FOLLOWING the 420 teams record set last year, the Ceres Cup broke own record anew with 465 teams competing in the 2-day 4th Ceres Cup on May 20-21, 2017 at the North Field, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Football Field and Sta. Maria Football Field – all in Talisay City.
Started with 306 teams in 2014, Ceres Cup has grown tremendously through the years – expecting more than 10,000 players, coaches and parents coming over for the weekend’s tournament.
Among the participants is a Korean team brought over by former Ceres FC coach Cha Soong Yong that will participate in the Men’s 40 along with other foreign-bannered teams like Rising Sun of Cebu – which is composed of mostly Japanese players. Also expected playing in this tournament are Vietnamese, Americans and English players, to name a few.
“Ceres Negros Football Club is humbled by the overwhelming support the Philippine football community has shown to the Ceres Cup throughout the years,” said tournament chairman Nicolas Golez.
A vision of Ceres FC manager Leo Rey Yanson, this football festival aims at providing football enthusiasts the opportunity to foster and exhibit sportsmanship in a competitive, safe, and friendly environment. It also seeks to encourage and promote football development in Negros Occidental.
Gracing the event are Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr., Vice-Governor Bong Lacson, Bacolod Cong. Greg Gasataya, 3rd District Rep. Albee Benitez, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Talisay City Mayor Neil Lizares and VM Samson Siote, and Negros Occidental Football Association President Ricky Yanson Jr.*