FAR Eastern University is seeking to develop more ‘homegrown’ talents following the unveiling of a new sports center located in its high school campus in Diliman, Quezon City.
Anton Montinola, the school’s representative to the UAAP board, said the FEU Diliman Sports Center was built with the goal of becoming one of the premier college sports programs in the country.
“We don’t believe in pirating. We believe in developing our own talent. We don’t have the money of the big schools so our only defense is to train our athletes,” Montinola said.
The FEU Diliman Sports Center is a three-story building accommodating all sports teams of the Tamaraws. The facility includes a maple-wood basketball court, top-of-the-line basketball goal, digital scoreboard, taraflex flooring for other sports, therapy room, and athletes’ dormitory, among others.
Also located nearby is its artificial turf football field that is home of the football competitions of UAAP Season 76.
The launching of the Sports Center, which coincided with the 20th year of the Diliman campus, is expected to beef up the athletic program of FEU, whose prominent contributions to Philippine sports include boxer Anthony Villanueva, tracksters Lydia De Vega and Elma Muros, and cage star Johnny Abarrientos, among others.
“We don’t bother anyone, we just mind our own business. Luckily, we are able to win our fair share of championships,” Montinola said.
Bigwigs of FEU including president Dr. Michael Alba were in attendance to witness the official unveiling of the Sports Center.
Montinola said there are also plans to shift all of FEU’s sporting activities from Morayta to Diliman, a move that will make the Tamaraws even more competitive in the UAAP.
“There is less distraction here. The air is cleaner, they can focus. Most of our coaches live in Quezon City, they prefer to come here. They can practice at night, we can do it here. So yes, we have plans for that.”
“In the long run, we will be competitive if we use this facility more often,” added the school official.
Montinola said the project is solely funded by FEU, although he admitted it also sought support from the MVP Sports Foundation though the negotiations didn’t prosper.
“Mahabang storya eh. You ask MVP, Al Panlilio, Chot Reyes, you ask them,” Montinola said.
But the FEU sports official said anyone, including the MVP group, is welcome to help the school in its sports program.
“If they help us, thank you. We believe that we can develop our athletes. If they are serious about that, maybe we can join forces,” said Montinola.