World no.2 joins Sunstar Superbalita Mindanao Open

EXCITING pool matches are expected as current World No. 2 Lee Vann Corteza joins the 3rd Sun.Star Superbalita Mindanao Open 9-Ball Challenge for the very first time on Dec. 4 and 5 at the NCCC Mall Bowling, Billiards and Bar (B3) Center.

Tournament co-chairperson Charles Raymond A. Maxey, also sports editor of Sun.Star Davao, said: “Corteza’s guest participation is a great opportunity for Mindanaoans to witness world-class level of competition. Local players are also expected to take this chance to try beat him and the two other seeded players — 2008 champion Gandy Valle and 2009 champion Christopher Alanunay.”

Maxey, who guested with Davao Billiards Association (DBA) president Menlee Migellano in yesterday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the Tower Inn,  said the tournament is being organized to provide a venue for Mindanao players to hone their skills and be discovered for future national and international competitions.

He said Alanunay who is back from Malaysia had been practicing to defend his crown. But fellow Dabawenyo Corteza, however, remains to be the heavy favorite being the most accomplished and renowned among them.

Migellano, on his part, said other Mindanao-based locals may not be pushovers as they, too, are expected to pull off surprises in this year’s edition supported by the NCCC Mall B3, 8990 Housing Development Corporation, SkyCable and Betan Calibration Technique as major sponsors, Microtel Inn and Suites Davao, San Miguel Corporation, Santos Land Development Corporation, Toryano’s Chicken Haus, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Home Crest Residences, Stadium Buffet Restaurant and Sports Lounge, Water Lovers Purified Drinking Water, Visuals in Motion Advertising and Redrock Dezigns as minor sponsors.

He cited the likes of Tagum City’s Ruben Cunia, Cagayan de Oro’s Demosthenes Pulpul, Cotabato City’s Godofredo Ducanes, Zamboanga City’s Elmer Haya and Davao City’s Manolo Tanasas who are under the stable of Jonathan Sy’s Negros Billiards Stable where Corteza also is a mainstay.

Cash prizes are P50,000 for the champion, P20,000 for the runner-up, P12,500 for the third-placer and P7,500 for the fourth-placer. The losing quarter-finalists will each go home with P2,000.

Registration is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sun.Star Davao Publishing, Inc. office at the Grandland Bldg., R. Castillo St., Agdao. Fee is P500 inclusive of official playing shirt and  bottled water. Players may avail of the promo rate of P350 provided that they submit 10 mastheads of Sun.Star Davao or Sun.Star Superbalita.

Last day of registration is set on December 3 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at B3. (pr/mlsa)

Solon beats Magpantay to win Mabuhay Miles Invitational

Vince Solon dueled Lino Magpantay in a seesaw battle across the front nine before turning his game up a notch and scorching the last nine holes to emerge low-gross champion of the recent 2010 Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club in Carmona, Cavite.

Solon, a California-based Mabuhay Miles “Million Miler,” fired three birdies to go along with 13 pars en route to a gross score of 71, one under par on the tough Nicklaus-designed Masters course that has hosted four Philippine Opens.

It was the lowest gross round scored in the tournament since 1999 and it underscored the giant strides Solon’s play has taken since. Back then, Solon was a Class C player, with a 19 to 25 handicap. Today, he boasts a 2 handicap.
The two-stroke buffer nearly won for Solon this year’s overall net title as well, but his 69 was not enough to catch Magpantay’s net score of 68, which was carved out of a gross 78.

Magpantay, a veteran campaigner in the Philippine Airlines Interclub, settled for overall net honors. He had a respectable round highlighted by a tournament-high four birdies alongside seven pars and four bogeys.

The rest of the 270-strong field – all Elite and Premier Elite members of PAL’s Mabuhay Miles program – was surprisingly competitive despite humid conditions in the event sponsored by Airbus, Allied Bank, Boeing, GE Capital Aviation Services, GE Aviation, MasterCard International Philippines Inc., Mizuno and Sabre Airline Solutions.

Typical of the close battles was the Class A competition, where the top three finishers dueled each other the entire day before ending up in a dead heat – a net score of 69.

In the countback, the three birdies and nine pars of Allan Jason Bautista gave him the division crown over last year’s low-gross champion Louis Bartolome Borja and Gene Arthur Go.

The tournament had as corporate sponsors Abacus International, DG Biocare Group Australia, Diamond Hotel, Manny O Wines, Panasonic Avionics Corp. and Petron Corp.

Class B had a clear winner in Robert Umali, whose net 69 out of a gross 84 included three birdies. He beat out Franco Ibo and Dexter Pasion, who both ended with identical net 71s on the back of one birdie and nine pars. But Pasion’s five bogeys gave runner-up honors to Ibo.

Century Bangus, Citibank, Pacific Paints (Boysen) Philippines, Union Bank and Victorinox/World Traveller and Yahoo! Philippines were the event’s minor sponsors.

Over at the Legends course, Class C produced another tight finish, with Timoteo Pacleb’s net 70 nosing out Randy Ang and David Carl Ritchie by a stroke. Ang edged ahead on the strength of more pars.

Toyota Motor Philippines was the hole-in-one sponsor while Century Park Hotel was the official hotel of the tournament.

Class D was won by Candelario Amigable of Cagayan de Oro with a net 71 over Roberto Uy and David Huang, who submitted net rounds of 73 and 74, respectively.

The ladies division was topped for the second time by Zamboanga’s Lanie Verar, who scored an impressive 72 from a gross 90. She was also the best ladies’ player in 2007.

Danny Gutierrez took the guest division with a net 69.

