Tough Mudder gets going on July 21-22

Tough Mudder gets going on July 21-22
The world’s fastest growing obstacle event, Tough Mudder, sets foot for the first time in Philippine soil on July 21-22 at the Portifino Amore in Alabang.

More than 2,500 participants are expected in the two-day test of strength and endurance that offers a wide variety of hurdles in both the 5k and 8K categories.

“We are very proud to be the local licensee of Tough Mudder for the country. We will bring Tough Mudder’s signature obstacle courses, and this event will give you the same experience of participating in Tough Mudder events in other parts of the world,” said Justine Cordero, COO of Proactive, during the during PSA Forum on Tuesday at Tapa King Restaurant at Farmers Plaza in Cubao.

Cordero was accompanied by Tough Mudder Ambassador Noe Agra and Jay EM, president of Pro-Active, same group that organizes the popular ColorManila Run series, in the public sports program presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

Tough Mudder is one of the fastest growing mass participation event in the world, with over 3 million people having joined in the past, with events spanning the United Kingdom, Europe, USA, and Asia.

“It is high time that we bring Tough Mudder to the Philippines and we encourage runners to take advantage of this event. We would like to encourage everyone to sign up for the much-awaited Tough Mudder Philippines and test their limits while having fun,” added Em.

Also expected to join in the event are celebrities like Xian Lim, Raymond Guttierez, Gretchen Ho, Daniel Matsunaga, among others. Registration is still ongoing, for more information, please visit http://www.toughmudder.ph and FB/ToughMudderPhilippines.(PSA)

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8 Pinoy bikers compete in Prudential Ride London

8 Pinoy bikers compete in Prudential Ride London

Eight Filipino cyclists, who will compete in the Prudential Ride London, get much-need morale boost during a formal send-off tomorrow (July 19) at the Brewery at The Palace in BGC, Taguig City.

“We have our Filipino contingents who will carry our flag in London, we will honor them and cheer them as they prepare to give us pride in London, said Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, during the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum on Tuesday at the Tapa King in Cubao.

The Philippine contingent, backstopped by Jermyn Prado of Standard Insurance, Ishmael Gorospe of Go For Gold, Jeremy Marana and Aidan Mendoza of Team Corratec will compete in the Prudential Ride London, the biggest cycling festival in the world, on July 28-29.

The all-expense paid trip to London was part of the prizes for top winning riders in the Pru Ride Pilipinas series held last January in Subic and the BGC in Taguig.

“We are doing this annually in the Philippines and in London to promote recreational activity, especially cycling, that encourages people to cycle more safely and more often,” Tumbaga told sportswriters in the forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

“We promote use of bike going to the workplace. In our office, we have showers for our employees who go to work by bike. The more bikers we have, the more we help conserve our environment and decongest traffic.”

Tumbaga also said the especially designed jerseys will be displayed for the first time during the send-off and distributed to the Phl riders.(PSA)

Hernandez, Arcangel share PPS MVP honors 

Osward Hernandez upended top seed Jolo Basa in a thrilling duel, 6-4, 7-5, to snare the boys’ 18-and-under crown while Zia Arcangel ruled the girls’ premier side in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Legazpi leg regional tournament at Lignon and DPWH Tennis Club in Albay over the weekend.
The second seeded Hernandez actually struggled in the early going of the Group 2 tournament, needing an extra set to frustrate Francis Ibones in the second round then the Camalig, Albay ace disposed of Kevin Madrin in two before subduing Basa, who dropped just three games on his way to the finals.
Arcangel, on the other hand, downed Monica Fortuna twice, posting a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the 16-U finals and a 6-0, 6-1 romp in the 18-U championship to share the MVP honors with Hernandez in the week-long event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Iriga’s Marcel Correa matched Arcangel two-title feat as he bagged the 10-unisex title and the boys’ 12-U plum while Ligao City’s JC Gonzales took the boys’ 14-U crown and Marlo Correa annexed the boys’ 16-U trophy in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., distributor of Slazenger/Dunlop as official ball.
France Madrid from Tabaco also racked up two victories, beating Angel Saunar twice, 6-4, 6-2, in the girls’ 12-U finals before escaping with a 7-5, 6-4 decision in the 14-U championship.
Marcel Correa also trampled Keyin Oliva twice, 4-2, 4-2, for the 10-U diadem and 6-0, 6-3, in the 12-U finals; Gonzales pulled off a tough 6-3, 5-7, 11-9 decision over Marlo Correa, who got back at his tormentor, 6-2, 6-3, to in the 16-U championship of the event sanctioned by the United Tennis Philippines, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.
Meanwhile, the PPS-PEPP action shifts to Ubay, Bohol beginning tomorrow with another huge field clashing for top honors in nine age-group divisions plus five in doubles play. For details, call organizer and PPS-PEPP Program Development director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.(pr)

