Sports break: Inaugural Speech of President Benigno S. Aquino III

Inaugural Speech of President Benigno S. Aquino III in Filipino
Philippine Star, June 30, 2010
His Excellency Jose Ramos Horta, Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Former President Joseph Estrada, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and members of the Senate, House Speaker Prospero Nograles and members of the House, justices of the Supreme Court, members of the foreign delegations,Your Excellencies of the diplomatic corps, fellow colleagues in government, aking mga kababayan.
Ang pagtayo ko dito ngayon ay patunay na kayo ang aking tunay na lakas. Hindi ko inakala na darating tayo sa puntong ito, na ako’y manunumpa sa harap ninyo bilang inyong Pangulo. Hindi ko pinangarap maging tagapagtaguyod ng pag-asa at tagapagmana ng mga suliranin ng ating bayan.
Ang layunin ko sa buhay ay simple lang: maging tapat sa aking mga magulang at sa bayan bilang isang marangal na anak, mabait na kuya, at mabuting mamamayan.
Nilabanan ng aking ama ang diktaturya at ibinuwis niya ang kanyang buhay para tubusin ang ating demokrasya. Inalay ng aking ina ang kanyang buhay upang pangalagaan ang demokrasyang ito. Ilalaan ko ang aking buhay para siguraduhin na ang ating demokrasya ay kapaki-pakinabang sa bawat isa. Namuhunan na kami ng dugo at handang gawin itong muli kung kinakailangan.
Tanyag man ang aking mga magulang at ang kanilang mga nagawa, alam ko rin ang problema ng ordinaryong mamamayan. Alam nating lahat ang pakiramdam na magkaroon ng pamahalaang bulag at bingi. Alam natin ang pakiramdam na mapagkaitan ng hustisya, na mabalewala ng mga taong pinagkatiwalaan at inatasan nating maging ating tagapagtanggol.
Kayo ba ay minsan ring nalimutan ng pamahalaang inyong iniluklok sa puwesto? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay nagtiis na sa trapiko para lamang masingitan ng isang naghahari-hariang de-wangwang sa kalsada? Ako rin. Kayo ba ay sawang-sawa na sa pamahalaang sa halip na magsilbi sa taumbayan ay kailangan pa nila itong pagpasensiyahan at tiisin? Ako rin.
Katulad ninyo ako. Marami na sa atin ang bumoto gamit ang kanilang paa – nilisan na nila ang ating bansa sa kanilang paghahanap ng pagbabago at katahimikan.  Tiniis nila ang hirap, sinugod ang panganib sa ibang bansa dahil doon may pag-asa kahit kaunti na dito sa atin ay hindi nila nakikita. Sa iilang sandali na sarili ko lang ang aking inaalala, pati ako ay napag-isip din — talaga bang hindi na mababago ang pamamahala natin dito? Hindi kaya nasa ibang bansa ang katahimikang hinahanap ko? Saan ba nakasulat na kailangang puro pagtitiis ang tadhana ng Pilipino?
Ngayon, sa araw na ito — dito magwawakas ang pamumunong manhid sa mga daing ng taumbayan. Hindi si Noynoy ang gumawa ng paraan, kayo ang dahilan kung bakit ngayon, magtatapos na ang pagtitiis ng sambayanan. Ito naman ang umpisa ng kalbaryo ko, ngunit kung marami tayong magpapasan ng krus ay kakayanin natin ito, gaano man kabigat.
Sa tulong ng wastong pamamahala sa mga darating na taon, maiibsan din ang marami nating problema. Ang tadhana ng Pilipino ay babalik sa tamang kalagayan, na sa bawat taon pabawas ng pabawas ang problema ng Pinoy na nagsusumikap at may kasiguruhan sila na magiging tuloy-tuloy na ang pagbuti ng kanilang sitwasyon.
Kami ay narito para magsilbi at hindi para maghari. Ang mandato ninyo sa amin ay pagbabago —  isang malinaw na utos para ayusin ang gobyerno at lipunan mula sa pamahalaang iilan lamang ang nakikinabang tungo sa isang pamahalaang kabutihan ng mamamayan ang pinangangalagaan.
Ang mandatong ito ay isa kung saan kayo at ang inyong pangulo ay nagkasundo para sa pagbabago — isang paninindigan na ipinangako ko noong kampanya at tinanggap ninyo noong araw ng halalan.
Sigaw natin noong kampanya: “Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap.” Hindi lamang ito pang slogan o pang poster —  ito ang mga prinsipyong tinatayuan at nagsisilbing batayan ng ating administrasyon.
Ang ating pangunahing tungkulin ay ang magsikap na maiangat ang bansa mula sa kahirapan, sa pamamagitan ng pagpapairal ng katapatan at mabuting pamamalakad sa pamahalaan.
Ang unang hakbang ay ang pagkakaroon ng tuwid at tapat na hanay ng mga pinuno. Magsisimula ito sa akin. Sisikapin kong maging isang mabuting ehemplo. Hinding hindi ko sasayangin ang tiwalang ipinagkaloob ninyo sa akin. Sisiguraduhin ko na ganito rin ang adhikain ng aking Gabinete at ng mga magiging kasama sa ating pamahalaan.
