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From being part of PH team to Bayern youth camp, Tenollar finds his way to Palaro

Aeron Tenollar, third from left, has brought in the lessons he got from Munich to the Palarong Pambansa. Ivan Saldajeno (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BANTAY--Last year, Allianz PNB Life, the Philippine arm of Bayern Munich's insurance partner, sent five teenage footballers to Bali for the Allianz Junior Football Camp Asia leg with two chosen to come to Munich for the global camp conducted by Bayern's football academy.

Fast forward to this week, Aeron Tenollar, one of the two players who made the trip to Germany--the other being JM Mitra--has found himself in the grandest Philippine grassroots sports stage.

The Baguio native made the lineup for CAR in the secondary football competition of the Palarong Pambansa being held simultaneously at the Quirino Stadium here and the Pagsanaan Football Field in Magsingal.

"Masaya po kasi lahat ng napupuntahan ko dahil lang sa football," Tenollar told Dugout Philippines on Thursday. "Di ko naman po inaasahan na mapupunta ako sa mga ganitong laro lalo po doon sa Palaro at sa Munich."

He also shared that the things he learned in Bali and Munich made him a better player than what he was before.

"Yung disiplina sa sarili and sa paglalaro ng football tapos hard work lang po," Tenollar shared the lessons he learned from the Allianz camps.

CAR made the quarterfinals of the secondary football tournament and came close to shocking title favorite CALABARZON, represented by reigning NCAA juniors champion San Beda-Taytay.

"Walang bumigay sa amin kahit sa huli," Tenollar lauded his team despite the losing effort due to stoppage time goals from the Red Cubs.

Speaking of the Red Cubs, the Grade 9 student bared that they are among those that reached out to him to join their team.

"Sinabihan ako ng San Beda pati UST tapos yung [La Salle] Zobel na punta ako sa kanila," Tenollar revealed.

However, he insisted, "Mag-stay pa rin ako [sa Baguio]. Pagkatapos ng Grade 12, saka na ako lilipat."

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