MANILA -- The Philippine Sports Commission bared recently its plan to rehabilitate the decades-old Rizal Memorial football stadium to comply with international standards.

The massive facelift will start sometime next month and will be finished in six months as the PSC expects to complete a state-of-the-art football field to “make Filipino players more respectable in the eyes of our Asean neighbors.”

Angping said he met over lunch with La Salle head Bro. Bernie Oca, who expressed the school’s desire to participate in the plan to upgrade the football field.

“This is going to be a breakthrough not only for Philippine sports but for the sport of football,” said Angping. “Football occupies a special place in the heart of La Salle since the school is known as a football-loving school.”

This is the first time since the country hosted and won the 2005 Southeast Asian Games that the aging facility will be getting a facelift. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)