Pinoy kids to benefit from Roxas-Real Madrid partnership

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Posted at Dec 13 2014 03:07 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2014 11:07 PM

Marta Roxas, Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos Salinas, Isabelita Salinas, Roxas Foundation Inc president Beatriz O. Roxas, Pilar Roxas, Juan Areilza, Fundacion Santiago executive director Chaco Molina and Philippine Consul General Emmanuel Fernandez are seen on Real Madrid's grounds.

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine-based Roxas Foundation is partnering with the social arm of Spain's top professional football team Real Madrid.

The partnership will allow Fundación Real Madrid to train a select group of underprivileged Filipino children.

Roxas Foundation President Beatriz O. Roxas said the partnership would allow RFI and Fundación Real Madrid to fulfill their vision of helping improve the lives of children through education.

"There are 240 children, aged six to 12 years old, who will benefit from the partnership. The beneficiaries are from indigent families who belong to the poorest of the poor that we visited in the past months,” Roxas said.

There are 180 beneficiaries from Nasugbu, Batangas where Roxas Holdings Inc's Central Azucarera Don Pedro, Inc. operates.

There are also 60 children from La Carlota, Negros Occidental where Central Azucarera de la Carlota, Inc. and Roxol Bioenergy Corp., both also under RHI, have operations.

"These children have gone through a tedious process of selection conducted by RFI and the Department of Social Welfare and Development. They were selected based on the assessments we carried out and supported by the recommendation of their teachers," Roxas said.

Last September, Fundación Real Madrid sent coach Miguel Angel Montoya to the Philippines to train 18 Filipino coaches who will conduct wholistic training sessions under the Social Sports Schools managed by RFI.

"In line with Fundación Real Madrid’s theme of ‘they play, we teach’, the Saturday sessions with the children beneficiaries is geared toward instilling hope, moral values, a sense of dedication, and appreciation of health, nutrition and food, among these children to inspire them to work for a better life,” Roxas said.

RFI’s local partners in the project include Fundacion Santiago, led by RHI Chairman Pedro E. Roxas, and MAPFRE, an insurer with Spanish origins and which provides Real Madrid uniforms and medical insurance to the children.

Real Madrid is on top of Spain's La Liga right now, thanks to sterling performances by football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and new additions Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.