All Kinds of Fun: Alvaro Lorenzo

When you meet eleven-year-old Alvaro Lorenzo for the first time, you immediately know that you’re going to have a great time, whether he’s talking about playing Minecraft, raging tiger unicorns, or helping PCPI (Philippine Cerebral Palsy Incorporated). His cheerful nature, endearing frankness, and sunny smile remind us that growing up doesn’t mean you should stop having fun. The “almost full … Read More

Tackling Bullying and Football: Miggy Restor

When you see thirteen-year-old Gideon Miguel Restor scoring goals, you would not think that the young striker was bullied at school for the longest time. With his talent and passion for football, though, he used the sport to strike out bullying and prove that he is a force to be reckoned with. Born on January 11, 2001, Gideon Miguel Restor, … Read More

Work Hard, Play Hard: Diego Aspiras

Nine-year-old Jose Diego Aspiras is more than your typical young athlete. Sure, he runs and scores, but there’s more to Diego than meets the eye. An exceptional player at Kaya FC Academy and an honor student at Xavier School, he knows that commitment—a common theme in both schools—plays a pivotal role in both football and school. Having joined Kaya FC … Read More

Field Trip: Ryogo and Kento

Both born in Japan, 10-year-old Ryogo Endo and 9-year-old Kento Yamada have lived in Manila about half their lives. Having joined Kaya Academy about a year ago, they’ve mastered the pitch, the techniques—and made a lot of new nakama (“friends”) along the way! They make training day just as fun as a family day—and why not? For Ryogo and Kendo, going to the … Read More

The Shane Plan

When Shane Neil Clemente dashes past you, either you see a yellow blur or a goal. Nicknamed Shaninho, this 11-year-old from Kaya FC Academy has the moves, the speed, and that football dream. For a kid, he knows there isn’t a shortcut to reaching his goal, but with his passion for football, we all know it’s going to be a … Read More

La Mia Storia del Calcio (English: My Football Story): Oby Pistis

Time to say Ciao to Kaya FC Academy’s Maria Rita Roberta Pistis and don’t stress if you can’t remember that long name. You may also go for the shortcut, that’s Oby. Hear more about her football story as she talks about herself, Kaya, and an occasional blue jersey. Capisce? There’s something about Oby. Yeah, she’s a girl. And another thing, … Read More

Grown Together, Friends Forever: Matteo and Mikael Celdran

Kaya FC Academy faces the twinvasion of Matteo and Mikael, also known as the Celdran twins. Fraternal and full of smiles, they may be twins, but they are far from double trouble. Or are they? Since the beginning of time—at least that’s what Coach Chris Greatwich said—Matteo and Mikael have always been part of the Kaya FC Academy. Currently eight years … Read More