ANAKK Digos, a team composed of kids who grew up in the far-flung city of Digos in Davao del Sur as gang members, were given the opportunity to play in the 3rd Roxas Cup in Nasugbu, Batangas last April 30.
Fundacion MAPFRE, in collaboration with football giant Fundacion Real Madrid, and Ang Nagkahiusang Kabatan-onan Alang sa Kalamboan (ANAKK) Sta.Cruz, collaborated to develop a program that promises a future for our-of-school youth through education and football. The program is present in four cities in Davao del Sur; Digos is one of them. The ANAKK Digos team was the chosen team by MAPFRE Insular to be sent to play in the 3rd Roxas Cup.
ANAKK Digos placed 1st runner-up. Despite failing to win the crown, ANAKK Digos team captain, Kenn Melvin Galagar, was awarded the Most Valuable Player and the team was high in spirit. Their battle cry “We are One!” is symbolic of their journey from gang rebels to a unified team.