This week, we have Aaron Altiche, 28, Midfielder. He studied Marketing and Corporate Communications at San Beda College. He was born in Aroroy, Masbate and currently resides in Manila.
When did you start playing football?
I was already 15 when football was introduced to me and was in my 4th year in Aroroy National High School in Masbate at the time. I knew it was a little bit late for me, but I’m very grateful for my former teammates and coaches who guided me to reach this level. To be honest, even now, I am still learning new things about the sport and I am very happy for that.
Do you play any other sports?
I used to play badminton, volleyball, chess, and football with my brothers but I fell in love with football more because it changes a lot of lives, especially in my place, not only for being a good athlete but also for being a good person.
Who is your idol?
My brother, Arnel Altiche, is my idol. He played football before in his youth days but because of his asthma he could no longer continue to compete and he was forced to stop playing in early age. He motivated me and supported me throughout my career. My brother give me all the advice that I need and that is why I am not living alone with my dreams because I am with my family.
If you were given the option to choose another position besides your current one, what would it be and why?
Fullback. I used to play right fullback in my college years, I like to run, chase, and win the ball, being a defender is difficult and there should be no room for errors as much as possible. I salute all the defenders out there!
What are your goals for this year?
To win trophies and play in the AFC cup or even the AFC champions league.
What are your hobbies besides football?
I love riding bicycle and crafting things.
Is there anything you’d like to tell our readers?
To all the kids who dream to play in professional level, hard work is the key. Don’t stop when things don’t go well because better things will always happen in the middle of the journey. And of course, you need to finish your studies first and don’t forget to enjoy the sport.