Excitement has been building up for the Davao Sports Hall of Fame Awards Night on December 7 at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.
Since going back into writing, former Basketball Association of the Philippines (BAP) city commissioner lawyer Jaime “JVQ” Quitain has also made himself very busy with the project in partnership with board members lawyer Neil Dalumpines, Jonathan “Poypoy” Madrazo and Renato Gutierrez.
I am very sure that the family members of Davao region’s talented basketball players who will be honored on that day will be delighted and touched by the gesture made of Quitain and Co.
Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regional director Regino “Boy” Cua, who managed a champion team in the 70’s known as the Cua Ceen Millers, has joined the list of backers by donating a five-digit amount to the Board of Trustees which was able to get also the support of Powerade, Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., San Miguel Corp., Nene Brillantes, Marco Te, Tesoro Printers and the City Government of Davao.
Leading the awardees are national players Lorete Carbonell of Malita, Davao del sur and the late Francisco Rabat of Mati, Davao Oriental who both had very colorful basketball careers.
Carbonell played for the country in the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo and the 1960 Asian Basketball Conference in Manila where they emerged champions, and was part of the squad that placed 8th in the 1959 FIBA World Championships in Chile. Rabat, dubbed “Rajah of the Rebound”, saw action in the 1954 World Basketball Championships in Brazil where the Philippnes placed third behind champion USA and runner-up Brazil.
Joining the list of honorees are Valentino Rosabal, Alvin Teng, brothers Roy and Joemer Rubi, Rolando Magno, Annie Mana-ay, Josephine Malinao, Gloria Tampus and Felisyl Alisondra, Albert Gutierrez, Rafael Sison, Dave Supnet, Noli Banate, Dodong Postanes, Dong Polistico, Romeo Ang, Terry Albarillo, Dennis Carbonilla, Jack Tanuan, Dindo Pastor, Cadel Mosqueda, Cesar Ijares, Willy Tanduyan, Joel Santos, Jay Ramirez, Aldo Perez, John Ferriols, RJ Rizada, Pong Escobal, PJ Simon, Samigue Eman, Sunday Salvacion and Felix Belano Jr.
This is just the first step in recognizing Davao region’s great and near-great basketball players and the organizers deserve all our support.
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Tagum City could no longer be denied a volleyball crown when it topped the boy’s division of the 2010 Davao Association of Colleges and Schools (DACS) regional volleyball tournament last November 29 at the Ateneo de Davao-Matina campus.
The Tagum boys spanked host Davao City, 25-20, 25-14.
Davao City dominated the grade school boys and girls and high school girls divisions, as expected, because of a better training program and parent support.
Davao has a very rich volleyball history, especially in inter-school tournaments just like basketball.
When Dabawenyos got hooked also to beach volleyball, many of our players had very successful campaigns in regional and national tournaments.
The Philippine Volleyball Federation and the Davao Volleyball Association captained by Daks Yambao and Mario Mojico should not only improve the officiating level of our referees but it is high time that open division tournaments should also be organized to pave the way for school teams to go to a higher level of competition.
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Happy birthday to former FIFA referee Jhun Mendez, Holy Crossian Robert Rances and former Davao Horse Club president George Walter Misa.