THE growth of the United Football League can be measured not just by the quantity of its fans, but also by the stature of people in attendance at its home field at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill.
The developing semi-professional league gained a new fan in Senator Pia Cayetano, who watched the UFL with her friends for the first time on Tuesday night.
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“Talagang pino-promote ko 'yung mga sports na lalabas 'yung ibang skills and kung ano `yung natural na built natin mas magagamit yun. I know football is one of them." - Senator Pia Cayetano
“I’ve heard about the (UFL). I just haven’t been here. Sana mas maraming manood,” Cayetano encouraged people when Spin.ph caught up with her after a recent Stallion-Kaya match. “It’s such a great way to spend the evening kasi ang ganda-ganda ng panahon.”
A regular fixture in running events and triathlons, the sports enthusiast/advocate watches football nowadays for a change.
“It’s nice to still be in the outdoors, watching such a skillful game unfold before my eyes.”
The lovely senator admitted that she spends her free time cheering for her two daughters who play the world’s No. 1 sport as well. The elder Maxine is in college suiting up for University of the Philippines in the UAAP, while the second, Nadine, is in high school playing for La Salle Zobel.
“It’s very inspiring kasi I see my kids play and I want more kids and more of the youth to see the level of play para ma-inspire rin sila,” the youthful 47-year-old lawmaker beamed.
Cayetano tried football as a pastime during her teen years, but ended up nurturing a volleyball career that saw her skipper the UP Lady Maroons and become a member of the national team.
Now, she pushes for sports that are more suitable for height-challenged Filipinos in a country where basketball is a religion.
“I’ve always been a supporter of other sports kasi, although alam nating mahal ng Pilipino ang basketball, genetically lugi tayo kasi hindi tayo mataas eh,” said the former athlete, who ironically stands 5-8, mentioning the likes of boxing and cycling.
“Talagang pino-promote ko 'yung mga sports na lalabas 'yung ibang skills and kung ano `yung natural na built natin mas magagamit yun. I know football is one of them.”