Naniniwala akong hindi lahat ng nagsisilbi sa gobyerno ay corrupt. Sa katunayan, mas marami sa kanila ay tapat. Pinili nilang maglingkod sa gobyerno upang gumawa ng kabutihan. Ngayon, magkakaroon na sila ng pagkakataong magpakitang-gilas. Inaasahan natin sila sa pagsupil ng korapsyon sa loob mismo ng burukrasya.
Sa mga itinalaga sa paraang labag sa batas, ito ang aking babala: sisimulan natin ang pagbabalik ng tiwala sa pamamagitan ng pag-usisa sa mga “midnight appointments.” Sana ay magsilbi itong babala sa mga nag-iisip na ipagpatuloy ang baluktot na kalakarang nakasanayan na ng marami.
Sa mga kapuspalad nating mga kababayan, ngayon, ang pamahalaan ang inyong kampeon.
Hindi natin ipagpapaliban ang mga pangangailangan ng ating mga estudyante, kaya’t sisikapin nating punan ang kakulangan sa ating mga silid-aralan.
Unti-unti din nating babawasan ang mga kakulangan sa imprastraktura para sa transportasyon, turismo at pangangalakal. Mula ngayon, hindi na puwede ang “puwede na” pagdating sa mga kalye, tulay at gusali dahil magiging responsibilidad ng mga kontratista ang panatilihing nasa mabuting kalagayan ang mga proyekto nila.
Bubuhayin natin ang programang “emergency employment” ng dating pangulong Corazon Aquino sa pagtatayo ng mga bagong imprastraktura na ito. Ito ay magbibigay ng trabaho sa mga local na komunidad at makakatulong sa pagpapalago ng kanila at ng ating ekonomiya.
Hindi kami magiging sanhi ng inyong pasakit at perwisyo. Palalakasin natin ang koleksyon at pupuksain natin ang korapsyon sa Kawanihan ng Rentas Internas at Bureau of Customs para mapondohan natin ang ating mga hinahangad para sa lahat, tulad ng:
·           dekalidad na edukasyon, kabilang ang edukasyong bokasyonal para makapaghanap ng marangal na trabaho ang hindi makapag-kolehiyo;
·           serbisyong pangkalusugan, tulad ng Philhealth para sa lahat sa loob ng tatlong taon;
·           tirahan sa loob ng mga ligtas na komunidad.
Palalakasin at palalaguin natin ang bilang ng ating kasundaluhan at kapulisan, hindi para tugunan ang interes ng mga naghahari-harian, ngunit para proteksyunan ang mamamayan. Itinataya nila ang kanilang buhay para mayroong pagkakataon sa katahimikan at kapayapaan sa sambayanan. Dumoble na ang populasyong kanilang binabantayan, nanatili naman sila sa bilang. Hindi tama na ang nagmamalasakit ay kinakawawa.
Kung dati ay may fertilizer scam, ngayon ay may kalinga na tunay para sa mga magsasaka. Tutulungan natin sila sa irigasyon, extension services, at sa pagbenta ng kanilang produkto sa pinakamataas na presyong maaari.
Inaatasan natin si papasok na Kalihim Alcala na magtayo ng mga trading centers kung saan diretso na ang magsasaka sa mamimili — lalaktawan natin ang gitna, kasama na ang kotong cop. Sa ganitong paraan, ang dating napupunta sa gitna ay maari nang paghatian ng magsasaka at mamimili.
Gagawin nating kaaya-aya sa negosyante ang ating bansa. We will cut red tape dramatically and implement stable economic policies. We will level the playing field for investors and make government an enabler, not a hindrance, to business. Sa ganitong paraan lamang natin mapupunan ang kakulangan ng trabaho para sa ating mga mamamayan.
Layunin nating paramihin ang trabaho dito sa ating bansa upang hindi na kailanganin ang mangibang-bansa para makahanap ng trabaho. Ngunit habang ito ay hindi pa natin naaabot, inaatasan ko ang mga kawani ng DFA, POEA, OWWA at iba pang mga kinauukulang ahensiya na mas lalo pang paigtingin ang pagtugon sa mga hinaing at pangangailangan ng ating mga overseas Filipino workers.
Papaigtingin namin ang proseso ng konsultasyon at pag-uulat sa taumbayan. Sisikapin naming isakatuparan ang nakasaad sa ating Konstitusyon na kinikilala ang karapatan ng mamamayan na magkaroon ng kaalaman ukol sa mga pampublikong alintana.
Binuhay natin ang diwa ng people power noong kampanya. Ipagpatuloy natin ito tungo sa tuwid at tapat na pamamahala. Ang naniniwala sa people power ay nakatuon sa kapwa at hindi sa sarili.
Sa mga nang-api sa akin, kaya ko kayong patawarin, at pinapatawad ko na kayo. Sa mga nang-api sa sambayanan, wala akong karapatan na limutin ang inyong mga kasalanan.
To those who are talking about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: there can be no reconciliation without justice. Sa paglimot ng pagkakasala, sinisigurado mong mauulit muli ang mga pagkakasalang ito. Secretary de Lima, you have your marching orders. Begin the process of providing true and complete justice for all.
