs, and so on.  Thats when suddenly my conscience spoke to me and said, Futkal would be great for these survivors to experience.  From then I made a silent pact that one day it will happen.

The day has finally arrived by the name of SENDONG.  The worst typhoon that hit the PH making residents in CDO like black ants being washed away down the drainage.  That was Dec 16 2012 the worst case of natural calamity to hit my motherland.  Without hesitation as Michael Jackson would say THIS IS IT.  This would be a good chance to plant the Futkal seed to the kids that survived such experience.

Right away I contact my friends, people at CDO, organizations which I can tap that will help me fly from here to there with my team.  Instinctively wanting to be part of the relief program, only to find out that you have to wait for the process and make sure to wait for the trauma to subside and calmly relocated.

Feb 28, 2012  two months after the disaster the Futkaleros have turned this thought into reality.  With the help of PAL foundation, Elmer Francisco Foundation, Xavier University, Starbucks and all those who helped make this possible.

This is our first development project dealing with this kind of situation, a crisis that has turned into an opportunity.   Sharing what we love doing and helping shed light to dark areas that be psychologically damaging.  We hope that we can give these kids a taste of the Futkal fever that hopefully creates an outbreak of Futbol enthusiasts.  We hope to share inspiration for a better outlook, a paradigm shift to a more positive joyous one.  We hope that we can show our country the power Futbol brings not just as a sport but a tool for reaching out…a tool for social change.  In FutKal there is always HOPE.


on the horizon

Ever since the thought of 2012 was coming the value and importance of “changing for the better” has always been injected in my mind. New years always brings new light to to those people who live in dark corners. It’s the one moment of the year where resolutions are the predominant topics for discussion, and a better-man as a result. Well, in my opinion it has always been that way…since the only permanent thing in life is change. So why not always change for the better (in all pillars of life).

The definition of “insanity” is doing something over and over and expecting a different result. Which brings me to my present location- Boracay, because ever since I was a kid i have always spent xmas and new years in Manila or Cebu. So first change is going to be the location where i will be experience ALOT of FIRSTS, something to look forward too.  Hopefully this new outlook will bring new results into my life…Welcome twenty12!

Serenity Pornstar

Moments of reflections…

its bbq time!

Jan. 1 2012
My day day started waking up in the my friends house @ Diniwood Boracay, a loft house made out of native materials and good memories. To end-up sleeping in a cushioned matres right above the floor, reminds me of my bed at home. Good morning Twenty12. good morning Boracay, good morning friends!

One thing i enjoy in the morning is a cup of coffee, all of a sudden you feel like a liter of gas has just been pumped into your brain, cells ignited, systems ready to GO. Instead of the usual planning your DAY itinerary i decided i would just go with the flow, and see what this day has to offer.

Outside the porch I was reading a book given to me by a special friend. A mental exercise to stretch the mind to start of the year. The chapter i read was deep enough to silence my issues and fuel my wisdom. Starting the day like that gives me good energy that will sustain me throughout the day. Not knowing I would make use of it right away.

My first physical activity was to swim the vast sea of clear waters and white sands with BEAUTY painted all over it…20minutes of swimming to wake those muscles up, stretch those tendons and improve your whole-being. The cool salty water, hot penetrating sun and powdery cushioning sands is welcomed by the 5 senses which gives me that natural high in life. My mind is awake, my body is moving, my heart is pounding fast and my smile grows bigger. Hello SEA!

After the quick exercise I head back to the house, and our neighbor is outside greeting the sunshine with open arms (literally). We have some new year eve’s stories to share, which transpired into DOG TALKS because he is a dog breeder a “Pit-bull” specifically. He has one by the name “Pornstar” a headstrong, energetic, pacquiao looking Pit-DAWG. If you see him, you would say FIERCE. Although Pornstar is the opposite, its just a look that will deceive his soul, ironically his just a compassionate, energetic, playful one. he has a look of a bully but has a heart of a baby.

I was able to walk Pornstar which led to my next activity after swimming, yeah man vs. beast. Walking down the street of Diniwood with a dog that has a reputation to be a fighter, scary, violent and other more stuff that will keep you a good 3-5 meters away. Makes me think how people are judged that way also, i at times bite my toungue cause i fall victim of such virus. Mental note: THough shalt not judge for Twenty12.

I guess walking Pornstar side-by-side gave me time to reflect and think deeper in life about having the right attitude, just being yourself and knowing thyself regardless of what people think, regardless of what people say. And as though you may not know what the future holds, and what direction you are headed you can trust that everything is going to be ok aslong as you have faith and respect with your master. Lessons in life learned for day 1 of Twenty12.

I head back to the house not really thinking of whats happening next, just the feeling of gratitude that fills the air that i breathe in that moment . If I can thank the the heavens for prosperity I will THANK them for more. Written all over my feet was my feet was “THANK YOU”, for allowing me to walk this way and thank you for a serendipitous day.