Local bets hope to shine in PBaRS Davao

Local talents go all out to spoil the fancied bets’ title drive in the MVP Sports Foundation-Bingo Bonanza Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) tournament which starts on Saturday, July 30 at the Wheels and More badminton courts in Davao City.
Veteran Rollie Otamias and Ronald Daymiel head the campaigners from the Mindanao region in the centerpiece men’s Open singles bannered by back-to-back champion Antonino Gadi and second seed Paul Vivas along with No. 3 Patrick Natividad, fourth ranked Peter Magnaye and No. 5 Jaime Junio.
Also vying for top honors in the third leg of the nationwide circuit put up by Vice President and Philippine Badminton Association president Jejomar Binay, Rep. Albee Benitez and businessman-sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan to further develop the sport and produce world class players, are Cagayan de Oro’s Francis Gomez and Team Wheels & More’s Axle Banson.
Paolo Torreda and Christian Uy, meanwhile, spearhead the ETC Space Shuttle Kidapawan’s bid in the boys’ Under-19 class along with Butuan Badminton Club’s Joshua Ibo and Vince Lagnada and Wheels & More’s Eddie Gacayan Jr. while  Rozette Tabunan of Wheels & More and South Cotabato’s Marie Tenchavez and Butuan BC’s Beverly Ann Lagnada banner the region’s bets in the girls’ U-19 side.
Out to foil the favorites in the Under-15 division of the event, backed by official equipment sponsor Victor, exclusively distributed by PCOME Industrial Sales, Inc. in the country, are Raymond Dequina and Angelo Carrasco of South Cotabato, Arthur Salvaado, Ronald Omana and Jade Carillo of Wheel & More, Butuan BC’s Kurt Burlas and ETC Space Shuttle Kidapawan’s Patrick Gecosala in the boys’ side and Thaila Aguilar, Rose Lagnada and Beverly Lagnada of Butuan BC and Wheels & More Anne Salvaado in the girls’ category.
Still, focus will be on the members of the national pool with Bianca Carlos and Gelita Castilo tipped to dispute the women’s Open singles title in the five-day 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.
The circuit, put up to raise the level of play of the local players, winds up with the VP Grand Prix Badminton Open Championships on Oct. 22-29 in Manila. It also features events in the men’s and ladies doubles and mixed doubles categories.(pr)

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