Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “I have no problem with the [Azkals] program,” he says. “Anyone with Filipino blood, wherever he comes from, should be given a chance to play for the country and help improve the level of football in the Philippines.”Although he already played nationally in junior tournaments at age 11, Bedia’s star began to rise when he was barely 17. In 1979 he powered Barotac Nuevo to the Andres Soriano Football Cup, the country’s national championship, at the expense of San Miguel Corp., a squad powered by several national players and mentored by national coach Juan Cutillas.“Colonel Pascual was there and immediately signed me up for the PAF squad, which also had many players from Barotac,” says Bedia, who won Mr. Football honors from the Philippine Sportswriters Association several times.Happy that the Philippines has risen to the No. 1 ranking in Southeast Asia, the humurous Bedia regularly comes back home to watch the Azkals play, donning tri-color wigs and caped with the national flag.During his trips here, he helps promote the sport by giving free clinics in his hometown and assisting former national teammate Rudy del Rosario hold the local tournament of the Homeless World Cup for kids. Three years ago, Bedia launched the Elmer Lacknet Bedia Football Academy in his Iloilo hometown.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beauties and the best Senators to proceed with review of VFA Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter “It’s most satisfying to give something back to the sport that gave me a source of livelihood,” says Bedia, now 55. “I have a passion for helping kids learn and increase proficiency in the game. I believe it’s my calling. And that’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ to football.” —Ted S. MelendresSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:24Taal Volcano now on Alert Level 4, thousands evacuated00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK ‘First Azkal’ Elmer Bedia with students of his football academy. ELBFOOTBALLACADEMY.WIX.COMElmer Bedia left his heart in the Philippines. When the country’s most-feared striker migrated to Brisbane, Australia, four months after the People Power revolt in February 1986, he left behind a national football team that was slowly climbing back from the depths of international football—pre-Azkals.Born in the football hotbed of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, in 1962, Bedia—“Lacknet” to friends—was the biggest name in the Philippine Air Force squad coached by Col. Lope Q. Pascual that won several National Football League and other titles in the 1980s. He played alongside Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, now president of the Philippine Football Federation; Ronnel Cajelo, Rodolfo Alicante and Edgar Berja.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Still 24 when he left to play professionally in Brisbane, he came back to don the national colors anew in the 1991 Manila Southeast Asian Games, making the crucial assist to strike partner Norman Fegidero for the goal that lifted the underdog PH team past powerhouse Malaysia, 1-0, before a roaring crowd of 25,000 at Rizal Memorial Stadium.“That was my most memorable moment with the national team,” says the frizzy-haired Bedia, who now coaches the junior team of Brisbane’s Olympic United FC, where two of his six children, Luck and Elmer Jr., played when they were teenagers. “Nothing’s more satisfying than helping your country win before thousands of your compatriots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngThat RMS crowd in 1991 was easily the biggest to see a football match involving a PH team in decades—several thousands more than the number of fans that now come to see the Azkals play games at the ancient stadium.A stalwart of the Brisbane squad for nine years, Bedia considers himself the “first Azkal” to don the PH uniform. He says there’s nothing wrong with allowing overseas-based players with Filipino roots to play for the national team.
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June 4, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson Posted: June 4, 2019 Parks and Recreation Department hosts free lifeguard prep classes 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The city of San Diego will host the first of four classes today to help prospective lifeguards prepare and train for the city’s lifeguard tryouts.The two-hour class will help participants improve their swimming diving and water treading skills to ensure they will be ready for a future tryout.The class will include swimming 3-hundred yards uninterrupted and diving seven-to-10 feet into the water to retrieve 10 pound objects.The city will offer similar training classes on June 6th … 11th and 13th and all four classes will take place from 5-30 in the afternoon to 7-30 at night at the Bud Kearns Memorial Pool on Morley Field Drive. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter