MEDSA, Kadayawan, atbp

The Metro Davao Sports Association(MEDSA)-Vice Mayor’s Gawad Kalinga Cup is on Aug.19-20 at the Apo Golf and Country Club.
The golf tournament is open to all male and female amateur players who are 24 years old and over. Maximum handicap is 27.
For an entry fee of P2,500 per player, you can help contribute to Davao City’s Gawad Kalinga Home Development Program.
The Royal Mandaya Hotel is the venue for the awarding ceremony starting at 7 p.m. If you want to win in the raffle division, be there.
Hey, Liloh! What happened to the media division?
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While everyone is excited to watch the regular activities lined-up for this year’s Kadayawan Festival like the Pamulak Kadayawan, don’t forget that there are sports tournaments that you and your family can enjoy watching.
Though it is scheduled late this month, Abreeza Mall is hosting the judo competition on Aug.29.
NCCC Mall is venue to bodybuidling on Aug.21, billiards on Aug.19-21 and karatedo on Aug.27-28. Gaisano Mall is site of the taekwondo contest on Aug.27.
But if you like to spend your day outdoors, you can watch top-notch tennis at the Eco 4  Tennis Club, near the Indonesian Consulate, on Aug.20-22 or take a ride to the Mintal field for the football tournament on Aug.20.
Well, for basketball-crazy Dabawenyos, you can mark you calendars on Aug.22-28 because those are the dates to remember for the inter-collegiate and inter-commercial basketball tournaments at the Davao City Recreation Center or the airconditioned Almendras gym.
Undoubtedly, this will be the most well-attended tournament because of the presence of exciting players who after a few seasons, you can suddenly find them playing in the NCAA or UAAP in Manila like Tirso Lesmoras, now with Lyceum of the Philippines University, Scottie Thomson, now playing for Perpetual Help and Paulo Panchilo, now suiting up for Centro Escolar University.
The other notable Davao players who played for a number of years in the annual Araw ng Dabaw or Kadayawan tournaments and provided fanatics with so much joy in the sport were John Ferriols, Samigue Eman, John Paul Escobal, RJ Rizada, Peter June Simon, who are now in the PBA.
Watch out for the Goldstar Hardware, Montana Pawnshop, CM Farm, Royal Mandaya Hotel, University of Mindanao, Ateneo de Davao, Holy Cross of Davao College, MATS College of Technology, EMAR Institute, Rizal Memorial Colleges, Jose Maria College and Agro-Industrial Foundation College squads.
For sure, you will witness this early our country’s future stars for free at the DCRC.
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Allow me also to take some of your reading time, just for a few minutes as I personally call for aid to the Davao City National High School Run for a Cause scheduled on Aug.27.
A fellow Holy Cross of Davao College Crusader, Jose Alther Rivera, organized this fund-raising event in order to provide less fortunate students at City High with needed school supplies.
Alther happens to be one of Davao City’s outstanding discus, javelin and shot put throwers for years who joined a noble profession by becoming a teacher and track and field coach.
He started teaching at the Buda High School where he also maintains an athletics team which he coaches and supports at his own expense. Now that he is assigned at City High, he sees the need to contribute to the needs of some students.
With the help of his friends, they decided to organize the run that offers cash prizes and medals to make it attractive to competitors but the bottomline is as a Dabawenyo or if you are from City High, this is one opportunity to give something back to your alma mater.
You can join the race for a registration fee of only P150 that gives you a race bib, finisher’s certificate and light snacks. Students will be charged only P100 and you can sign up at the Adidas Store at Gaisano Mall.
But if you decide to be a big brother or sister to the poor students, please call or text (0920)1766869, (0927)4850344, (0920)5876490, (0921)7591917, (0949)1752209.
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Happy birthday to golfers and businessmen Glenn Yap and Cho Leonor, fellow sportswriter and Bravetower Promotions executive Neil Bravo, manang Aida Baslao, ma’am Amy C. Manalo, to dear Zor Bernasol. And of course,to Ram Maxey of Edge Davao.

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