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ArenaPlus unstoppably turns to deliver an exciting and enjoyable Kaogma Festival in 2024

Your go-to sports betting app, ArenaPlus, presented a fantastic week-long celebration for the Kaogma Festival 2024, giving the Bicolanos an exciting and genuinely engaging festival experience. The Kaogma Festival, which takes place from May 23 to May 28, commemorates the anniversary of Camarines Sur’s foundation with a variety of online and offline operations events. Despite the bad weather, ArenaPlus, the event’s main sponsor, made sure there was a more thrilling festival by bringing in activities with premium prizes and fun performances by local and well-known musicians. The festival this year had sporting events, singing and dance competitions, and concerts that were all very exciting. A more exhilarating and adventurous experience was provided by ArenaPlus with its array of sporting events, which included the mud race, bike race, 3×3 basketball, triathlon competition, and mixed martial arts battles between Korea and Philippines.

Thousands of Bicolanos also enjoyed the 5-day music festival with the special presence of well-known artists such as James Reid, Yassi Pressman, and Enrique Gil, as well as performances by country’s best singers such as Ely Buendia, KZ Tandingan, and Adie; bands like Apo Hiking Society, Mayonnaise, and This Band; and rappers such as Flow G, Skusta Clee, and rap icon Gloc 9. ArenaPlus added fun and entertainment as Gloc 9 sang the ArenaPlus jingle “Halina sa Arena,” grooved by ArenaPlus Astig Boys, with the brand’s newest song, “Tara na Tropa sa Arena.”

All activities were enjoyed with the games and merchandise given away for free and magic ticket prizes claimed in the ArenaPlus NBA-themed booth installed the whole week. ArenaPlus’ sponsorship of Kaogma Festival 2024 is a testament to the brand’s growing commitment to making any sports events and entertainment scene in the country truly enjoyable while keeping it fun.

The company is well aware of how important it is to bring domestic and foreign sporting and entertainment events closer to Filipinos’ homes while expanding their options to have fun and win prizes at any time or location. Take advantage of ArenaPLUS to enhance your NBA playoff experience.

Visit the ArenaPlus website at and its social media pages to learn more about the NBA Magic Ticket. The nation’s fastest-growing provider of digital entertainment is DigiPlus. With more to come, it runs the top digital platforms in the nation, including BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, PeryaGame, Tongits+, and BingoPlus Poker.

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Lifestyle, Sports

In its third year, Vermosa Green Run becomes greener, leaner, and more generous

On Sunday, June 30, the much awaited running event with a sustainability theme, the Green Run at Vermosa, returns for its third year, promising to be even more impactful and to give back to the community in many ways.

The Run, which was started in 2022 with the goal of celebrating life and promoting health in the wake of the epidemic, is accessible to runners of all skill levels over a range of running lengths. Beginners can participate in a 3K run, moderate runners can enter a 5K category, serious runners can enter a 10K challenge, and elite runners and athletes in training can enter a 21K half-marathon. A 1K Dog Run where companion dogs and their owners can interact and get active together is being held for the second year in a row. In response to the demand for this enjoyable addition from last year, Green Run is expanding the number of places available for “furries” and their “fur parents” this year.

Fueled by its 2024 theme of ““Go Greener, Get Leaner, Give Back: Run Towards a Brighter Future”, The Green Run will kick off new Vermosa initiatives on its third year. To further the Estates’ advocacy for the environment, young athletes and animal welfare, Vermosa will implement “Carless Weekends” in designated zones to lessen the carbon footprint at Vermosa. It will also launch the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub Velocity Running Club with weekly running activities for its members and classes conducted by Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub (AVSH) coaches, to sustain a life of fitness and overall wellness.

The third version of the Green Run also added two more partner-beneficiaries this year. The Haribon Foundation will be joined by the Pawssion Project, a non-profit organization that rescues animals suffering from abandonment, abuse, injury or neglect and Takbo Kabitenyo, a running team from Cavite that aims to inspire the youth and promote sports and a healthy lifestyle. Part of the registrants’ fees will go to the support of future young runners from Cavite.

