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OverviewEdit

Latagaw

The Latagaw Cup was an annual soccer competition in the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP Diliman) usually held in the UP Sunken Garden from 1980 to 2002 to promote camaraderie among students and sports enthusiasts all over Metro Manila [1] .

HistoryEdit

This university activity was created by the UP Latagaw Brotherhood, a college based fraternity, supported by the Latagaw Brotherhood Foundation Inc., with its main objective in promoting the good name of the Brotherhood to the university campus as its name was branded as a gang during the 1970's. Its conceptualization was the brainchild of soccer players and fanatic members Sonny Tiro, late Joemen Ebuna and Carlo Bernas (Batch 77) who once were varsity players in Xavier University High school in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. This was conceptualized sometime in 1980 after the famous World Cup being played every four years in Europe, which was then dominated by south american players. Its realization was made through the efforts of the resident Latagaw and through the leadership of Mario Raymund Coloyan in 1982, 10th anniversary of the fraternity.

UP Panaghi-usa Futbol

The UP Panaghiusa Soccer Team dominated by Latagaw members marked the conceptualization and creation of Latagaw Cup in coming years.(Photo: circa 1974)

The Latagaw Cup was designed to be played at the UP Diliman Sunken Garden so that most colleges of
Sunken Garden

UP Sunken GardenSource: http://iskwiki.upd.edu.ph

the university (Engineering, Law, Economics, Public Administration, Education, Arts and Sciences) would bear witness to its thrills and glamour. It also intends to transform the loneliness of the Sunken Garden, the heart of UP Diliman, into a lively gym [2] .


Starting from 1985, the Latagaw Cup reached new heights as it became famous as it was consistently held in February of each year and it ran for at least a month culminating in the Championship match which usually coincided with the UP Fair festivities at the Sunken Garden. Originally, it was held at the center of the Sunken Garden, but was later moved to the left side, fronting Education Building, since the field there was better and the audience had a closer and better view of the games as they sat along the slopes beside the Sunken Garden and under the shades of the big acacia trees. People walking or driving along the UP Academic Circle also dropped by and watched the games. The tournament attracted a lot of spectators specially when it was in its final stages and the matches became very exciting.


Famous TeamsEdit

FC Korsaaven

FC Korsaaven, one of the active teams during the '90s Latagaw Cup.

During the Championship, the crowd was really huge as notable perrenial contenders for the championship include Lateo Football Club (supposedly high school alumni from La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University), UP Simbuyo (a socio-civic organization). Other teams include FC Korsaaven ( Champion: 1995 & 1999) , UP Mountaineers' Unstoppable Putbol Machine (Champion: 2000), IC (International CluB), TNC (Team Ni Cacacho) and at one time UPIS Team (UP Integrated School-Highschool) also fielded a very good football team. There were about 16, or sometimes more ,teams vying for the plum and they were divided in to 4 groups. Teams would come from college organizations, fraternities, social organizations, dormitories, alumni from high school, regional organization, or just students who banded themselves to form a team.

Incomplete List of Champions:

1994: Lateo Team defeated UP Vanguard

1995: FC Korsaaven defeated UST Architecture Team

1996: UP Simbuyo

1997: UP College of Engineering defeated FC Korsaaven

1998: ?

1999: FC Korsaaven

2000: UP Mountaineers defeated FC Korsaaven

2001: No Latagaw Cup

2002: Sureball Team defeated FC Korsaaven

Game FormatEdit

The format was round robin for each bracket and the top 2 teams from each bracket advanced to the next round. The eight teams were ranked from 1 to 8 based on win-loss records, and goal differentials in case of a tie. The team ranked no. 1 played the no. 8 , the no. 2 seed played no.7 and so on. The 4 winners advanced to the next round which was round robin also and the top 2 teams vied for the Championship and the bottom 2 teams played for 3rd place.

AwardsEdit

The Championship Trophy was traditionally a five-foot-high. There were also trophies for the Runners-up and there were also Special Awards for the MVP (Most Valuable Player), Best Goalie and Mythical Team Selection.

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