Prize donors included Alegre Beach Resort & Spa, Banco de Oro, Crimson Resort & Spa Mactan, EDSA Shangri-La, Esprit/British India, Hilton Cebu Resort & Spa, Intercontinental Manila, Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Manila Marriott Hotel, Microtel Inns & Suites (Pilipinas) Inc., Pan Pacific Manila, Quantium Solutions, Regency Lagoon Beach Resort, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Tanduay, and Traders Hotel Manila.[pr]

Fil-Am golf; bodybuilding in Tubod

Clean Slate – Fil-Am golf; bodybuilding in Tubod
Monday, 15 November 2010 00:00  .

by Moses Billacura

Edge Davao-The Business Paper
The Davao Eagle Masters Club is sending a delegation to the 61st Filipino-American Golf Invitational on November 27 to December 2 in Baguio City.
Though Leo Magno, Randy Cadiogan, Buchoy Taojo, Lito Dublan and Paul Dacudao will not be playing this year, their other teammates are ready for action.
Sonny Silva, Santi Lim, Lando Cachuela, Dennis Capa, Butch Santillan, Deo Cura, Johan Dalmacio, Boni Militar, Ralph Garcia, Sam Strong, Fred Abundo, Paul Dacudao, Jun Serado, Dodong Ang, Abe Dizon and Joe Tesado are ready to conquer the Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay courses.
Good luck gentlemen!
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The Dimaporos, starting with former governor Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo and congressman Bobby Dimaporo, placed Tubod on the sports map when they hosted the 1st Mindanao Friendship Games in 2001 at the impressive Mindanao Civic Center.
After that, sports events have been organized in that former war-torn area.
Now, another big sports event is happening this month organized through the initiative of their young son and new governor.
The Mindanao Civic Center is the venue of the Maskulino Pilipino National Bodybuilding Championships on November 20.
Asian bodybuilding federation judge Beethoven Sur would really want to attend but he is busy doing important tasks as corporate affairs manager of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines Inc. in Davao City.
Nevertheless, Sur said that they are very happy that Lanao del Norte governor Khalid Dimaporo brought the national championships to Mindanao.
The young governor intends also to host an international competition and negotiations have already started this early with World Bodybuilding Physique Sports Federation secretary-general and president of Asian Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation president Paul Chua.
“This will definitely be a big boost for Mindanao as the event will showcase the best bodybuilders in the Asian region,” Sur said.
By the way, a total of P300,000 in prizes are up for grabs for the winners in the professional male, female figure, small, medium and tall male amateurs categories in the national championships and we know for sure that bigger prizes will be up for grabs if the international tournament pushes through.
I hope negotiations won’t bog down. Right, Mr. Sur?
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Happy birthday to Holy Cross classmate Andrew Ocot and Radio Pinoy’s Dodong Solis.

Davao Football Ass’n wins Filipino Premmier League-Minda finals

Info from DFA gen.sec.Erwin Protacio:

Davao FA wins the Filipino Premier League Mindanao Finals by beating Davao del Norte (1 – 0) held at the Energy Park Football Field, Apokon, Tagum City.  Jayric Iligan scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute.

Going into the game, Davao just needed a draw to win the Finals. Earlier they beat Dipolog (3 – 2).

Davao received the champion’s trophy and a cash prize of Php 20,000. Davao FA  president, Rafael “Pops” Vilela was there to receive the award in behalf of DFA.

The results:

19 November Zamboanga del Norte – Dipolog FA def. Davao del Norte FA (4 – 2)

Scorers for Dipolog are Jovanie Villagracia (15’, 44’) & Finn Bryan Gumela (65’ & 66’). Scorers for Davao del Norte are Birn Manique (5’) and Glenn Bulaquena (55’)

20 November Davao FA def. Zamboanga del Norte – Dipolog FA (3 – 2)

Goal scorers for Davao are Allan Ray Fernandez (13’); Joey Arobo (39’); and Edwin Giganto Jr. (58’). Jovanie Villagracia scored for Dipolog (76’ & 84’).

21 November Davao FA def. Davao del Norte (1 – 0)

                Jayric Iligan (82’)

Team standing

Davao FA 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
Zamboanga del Norte – Dipolog FA 2 1 0 1 6 5 +1 3
Davao del Norte FA 2 0 0 2 2 5 (3) 0

The team line – up of Davao FA:

1.       Alvic Troyo

2.       Herson Salmon

3.       Jayric Iligan

4.       Darryl Floyd Bantayan

5.       Mark Anthony Fernandez

6.       Jason Mortillero

7.       Emerson Roy Demegillo

8.       Edwin Giganto Jr

9.       Allan Ray Fernandez

10.   Jomar Acedo

11.   Leo Abunas

12.   Roelfred Napuran

13.   Joey Arobo

14.   Ruben Razid Mohammad Said

15.   Jeffrey Albon

16.   Jerome Ferdinand Balaga

17.   Clifford Dacera

18.   Marlon Demapanag

19.   Juven Benitez


Coaches: Ramonito Carreon and Danny Boy Fernandez

Manager: Edward “Chaya” Lam

Pacman dominates, wins 8th division title!

Pacman dominates 1st, 2nd, 3rd rounds.

Margarito’s right eye swelling at end of 4th round.

Pacman allows Margarito to hit him in 5th round.

Manny in trouble in 6th round but recovers before ring of the bell.

In 7th round, corner man Buboy Fernandez advises Manny to dictate the fight and avoid going toe to toe.

Margarito aggressive.

In 8th round, Margarito’s left eye begins to swell.

In 9th round, Pacman starts to move away and leaves punches.

In 10th round, Pacman peppers foe with shots on the head. Looks like Margarito’s eight eye almost closed.

In 11th round, Pacman looks at the referee, sending a sign for him to stop the fight.

Margarito’s camp not quitting.

In 12th round, Pacman slows down on his punches.

This is a show of Pacman’s “mercy” on Margarito!