Ikinagagalak din naming ibahagi sa inyo ang pagtanggap ni dating Chief Justice Hilario Davide sa hamon ng pagtatatag at pamumuno sa isang Truth Commission na magbibigay linaw sa maraming kahinahinalang isyu na hanggang ngayon ay walang kasagutan at resolusyon.
Ang sinumang nagkamali ay kailangang humarap sa hustisya. Hindi maaaring patuloy ang kalakaran ng walang pananagutan at tuloy na pang-aapi.
My government will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao. We are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflicts, inclusive of the interests of all — may they be Lumads, Bangsamoro or Christian.
We shalL defeat the enemy by wielding the tools of justice, social reform, and equitable governance leading to a better life. Sa tamang pamamahala gaganda ang buhay ng lahat, at sa buhay na maganda, sino pa ang gugustuhing bumalik sa panahon ng pang-aapi?
Kung kasama ko kayo, maitataguyod natin ang isang bayan kung saan pantay-pantay ang pagkakataon, dahil pantay-pantay nating ginagampanan ang ating mga pananagutan.
Kamakailan lamang, ang bawat isa sa atin ay nanindigan sa presinto. Bumoto tayo ayon sa ating karapatan at konsensiya. Hindi tayo umatras sa tungkulin nating ipaglaban ang karapatang ito.
Pagkatapos ng bilangan, pinatunayan ninyo na ang tao ang tunay na lakas ng bayan.
Ito ang kahalagahan ng ating demokrasya. Ito ang pundasyon ng ating pagkakaisa. Nangampanya tayo para sa pagbabago. Dahil dito taas-noo muli ang Pilipino. Tayong lahat ay kabilang sa isang bansa kung saan maaari nang mangarap muli.
To our friends and neighbors around the world, we are ready to take our place as a reliable member of the community of nations, a nation serious about its commitments and which harmonizes its national interests with its international responsibilities.
We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, “it all works.”
Inaanyayahan ko kayo ngayon na manumpa sa ating mga sarili, sa sambayanan, WALANG MAIIWAN.
Walang pangingibang-bayan at gastusan na walang wastong dahilan. Walang pagtatalikod sa mga salitang binitawan noong kampanya, ngayon at hanggang sa mga susunod pang pagsubok na pagdadaanan sa loob ng anim na taon.
Walang lamangan, walang padrino at walang pagnanakaw. Walang wang-wang, walang counterflow, walang tong. Panahon na upang tayo ay muling magkawang-gawa.
Nandito tayo ngayon dahil sama-sama tayong nanindigan at nagtiwala na may pag-asa.
The people who are behind us dared to dream. Today, the dream starts to become a reality. Sa inyong mga nag-iisip pa kung tutulong kayo sa pagpasan ng ating krus, isa lang ang aking tanong — kung kailan tayo nanalo, saka pa ba kayo susuko?
Kayo ang boss ko, kaya’t hindi maaaring hindi ako makinig sa mga utos ninyo. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to the people’s needs and aspirations.
Kayo ang nagdala sa akin sa puntong ito — ang ating mga volunteers — matanda, bata, celebrity, ordinaryong tao, na umikot sa Pilipinas para ikampanya ang pagbabago; ang aking mga kasambahay, na nag-asikaso ng lahat ng aking mga personal na pangangailangan; ang aking pamilya, kaibigan at katrabaho, na dumamay, nag-alaga at nagbigay ng suporta sa akin; ang ating mga abogado, na nagpuyat para bantayan ang ating mga boto at siguraduhing mabibilang ang bawat isa; ang aking mga kapartido at kaalyado na kasama kong nangahas mangarap; at ang milyun-milyong Pilipinong nagkaisa, nagtiwala at hindi nawalan ng pag-asa — nasa inyo ang aking taus-pusong pasasalamat.
Hindi ko makakayang harapin ang aking mga magulang, at kayong mga nagdala sa akin sa yugto ng buhay kong ito, kung hindi ko maisasakatuparan ang aking mga binitawang salita sa araw na ito.
My parents sought nothing less and died for nothing less than democracy, peace and prosperity. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward.
Layunin ko na sa pagbaba ko sa katungkulan, masasabi ng lahat na malayo na ang narating natin sa pagtahak ng tuwid na landas at mas maganda na ang kinabukasang ipapamana natin sa susunod na henerasyon. Samahan ninyo ako sa pagtatapos ng laban na ito. Tayo na sa tuwid na landas.
Maraming salamat po at mabuhay ang sambayanang Pilipino!
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Acer Cup U-23 football June 27 results

