Escueta breezes thru in PBaRS 2nd leg opener



Joper Escueta kicked off his title drive in two divisions with a pair of straight-set victories in the MVP Sports Foundation-Bingo Bonanza Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) tournament which got under way yesterday at the Pohang Badminton Courts in Bacolod City.

Escueta, seeking a second straight championship in the Under-19 category, toppled UP-Diliman’s Gio Fajardo, 21-7, 21-1, to lead the charge of the fancied bets in the early going of the weeklong tournament serving as the second leg of the four-stage nationwide circuit.

Earlier, Escueta, one of the national team members who saw action in last week’s Sudirman Cup, trounced Allied-Victor’s Joshua Monterubio, 21-9, 21-11, to launch his campaign in the Open division ruled by fellow Phl team mainstay Antonino Gadi in the circuit’s inaugurals last March.

Markie Alcala, the U-15 singles champion, turned back Golden Shuttle Foundation’s Miguel Ramos, 21-11, 21-15, to open his bid in the tougher U-19 class of the P1 million event, a project of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Rep. Albee Benitez and businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan to create a ranking tournament among the Filipino players.

Others who advanced in the U-19 men’s singles were Paul Malata of Iloilo Valiant Badminton Club, Clarence Filart of GSF, Miguel Leonardo of JLTC/Flypower, Kevin Cudiamat of Phl Team/Victor, Paolo Infante of WWGBA, Christian Sison of Whackers, Gerard Sibayan of Phl Team/Victor, Josh Escubio of IVBC, Robert Aloyan of Jaguar Badminton Academy, JC Clarito and Jose Martinez of La Salle, Julius Sta. Ana of Bulacan State U and Joshua Monterubio of Allied/Victory.

Malata repulsed Joseph Lopez, 21-14, 19-21, 21-14; Filart downed Adrian Esclabanan, 21-12, 21-5; Leonardo beat Luigi Herida, 21-7, 21-9; Cudiamat topped Theodore Co, 21-9, 21-9; Infante held off Lance Osorio, 21-10, 21-11; Sison defeated Alexander Maganis, 2115, 21-10; Sibayan outplayed Christian Uy, 21-9, 21-7; Escubio won over Raphael Deato, 21-19, 21-7;

Aloyan turned back Gerard Calbario, 21-17, 21-14; Clarito whisked off Jeff Monton, 21-9, 21-8; Martinez trounced John Medina, 21-10, 21-13; Sta. Ana outsteadied Kyle Gosiaco, 19-21, 21-16, 21-17; and Monterubio tripped Paul Tan, 21-15, 21-12.

Others who gained in the Open division of the tournament, backed by PLDT-Smart Foundation, Victor PCOME Industrial Sales, Gatorade and Powersmash with The Philippine STAR, TV5, Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT and 103.5 WOW! as media partners, were Carlos Cayanan, Edson Malaki, Roden Rivera, Andrei Babad, Carlos Hojilla, Toru Takeuchi, Carlo Remo, Ben Cajefe, Jose Benipayo, Jornellous Castro, Paolo Sunga, Rjay Ormilla, Ernesto Layao Jr., Aries delos Santos, Charlo Tengco, Christian Torres, Rabie Jason, Lloyd Escoses and Nico Saquin.

Also on tap in the event, sanctioned by the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Badminton Association, are the ladies singles and boys and ladies doubles and mixed singles in the Open, U-19 and U-15 divisions.

