Philippine Football Trials a Success

Picture courtesy of Leo Jensen

Although Philippine Generations could not make the Philippine Football trials held in Manchester last Sunday, 17th August, we have heard some great things from Leo Jensen, who runs PFA UK and who also set up the trials. We even saw some footage courtesy of Steven Adolfo!

Despite the long trip up to Manchester, the majority of those at the trial were from London, and the 2 hours hard trial, the boys still had some energy and power to beat the local Manchester East team 7-2! A big thank you has been sent via Leo from president Jose Mari Martinez and all the PFF in Manila, “You have made the Philippines very proud.” Leo would also like to thank all those people who helped and volunteered to make the trial possible.

In fact the boys from London have done so well, it has prompted Leo to rethink strategy and logistics and a new trial will be set up in London ASAP so for those who couldn’t make it, you have a chance closer to home.

As discussed in previous conversations, the Filipino community is over 200,000 people in the UK, with almost 75% of the whole total living in and around London, so it makes sense to base the initiative as close to London as possible.

So what is the next step? More footage is required, the establishment of a Philippines ‘B’/reserve Team here in the UK is on the cards, travel to and from Philippines is a possibility and is very much needed especially with the advent of the 8 team Philippine Premier League! There were even a few who really impressed and their next step is to definitely get to the Philippines…watch this space.

Six British players and 20 FIFA ranking places shows that the future of Philippine football looks very bright…and very British.

If you want to get involved and speak to some of the guys who made it up to Manchester, visit the link below:

Many of the guys from Filipino Footballers (UK) are in the picture above and meet up regularly in Regents Park, as well as play for their own local leagues and amatuer teams. I’m sure like us, you’ll see a few familiar faces!

By Adrian Williams


Bicol Express


0.68kg pork cut into strips
one 1-inched piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 stalk of lemon grass, smashed and cut into quarters
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 large onions, thinly sliced
16 fl oz of coconut milk
4 tablespoon shrimp paste
3 poblano chilies, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
5 jalapeno chilies,seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
2 habanero or other fresh red chilies, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
3 new mexico or other fresh green chilies, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch strips
5 hot Thai chilies, thinly sliced (with seeds)


1. In large saucepan over medium high-heat, stir together the pork, ginger, lemongrass, garlic, onion and coconut milk. Bring to boil, the lower the heat and simmer,uncovered. Stirring occasionally, until pork soften, 10 minutes.

2. Add the shrimp paste and chilies and cook until chilies are soften but still al dente, 5-7 minutes.

Serve 8-10
Duration up to 20 minutes

Recipes taken from “Memories of Philippine Kitchen” by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan.


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