RESULTS for ACER CUP U23 2010

27 Jun 10 – Match Day 2, Tionko field, Davao City

I) Match #4: EBOCCI FC [ 0 ]  v  [ 11 ] MEDVIL FC

Goalscorers: all from Medvil FC

Joey Arobo  – 7’ / 44’ & 69’

Frances jay Abrasaldo – 10’

Roelfred Napuran – 28’

Francis Philip Acala – 40’ / 49’ / 52’ / & 75’

Jomar Acedo – 79’

Danilo Lascuña – 88’

II) Match #5: COLUMBIA FC  [ 9 ]  v  [ 0 ] ATENEO

Goalscorers: all from Columbia FC

Aldin Tiboron – 36’ / 77’ / 79’ & 90’

Marlon Demapanag – 49’ / 54’ & 86’

Aljune Paul Adorno – 57’

James Salinas – 83’

III) Match #6: SEAGULL FC – PORKY’S LECHON  [ 3 ]  v  [ 1 ] KMMPC

Goalscorers:

Jovem Benitez (Seagull-Porky’s Lechon) – 5’

Clifford Dacera (Seagull-Porky’s Lechon) – 49’

Bal Morata (KMMPC) – 75’

Francisco Iligan – 85’

Lascuna wrests 1-shot lead with flawless 66, Davao’s Casas flashes vintage form with 67

Tony Lascuna put on an amazing show of shotmaking and superb putting as he shot a bogey-free six under par 66 to seize a one-stroke lead over veteran Cassius Casas at the start of the P1 million ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship at The
Orchard’s Palmer Course in Dasmarinas, Cavite, Wednesday.

