U.P. TOWN CENTER, QUEZON CITY – The New Zealand Embassy and the Philippine Football Federation collaborated to hosted a live viewing event for the highly anticipated FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 match between New Zealand and the Philippines, on 25 July 2023. More than 500 passionate football fans, enthusiastic spectators, members of the diplomatic corps, student athletes, and representatives from various universities, leagues, and clubs joined the event.
The atmosphere at the event was nothing short of electric as the attendees gathered to witness the fierce showdown between the New Zealand Football Ferns and Team Filipinas. Excitement permeated the air as the supporters cheered, jumped, and rallied behind Team Filipinas.
In attendance were distinguished guests, including EU Ambassador Luc Veron and Australian Acting Counsellor/Chief Migration Officer Jennifer Bryant, who graced the occasion with their presence, further emphasising the importance of the event in strengthening international ties through the beautiful game of football.
As the match unfolded on the big screen, the emotions of the crowd soared to new heights, as every goal attempt, every defensive maneuver, and every strategic play brought them to the edge of their seats. The match showcased the immense talent and determination of both teams, making it a spectacle that will be etched in the memories of all present.
In a nail-biting encounter, Team Filipinas emerged victorious with a 1-0 triumph over the New Zealand Football Ferns. The result elicited a mix of jubilation and respect from the crowd, exemplifying the spirit of sportsmanship that lies at the heart of the beautiful game.
New Zealand Ambassador Peter Kell extended warm congratulations to Team Filipinas for their exemplary performance. Both teams received accolades for their skillful display and tenacious fight throughout the match.
The event proved to be a remarkable platform for fostering unity, camaraderie, and cultural exchange between the people of New Zealand and the Philippines. Football, being a global language, bridged the gap between nations, and the shared passion for the sport transcended borders, creating lasting bonds between the attendees.
“Sa totoo lang, ngayong araw, naramdaman ko ang kapangyarihan ng Team Filipinas at ng kanilang mga tagahanga at tagasuporta. Both Football Ferns and Team Filipinas skillfully displayed a great fight. We are immensely grateful to have organised this live viewing event with the Philippine Football Federation and to witness the fervent support for women’s football. The camaraderie and unity displayed by everyone today are a testament to the power of sports in bringing people together,” said New Zealand Ambassador Peter Kell.
The Philippine Football Federation expressed their gratitude, stating, “This event has shown the true essence of football and its ability to unite people from different backgrounds. We are grateful for the opportunity to host this event alongside the New Zealand Embassy and strengthen our ties through our shared love for the sport.”
The success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 live match viewing event at UP Town Centre further cements the commitment of both nations to promoting women’s football and fostering stronger relations. The occasion marks an unforgettable celebration of talent, sportsmanship, and unity.