Team Davao wins Governor’s Cup in Cebu

In an unprecedented show of strength and skill, members of Team Davao of the Davao Horse Club clearly dominated both the English and Western events in the just-concluded Governor’s Cup 2008 Cebu Horse Show & Competition held in Mandaue City, February 15-17, 2008. In so doing, Davao clinched the coveted Governor’s Cup as overall Champion, trouncing teams from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Impasugong and Malaybalay of Bukidnon, Ormoc, Dumaguete and Bohol. The huge trophy was presented by the Governor of the Province of Cebu herself, the Hon.Gwen Garcia, in a Hollywood-style Awards Night at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC). The Cebu Horse Show & Competition signaled the start of a new season in the Philippine Horsemen’s Federation competition circuit.

Jose Salvador “Pete” Batu, President of the Davao Horse Club and his wife, Esperanza, led the power-packed Davao delegation consisting of nine riders, their families and other members of the Club. The whole event itself was unprecedented in its pomp and pageantry, evidently the result of full support given by the Provincial Government of Cebu and the local government of Mandaue City to the organizers, the Cebu Equine Owners and Breeders Sportsmen’s Association (CEOBSA). In the opening ceremony, Governor Garcia, the first woman governor of Cebu, led the parade on horseback from CICC to Mandaue City’s reclamation area, venue of the competition, with members of the various participating clubs following her on their steeds. Calesas, still very much in use in Cebu City’s downtown area, came in colorful Spanish era embellishments while drum and bugle corps marched along in cadence. At the venue’s grandstand, dancers in fabulous Filipiniana costumes opened the program in lavish style.

The Awards Night held at the foyer of the CICC was no less spectacular. Before the overflowing buffet dinner table was opened, Cebu’s best classical singers began the evening’s program with an Italian prayer in song and followed it up with favorite Broadway hits. Male dancers in an American-Indian themed number preceded the dramatic entrance from a wigwam on stage by the lovely lady governor in long gown with matching Indian design, carrying the tall Governor’s Cup. One of Cebu’s top bands provided excellent dance music for all.

The gutsy horsemen from the Visayas and Mindanao deserved all that, it seemed. The rain-soaked competition grounds proved to be a risky challenge for them, contending with sticky mud and dangerous mud pits in the 2-day event. Immediately on the first day, Davao showed its dominance in the sport by capturing first places in Show Jumping and Barrel Race. Kobi Troy Tan, 2-time Rider of the Year in Youth Division (2006 & 2007) and now elevated to the Expert Divison, led the Davao winners on board his Anglo-Arab grey mare Star Nile by capturing three first places, repeating the feat of his father, Andrew, last year and teammate George Walter Misa in 2006.

Taking home a total of 14 individual awards, Davao’s trophy harvest consisted of the following: First Place finish: Show Jumping, Category B, Kobi Troy Tan; Show Jumping for Cause (Operation Smile), George Walter Misa; Barrel Race, Expert Division, Class A, Kobi Troy Tan; Auxiliary Division, Ronaldo Gonzaga from GWM Stables; Obstacle Race, Class A, Kobi Troy Tan and Royal Division, Dean Gonzales. Second Place finish: Show Jumping, Category A, George Walter Misa; Category B, Miko Gonzales; Barrel Race, Class B, Martin Ledesma; Youth, Nikki Boy Gonzales. Third Place finish: Barrel Race, Class A, George Walter Misa; Royal Division, Dean Gonzales; Obstacle Race, Class B, Martin Ledesma; Oval Race, Big Shot.

The final day of competition, when the tricky Obstacle Race was held, spills and falls (and swimming in mud for rider and horse) was par for the course. Team Davao lost two first place positions this way, as their horses, at top speed, tripped and tumbled in the ever-deepening mud on the way to the finish line. Despite the heartbreaking losses, however, the Team made it to the top of the heap. And in the glittery Awards Night, it was Davao’s time to shine once again. As the name of the winner of the Governor’s Cup was announced with fanfare, a loud cheer thundered across the hall and fireworks lit up the night sky. gwm

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Maroons dethrones Holy Child in UP Min Ladies bootfest