Lascuna, still in search of his breakthrough win on the ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour, took advantage of the early morning flight and showed up the fancied flightmate Angelo Que with back-to-back opening birdies. He then went on to fire
four more from close range while saving pars four times to keep an unblemished slate of 33-33.
“I’ve been hitting the ball well the last few rounds,” said Lascuna, referring to his joint third-place finish at ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship last week.
“I missed just one fairway today (June 30), made a lot of birdies then got lucky with four saved pars.”

While Lascuna bucked the testy pin placements with his steady putting, Que struggled all day on the layout’s unpredictable surface, needing to birdie the par-5 18th to salvage a 72.
Benjie Magada fired a hole-in-one on the 206-yard No. 5 and went on to shoot a 69 to lead six others in joint third, two shots behind second-running Casas, who also fashioned out a bogey-less 67.
Juvic Pagunsan, one of the players earlier tipped to contend for the top P200,000 purse in this seventh leg of the circuit put up by International Container Terminal Services, Inc., also groped for form despite coming off a victory abroad and a runner-up finish at Mt. Malarayat last Sunday as he limped home with a two-over 74.
He never recovered from a bogey on No. 1, uncharacteristically dropping two strokes on the par-5 No. 4 while fumbling with two more bogeys against three birdies for a 39-35 card.
But a host of others lurk behind Lascuna with Casas flashing vintage form to fire a 67, Magada, Jay Bayron, Ramil Bisera, Randy Garalde, Jong Laput, rookie pro Rufino Bayron and amateur Peter Villaber all shooting 69 and Elmer Salvador, winner of Tuesday’s pro-am, and Mars Pucay, who won the ICTSI Forest Hills leg last month, leading the two-under 70 scorers.
Casas, the most dominant figure on the local tour in the mid-90s and early 2000 until his form took a dip in the mid-2000, matched Lascuna’s bogey-free round although he fell short of one birdie to gain a share of the lead.
Still, it was a solid and inspiring start for the Davaoeno shotmaker, also one of the coaches of the ICTSI golf team.
“I didn’t expect to shoot this low but I’ll try to keep my form and hopefully go for the crown. It’s been a long time since I last won,” said Casas in Filipino.
Bisera also rallied with a 33 at the back to lead the three-under 69 scorers while Rufino Bayron nearly blew a brilliant four-under 32 at the front with a shaky stint at the back.
Villaber actually turned in the lowest score at the front with a 31 but the spearhead of the ICTSI golf team sputtered with three bogeys against a birdie at the back for that 69.
Amateur Dante Becierra also outplayed Lascuna and Que in one of the earlier flights, firing a four-under 32. But the former Hong Kong Amateur Open champion took a double-bogey on No. 12 then bogeyed the last three holes for a 41 and a 73.
The other 70 scorers were Cookie La’o, Jun Bernis, Korean Choi Moon Sik, Elmer Saban, while a stroke behind at 71 were Anthony Fernando, Michael Bibat, Omar Dungca, Joenard Rates, Ruben Sasutil, Robert Pactolerin and current Order of Merit leader Artemio Murakami.
The event is organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. and backed by byMJ Carr Golf Management, Jaguar, Land Rover, Studio 23, Balls TV, Srixon/Cleveland Golf, Callaway Golf, Odyssey and Golf Punk and media partners Business Mirror, Inquirer Golf Monthly, A Round of Golf, Pinoygolfer.com and Omnisource.(pr)

Lascuna.

Frontrunner tops Team Woman Run

Team Frontrunner, composed of Nhea Anne Barcena. Luisa Raterta, Ailene Tolentino and Marecil Maquillan, lived up to its name as it bested 80 other teams to rule the first Team Woman Run at the Venice Piazza Mall at McKinley Hill last Sunday.

The foursome tackled the 21k relay event, which featured uphill stretches and divided into 10k, 5k and two 3k stages, in 1:20:45, nipping Team Dagan Cebuana in a down-to-the-wire battle for top honors.

Frontrunner won a whopping P70,000 prize staked in the event presented by Woman by Lactacyd which featured career women, including corporate executives and managers as well as running enthusiasts from the different sectors and members of the various running clubs.

The Cebuanas, headed by Madeline Carter, Mary Joy Tabal, Iorhiz Echavez and Monica Torres, clocked 1:20:42 and took the runner-up honors worth P35,000. Rizo Tangan, Mimi Lucas, Ani de Leon and Belle Grandinetti of Fitness First-South Tri finished third with a 1:28:28 clocking, They received P20,000.

