By BSU UPAO - Posted on 01 September 2017

 

//photo by Junell Mark Bautista

Junell Mark Bautista, a University graduate of Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Physical Education played for the National Football team of the Philippines. The team competed in the 29th South East Asian Games on August 14-30, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Bautista plays as one of the defenders for the national men’s team.

“I am grateful for the opportunity. It is my biggest dream in my football career to compete in the SEA Games,” he said.

Bautista, who graduated in July 2017 was awarded as the University Athlete of the Year. He was also an active varsity player of BSU’s Football Club during his college years.

“BSU ti maysa nga nag mold ken nangtulong kanyak nga agmature iti panag ayayam ko. Ditoyak met lang nga nasurwan nu kasanu nga agbalin nga leader gapu ta napadasak met nga nagcoach kadagiti ubbing idi member ak ti BSU Football Club”, (BSU is one who molded and helped me mature in playing football. It is also where I learned how to become a leader since I tried coaching children when I was a member of the BSU Football Club).

Bautista noted that a varsity player in college must learn the discipline to be able to balance his studies and his extracurricular activities.

“Every student-athlete must trust his/ herself and believe that he/she can do anything. We ( student-athletes) should never give up. We should not waste our skills because of any kind of vices”, he emphasized.

After five games in bracket B, the Philippines concluded their feat in the SEA Games with a 2-3 streak, beating Cambodia and Timor Leste and losing against Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Bautista will continue his football career in the Philippine Football League, as a member of the Davao Aguilas Football Club (DAFC).//DSEmok