The Jr. NBA will not be organized in Davao City this year, according to our friend Debbie Tolentino of TEAM Communications.
Bacolod and Laguna will be hosting the training camps, she said, because they will be shouldering the expenses.
Unfortunately, the Jr. NBA budget this year is not enough to bring it back to Davao.
So the regional selection camps will be on March 17 in Cebu, March 19 in Bacolod, March 24 in Laguna and March 26 in Manila while the national training camp is on April 9 to 11 at the Xavier School in Manila.
Debbie advised, however, that Davao players may join the selection by reporting to the camps either in Cebu or Bacolod.
Hopefully, they’ll get chosen and advance to the national training camp where they will vie for slots as Jr. NBA Philippine All-Star Team members.
Last year, Renzar Henry Asilum of the Holy Child High School and Karlo Lino Aranjuez of Stella Maris Academy were chosen Jr. NBA Philippines All-Star Team members.
It’s just sad that this year there is no training camp organized on the island region of Mindanao that will make our basketball-loving teenagers happy.
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Last month the Arnis Law, which was signed by President Gloria M. Arroyo on December 11 2010, turned one year old.
Arnis Philippines officials led by Raymond Velayo held a celebration and competitions were also conducted to spice up the celebrations.
Davao officials led by Davao City commissioner Mario Palazuelo also organized a competition to show their support of the law that made their sport a national martial arts.
Arnis in Davao has become a very popular martial arts sports among young students, thanks to Mario and his officers for spending their precious money for the development of the sport that they so love.
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2011 will be an interesting year for Asian Games gold medalist Rey Saludar and his brother Vic, a bronze medalist in Guangzhou.
Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines executive director Ed Picson said the Saludars and other members of the national team are preparing for top tournaments that include the junior championships on July 22 to 31 in Astana, Kazakhstan and the world championships on September 16 to October 1 in Baku, Azerbaijan which they will have to hurdle in order to get a spot to the 2012 London Olympics.
I thought that Rey’s victory in the Asian Games would give him an automatic slot to the Olympics being the champion from Asia.
But with two years more to go before the Olympics, the international boxing body decided to hold several qualifying tournaments in order to keep the boxers in fine shape and to give those who failed in the Asian Games a chance to redeem themselves and earn a ticket to London.
If Rey wins a gold in London, for sure, he will be receiving not only P4 million like he did after the Asian Games.
For our part, include Rey and the other Olympic medal hopefuls in our prayers.
In basketball, we can never win an Asian Games gold medal or a medal in the Olympics, but in boxing, there is a lot of promise.
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Happy birthday to Titoy Halili, journalist Henrylito Tacio, golfer Bayani Garcia, Ayan Mellejor of the UN Mission in Kosovo, Ateneo classmates Carlos Munda and Liza Lacuesta.