Local aces upbeat as 2nd PGT Asia unwraps

TARLAC – The Philippine Golf Tour Asia kicks off its second season today (Tuesday, April 17) with a promise of a shootout among a crack international cast right at the start of the $100,000 ICTSI Luisita Championship at the Luisita Golf and Country Club here.

While majority of the foreign cast, led by those who earned their Tour cards in last weekend’s Q-School, hope to sustain their form, the local top guns will be coming into the event fresh from a long break, making them hungry and eager to slug it out with the best of the best.

“It’s been a while since we last played in the Philippine Open. So I think we have a chance here, everybody is raring to go,” said multi-titled Tony Lascuña. “I, for one, am keen on winning again.”

The Solaire Philippine Open at The Country Club last March served as the final leg of the inaugural PGT Asia with Miguel Tabuena edging Thai Prom Meesawat in the playoff to rule the Centennial staging of Asia’s oldest National Open.

Tabuena has begged off to lead the Filipinos’ bid at one of his favorite courses but the likes of Lascuña, Clyde Mondilla and Jhonnel Ababa are more than ready to fill in the slack and take the cudgels for the locals out to extend their domination of the region’s newest circuit sponsored by ICTSI.

Tabuena and Ababa won two legs each while Mondilla, Lascuña, Rene Menor and Justin Quiban accounted for the four other titles in the first season of the circuit put up to raise the level of the Filipino golfers’ games and at the same time make the country a major golfing destination.

But this year’s foreign contingent from at least 17 countries looks formidable with Q-School topnotcher Sattaya Supupramai also tipped to re-display the form that netted him the winning 14-under 274 total at the quaint Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed layout.

Fellow Thais Sorachut Hansapiban and Itthipat Buranatanyarat, who finished among the Top 5 last week, are also in the fold, along with South African Mathiam Keyser, who placed second to Tabuena here last year, and Dutch Guido Van der Valk, whose victory in last month’s PGT first leg at Eagle Ridge also makes him a top contender for the top $17,500 purse in the 72-hole championship organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Competition is expected to be fierce with only the top 50 players plus ties from a starting field of 129 advancing to the final 36 holes of the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.

Others tipped to contend are John Michael O’Toole and Nicolas Paez of the US, Matt Killen of England, Aussie David Gleeson, Ian Andrew of Indonesia, Peter Stojanovski of Macedonia, Japanese Yuta Sudo and Thai Pasavee Lertvilai, last year’s Q-School topnotcher.

Also vowing to dish out a strong start are local bets Joenard Rates, Michael Bibat, Elmer Salvador, Jay Bayron, Jerson Balasabas, Jobim Carlos, Keanu Jahns, Zanieboy Gialon, Orlan Sumcad, Ira Alido, Marvin Dumandan, James Lam, Mhark Fernando, Ferdie Aunzo and Mars Pucay.