U-19 and U-15 divisions getting P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.PR

DCRC; Alex thanks backers

I can still recall former North Cotabato provincial administrator and now Magpet mayor Efren Pinol’s gripes against the old Davao City Recreation Center when North Cotabato still sent a commercial team to see action in Davao City during the annual Araw ng Dabaw Sports Festival.
Games would be suspended for several minutes because rainwater dripped from holes on the roof onto the playing court. Naturally, if a team’s game was in momentum and suddenly the referee whistled to stop the game because of the wet floor, thanks or no thanks to a heavy downpour, I could not blame mayor Pinol.
His complaints, though, became a driving force for local officials to find a way to improve the gym.
High-scoring and three-point specialist Bong Go, then Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s executive assistant and the city’s sports czar, had worked hard to get things moving. Eventually, funding was secured and the gym got the needed facelift.
Then Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez also came along to outfit the gym with a pair of brand-new and FIBA-approved goals.
If mayor Pinol decides to form a Magpet squad and play in the next commercial basketball league in Davao City, I’m sure we can hear praises from him. The facility is in tip-top condition and airconditioned to boot.
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Running a fully air-conditioned gym with nice rest rooms, shiny floors, newly-painted bleachers is not easy.
The center’s officer-in-charge, Goldie Delvo, did not study venue management simply because the city’s colleges and universities do not offer one such a course, not until this coming June at Brokenshire College where a Sports Wellness and Mangement degree is being offered. The good thing is Goldie loves to read and learn. Being a product of the UM College of Law, reading has become a habit.
And from what she reads, she is not afraid to create a system to run the DCRC effectively and efficiently.
Lo and behold! Things are doing well at the DCRC.
Company basketball tournaments or any sportsfest that requires a nice and comfortable gym will find the DCRC a perfect venue. The dugout rooms are spacious and you can even take a shower if you want to before and after a game.
Spectators and players used to complain of the searing heat inside the gym but not anymore.
If you want to enjoy the facility, call Ms.Goldie at (082)2250042 or .
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Holy Child High School, donning the Purefoods TJ Davao colors, did not fare well in the recent SEAOIL Elite Basketball League in Bacolod.
They failed to barge into the top four and are home licking their wounds.
Until next league, coaches.
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Triathlon Association of Davao race director Alex Sam is thanking Matina Town Square, Tristar Banana Group of Companies, Jollibee, Rancho Palos Verdes Sports and Country Club, Holiday Gym and Spa and new backers Enervon Syrup, MCGF Construction and KC Morgan for supporting the 7th TRIAD Kids, Adult Novice, Family Relay Triathlon Challenge last May 22.
Sam said it would not have been successful without the support of corporate officials who have been supporting their organization for the last seven years. With three more supporters this year, TRIAD can organize more events in the years to come.

Star-studded PBaRS 2nd leg unfolds today

A power-packed cast, headed by the Sudirman Cup campaigners, plunges into action beginning today (Tuesday, May 31), all looking for a strong start in their quest for top honors and ranking points in the second leg of the MVP Sports Foundation-Bingo Bonanza Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) tournament at the Pohang Badminton Courts in Bacolod City.

Malvinne Ann Alcala, Bianca Carlos, Gelita Castilo, Antonino Gadi, Joper Escueta and Peter Magnaye, who steered Team Philippines to a runner-up finish in Level 4 of the just-concluded Sudirman Cup in China, will be the marked players in the week-long tournament which also features a number of rising stars and fresh faces out to spoil the fancied bets’ bids.

Alcala, 16, will be making her debut in the P1 million event after skipping the inaugurals last March to compete abroad, ensuring top-notch, slambang action in the girls side of the tournament, a project of Vice President Jejomar Binay, Rep. Albee Benitez and businessman-sportsman Manny Pangilinan.

Carlos swept the Ope and Under-19 titles plus the girls doubles plum in the kickoff leg of the four-stage nationwide circuit but the Golden Shuttle Foundation bet will have her hands full this time with the entry of Alcala and the rest of the country’s leading players raring to contend for the crown and ranking points.

The event, sanctioned by the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Badminton Association, also offers big prizes with the winners in the Open class receiving P70,000 purse and the victors in the U-19 and U-15 divisions getting P20,000 and P10,000, respectively.

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The PBaRS series of nationwide tournaments, backed by PLDT-Smart Foundation, Victor PCOME Industrial Sales, Gatorade and Powersmash with The Philippine STAR, TV5, Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT and 103.5 WOW! as media partners, is aimed at ranking the players according to their strength and at the same time raise the level of play in the country and produce world-class players.