“The Green Run has always been an exhilarating experience for runners – be they casual, serious or elite. The freshness of the air in Vermosa, the lush foliage and the clear pathways have been hailed as real boons by participants. On its third year, the experience will be even better as the whole Vermosa Estate continues to blossom with new features. The Athletes House in the Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub is now accommodating guests, the FIFA-certified football pitch is operational and the new Ayala Mall Vermosa is now open with more food outlets. More importantly, the northern part of Vermosa is being rapidly developed. Runners will find more amenities and conveniences this year,” said Moses “MJ” Aragones, Vermosa Project Development Manager.

According to Mr. Aragones, Vermosa’s annual The Green Run demonstrates its dedication to the environment and to its vision and goal, which include encouraging sports and a healthy lifestyle. “We are committed to health, fitness, and the growth of Philippine sports,” Aragones continued. “Our Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub is a state-of-the-art, professionally-managed sports facility with an Olympic-sized pool that meets FINA standards, a warm-up pool, an IAAF-standard 400-meter track oval, a football field, an athletes’ lounge and dormitory, and a Sante Fitness Lab.”

Those interested in participating in Green Run can register at

Lifestyle, Sports

Running for Change: Run2Plant Encourages Fitness-Based Environmental Action

The second year of Run2Plant: Para sa Greener Pinas, a virtual run initiative by Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI), a non-profit organization dedicated to upholding human dignity through community-based efforts to improve social, physical, and economic well-being in the Philippines, officially begins under the One To Tree (OTT) program.

Run2Plant, co-presented by Anytime Fitness and Pinoy Fitness, offers Filipinos a fresh, accessible, and ecologically friendly method to run, especially in honor of June’s Philippine Environment Month. RAFI promises to plant one to three trees with each registration, contingent on the run package selected by the participant.

Funds donated from the simulated race will go toward reforestation efforts in Batangas, with the goal of planting 6,000 native trees, expanding forest cover, and mitigating the serious effects of climate change, all in the name of creating a “Greener Pinas.”

Last year’s Run2Plant had 700 participants from different parts of the country. In partnership with the Bagacay Tree Growers Association, runners contributed to adopting 1,450 native trees in Borbon, Cebu, yielding a total of 9,900 kilograms of potential carbon sequestered per year.

Registration for Run2Plant: Para sa Greener Pinas is ongoing. Here are the steps:

  1. Download the Pinoy Fitness App in Google Play Store or Apple Store. Choose and register on RUN2PLANT Virtual Run on the app.
  2. Select your preferred distance and sign up.
  3. Wait for the confirmation email and complete the payment process via online bank deposit. Registration fees are:

Participants can either finish a 5K, 10K, or 21K run at their own pace and anywhere in the Philippines from June 1 to 30, 2024 by using any GPS-tracking running app, watch, or treadmill.

Registered participants will also have free access to treadmills in 48 Anytime Fitness branches nationwide from said dates where they can complete the virtual run by signing up to

To complete the task, runners simply snap a picture of their performance using a treadmill or running app and upload it to Run2Plant. A Run2Plant finisher’s medal and completion certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully complete their selected distance.

Run2Plant seeks to make everyone’s future better and more environmentally friendly by fusing the health advantages of running with the objective of planting trees. Visit to sign up for Run2Plant: Para sa Greener Pinas, and follow One To Tree on Facebook page for updates.


ArenaPlus displays their support for PVL conferences throughout

As the Official Gaming Partner of the PVL and your go-to sports betting app all the time, ArenaPlus attended the All Filipino Conference held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on May 12, 2024, as part of the PVL’s ongoing support of its conference series. ArenaPlus watched as local volleyball players competed for the title of champion, with almost 23,600 spectators in attendance.

The Chery Tiggo Crossovers defeated the Petro Gazz Angels 3–2 to take third place, and spectators watched in suspense as the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans squared off. A performance by the Astig Girls during the intermission between games at ArenaPlus piqued the crowd’s interest and created a lively mood that persisted into the championship game.