For 10 years, the UP Min Ladies Football Varsity Team has been conducting its UP Min Ladies Football Festival. In its 11th year, in line with the Centennial Celebration of the UP System, the team prepared and conducted the UP Centennial Cup: 11th UP Min Ladies Football Festival last Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the Administration Field, Mintal, Tugbok District, Davao City.
Opening the program was Davao Football Association (DFA) secretary-general Erwin Protacio. In behalf of Davao City Third District Representative Isidro Ungab, a former UP Min Booters, Atty. Janice Celestial gave an inspirational message to the participating teams.
5 Teams participated in the tournament, UP Maroons, UP White, Holy Child School of Davao, EMAR Learning Center and Philippine Women’s College. The game kicked off with the 1st game between the two UP Mindanao teams, UP Maroons and UP White.
After 4 games and after winning all those games, the UP Min Lady Booters (Maroons), for the first time, topped the festival. “For the first time in eleven years, this is the first time that we got the championship. I think we really deserve this,” Krishna Hernandez, former UP Min Lady Booters and present team coach, said with euphoria and pride. Maidy Lynn Lim, former coach of the team also sent an SMS saying, “All the hard work paid off — FINALLY.”
Defending Champion Holy Child School of Davao, who won 2 games, got 1 loss and 1 draw got the second place, and the EMAR Learning Center who won 2 games and got 2 losses placed third.
Philippine Women’s College and UP Min lady Booters (White) finished fourth and fifth place respectively.
The UP Maroons was bannered by Lani Lee Bullo, Nema Freya Cebritas , Glynis Lynn Labradores, Dorothy Joy Lozada, , Cherry Nagar, Sheena Santander, Glaiza Tabanao, Maria Loraine Tarranza, and Ester Mace Villela with their coach Krishna Hernandez.
At the end of the day, the UP Min Ladies Football Team was very grateful not only for the championship trophy won, but also because the team’s efforts and hard work paid off in making the festival a successful and memorable one. The Centennial celebration of these ladies and of UP Mindanao was truly a blast.
Special Awards were also given to players during the culmination activity:
Best Goal Keeper: Lani Lee Bullo (UP Maroons)
Most Valuable Player: Sheena Santander (UP Maroons)
Best Defender: Nema Freya Cebritas (UP Maroons)
Goddess of the Field: Erica Delima (EMAR Learning Center)
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This year’s champions.

Encabo is new Minda rep to BIMP-EAGA Games

Davaoeño Joseph Encabo is new Mindanao representative to the BIMP-EAGA Games.
Encabo, who is concurrent Senior Executive Assistant of Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, replaced former Commissioner Leon “Binggoy” Montemayor.
His new assignment starts this year as Mindanao prepares for the Games set in November in Brunei.
Brunei sports officials have started preparing for the event organized to promote better friendship, solidarity and cooperation among Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines growth area through sports.
Encabo is a former Ateneo de Davao University Brebeuf President and joined the Davao City Sports Development Division during the third term of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
He eventually joined the Mindanao Basketball Association, then became one of the founders of the Top Sports Advantage before joining the PSC in November 2000 when Ramirez was appointed the first commissioner from Mindanao.

EDSA Run set on Monday morning, RMC rules EDSA Anniversary Basketball Tournament

The EDSA Anniversary Run will kick off on Monday, 6 a.m., starting at the Rizal Park.

The race will have a 10-kilometer and five-kilometer categories.

Prizes are up for grabs.

Meanwhile, Rizal Memorial Colleges upset the Ateneo de Davao University, 102-96 to win the 2008 EDSA Anniversary Basketball Tournament, Saturday night, at the Davao City Recreation Center.

Hernan Dejito topscored for RMC with 32 points while Richard Madelo led the losing side with the same output.

PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez awarded the prizes to the winners.

Agro-Industrial Foundation College placed third while Holy Cross of Davao College landed fourth in the two-night tournament also supported by Davao City Sports Coordinator Christopher “Bong” Go and BAP-SBP XI Regional Director Regino “Boy” Cua.

UP Mindanao Ladies Football Festival on Feb.23

The University of the Philippines Mindanao Ladies Football Varsity Team invites everyone to their upcoming UP Min Ladies Football Festival: Up Centennial Cup  this February 23, 2008, Saturday, 8 in the morning,  at the UP Mindanao Administration Field, Mintal, Tugbok District, Davao City.
This football festival is conducted annually and is participated by different secondary and collegiate schools and universities in Davao City. In line with the centennial celebration of the whole UP system, schools and universities from outside the City, especially those coming from other UP campuses were also invited.
The football festival will highlight the skills of the different schools’ ladies football team. This day will not just be a venue for football players, but also for football enthusiasts and for everyone who wants to enjoy and have a fun- filled weekend.(glynis labradores)

DGH, Lagdameo back Rotary Governor’s Cup

Davao Golden Hardware and Davao del Norte Representative Anton Lagdameo are leading a new list of backers of the Rotary Governor’s Cup 08-09 Golf Tournament on March 8 at the Apo Golf and Country Club.
The tournament will raise funds for the various community projects of the Rotary Governor.
Joining DGH and Rep.Lagdameo as new backers are 168 Enterprises, Atty.Jonathan Jocom, Anflocor, A Farms, Deco Machine Shop, Hikaru Miyaki, BF Enterprises.
Casino Filipino Davao, another supporter, is the venue of the warding ceremony.
Aside from Casino, SBF Philippines Drilling Resources Corp., JS Davtrade International, H2Zero Distilled Drinking Water, Davao City Water District, Metro Davao Sports Association, UMBN, Philippine Airlines, Leo Fusilero, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., District Govenor Yumi Espina, LVL Construction, CCO Engineering will also support the the 18-hole, Stableford System event which is parading a Chevrolet Optra and Kawasaki motorycle as hole-in-one prizes.