Events on tap are the singles, men’s and ladies doubles and mixed doubles events in the Open, U-19 and U-15 divisions.

Also in the ladies fold are La Salle’s Danica Bolos, Reyne Calimlim and Pauline Ramos. Iloilo’s Annelyn Alba and Camille Burgos, Bulacan’s Ana Fajardo, Kathleen Balatbat, Jamila Cruz of Victor-Pcome, and Escoses Training Camp’s Pamela Lim and Cassandra Lim.

Gadi, winner of the Open men’s crown, will be challenged by the likes of Escueta, Magnaye, Paul Vivas, Kevin Dalisay, Aries delos Santos and Gabriel Villanueva, Patrick Natividad of GSF, La Salle’s Kevin Ponciano and Miguel Angsico, and Lloyd Escoses, Edson Malaki and and Christian Torres, Iloilo’s Francis Espanoloa and Ivan Nery and Team Prima’s Sonny Montilla, Rabie Oba-ob, Kevin Cudiamat.

Davao will host the other regional tournament on July 31-Aug. 6 with the nationwide circuit winding up with the VP Grand Prix Badminton Open Championships on Oct. 22-29 in Manila. PR

Phl finishes 2nd in Sudirman Cup Level 4

The Philippines settled for runner-up finish in Level 4 of the Sudirman Cup 2011
World Mixed Team Championships, bowing to Sri Lanka, 1-4, in Qingdao, China
Malvinne Ann Alcala and Gelita Castilo outsteadied Achini Rathnasiri and
Samanthika Weerasinghe, 21-19, 17-21, 26-24, in 53 minutes to deliver the lone
point for Team Phl in the five-match showdown between the group’s top two teams.
Earlier, the mixed doubles pair of Peter Magnaye and Alcala dropped a sorry
18-21, 19-21 decision to Edirimuni Perera and Weerasinghe, while Antonino Gadi
succumbled to veteran Niluka Karunarathna, 12-21, 17-21, in men’s singles.
Bianca Carlos, winner of three titles in the inaugural Philippine Badminton
Ranking System (PBaRS) tournament back home, likewise fell short of her bid and
bowed to Rathnasiri, 11-21, 13-21, while the men’s doubles pair of Magnaye and
Paul Vivas lost to Karunarathna and Edirimuni Karunararhna, 20-22, 17-21.
The Philippines came away with two shutout wins and a cliffhanger as it set up a
clash with Sri Lanka for the top honors in Level 4 with the Filipino shuttlers,
whose campaign is sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association, routing
Seychelles and Israel with 5-0 victories before nipping Iceland, 3-2.PR

Kicksand Visayas leg hits Boracay on Saturday

The 2011 Kicksand Beach Football Visayas leg hits the white sands of Boracay on Saturday at the La Isla Bonita Resort in Station 3.

Top local clubs from Aklan, Bacolod, Iloilo, Leyte and Cebu are expected to crowd the hunt for the coveted titles in the women’s division which will be held on May 28 and the men’s division on May 29.

The Boracay tournament serves as the Visayas stage of the beach football trilogy organized by the Beach Football Association of the Philippines and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Football Federation. NIVEA Sun and official carrier SEAIR are the major sponsors of the event.

Subic Bay Waterfront hosted the first leg last April 16-17, La Isla Bonita Resort Boracay will take its turn this weekend while the final leg for Mindanao will be staged on June 11-12 at the scenic Bluejaz Resort and Waterpark in Samal Island.

The tournament, supported also by Boracay Terraces and media partners Aksyon Sports TV5, ABS CBN, GMTV, Mindanao Daily Mirror, Sunstar Davao and 105.9 Mix FM, is open to all football clubs and will be part of a selection process for the men’s and women’s national beach football team. Manila FC won the men’s title and Libertas FC took the women’s crown in Subic.

Radio Boracay 106.1 FM is the official radio partner of the event in Boracay.

F1 Event Solutions, Inc. is the official marketing group of the 2011 Kicksand series.PR