After five intense sets, the Creamline Cool Smashers came out on top with a score of 3 – 2, giving the team its fourth All Filipino Conference championship win.

Notably, Creamline’s Jema Galanza was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Best Outside Spiker for the finals, while Brooke Van Sickle from the Petro Gazz Angels took home the MVP title for the entire conference.

ArenaPlus, an organization committed to the advancement of Philippine sports and culture, saw that volleyball was becoming more and more popular among Filipinos. The brand has the awareness of community preferences and the possibilities of niche sports that allow it to be sensitive enough to recognize and capitalize on the change in Filipino interest. ArenaPlus realized how important it was to collaborate with the PVL in order to give local fans a better experience when watching their favorite teams compete.

As the top gaming and entertainment companies in the nation, BingoPlus and ArenaPlus are delighted to be the flagship brands of Digiplus Interactive Corp. Visit and for additional updates, or get the apps right now from Google Play and the App Store.


Alsons Dev Provides Engaging Family Activities at Northtown Center

Northtown Center is an integrated town center with retail, commercial, and institutional components.

This summer, Alsons Development and Investment Corporation (Alsons Dev)’s Northtown Center in Cabantian, Davao City, promises exciting events and activities.

Spreading areas for sports, play, and outdoor fitness, play and sports 

Participating in outdoor activities enhances vitality overall, mental and physical health, and social connection. Two hectares of open space at Northtown Center are currently used as public spaces for strolling, bicycling, running, and organized sports.

Over 50 kids and teens participated in the Dayaw OCR Junior held at Northtown Center.

Just recently, Alsons Dev partnered with a local sports event organizer, Team Kwago, to hold two obstacle course races or OCR events in Northtown Center. The first race held on March 17 was the Dayaw OCR Junior, a 800-meter race for kids and teens with 15 obstacles to invigorate the young athletes. The following Sunday, the main event was held for seasoned adult athletes and sports enthusiasts. Dayaw OCR highlighted a four-kilometer course with 20 obstacles designed to challenge participants of various skill levels. The race attracted over a hundred attendees, including athletes from General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, and Manila, competing in the team, elite, and open divisions.

The Dayaw OCR is a qualifier event recognized by the Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF), with the top contenders from the race being considered for the National Team for Obstacle Sports.

Pop-up park for events

Nothing brings people better than food. Festive food bazaars are slated on April 24 to 30 and May 23 to 31 in Northtown Center to encourage community interaction and provide more recreational opportunities.

Davao Kalsada’s Summer Bazaar is expected to gather several budding foodpreneurs who will showcase their culinary creations for everyone to enjoy. The bazaar will also feature family-friendly activities and attractions like a giant inflatable playground, live bands, and open mic events.

Davao City’s first CityMall branch at Northtown offers shopping, dining and leisure options to residents of Cabantian and neighboring communities.

A community mall for convenience and leisure

Skip the traffic! Neighborhood shopping centers like CityMall Northtown offer nearby residents a walkable haven for essentials, local finds, and neighborly connections.

Embrace everyday pleasures like a fast lunch at FoodWorld or a grocery buy at MerryMart. You can mix & combine your favorite fast food items from Greenwich, Mang Inasal, and Jollibee in this one-stop food court. Now that they’re open, kid-friendly businesses like Fun Nation and Playville provide a fun and safe space for kids to play and socialize.

Northtown Center is a part of Northtown, a 150-hectare township project developed by Alsons Dev, Davao’s leading domestic real estate developer. While CityMall Northtown is open daily from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, the Northtown Center grounds are available to the public from 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Visit Northtown’s Office Facebook Page Northtown Davao for more information on the latest lifestyle hub in Davao.

