PHILIPPINE Airlines vice-president for corporate communications Joey de Guzman, publicity committee chairman of the 64th PAL Interclub Golf Tournament, extended an invitation to this corner for this month’s coverage of the event that I will miss again.
Our gang leader, Al S. Mendoza, said the reunion of sportswriters can be relegated to another time because family comes first.
I always wanted to come to Cagayan de Oro because I have fond memories of the city as a teenager and to link up with siblings who are studying at the nearby Mindanao State University.
Philippine Airlines officials have extended their invitation to community paper editors and photographers, unlike before when the coverage was done only by Manila-based sportswriters.
Adding spice to the sports coverage is the two-day media tournament where you can “discover” a lot of things about your comrades-in-pens.
Anyway, I hope I can hook up with Al, who benevolently gave me his golf rule book during the Davao edition, and with his partner and fellow rulesman Jake Ayson, amiable PAL ladies Pinky and Eya, in the 65th edition.
To our friends at PAL led by tournament chairman Atty. Domeng Duerme, thanks and to our colleagues, until next time.* * *The Philippine Amateur Swimming Association will hold the national youth team trials on February 24 to 27 at the Makati Aquatic Center, according to swimming association president Mark P. Joseph.
The best swimmers will then be selected to represent the Philippines in the 35th SEA Age-Group Championships in Vietnam, the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia and the Asia AgeGroup Championships in Indonesia.
Joseph hopes that they will discover new talents for the junior and senior national squads.
If you think you are the best swimmer, better join the trials and get the chance to represent the country to international competitions.
And if you get lucky, you’ll be absorbed as member of the national team and belong to the elite athletes pool that is financially supported by the Philippine Sports Commission.
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If you are looking for top-class tennis competition, attend the Asia-Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup between the Philippines and Japan on March 4 to 6 at the lovely Plantation Bay Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Mactan Island, Cebu.
But if your finances won’t allow you to go to Cebu, then wait instead for the Mayor Inday Sara Duterte National Men’s Open Tennis Championships on March 12 to 20 at the Eco-4 Club.
Merco and Selecta Ice Cream officials decided to bring the tournament to Davao to spice up the Araw ng Dabaw celebrations and hopefully attract young Dabawenyos to take up the sport after seeing outstanding players in action like Cebuano Johnny Arcilla and Dabawenyo RK Barte.
Unilever, Ralph’s Wines & Spirits, Davao del Norte congressman Antonio Lagdameo, Davao City Water District, Gentrade International Phils. Inc., Pagcor, Stronghold Insurance Company Inc., Kisan Lu Lands and Development Inc., Nelson “Tata” Sala of Helica Mining Corp., Alvin Uy of HG Group of Companies have contributed to ensure the successs of the event that offers a total of P150,000 in cash prizes for the winners.
Of course, we have to thank Col .Fausto “Toto” Laingo, Anton Ferrazzini and Tito Manajero for heading the organizing committee and making sure that the tournament requirements are met with the help of committee members Al Bucu, Reggie Caingles, Ayi Roca, Bong Gervacio, Art Caballero, Paul Mendez, Ferdie Centino, Lolong Crieta and Dan Caneda.
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Happy birthday to Ateneo de Davao Blue Knights coach and newlyappointed Davao City Sports Division officer-in-charge Pocholo “Cholo” Elegino, Nikki Mabini, Dr. Mike Ababon, Atty. Larry Pasquil, Mirror’s Edith Caduaya and radio broadcaster Roan Abasolo.