[Originally published on June 2020 at bit.ly/bgsportsspecial]

“Para sa bayan,” that is what Carlos Maniscan, Marist School’s very own football player who represented the Philippines in Borneo Cup 2019, said when asked about his motivation when he went abroad competing in the name of our country.

Carlos has been a football player in Marist since his elementary days, from his grass roots to the big leagues, he has been a Marista and is part of the school’s football team, a high-caliber team in the Division Meet, just recently winning their seventh consecutive title.

He was sent to Malaysia, along with his teammates from the Malaya Football Club, to compete in the Borneo Cup last September 29 up until October 1. It was evident that it was an experience that he would never forget.

He described the experience as “very fun and exciting, but at the same time made me feel pressured, because there were many teams from different countries competing against us.”

Carlos was honored to represent the country, yet it wasn’t a smooth sail. “There were a lot of emotions going through m at the time but I had to be strong for our country.”

He and his team did not disappoint. They were able to bag the silver medal against 10 countries in the competition, truly making the Filipino people proud of our very own true-blooded Marista.

He described the emotional and heartfelt win as “a moment [that] my team and I can be proud of and celebrate, because out of all the many countries that joined the Borneo Cup, we were able to get in the top 3. All our sacrifices and numerous intense training finally paid off for our most awaited tournament of the year.”

With the love for the game of Football, his country and Marist at heart, Carlos Maniscan is someone who proves hard work and dedication will always yield to a positive reward no matter what it is. Marcus Bellosillo and Joaquim Gancia // Photo courtesy of Malaya FC

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