(From left) Jake Letts, team captain, Philippine Volcanoes; Matt Cullen, director of rugby, Philippine Rugby Football Union; Jericho Go, senior vice president, Megaworld; Acee San Juan, team captain, Lady Volcanoes; and Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, senior assistant vice president for marketing and business development, Megaworld Commercial Division. Photo: Handout
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Volcanoes have found a new home at the McKinley Hill Stadium, formerly the Emperador Stadium, in Fort Bonifacio.
Megaworld welcomed the national rugby union team at the 50-hectare McKinley Hill township as the property developer and the team's management signed on Thursday a memorandum of agreement to formalize the partnership.
With the agreement, they hope to bring the sport of rugby closer to Filipinos.
“We are one with the entire Filipino nation in supporting the Philippine Volcanoes as they begin their journey towards securing a historic berth at the 2016 Rio Olympics. We are extremely honored to welcome the team to their new home, the McKinley Hill Stadium, which we believe is the best place for them to train,” Megaworld first vice president and commercial division head Kevin Tan said in a statement.
To officially welcome Southeast Asia’s top rugby team, Megaworld will host a Rugby Youth Camp on August 16 where over 150 young rugby hopefuls will gather and undergo basic rugby training and participate in a touch rugby tournament to be facilitated by the Philippine Volcanoes.
Fans and supporters will also have an opportunity to watch the men’s national rugby team go head-to-head with the Lady Volcanoes in an exhibition game on the same day.
The Philippine Volcanoes are set to embark on a demanding six-month journey to the 2016 Rio Olympics that includes competing in the 2015 Asian 7s Series in September and October against the best rugby teams in Asia, and the Olympic qualifiers in November.
“Training at this facility on a weekly basis is an essential component to our team’s success, the stadium facilities are world-class and the team can easily access the venue being central to the likes of Makati and the Fort, an ideal venue for a national team,” said Volcanoes Men’s 7’s captain Jake Letts.