Automotive, Sports

Asian Toyota Global Team Athletes Are About to Aim toward Higher Altitudes in Paris 2024

Toyota welcomes two new athletes to its Toyota Asia Team
in the race to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024

  • Toyota stands committed in its support for 11 Asian athletes on their journey towards taking center stage, at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024.
  • In global partnership with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee, Toyota launched “Start Your Impossible,” its first-ever corporate initiative to bring about social change through hero projects with their ‘Dual Heroes.’

With the beginning of the “Start Your Impossible” (SYI) global marketing campaign today, Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is generating excitement for the future Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, 2024. The global ad highlights Toyota’s conviction that no journey is taken alone and demonstrates the strength of local communities supporting their athletes around the globe.

In Asia, Toyota launched “START YOUR IMPOSSIBLE,” the company’s first-ever worldwide corporate campaign, in collaboration with 11 athletes from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. These sportsmen are scheduled to compete in the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Paris. These 11 outstanding athletes are moving closer to their goals of becoming professional athletes. They will compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris, 2024, alongside over 200 other Global Team Toyota Athletes (GTTA) from around the world.

The full line-up of 11 Team Toyota Asia athletes include:

  • India: Murali Sreeshankar, Athletics
  • Indonesia: Ni Nengah Widiasih, Para Powerlifting
  • Malaysia: Abdul Latif Romly, Long Jump – Para Athletics
  • Nepal: Nabita Shresta – Table Tennis
  • Pakistan: Arshad Nadeem – Athletics
  • Philippines: Carlos Yulo, Artistic Gymnastics
  • Philippines: Ernie Gawilan, Para Swimming
  • Singapore: Toh Wei Soong, Para Swimming
  • Thailand: Kunvalut Vitidsarn, Badminton
  • Thailand: Pongsakorn Paeyo, Wheelchair Racing – Para Athletics
  • Vietnam: Lê Văn Công, Para Powerlifting

Currently, 8 out of the 11 Team Toyota Asia athletes have qualified for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, with other qualifications still ongoing.

“On behalf of Toyota Motor Asia, we are thrilled that top athletes across Asia will be representing their countries and are heading to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024. Each Global Team Toyota athlete in Asia is not only a trailblazer but also a ‘Dual Hero’, where they champion social causes through Hero Projects that foster a positive change in their community. We take pride in the unrelenting dedication they have displayed in their respective disciplines, and wish them the best on the international stage,” says Preston Tan, Vice President, Toyota Motor Asia Singapore.

The “Start Your Impossible” campaign highlights Toyota’s commitment to fostering a more inclusive, sustainable, and mobile society as we transition to a mobility corporation by encouraging each person to take on new challenges and realize their “impossible.”

As an official worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toyota is dedicated to offering eco-friendly mobility options that support the development of an inclusive and low-carbon society. Toyota has said that it will deliver 500 fuel cell Mirai cars as part of its official fleet for the 2024 Paris Olympics. This demonstrates the company’s objectives to become carbon neutral and its support for a multimodal strategy for sustainable travel.

Lifestyle, Sports

ArenaPlus celebrates the 26th Kadalag-an Festival with locals

Your all-day sports betting app, ArenaPlus, continues to play a leading role in the local entertainment industry by providing fun and entertainment at the 26th Kadalag-an Festival in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

The 26th Kadalag-an Festival, which took place from March 21 to 24, 2024, had the full backing of ArenaPlus, a platinum sponsor, in order to provide the Negrenses with top-notch entertainment. The company gave attendees of the festival a number of ways to make the most of their weekend and make lasting memories.

At Sidlak Victorias Global City, ArenaPlus set up an interactive booth where guests could play Roll the Dice and Spin the Wheel for prizes and acquire premium items. Tony Labrusca and Elyson De Dios were also brought in by ArenaPlus to perform for a crowd in order to provide even more fun and excitement. In a similar vein, there were games and prizes for the audience to win on stage.