Meanwhile, Riviera will host the second leg of the 10-stage PGTA on May 30-June 2 with Manila Southwoods staging the third tournament on June 5-8 before the circuit moves to Forest Hills on July 11-14, Orchard on Sept. 5-8, Summit Point on Sept. 12-15 before heading back to Luisita on Oct. 17-20 for the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open. Venues for the last three stages are still being finalized.(pr)

Patrombon, Capadocia clinch Brookside Open crowns

Johnny Arcilla missed slugging it out with fellow Davis Cup mainstay Johnny Arcilla but got the job done just the same, overwhelming Vicente Anasta, 6-0, 6-3. In the men’s singles finals while Marian Capadocia snared the women’s crown in the PPS-PEPP Brookside Hills Open Tennis Championships in Cainta, Rizal last Sunday.

Patrombon, 25, kept the momentum of his 6-1, 6-1 romp over Fritz Verdad in the semifinals, shutting out doubles partner Anasta in the first set then yielding just three games on his way to nailing the crown and pocketing the top purse of P50,000 in the week-long event put up by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro and backed by Asiatraders Corp., distributor of Slazenger/Dunlop as official ball.

Anasta stood in the way of the projected Patrombon-Arcilla title face-off as the No. 3 bet upended the top-ranked veteran in the Final Four, fashioning out a 6-4, 6-2 victory to earn a crack at the championship.

The 22-year-old Capadocia, on the other hand, needed to toughen up to hold off Clarice Patrimonio, 6-4, 6-4, in their side of the finals of the event sponsored by Rep. Jack Duavit, Mayor Keith Nieto, Vitoria Construction, Pasture to Plate, Feeds Edition, Rublou Mall and Allan del Castillo and supported by Greenrose, St. Louis Realty Corp., board member Gongora, East Electric Construction and Ortigas Hospital.

The third-seeded Capadocia, who came into the event in top form, having won the doubles title with Fatma Al Nabhani in the Manama ITF Women’s Circuit in Bahrain recently, bundled out No. 2 Patricia Velez, 6-1, 6-2, in the semis while the No. 4 Patrimonio stunned top seed Aileen Rogan, 6-1, 6-0.

Arcilla, meanwhile, salvaged the doubles diadem in partnership with sibling Joseph, edging Patrombon and Anasta, 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-5, to claim the top P20,000 purse while Rogan and Bambi Zoleta foiled the Patrimonio sisters, Christine and Clarice, 6-2, 7-6(3), to bag the women’s doubles title worth P15,000.(pr)

Castro, Harmie post Phl Junior romps

Luis Castro and Harmie Constantino turned the final round of the Philippine Junior Amateur Golf Championship into a victory walk as they cruised to lopsided victories despite over-par finishes at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martires, Cavite yesterday.

Castro turned in his worst card of four-over 76, marred by two double-bogeys, but still posted an emphatic 15-stroke victory in the boys’ division with a 291 total, anchored by back-to-back 71s in the first two days that set the tone for his rout of the huge field in the 72-hole tournament organized and conducted by the National Golf Association of the Philippines.

Carl Corpus skied to an 80 but still grabbed the runner-up honors with a 306 as erstwhile second-running Sean Ramos shot himself in the foot with an 87 and slipped to joint third at 311 with Paolo Wong, who carded a 79.

Riggs Illescas made an 81 and wound up fifth at 322 followed by Paolo Barro (79-323), David Guangko (79-328) and Miguel Ilas (85-330) while Masaichi Otake carded a 78 and tied Pierre Ticzon, who fumbled with an 86, at ninth at 334.

Constantino, on the other hand, closed out with a 74 and pooled a 293, beating opening day leader Junia Gabasa by seven for her second straight crown in the PLDT Group National Amateur Golf Tour sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation.

The national team mainstay, who won a tournament in the country’s ladies pro tour in 2016, also dominated the WExpress RVF Cup in Canlubang last February.

Gabasa, who took control in the first day with a 72 but trailed by three after 54 holes, reeled farther back with a 43 start although she recovered with a 35 for a 78 and a 300 total.

Nicole Abelar limped home with a pair of 40s and ended up third at 304 while Sofia Legaspi finished a far fourth at 312 after a 77 and Laurea Duque ballooned to an 81 for a 317.

