Mindanao, Palawan win golds in swimming, athletics

6TH BIMP-EAGA GAMES
Mindanao, Palawan win golds in swimming, athletics

BY CHARLES RAYMOND A. MAXEY
Of Sun.Star Davao

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—Mindanao struck for two more golds in swimming, while Palawan harvested a pair in athletics as the two Philippine contingents finally got their momentum going in the 6th Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) at the Aquatic Center in the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex here.

Lawin Dacera of General Santos City bagged his second gold Friday afternoon, then Haroon Cali  of Davao City came through with a golden swim in the 50-meter backstroke to help Mindanao occupy third place in the medal standings with three golds, two silvers and two bronze medals.

Sabah is leading the way thus far with 12 golds, eight silvers and two bronze medals, while Sarawak is at second place with its 3-4-4 gold-silver-bronze medal count.

The 13-year-old Dacera, who  earlier topped the boys 400-meter IM, clocked two minutes, 20.64 seconds to win pulling away in the 200 IM, one of his pet events.

The 21-year-old Cali, who is competing in the Games for the last time, actually had the same time of Wong Ka Sheng of Sabah at 30.57 seconds and the two shared the gold.

During the medal presentation, however, the Philippine national anthem was played ahead of Malaysia and the Filipino contingent waved miniature RP flags and broke into applause to honor Cali.

Cali, a fourth-year student at the University of Mindanao (UM) taking up Education, had won a relay gold and an individual silver during the BIMP-Eaga Games in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia several years back.

Over at the track and field venue, Palawan registered a one-two finish in the 1,500-meter run late Friday courtesy of Flordeliza Donos and Jila dela Rosa, who won the gold and silver medals, respectively.

Donos and Dela Rosa, who is just 14 years old,  came back Friday morning to also rule the 800-meter run, underscoring their dominance in the long distance events here.

The pair of golden runs elated Palawan track and field coach Alyn Sumagaysay, who credicted her runners for their efforts.

“Of course I’m happy. They gave it their best,” said Sumagaysay, adding that it was Puerto Princesa Mayor Edward Hagedorn who supported the athletes’ trip to Brunei.

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Mindanao occupies 3rd spot in ongoing BIMP-EAGA Games in Brunei

We got this info from Councilor Peter Lavina:

Nov 28 6th BIMP EAGA Friendship Games
Contingent Gold Silver Bronze Total

1 Sabah 12 – 8 – 2 = 22
2. Sarawak 3 – 4 – 4 =  11
3. Mindanao 3 – 2 – 2 = 7
4. South Sulawesi 2 – 3 – 2 = 7
5. Brunei A 2 – 2 – 4 = 8
6. Palawan 1 – 1 – 5 = 7
7. Northern Territory 1 – 0 – 1 = 2
8. South Kalimantan 0
9. West Papua 0
10. Brunei B 0
11. Central Sulawesi 0
12. Papua 0

RP bags gold in swimming

BIMP-EAGA GAMES
RP bags gold in swimming
BY CHARLES RAYMOND A. MAXEY
of Sun.Star Davao

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—A  young swimmer from General Santos City gave Team Philippines its first gold medal as hostilities in the 6th BIMP-Eaga Friendship Games got underway Friday here.

Thirteen-year-old Lawin Dacera captured the gold in the men’s 400 individual medley after earlier claiming the silver in the 1,500-meter freestyle to jumpstart Mindanao’s campaign at the Aquatic Center.

Dacera,  a third year student at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University, clocked five minutes and .85 seconds in topping the 400 IM that drew wild applauses from a  small group of flag-waving Filipino contingent that were cheering from the stands.

Dacera, who won a silver and a bronze during an age-group swimming championships in Singapore last year, said his father-coach Harry was actually disappointed with his clocking this time.

“We’ll just have to do better next time. I have to improve my time,” said Dacera, who will be back at the pool later for his other events, including the 200 IM.

Nevertheless, it was an excellent effort from Dacera as the Philippine national anthem was played for the first time in this year’s Games.

The country won one more silver and three bronze medals to finish 1-2-3 in gold-silver-bronze tally in the morning session.

Emmanuel Plasabas of Panabo City took the silver in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Regina Astrid Quesada of General Santos City, Tiara Tudio of Koronadal and  Jeffrey Pelosa of Palawan added a bronze each for Team Philippines.

Quesada, a 15-year-old student from New Era University, placed third in the 400-meter IM. Tudio was third placer in the 100-meter breaststroke and Pelosa ended third in 50-meter butterfly.

“We are elated with the initial results in swimming. We congratulate our medalists from Mindanao. We are proud of them,” said Mindanao delegation head Davao City Councilor Peter T. Lavina, who is also president of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc.

BIMP-EAGA Games: Butch tells RP athletes to win friends

BUTCH TO RP ATHLETES:
`Win friends, not just golds’
 
BY CHARLES RAYMOND A. MAXEY
Of Sun.Star Davao
 
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—The 75-member contingent from Team Philippines planed in at dawn Thursday here when most of the people in this oil-rich kingdom were still sleeping, looking tired but oozing with confidence to unravel a fine performance in the 6th BIMP-Eaga Friendship Games.
 
Just hours ago Team Philippines—composed of 30 athletes, officials and parents and 38 from Palawan and seven from the Philippine Sports Commission headed by Joseph Encabo—received an emotional message from PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez during a send-off ceremony in Manila.
 
Ramirez, who was supposed to act as head of delegation of Team Philippines here, apologized for the small budget allocated for the athletes, but urged them to represent the country well in the three-day meet.
 