In addition, ArenaPlus made sure to take part in one of the festival’s main events: the Miss Kadalag-an Queen 2024. The brand joined the coronation night last March 22 and awarded Ammeline Alegarbes, one of the pageant’s overall Top 5 candidates, Php 20,000 for winning the Miss ArenaPlus Kadalag-an Queen 2024 title. Jasper Vicencio, President of ArenaPlus’ personally congratulated Alegarbes as he handed the prize.

ArenaPlus continues to work with local organizers to bring more entertainment to various parts of the Philippines, regardless of how far the event and their communities are from the Metro. This effort extends to Visayas-based celebrations like the 26th Kadalag-an Festival in Negros Occidental, solidifying ArenaPlus’ dedication to developing entertainment all over the country.

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Automotive, Sports

Honda Philippines Motorsports 2023: An Examination of a Challenging Year

Here’s a quick summary of the company’s contribution to motorsports in 2023.

The top motorbike manufacturer in the nation, Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), had yet another successful year in the motorsports industry. HPI has made significant strides to promote the growth and professionalism of motorsports in both domestic and international on-and off-road championships. In fact, the business succeeded in implementing its goals for On-Road and Off-Road Racing, strengthening its racing brand with initiatives like the Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup. Let’s take a moment to review the noteworthy accomplishments Honda made in 2023 as it works to improve both home and international motorsports.

On Road International Racing.

Aside from MotoGP, one of the most prestigious international motorcycle racing events is Moto2. Somkiat Chantra, a rider with Idemitsu Team Honda Asia from Thailand, finished sixth overall in this event. Ai Ogura, his colleague from Japan, came in a solid ninth place overall. Honda Team Asia competed in the Moto3 class as well. The team included Mario Suryo Aji of Indonesia, who finished 31st overall, and Taiyo Furusato of Japan, who finished the year ranked 16th overall.

Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi
nd Place in overall position
Asia Road Racing Championship-ASB1000

Andi Farid Izdihar
rd Place in overall position
Asia Road Racing Championship-ASB1000

Besides Moto2 & Moto3, Honda also sponsored a team for the ARRC (Asia Road Racing Championship) in the ASB 1000 Category. For this competition, Team HADR (Honda Asia Dream Racing with Showa) saw Malaysian Mohd Zaqhwan Zaidi 2nd in overall position with his teammate Andi Farid Izdihar of Indonesia is in 3rd place overall. Team HADR with Showa team also participated in the Suzuka 8 Hours Challenge where their racers finished in 7th position.

Jett Lawrence
2023 AMA Pro Motocross 450

Hunter Lawrence
2023 AMA Pro Motocross 250

5Off-Road International Racing.

For international off-road racing competition, Team Honda HRC riders and brothers Jett and Hunter Lawrence added the AMA Pro Motocross Championship to their list of achievements. Specifically, Jett Lawrence is the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross 450 Champion, and the 2023 Rider of the Year was awarded to him using the CRF450R motorcycles, while older brother Hunter Lawrence became the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Champion using the CRF250R motorcycles.

Let’s take a look at how motorsports in 2023 turned out and how Honda has been a part of its evolution in supporting domestic motorsports.

On Road Domestic Racing.

Honda’s “Road to Champion” campaign is the company’s initiative in developing the skills of the next generation of Filipino riders.

One such rider is Jakob Sablaya. Mr. Sablaya participated in the MOTOIR Championship race events. In this race, he placed first overall in both MOTOIR’s Super Sports 300 and MOTOIR 2 GP categories. In both instances, Jakob rode a Honda CBR150R converted to race bike motorcycle.

Alfonsi Daquigan

The 2023 IRGP was another race that was well represented by Honda. In this competition, Alfonsi Daquigan was able to showcase his skill when he took Pole Position for the race.

Jakob Sablaya

Meanwhile, Mr. Sablaya also competed with the later particularly in the race’s Super Sports 300 and MOTOIR2 GP categories. He placed 2nd in the Super Sports 300 category riding a Honda CBR300R and 3rd in the MOTOIR2 GP category riding a Honda CBR150R.

Off-Road Domestic Racing.

