Tropang Growee, PTA to launch Mindanao Taekwondo Grand Prix

Z-Plus' Khristine Uy, Darwin, Darren, Master Kim and instructor Giovanni.(Davao Sportwriters
Z-Plus' Khristine Uy, Darwin, Darren, Master Kim and instructor Giovanni.(Davao Sportwriters

Pediatrica’s Tropang Growee and the Philippine Taekwondo Association will launch the Mindanao Series Taekwondo Grand Prix in key cities in Mindanao kicking off with a first leg on April 4 at SM in Cagayan de Oro City.

The next stop is on April 8 in Gen.Santos City, followed by the third swing on April 15 in Davao City. Davao will also play host to the finals on April 19.

One year supply of Growee multivitamins, medals and uniforms will be awarded to the winners as incentive to the participating winners.

What made the tournament more attractive is that the boys and girls champions will be sent to a tournament in Korea for an exposure, a first in the history of taekwondo development in the island.

PTA regional director Johnny Kim said they expect all players in the island to compete in the three legs to get a chance to earn a slot to Korea. “Everybody can join, but we will send only three boys and three girls,” said Kim, who is very thankful to Z-Plus for supporting the project.

He said this is the first time that players will be sent Korea.

Kim has been bringing Davao and Mindanao players for tougher competitions in Manila and other areas despite the expenses but the burden became lighter when Z-Plus came in to give Mindanao players to play outside the country.

He said he wanted the players to experience how taekwondo is being taught in his native land.

“I am very proud of our Mindanao players,” he said on Monday night’s press conference at Kasagingan.

Kim said that they will first experiment bringing 13 years old and under players and hopefully send 18 years old and below athletes next time.

Pediatrica’s Darwin Cruz said Z-Plus and Growee multivitamins are being promoted to young kids because will improve the performance of the athletes.


Primovit coaches seminar gets underway at Evergold

All roads will lead to Evergold Recreation Center in Obrero as the three-day 2009 Primovit Basketball Coaches Sports Science and Coaching Seminar gets underway on Tuesday (March 31) starting at 9 a.m.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The formative of aspects of sports on kids will be the first topic to be discussed following a short introduction of speakers and briefing.

It will be handled by University of Asia and the Pacific and Ateneo de Manila University mentor Tyrone Limon.

SBP (Samahang Basketbolista ng Pilipinas) Coaches Commission chairman Fritz Gaston will tackle the basic principles and fundamentals of coaching in the afternoon session to be followed by the winning combination with attitude and skills with Lito Cinco.

Cinco was the one who did the team building for the NCAA champs San Beda Red Lions, San Beda Red Clubs, PBA champions Talk N’ Text Phone Pals, among others.

The seminar, which will end up on April 2, has attracted numerous coaches and trainers from various places including those from Palawan, South Cotabato and Bukidnun.

Nino Sinco, seminar director and one of the resource persons, said the seminar/clinic will tackle topics that covers the winning combination (attitude and skills), methods of training/conditioning for basketball, formative aspects of sports/basketball on the Youth and basketball coaching – philosophy, surviving as a coach, strategy, tactics.

Sinco, the athletic trainer of the 1990 and 1994 RP basketball national team to the  Asian Games, is a former athletic trainer of Ginebra Gin Kings and Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association).

He also holds a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine and athletic training from the US Sports Academy, Mobile, AL, USA.

Other resource person is Benjie Sipin, former Assistant Coach & Video Coach of Air21 in the PBA and assistant coach of the UAAP Champion Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles.(pr)

Korea trips await Z Plus-Growee Taekwondo tourney

An all-expense paid trip to Korea to train and compete with the world’s best junior taekwondo practitioners await winners of the Z Plus-Tropang Growee Mindanao Taekwondo Grand Prix which gets going in three major cities next month.

A record field of some 1,000 jins from several clubs in Mindanao is expected to battle for the once-in-a-lifetime chance of experiencing the roots of this popular sport in Korea.

