AMERICAN CANYON, CA — The Filipino Channel’s inaugural Unity Cup took place last Saturday, with golfers of all ages competing for top prizes. But it was the charitable cause behind it all, that had players feeling like they had already won.
Northern California’s Filipino golf community was in full swing last Saturday, at ABS-CBN Foundation international’s inaugural TFC Unity Cup.
The first of its kind tournament hosted 99 players competing in various golf games, with rewards ranging from cash prizes to even a free lease on a brand new car.
But despite the high stakes, camaraderie filled the air, as both Filipino and non-Filipino players alike rallied around the tournament’s charitable cause — to rescue poor and abused children in the Philippines through Bantay Bata.
“We’re doing this to raise funds, to rehabilitate and renovate the children’s village in Norzugaray, Bulacan, Philippines. We’d like to do that to take care of the children. We can give them proper education. We can show them care compassion and love,” said Jerry Bennett, ABS-CBN Foundation Int’l managing director.
“The money goes to a charitable cause one of many that ABS-CBN is involved in, so we expect to do this every year,” said ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya chairman, Gabby Lopez.
While ABS-CBN Foundation international has previously co-organized golf cups, the Unity Cup was a chance to hone in on the organization’s cause.