On the domestic and exciting off-road side, HPI provided support for its JMS – MOS (Man of Steel) Honda Ride Red Racing Team, as its members competed in the 2023 MotorAce Motocross series. The team consisted of Janelle Saulog who became the Overall Champion in the Ladies Category, while local Motocross legend Jovie Saulog, placed 2nd Overall Champion in the Veterans Category. The Father and daughter tandem let us feel the adrenaline rush in motocross using the CRF motorcycle units. On the other hand, Buboy Antonio, making his presence in local races increases seeing his potential with his determination and skills in off-road riding and with Jing Leongson took 2nd Overall and 3rd Overall Champion in the Expert and Veterans Category, respectively using their CRF250R and CRF450R motorcycles.

The Excitement Continues.

As we look forward to 2024, Honda Philippines, Inc. hopes to further reinforce its involvement in supporting the rider’s development and professionalism in Motorsports. Indeed, HPI already has a head start in this endeavor as the company continues to support Alfonsi Daquigan who recently qualified for the 2024 Asia Talent Cup, and Jakob Sablaya who will ride for SDG Team HARC-PRO Honda PH in the 2024 ARRC, AP250 Category.

More importantly, HPI will keep working to improve both the quality of mobility solutions and the state of On-Road and Off-Road motorsports in the Philippines. This is achieved by giving ambitious Filipino motorsport riders additional chances to hone their divinely endowed skills.

To learn more, go to Follow Honda Philippines, Inc. on Facebook (, Instagram (, YouTube (HondaPhilippines_Motorcycle), and Tiktok ( to stay up to date on the company’s newest offerings. You can also reach them by calling (02)-8581-6700 to 6799 and 0917-884-6632.



United City Football Club is excited to begin its strategic cooperation with Blocksport, a forward-thinking Swiss company created in 2019, following the success of the launch of its dedicated Fan App. United City FC has reached a major milestone with this partnership, which harnesses the potential of Web3 and blockchain technology to boost fan engagement and open up new revenue streams.

About Blocksport: Unlocking Limitless Revenue Streams with Web3

Leading sports teams in Europe and Africa, including OH Leuven, Empoli FC, Partizan BC, Kaizer Chiefs FC, Salford Red Devils Rugby Club, and Belgium Cycling, have worked with Blocksport, a leader in the sports technology space. The business focuses in assisting professional sports organizations in developing digital infrastructure, which in turn produces effective community centers and makes use of Web3 and blockchain technologies to increase revenue and fan interaction.

“At Blocksport, we are committed to empowering sports clubs with innovative solutions that transcend traditional boundaries. Our collaboration with United City FC signifies a bold step towards the future of fan engagement. Furthermore, my trip to Manila a few months ago to participate in the Business of Football conference confirmed to us that the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region, including Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand, are markets with huge potential; hence this partnership marks the start of the Blocksport footprint in this part of the world. By combining the power of Web3 and blockchain, we aim to create a digital ecosystem that meets and exceeds the expectations of the modern fan. Together with United City FC, we are paving the way for a new era in sports technology not just in the Philippines but beyond.” – Samir Ceric, COO of Blocksport.

The partnership between United City FC and Blocksport opens the door to various fan engagement activities, including but not limited to:

– NFT Games, Fan Points Booster, Digital Memberships, Premium Content, online ticketing, Exclusive Club content, Digital Collectibles, E-commerce, community chats, news updates, predictor games, live streaming, and much more.

Why Web3?

Gen Z Engagement: The next generation of fans, Gen Z, demands high digital and Web3 engagement levels from their favorite clubs. Embracing these technologies is crucial in attracting and retaining this tech-savvy audience.

Absolute Ownership: In Web3, fans have the exclusive ability to own, trade, and monetize their digital assets, fostering a sense of absolute ownership and connection with the club.

Transparency: Web3 technology ensures transparency in all transactions and relationships between clubs and fans. This transparency is essential for building trust and accountability within the fan community.

Security: Recognizing the value of fan data, Blocksport employs blockchain technology to uphold the highest security standards. This approach safeguards the privacy and integrity of fan data, treating it as the club’s most valuable asset.