Six slots will be up for grabs in the finals on April 19 in Davao City after three gruelling legs in Cagayan de Oro on April 4, General Santos on April 8 and Davao on April 15.

The tournament, sponsored by Z Plus and Growee Vitamins, is organized by the Evangelista Aquatics and Sports Management and sanctioned by the Philippine Taekwondo Association. With three qualifying legs prior to the exciting winner-take-all finals, the tournament is believed to be the biggest yet ever to be staged in Mindanao.

Up for grabs are Korea trips for six winners in the premier Children’s Division for boys and girls while regular prizes and awards will also be contested in the Senior Advance and Juniors Novice and Advance divisions for both boys and girls categories. Entries may participate in any or all of the three legs in order to qualify for the Finals.

Expected to battle it out for the top prizes are crack entries from traditional taekwondo stronghold Cagayan de Oro and Davao City while stiff opposition is expected from the bets of Zamboanga, Gen. Santos, Butuan, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Koronadal, Davao Oriental, and Iligan.(pr)

IOC lauds Ramirez, Sports for Peace program set

Even after serving the Philippine Sports Commission, William “Butch” Ramirez has drawn praises from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

IOC member Francisco J. Elizalde said he is happy that Ramirez has continued his involvment in sports.

“We need people like you that are not only knowledgeable about international and local sports but also have taken the time to learn about the Olympic Movement itself is a reflection on the fact that you truly possess the Olympic Spirit,” said Elizalde.

Elizalde congratulated Ramirez for a job well done during his mandate as chairman of the PSC for not only raising the level of the national athletes performance in many sports and for setting up educational facility, the Philippine Sports Institute.

“My admiration also goes out to you for having done your work in a humble and cooperative mangger in spite of many personal conflicts with Government entities, recalcitrant NSAs and even the POC which were usually resolved in an amicable and fair manner,” said Elizalde.

Ramirez, former PSC chairman, is busy with the upcoming Archdiocese of Davao-Sports for Peace event in celebration of the diamond jubilee of the Archiocese next month.

Ramirez will discuss various topics like physical education and sports to children who will be contributors to nation building, scientific basketball teaching skills program, anatomy of the human body, significance of physical education and sports to children and adults, among others.

Liga ni Butch-2nd Inter-Faculty/Employee Basketball Tournament sked

March 21, Saturday, Gaisano Sky gym

1 p.m.- University of Mindanao vs. Brgy.Butch

2:30 p.m.- General Services Office vs. Davao Doctor’s College

March 22, Sunday, Davao Christian High School gym (beside Gaisano Mall)

1 p.m.- City Treasurer’s Office vs. Department of Education

2:30 p.m.- Davao Doctor’s College vs. Association of Brgy.Captains

4 p.m.- University of Mindanao vs. Brokenshire College

5:30 p.m.- City Mayor’s Office vs. General Services Office (Bankerohan gym)

Goldstar earns last semis ticket, Go sparks in exhibition game

Games on March 15 / semi-finals @ Brgy. Bankerohan Gym

5:00 PM – AGRO vs. Goldstar
6:30 PM – SANMAN vs. Philhealth

Goldstar Hardware walloped Operation Iraqi Freedom-MATS Navigators, 100 – 73 to complete the Final Four cast in the Mayor Rody and Vice Mayor Sara Duterte – 72nd Araw ng Dabaw Basketball tournament Friday night at the Brgy. R. Castillo covered court..

Goldstar came out strong early to score a huge win and earn the last slot in the semi-finals which is set today at Brgy 5-A Bankerohan Gym.

Occupying the No. 4 spot, Goldstar which lost its first two games but bounce backed to sweep its two remaining assignments in the preliminary round, will face top-seed Agro Sailors reinforced by Mike Manigo and Big Boy Clavel at 5 pm.

SANMAN, the selection of Arman Sanano, (No. 2) will take on Philippine Health Insurance (No. 3) in the other semi-final encounter at 6:30 pm.

Greggy Delica top scored for Goldstar with 18 points.

