Edgardo V. Bunuandate posted: 2006-12-05 16:16:04
GS 1963, HS 1967, AB 1971
only Atenean in the Philippine National Team to compete in the 1970 Asian Youth tournament
Ed was first attracted to soccer when his eldest brother Vic came home one day with the navy blue and white uniform of the Ateneo Juniors Football Team. Then, another brother, Bobby, joined the Ateneo Midgets Football Team. After that, Ed needed no convincing that soccer was the way to go. He was 10 years old.
He joined the Boys Football Association (BOFA) under the coaching of Fr. Juan Sanz, SJ. During practices, he learned the game, developed teamwork, and most importantly, had fun.
Ed joined Bobby for the first time at the Ateneo Juniors Football Team. No championships came their way for the next four years but the fun was still there. He became junior football team captain two years in a row and was awarded Mr. Football honors on graduation day 1967.
The following year welcomed Ed as the prized recruit of the seniors football team. Ateneo started by winning its first few games against relatively weaker teams. As the season progressed, the team got stronger. Ateneo beat La Salle and San Beda for the 1967-1968 NCAA football championship. The media branded him “Tiger” for his tenacity and consistent play in his position as left fullback.
The Meralco Athletic Club saw the potential of the “Bunuan Brothers” and thus invited them to play. However, NCAA prevented Ed from playing with Meralco while the football season was in progress. So he joined the team during off-season and won several championships.
In 1970, Ed was eyed by the Philippine National Team to join the Asian Youth tournament. He was Ateneo’s lone representative to the team. Ed’s international goal versus Singapore, where Ed’s “tiger” persona resurfaced, resulted in a spectacular goal that sealed a rare Philippine victory. What was remarkable about this feat was that Ed had to dribble all the way from his defensive position to score.
Ed “retired” from football at 24 when the Meralco Athletic Club disbanded in 1973. He pursued his MBA degree at the Ateneo, Padre Faura campus. Then, he got married to the former Felicidad de los Angeles in 1974 and had two sons, Don and Vince.
The family migrated to the United States in 1984 and soon, Ed was back into soccer, coaching his sons’ teams. Ed later got a certification to referee high school varsity games but decided to play the game himself again.
Ever since, Ed played in local state-organized soccer games in his age group. He often played the striker’s role or any position in his team. Many times, Ed was responsible for the majority of the goals every season. And in every game, Ed demonstrated the essence of sportsmanship that he has lived by all these years.