TAGUIG CITY – Not even a monsoon can dampen people's love for football. With tropical depression Domeng wailing away and with rain threatening to make the field at McKinley Hill Stadium unplayable, football-lovers in the advertising, media, and creative industries would not be stopped from playing at the 11th adobo Cup.
With 20 teams participating, and with the FIFA World Cup mere days away from commencing, it was the turn of these Pinoys to show off their football skills. After ABS-CBN FC took the title in 2017, it was the turn of sister team Kapamilya United to emerge as 2018 champions.
Team Labor of Love won second place
The steady rainfall could have easily turned people off of playing, but football is a sport that encourages passion, so it would have taken way more than raindrops to prevent this tournament from happening. Both participants and organizers marveled at how every team that remained in the competition was game to continue until it ended at around 10 in the evening because the rain hardly abated all day long.
After ABS-CBN FC won the coveted Dobo Trophy last year, sister team Kapamilya United took the win in 2018, topping Team Labor Of Love (LOL) in the Finals. Kapamilya United's Mark Rivera emerged as Most Valuable Player and teammate Jay Golarta won Best Goalkeeper. As the top scorer, Kim David of NuWorks United earned the Golden Boot award. The Best Female Player of the tournament went to Kalai de Jesus of Forza Havas.
Forza Havas claimed first place for the adobo Platito
Best Defender honors went to Forza Havas' Santi Villanueva while Tristan Tongson of LOL won Best Midfielder. In spite of the rain, the spirits of McCann United remained high, earning them Best in Team Spirit. With their sharp black and gold look, Publicis One was awarded Best in Uniform. Publicis One also took home third place for the adobo Cup competition.
The Pandikdik Award went to Ogilvy United FC while Forza Havas won first place for the adobo Platito over second placers BBDO Guerrero United and third placers TBWA Yakalz.
The Pandikdik trophy went to Ogilvy United FC
To ensure that the players stayed hydrated for the duration of the day-long tournament, Gatorade was the official event partner while official medic partner Lifeline 16911 Medical Inc. addressed any injuries that crept up. Event partners were McKinley Hill Stadium, Heineken, Cadbury "Chewy, Crunchy, Chocolatey," Chivas, Jollibee, CAN Sports, and Team Executive Decisions.
In main photo, Kapamilya United claims the Dobo Trophy as winners of the 11th adobo Cup.