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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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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.