“Do not frown because if you do this you will lose your motivation and the heart to fight. You are not just representing Mindanao or Palawan, you are representing your country, you are representing your flag and the nearly 90 million Filipino people,” said Ramirez, who begged off from the trip as he is scheduled to defend Thursday the PSC budget in the Senate.
 
Then, citing the real motive of the Games and underscoring this year’s theme “Cooperation Through Sports,” Ramirez told the athletes: “Fight not just to win golds, but to win friends.”
 
So, despite the lack of sleep and the little difficulty they encountered in arranging workouts in almost all events they are competing, the Filipino athletes are in high spirits and ready to compete against the best competitors from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and those from the Northern Territory, Australia.
 
Davao has sent a crack of young but talented swimmers as well as champion bets in sepak takraw for the Games, while Palawan also boasts of a tough sepak takraw squad.
 
Leading the swimming team are Haroon Cali of Davao City and Lean Cantil of Panabo City. Cali is a previous gold and silver medal winner in the Games, while Cantil won seven golds during the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) Meet early this year in Davao Oriental.
 
The sepak takraw team made up of Davao City’s Joeben Aton, Johnel Parangan, Alex Barrios, Mark Stephen Ong and Melbert Icoy are back-to-back national Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) champions.
 
Competing athletes will vie for honors in at least seven sports disciplines—athletics, aquatic, badminton, sepak takraw, tennis, badminton and pencak silat.

Mindanao Open 9-Ball at NCCC Mall

Here’s a big story in Davao, written by Marianne:

 

SUN.STAR SUPERBALITA
Mindanao Open 9-Ball kicks off
Veteran internationalists Gandy Valle and Elmer Haya admit locals can pull off surprises
BY Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan
   Reporter, Sunstar Davao
IT’S going to be anybody’s game when the SunStar Superbalita 1st Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge kicks off at 1 p.m. today (Nov.28) at the NCCC Mall B3 Center.

Sun.Star Davao Publishing Inc. president Orlando P. Carvajal is keynote guest speaker in the opening rites.

Gandy Valle, a 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold medalist and a former Sunstar Superbalita 9-ball champion in Cebu, said he couldn’t predict to win the title and the P30,000 champion’s purse.

“We have lots of talents here. It’s difficult to make bold prediction about winning when the tournament hasn’t started yet. But I will capitalize on my experience and do my best,” Valle, also a Villar Cup Cebu champion and Villar Cup Davao runner-up, said during the press conference at Banoks restaurant along F. Torres St. yesterday.

World Pool Championship regular campaigner Haya, who hails from Zamboanga, agreed that Davao and Mindanao can boast of a variety of talents.

He said in the vernacular, “Dabawenyos and all other Mindanaoans are no pushover in billiards. The ball is round. I expect a very stiff competition here and I’m excited to rise up to the challenge.”

Haya recalled winning a Davao championship way back in 1999. He said that it’s a privilege for him to play here and he hopes to win again even at the expense of Valle.

“He (Valle) had beaten me many times before. Should we play each other in the finals, I’ll do every thing to beat him,” Haya said laughing.

Valle, a proud father of two kids to wife Rosyl, added there’s a lot of things to consider in winning the competition.

He said, “The table is very important. We have to get used to the kind of table we will be using. We need to adjust to a `soft’ or `fast’ table. We need to have the skills. We can’t rely to luck all the time.”

Organizing Davao Billiards Association (DBA) Inc. president Menlee Migellano said a great number of veterans are out to challenge Valle and Haya for the crown.

“Our local players can beat both of them. Ronnie Aying, who recently defeated Francisco “Django” Bustamante in the International Villar Cup in Bacolod, is among the heavy favorites in the knockout format tournament,” the DBAI chief added.

Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. general manager Joseph Gri¤o, meanwhile, said: “We believe that the next generation of billiards professional players will be from Mindanao considering that we already have the likes of Valle, Haya, Lee Vann Corteza and Roberto Gomez, among others.”

He added, “This is part of our corporate social responsibility to help promote the sport and discover new talents. We are optimistic to hold this yearly with the help of our sponsors. We are also looking into a different format for the competition in the coming years.”

Gri¤o praised Ginebra San Miguel, Aquabest and Banoks for their support to the event that is presented by Sun.Star Davao, Superbalita and Regency Printers.

Banoks-Sunrise Food Corporation president Manuel Paul Dominguez, G.Q.W.E.S.T business development manager Vincent Taguiga and business development coordinator Cindy Tarzona and Ginebra San Miguel sales information officer for Mindanao Josephine Tatel also guested in the press briefing.

Inter-Faculty/Employee cagefest on Dec.13

The 2008 Inter-Faculty/Employee Basketball Tournament opens on December 13 at the Ladislawa Club gym.

Seeing action are teams from Cor Jesu College of Digos City, St.Mary’s College of Tagum City, Holy Cross of Davao College, San Pedro College, St.Peter’s College of Toril, Davao Doctor’s College, Ateneo de Davao University, Brokenshire College, University of Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception while the Davao Clergy-Archdiocese of Davao and a squad from the Davao City-Local Government Unit led by General Services Officer Atty.Marvin Melodias and City Treasurer Rodrigo Riola will also be invited to be part of the friendly competition.

Tournament director is Helino D. Abrahan Jr. with assistants Diosdado Sodusta and Billy Cruzada.

PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, who will be playing also for the guest PSC Team, will lead officials in the opening ceremony at 2 p.m.