Aniceto Mandanas carded a third straight 80 and also ran away with the Special Division (18-and-above) crown with a 318 with Aldo Barro finishing with a 351 after an 89 and Sung Yeon Soo of Korea pooling a 372 after a 90.

Korean Jung Jae Hyun also capped his domination of the 12-year-and-below category with a 231 after a 77 with Mikhaella Constantino fumbling with a 91 for a 271 and Jeong Yeaheun pooling a 272 after a 94.(pr)

IOC marks international day of sport for development, peace

News Release

IOC MARKS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE WITH MESSAGE OF BRIDGE-BUILDING AND RECONCILIATION

AS THE UNITED NATIONS CELEBRATES TODAY, 6 APRIL, THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (IDSDP), THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC) WELCOMES THE DAY WITH ITS OWN MESSAGE OF HOW SPORT CAN HELP TO BUILD BRIDGES AND PROMOTE RECONCILIATION FOR A PEACEFUL AND BETTER WORLD.

 

The UN talks about sport as a universal language that can be a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries and cultures. The overarching mission of the IOC is to put sport at the service of humankind. Unlike any other global event, the Olympic Games have the power to bring humanity, and all its diversity, together.

Contributing to building a peaceful and better world through sport is a Fundamental Principle of the Olympic Charter. The IOC cooperates extensively with partners, including NOCs and numerous United Nations agencies, as well as international governmental and non-governmental institutions, on activities and educational initiatives which use sport as a tool for development and social change, contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the recent Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, we witnessed the impact of the Olympic spirit on the Korean peninsula. A powerful message of peace driven by sport and athletes was seen at the Opening Ceremony, where teams from the DPRK and the Republic of Korea, separated for decades by a military border, marched side by side; or when their women’s ice hockey players competed together as a unified team.

The intrinsic values found in the Olympic spirit and sport, such as teamwork, fairness, tolerance, discipline and respect for the opponent, as well as the rules of the game, are understood all over the world and can make the impossible, possible.

THE OLYMPIC GAMES SHOWED THE WORLD HOW TO COMPETE PEACEFULLY. THEY SHOWED US THAT, DESPITE ALL OUR DIFFERENCES, IT IS POSSIBLE FOR HUMANKIND TO LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE, RESPECT AND HARMONY.Thomas BachIOC PRESIDENT

“The power of sport is its universality, it always builds bridges, it never erects walls. Sport has played a fundamental role in creating a bridge between North and South Korea,” said the IOC President. “The Olympic Games showed the world how to compete peacefully. They showed us that, despite all our differences, it is possible for humankind to live together in peace, respect and harmony.”

Sport is an important tool for education, for example it can empower young girls and women and advance gender equality. In March 2018, the IOC released 25 recommendations of the IOC’s Gender Equality Review Project, to provide a solutions-based approach to achieving gender equality on and off the field of play, across all sports organisations in the Olympic Movement. In this year’s Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, all sports will be fully gender balanced.

IDSDPIOC/JASON EVANS

As part of it Social Development programme, the IOC is also supporting refugees and displaced people with several specific programmes in cooperation with National Olympic Committees and governments and has created the Olympic Refuge Foundation. One of its aims is to create safe, basic and accessible sports facilities in areas where there are refugees, a displaced migrant population and internally displaced people.

Together with UNHCR, the IOC launched on 13 November 2017 the “Become the Light” campaign on the occasion of the adoption of the Olympic Truce Resolution by the UN General Assembly for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, to bring sustainable, solar powered light solutions to refugee camps. It follows the insight that many refugees in camps have no access to electric lighting, which is important for work, study and play.

The IDSDP, celebrated each year on 6 April, is an opportunity to highlight how sport can not only help unite people and encourage a culture of peace, but can also promote social development, build trust and self-belief, and establish bridges between groups in conflict.

Join the movement at #sport4betterworld and #IDSDP2018!

Visit www.olympic.org/idsdp to learn more about the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace and the IOC’s action on the ground.

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