SEVENTEEN-year-old Khryztel Anne Munich Muring of Xavier University High School is the best girl footballer in Cagayan de Oro.
She is very impressive on the pitch and very comfortable with the ball. She has also great passing ability and a scoring threat anytime she is in front of the goal.
She is one half of the Northern Mindanao Region Athletic Association (NMRAA) deadly duo in the High School Girls Futsal team that will represent the region in Palarong Pambansa in San Jose, Antique this coming April 24 to 29.
Just like most Filipina girls, she also has a kilometric name but she prefers to be called by her third name Munich.
The name given to her by her aunt when she was born. Munich is also the third largest city in Germany and the host of the Olympics in 1972.
The second sibling of Joseph and Ethel May Muring of Manolo Fortich Bukidnon, Munich will lead the NMRAA in the Palaro together with her striking partner Patricia Ching of St. Mary’s School.
Both of them also play for the Higala Football Club and together they have led the club to countless of titles in the local football scene.
Munich has several scholarships offer to play for various football playing schools in Manila like Far Eastern University and the University of the Philippines. She, however, prefers to concentrate first in the Palaro where she will play with her “sisters” from various schools in region.
“I am very close to all my team mates since we have been training and playing together for a long time now,” she said.
Her “sisters” are Patricia Ching, Rodelyn Perez of Bukidnon National High School of Maramag, Andrea Cabactulan of St. Mary’s School, Caroline Acelo also of St. Mary’s, Eunice Eduave of Xavier University, LJ Lazo also of Xavier University, Justine Gonzales of Alae National High School, Louisse Peregrine Bongocan of Rosevale School, Melgrace Camarillo of PN Roa Natonal High School and Cristy Tago of Liceo de Cagayan University.
Coaching the team is Xavier University High School mentor Awing Maagad who Munich considers as her second father.
“He is probably the most forgiving, understanding and loving coach I have. He is the role model. We look up to him. He is selfless, always thinks about what's best for us, the team,” she said.
Awing is getting help from his assistants Niño Lazo, and Jerney Miaco.
Munich believes that they are a strong contender in the Palaro as they have prepared for a long time.
“We will give our best, have fun and give outstanding results,” she added.
Munich started playing the beautiful game at 12-years-old through the advice of her Higala FC coach Weng del Riarte.
She was a fast learner as aside from football, she was already playing volleyball.
Her shift to football was a blessing for her as she fell in love with the sport. She practiced and trained in her free time.
Munich efforts paid off when national U14 coaches, Let Salvador Dimzon, Joyce Landagan, Buda Bautista and Isa Marquez came to Cagayan de Oro to recruit players for the National U14 team. She immediately got noticed, made the team and even earned a starting eleven place.
They played in Vietnam in June of 2013 and then was also part of the U16 team that saw action in Malaysia in 2015.
She played with top youth players in the country like Isabelle Carmona, Arantxa Trebol, Itsuko Bacatan, Tenelyn Otom, Tejanee Isulat, Alex Ceniza. Mikhaela Jumawan. Tashka Lacson. Cecile Deita, Chloe Hails, Jennifer Baroin, Kailtyn Dabalos, Bianca Almeda, and Icee santiago. These bunch of girls are the future of Philippine women’s game and she is part of it.
Munich at young age is already a role model to the younger players. She advises them to always listen to their coaches and parents.
“The decisions you make today will surely benefit you in the future. Never give up and always do something to improve yourself every day,” Munich said.
She also advises young players to pray and thanked all her coaches, her family and all her friends for believing on her dreams.
At a young age, Munich is really focused in football. Give her few years and she will definitely be a Maldita.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 17, 2017.