Azkals development team provides career path for college stars

Harboring dreams of playing overseas, former UAAP most valuable player Jarvey Gayoso made a tough decision to forgo his final year of eligibility at Ateneo for a chance to accelerate his improvement with the Azkals Development Team (ADT), which will be fielded by the Philippine Football Federation as a guest team in the Philippines Football League.

Having watched some of his contemporaries like Amani Aguinaldo and Marco Casambre already get a taste of what it’s like to play in countries where football has a much higher profile, Gayoso now wants to follow that path.

Aguinaldo, 24, is playing for Trat FC in Thai League 1 after a strong season in Malaysia last year, but he’s already chalked up 38 appearances for the Azkals. The defender, however, focused on his pro career as early as 2014 in lieu of playing in the UAAP and he’s reaping the benefits of starting out early.

Now 23 with a year left to finish his management degree at Ateneo, Jarvey, son of former PBA player Jayvee Gayoso, also sees that path, but feels no regrets staying longer in the college game.

“This is the best time for me to take the leap,” Gayoso said. “I don’t think I would’ve been as prepared. My mind-set would have been in a different place. So right now, the only thing in my mind at the moment is to have that opportunity to play overseas. I just want to grow as a player.”

The ADT will provide just that for Gayoso, whose checkered career in the UAAP includes a couple of championships.The program could be a game changer as collegiate stars may now be forced to rethink their options with the ADT providing a pathway to opportunities for a career outside the country.

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Terrence donates to front-liners | Inquirer Sports

San Miguel guard Terrence Romeo will continue his donation drive to medical front-liners battling COVID-19, with three more hospitals becoming recipients of his generosity in the next few days.

A source said that Romeo will donate to Far Eastern University-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Valenzuela Citicare Medical and St. Mattheus Medical Hospital in Rizal.

Romeo, so far, has donated 12,000 pairs of surgical gloves, 12,000 surgical face masks, 5,000 rolls of tissue paper and 1,000 bottles of alcohol.

Romeo, the source said, has already donated to various hospitals since the start of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon the past week and that he only intended to donate to five institutions.

“The original plan was just five hospitals but there were people who sent out messages to him so he decided to donate to more institutions,” the source said in Filipino.

The source said that it was Romeo and his wife’s initiative to donate to hospitals and help the front-liners.

Maxinne Dompor M.D. on Saturday tweeted Romeo’s donation to Veterans Memorial Medical Center. INQ

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Team Lakay staying ready amid pandemic

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MANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay, Benguet’s famed mixed martial arts stable, is taking a wait-and-see approach amid the coronavirus pandemic.

That means its pro members are expected to continue training in their respective homes while Luzon is placed under an “enhanced community quarantine,” as they wait for developments from ONE Championship, where a glut of its members is competing.

“We’re in constant communication with the promotion, frequently checking for updates,” coach Mark Sangiao told the Inquirer in Filipino on Sunday.

“I know that they’re examining all possible options to hurdle these obstacles we are all facing, so we’re also doing our part on staying ready,” he added.

Sangiao said he has restricted entry to the team’s new gym in La Trinidad last since March 17, with only the team’s pro athletes having access to the facility.

Benguet is also operating under stricter curfew windows and quarantine measures, according to Sangiao, with shopping for essential goods only allowed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Reigning strawweight kingpin Joshua Pacio, and former champions Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, and Geje Eustaquio have been documenting their training sessions while in isolation.

“Right now, we’re employing a one-at-a-time use of the gym,” said Sangiao. “Should a fighter gets called up by ONE, he gets priority access.”

Chatri Sityodtong, the promotion’s head honcho, on March 12 announced that four of its upcoming events will be on a closed-door setting in Singapore.

Fight cards have yet to be determined by the promotion as of this writing, and the Team Lakay mentor said he has not been notified whether a member of his crew will compete on those events.

ONE, according to Sitdyodtong, will return to its live format on May 29 at Mall of Arena in Pasay when it takes off the lid on its

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