At the recently concluded Long Teng Cup 2011 held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Chieffy’s hard work paved the way for the Azkals’ 2nd place finish in the tournament. Gaining 5 points from a win against Macau and 2 draws against Hong Kong and Taiwan, the Philippine football team raised its rank compared to the 3rd place finish on the last year’s inaugural edition of this tournament.
If you think that Azkals is all about its “good looking” members in the likes of the Younghusband siblings, Phil and James (which I do not agree), look closely and you will find a more brilliant gem in the small but terrible Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong. This Azkal striker may not have the face of the Younghusbands or the abs of Etheridge, but his skills and talent are incomparable. A native of Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo, the small guy proved that being an Azkal is not all about star material packaging but a “kungfu hussle” football skill.
At the Long Teng Cup 2011, after collecting 4 tournament goals (2 against Hong Kong and 2 against Macau), Chiefy was awarded the Golden Boot Award, given to the top scorer of the tournament. This is another accomplishment to his football career and another boost of inspiration to those aspiring future Azkal members.
This should give a signal to all young Filipino football player that you don’t need to be raised abroad where football is a major game, to be one of the bests. All you need is determination and passion for the sport. The dedication and pride to be the best not only for yourself but for the country as well. And Chieffy is a good example of that, 100% Pinoy, full of skills and talent.
And that is the real pinoy hero; you are Bidang Pinoy, Bida ka ng Pilipinas, Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong. Push for more pride and glory, and continue to strike the Philippines’ Goal for a brighter football future.
“Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.” – Paul Bryant
- Long Teng Cup: Caligdong sizzles in Azkals 2-0 win (caloysports.wordpress.com)