“We are excited about the endless possibilities our partnership with Blocksport brings. As we step into Web3 and blockchain, we are not just transforming the fan experience; we are revolutionizing how clubs interact with their supporters. This is a game-changer not only for United City FC but also for Philippine Football, and we are proud to lead the way in embracing the future of sports technology.” – Eric Gottschalk, President of United City Football Club

Blocksport and United City FC are thrilled about the relationship’s potential to change the sports and technology industries. Together, we will develop a state-of-the-art fan experience and put the team at the forefront of these changes.

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Esti Lestari Named United City FC’s Chairman

With immediate effect, United City FC (UCFC) is pleased to announce Esti Puji Lestari’s appointment as the club’s chairman. As the UCFC begins an exciting new chapter in its history, Esti’s confirmation of her commitment in the club is an important milestone.

Esti Puji Lestari, an Indonesian native, brings a plethora of experience and knowledge to her new position at United City FC (UCFC). Throughout her distinguished career in the sports sector, Esti has occupied pivotal leadership roles—including majority ownership—in her capacities as CEO of QD Red Lions China and president of Persijap Jepara. In these capacities, she has contributed significantly to the expansion and prosperity of her organizations.

“Reviving United City FC is my mission. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of a club with such a great tradition and long history, and my aim is to match the outstanding achievements of the past with similar ones in the future.

I feel I have unfinished business in football, and as an esports owner, I intend to add value to the club off the field as well as on it.

I am grateful for this opportunity and know that the Philippines football landscape is very supportive of not only the men’s game but also the women’s with their participation in the recent World Cup.

In the spirit of ASEAN cooperation, I would also like this to be a pathway for both men and women from Indonesia as well as Philippines to gain valuable experience and benefit from the synergy between two nations.” states Esti Lestari.

In Indonesia, as the only female owner of a Football Club that has a 63-year history, Esti led strategic initiatives to enhance the club’s brand visibility, optimize revenue streams, and foster community engagement, solidifying its position as a sustainable football club in Indonesia that continues to exist. Additionally, she has been a prominent advocate for women’s football, championing initiatives to support and develop women’s football at all levels.

In China, as Red Lions’ CEO, Esti brought her dynamic leadership and strategic acumen to oversee the club’s administration and development. Her visionary approach and dedication contributed to the growth and success of QD Red Lions during her tenure.

“We are privileged and proud to have such an esteemed investor and seasoned football expert join our Club to catapult the development of UCFC forward. Esti has been a long-time personal friend, and I am pleased to work alongside her as I know what she will bring to the Club. Our project and mission of UCFC have never changed, even when we took a break from football in 2023, but now we are back, and with Esti’s support, we will continue the legacy of the club and raise the bar once again for the gold standard of Philippines football.” – Eric Gottschalk, President of United City FC.

As UCFC enters this new era under Esti’s leadership, the club reaffirms its commitment to excellence both on and off the field. UCFC’s goals include:

  1. Achieving Sporting Success: United City FC aims to compete at the highest level of Philippine football, striving for championships and representing the country internationally.

2. Community Engagement: United City FC is dedicated to fostering strong connections with its fans and the local community, organizing outreach programs and initiatives to promote the growth of football at the grassroots level.

3. Youth Development: United City FC recognizes the importance of nurturing young talent and providing opportunities for aspiring footballers to develop their skills within a professional environment.

4. Commercial Growth: United City FC seeks to maximize commercial opportunities, leveraging Esti’s expertise to enhance revenue streams, attract sponsors, and expand the club’s global brand presence.

5. Women’s Team Establishment: United City FC is committed to promoting women’s football by establishing a dedicated team, providing opportunities for female athletes to compete at the highest level, and inspiring the next generation of women footballers.

With Esti Puji Lestari’s appointment, UCFC enters an exciting new chapter in its history. The team is eager to use her experience and vision to reach new heights of success on and off the field.