But it was Winston Lim who provided the spark for Goldstar, drilling in 11 of his total 17 in the opening period.

Lim’s back to back triple midway of the first canto opened Goldstar’s scoring spree in the first half that put the Navigaros at bay.

Rhandel Colina paced OIF with 17 points.

In the second game, Agro beat Philhealth, 77 – 72 to take the top spot with 3 – 1 win-loss card.

Adding spice to the double-header Friday hosted Brgy. Captain Mar I. Masanguid was the exhibition game between City Mayors Office and Land Transportation Office.

Christopher “Bong” Go waxed hot in the second half to lift CMO past LTO, 100 – 99 in the game well-applauded by the residents of Brgy. R. Castillo.

Go, the executive assistant of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and city sports consultant, scored 14 of his total 19 points in the second half to carry the scoring chores for CMO which was behind by double-digit at the half.

Winners of RRD-SZD/Araw ng Dabaw Dancesport Contest at Gaisano Mall of Davao


Juvenile Syllabus Latin D: (Chacha/Jive) 1st place : Jules Nicole Lontiong & Ira Asaliah Andrade (Tacurong) 2nd place: Hobie Untal & Henrikke Francheska Picar (Davao City) 3rd place: David Clavaton & Ayessa Delgado (Tacurong) 4th place: Rodel Banal & Hazel Ann Sembrano (Davao City) 5th place: Noeleen Bayya & Joshua Bayya (Tacurong) 6th place: John Paul Diomon & Joyce Abigail Camilotes (Davao City) 7th place: Kevin Indus & Jessa Villacarlos (General Santos City)

Juvenile Syllabus Standard D: (Waltz / Tango) 1st place: Jules Nicole Lontiong & Ira Asaliah Andrade (Tacurong) 2nd place: Hobie Untal & Henrikke Francheska Picar (Davao City) 3rd place: John Paul Diomon & Joyce Abigail Camilotes (Davao City) 4th place: Frenz Visande & Cazandra Delos Reyes (Ganeral Santos City) 5th place: Dave Torres & Henrikke Hannah Picar (Davao City) 6th place: Hadrian Kim Bueno & Rheliza Faith Quindoy (Davao City) 7th place: Al-Muzah Tinio & Yvonne Grace Arandela (Davao City)

Junior Latin C: (Chacha / Rumba / Jive) 1st place: Jules Nicole Lontion & Ira Asaliah Andrade (Tacurong) 2nd place: Kyster Mike Clamohoy & Angela Grace Gravador (Tacurong) 3rd place: Frenz Visande & Cazandra Delos Reyes (General Ssntos City) 4th place: Kevin Indus & Jessa Villacarlos (General Santos City) 5th place: Rheu-ren Ilustrisimo & Charo Cambarijan (General Santos City)

Youth Latin C: (Chacha / Rumba / Jive) 1st place: Reyno Macabodbod & Jan Marie Agunod (Panabo City) 2nd place: Sam Garte & Cristy Arconila (IGACOS) 3rd place: Daniel Tawaay & Sohnea Lacea (Davao City) 4th place: Oliver Menor & Iris Roja (Davao City)

Novice Syllabus Standard D : (Waltz / Tango) 1st place: Marck Sueco Esber & Janice Concepcion (General Santos City) 2nd place: Randel Labayen & Jenneth Juliane (Davao City)

Adult Latin C: (Chacha / Rumba / Jive) 1st place: Alan James Bedico & Cristy Narcilla (Tacurong) 2nd place: Eric Jimenez & Cherrycil Deocampo (Panabo City) 3rd place: Reyno Macabodbod Jan Marie Agunod (Panabo City 4th place: Sam Garte & Cristy Arconila (IGACOS) 5th place: Daniel Tawaay & Sohnea Lacea (Davao City)

Adult Latin A: (Samba / Chacha / Rumba / PasaDoble / Jive) 1st place: Alan James Bedico & Cristy Narcilla (Tacurong) 2nd place: Eric Jimenez & Cherrycil Deocampo (Panabo City)