MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) The Rappler Football Club took home the first runner-up award at its second appearance at the Adobo Cup, an annual football tournament for the advertising and media industry.
Rappler FC bested 5 of more than 20 participating teams to make it to the final round of the one-day event that took place at the Chelsea-Gatorade Blue Pitch at the Circuit Makati.
The tournament was won by two-time, first runner-up Publicis Manila Nestle 2-1. Publicis’ two goals came courtesy of striker Robbie de Vera who also took home the tournament’s MVP award. Rappler’s lone goal came early in the first half courtesy of a penalty kick by Vincent Rivera.
For the second straight year a Rappler striker took home the golden boot award – this year, Rivera’s 9 goals were the most scored by a single player in the tournament. Rappler’s Vicente Roxas was awarded best goal keeper.
In the semifinals, Rappler demolished DDB Philippines 5-0 to make its first finals appearance. ABS-CBN Balls placed 3rd for a second year in a row.
In its first appearance at the Adobo Cup in 2013, Rappler placed 4th.
LIST OF WINNERS:
Champion: Publicis Manila-Nestle
First Runner Up: Rappler
Second Runner Up: ABS-CBN
MVP: Robbie De Vera, Publicis Manila-Nestle
Golden Boot: Vincent Rivera, Rappler
Best Goal Keeper: Vicente Roxas, Rappler
Best in Team Spirit: DDB Philippines
Best Jersey Design: BBDO Guerrero
In 2013, Rappler, in partnership with the Philippine Marines, launched a donation drive for footballs and football gear as part of the Marines’ Football for Peace program. Under the program, Marines teach football to children in conflict areas as a peace-building measure and to encourage them to keep studying in school.
Thanks to the One World Futbol foundation and Chervolet Philippines, the Marines recieved a donation of over 2,000 indestructible footballs which were distributed to NGOs all over the country. – with reports from Jessica Lazaro/Rappler.com