Perlita Ruben copped the individual crown worth P20,000 while Luzel Franco and Merlyn Orillo finished second and third and took home P15,000 and P10,000, respectively.

Saluan Serenata, meanwhile, outsprinted Miscelle Gilbuena to top the Open 5k run with an 18:02 clocking. Gilbuena timed 18:21 for second while Susan Jemutai Chepkwony came in third in 18:35.

Hogging the spotlight in the event, backed by 100 Plus, Alaska Slim, Beauty Bar, Bluewater Day Spa, David’s Salon, Dole, Summit and Timex and media partners Multisport, Runnerspeak and Women’s Health, was Rockin’ Dolls, which won the best in costume award worth P30,000.

Team Lulu placed second and received P15,000, Team-Pakta finished third and took home P10,000 while Team Sea Princess, composed of Tessa Prieto, Joey Carpo, Malu Gamboa and Leah Caringal, also took a special costume award.(pr)

Celebs spice up ICTSI pro-am tilt

Tonton Gutierrez, Vince Hizon, Buboy Garovillo and Epy Quizon head the roster of celebrities competing on Tuesday’s pro-am tournament of the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship at the Orchard Golf and Country Club’s Palmer course in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

The pro-am serves as a prelude to the 54-hole championship which fires off  Wednesday with a star-studded cast, headed by Juvic Pagunsan, Angelo Que and Davao’s Elmer Salvador, vying for the top P200,000 purse in the P1 million tournament.

Pagunsan, Que and Salvador also seeing action in the pro-am as they team up with three amateurs in the 18-hole tournament also serving as their final preparations for the 54-hole championship, the seventh leg of the 13-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.

Joining Gutierrez and company in the fold are Gary Lim, Jake Roxas, Martin Jickain, Glydel Mercado, Nani Pascugin, Jeff Bernaldez and Levy Ignacio plus guests of the sponsoring ICTSI and its business partners.

The event also marks the first time that Orchard is hosting a big-time tournament since it staged the 1995 Johnnie Walker Classic, which featured the world’s top players, and the 1996 JW Super Tour.

Pagunsan hopes to re-display his top form against an equally talented field with the smooth-swinging shotmaker eyeing a successful week after finishing second to Thai Chawalit Plaphol in last Saturday’s ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship of the Mercedez Benz Tour.

Que is also out to contend for the title after missing two legs while Salvador seeks a second win after ruling the kickoff leg at Mt. Malarayat.

Current Order of Merit leader Artemio Murakami, winner of the M-Benz Tour Southwoods, Forest Hills leg winner Mars Pucay, Sherwood leg champion Marvin Dumandan Jay Bayron, Tony Lascuna, Ferdie Aunzo, Antonio Asistio II, Rufino Bayron, Cassius Casas, are the other players tipped to contend for the title in the event backed by byMJ Carr Golf Management, Jaguar, Land Rover, Studio 23, Balls TV, Srixon/Cleveland Golf, Callaway Golf, Odyssey and Golf Punk and media partners Business Mirror, Inquirer Golf Monthly, A Round of Golf, Pinoygolfer.com and Omnisource.(pr)

Que back in hunt on ICTSI golf tour after joint 9th finish with Davao’s Saban

Que.

Angelo Que makes his return to the local circuit as he joins the other big guns in the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship unfolding June 30 at the Palmer Course of the Orchard Golf and Country Club in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

Que, the former Philippine Open champion and winner of this year’s The Country Club Invitational, skipped the last two
ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour leg at Forest Hills and Mt. Malarayat to compete abroad but is now all primed up for a crack at the crown in P1 million event.
He is actually out to atone for his dismal campaign in the last leg at Riviera where he finished joint ninth with
unheralded Dabawenyo Elmer Saban and Joel Opaco although he will be up against an equally talented field chasing the top P200,000 purse in the 54-hole championship sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.

