Photo: Last Sunday, Sparks players, coaching staff, and management wore shirts that said, “In football we are all FAMILY. #ForRogie,” in memory of Rogie Maglinas.
The Sparks’ University of the Philippines contingent has had a particularly testing last week. They’ve had to prepare for the start of both the UFL and the UAAP season, while carrying the weight of a fallen teammate.
Spending most of their time in the last week with Rogie Maglinas’ family inevitably took the focus away from training, but it also gave an opportunity to truly understand the character of the young man that tragically passed at the age of 19.
“It’s quite sad that he had to die in order for us to really get to know what kind of person he was,” said Sparks midfielder and UP head coach Anto Gonzales.
“I only found out through his mom, that his little earnings from his playing – he was playing with [Team] Socceroo and Kaya – and his coaching with Claret – he actually sent the money back home. Considering that he didn’t have a lot to begin with, there were a few times that he would go hungry. He would just eat twice or once a day,” he revealed.
Rogie’s memory will be firmly embedded in the minds of the Philippine footballing community, particularly with teammates, coaches, and youth players he left behind. Despite being taken early, his impact will last a lifetime.
“We learned that he had a very good heart and that he was a devoted son to his parents,” Gonzales added.
“I just hope that we give meaning to his death by living his example and always keeping him in our hearts in everything that we do.”