Meanwhile, the traditional pro-am tournament will be played Tuesday, June 29 with a long list of players,
including celebrities and executives of the country’s leading corporations and friends of the sponsoring ICTSI, seeing action.
Juvic Pagunsan looms as the top favorite in the seventh leg of the 13-stage circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. with the smooth-swinging shotmaker coming off a runner-up finish in last Saturday’s ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Championship of the Mercedes-Benz Tour, also part of the ICTSI-PGT circuit.
Pagunsan also romped off with a seven-shot victory in M-Benz Tour’s Thailand Masters early June, thus making him the
player to watch in this week’s event backed by byMJ Carr Golf Management, Jaguar, Land Rover, Studio 23, Balls TV, Srixon/Cleveland Golf, Callaway Golf, Odyssey and Golf Punk and media partners Business Mirror, Inquirer Golf Monthly, A Round of Golf, Pinoygolfer.com and Omnisource.
Artemio Murakami, the current leader in the Order of Merit, is also in the fold, along with reigning RP Open champion and ICTSI Classic winner Elmer Salvador of Davao City, Sherwood leg champion Marvin Dumandan, also from Davao, and Mars Pucay, who snapped a long title drought on local soil with a victory at ICTSI Forest Hills Championship.

Others in the fold are Jay Bayron, Tony Lascuna, Ferdie Aunzo, Antonio Asistio II, Rufino Bayron, Cassius Casas, Jerome Delariarte, Orlan Sumcad,  Rey Pagunsan and Danny Zarate plus some of the country’s leading amateurs from the ICTSI-The Country Club stable.

From The Orchard, the tour goes down south for the eighth leg – the ICTSI Apo Golf Invitational on July 14-16 at the Apo Golf Club – while Pueblo de Oro in Cagayan will host the ninth stage on July 21-23 for the ICTSI Pueblo de Oro Championship.
The tour will also make its first stop in Cebu for the ICTSI Cebu Country Club Invitational on Aug. 11-13 before it goes back to Luzon for the ICTSI Royal Northwoods Championship on Oct. 6-8.

The penultimate leg will be held on Nov. 10-12 for the ICTSI Valley Golf Challenge at Valley Golf Club in Antipolo before it winds up again in Canlubang for the ICTSI Tour Championship on Dec. 8-10 at Cangolf.(pr)

Ardina makes return trip to WWGA final

Dottie Ardina toppled ICTSI teammate and reigning Philippine Ladies Amateur Open champion Cyna Rodrgiuez, 2&1, in the quarterfinals then checked her skid in the semis to whisk off Ashley McKenney of Arizona, 2-up, and reach the finals of the WWGA (Women’s Western Golf Association) National Amateur Championship in Rochester, Minnesota Friday.
It will be Ardina’s second straight crack at the crown after falling short last year when she lost to Taylore Karle, also of Arizona, 2&1, in the 36-hole finale.
“Dottie has finally regained her form after that so-so-performance in the stroke play elims. She’s hitting the ball well now and playing with confidence,” said ICTSI team coach Bong Lopez. “I just hope her putting will click in the final.”
Stamina will also be a factor in the grueling 36-hole championship with the 16-year-old Ardina hoping to use her experience against Jaclyn Jansen, a junior standout from Baylor University in Illinois, who beat Lauren Weaver, 4&3, in the quarters, then subdued Iowa-based Thai Pumpaka Phuntumabamrung, 2&1, to get a shot at the crown.
Phuntumabamrung foiled the other RP bet Mia Piccio, 5&4, in the quarters in the upper half of the draw. But Ardina, playing out of The Pendleton University in Florida, is all pumped up for the championship, putting together a series of solid rounds after finishing way down in 20th place in the 36-hole qualifiers.
Against Rodriguez, the No. 2 seed, Ardina held her ground and pulled through with clutch pars at the backside of the Rochester Golf and Country Club course to get back at her RP Ladies Open tormentor.
She built a five-hole cushion against McKenney after 11 holes in the afternoon semis but lost her putting touch, enabling the Tulane University junior student to close within one after
No. 17.
But Ardina recovered in time, closing out with a routine par as McKenney stumbled with a bogey in her desperate bid for a birdie, sending the ace Filipina shotmaker to the finals of the annual event featuring some of the world’s leading junior players.
The event also serves as Ardina’s final tuneup for next month’s US Girls Amateur Championship in North Carolina.(pr)