City High 81 run

Please don’t forget to support the Davao City High School Batch 81 Scholarship Run on Oct.2 presented by Castrol Philippines GTX .
The more runners joining, the better as funds are being pooled to support deserving high school students get into college or university and graduate.
The race starts at 5:15 a.m. for the 10-K, 5:30 a.m. for the 5-K and 5:45 a.m. for the 3-K starting at the Peoples Park.
Registration is going on at RunClub Davao in Obrero (2228786), city treasurer’s office Room 1 at City Hall (2268001), Astrochairs in Bajada (2212222, 2213333), Stadium Buffet Restaurant in Matina (2990898) or contact the Secretariat at  09088814237 or 09228861021.
Support this noble cause and you will be glad you did.
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Brokenshire College only recently organized the 2011 Sports Management Seminar and Cheerleading Accreditation with participants coming from all regions in Mindanao.
Important areas in sports development were discussed by resource speakers from the Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine Center for Sports Medicine as well as from Davao’s Bravetower Promotions.
Brokenshire College will soon have roadshows in key cities in Mindanao to promote cheerleading as a sport in collaboration with the Women’s and Men’s NCAA.
So expect, the WNCAA and MNCAA to visit schools in General Santos City, Koronadal City, Tagum City and even as far as Zamboanga City.
We just hope that cheerleading as a sport and sports management as a new course will thrive and become strong in Mindanao.
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Coach Alther Rivera of the Davao City National High School is planning to do something big for student-athletes.
His plan is to set up a sports high school curriculum similar to other schools in the country.
What will happen is that for every year level, there’s a section that is composed only of student-athletes. So their academic needs are addressed in a special way by teachers.
You see, rarely can you see an athlete who is academically strong. Their strength is mainly in athletic endeavors, so through this move, teachers will be able to do a program specifically designed for them in order for them to adjust and excel too in academic work.
It’s actually a tougher job, but coach Alther and his co-workers want to work things out to help student-athletes.
This is really wonderful and I hope big private firms will also come in to support this program.
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Happy birthday to Inquirer correspondent Dennis Jay Santos.

Troopers brace for reg’l volley war

Members of the victorious Army squad, led by coach Rico de Guzman, acknowledge the cheers with a salute after completing their sweep of San Sebastian for the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena.

Hardly savoring the sweet taste of victory in the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference, the Army Lady Troopers get back to work in the next few days to plot their next line of attack in a bigger battlefield.

Shakey’s Pizza is putting up an invitational volley tournament next month where the top club teams from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, along with Army, will slug it out for the championship in what promises to be a blockbuster event among the regional rivals.

It is also expected to gauge the country’s progress in women’s volley, at least in the regional level, which it used to dominate in the 90s.

“The event was supposed to be held last year but we were forced to shelve it due to the Hong Kong bus hostage crisis,” said Moying Martelino, chair of the organizing Sports Vision.

He expressed confidence of the Army’s chances in the event slated Oct. 25-30 at The Arena in San Juan although it will also depend on the quality of the teams to be fielded in by the other four countries.

“We have a strong, good team in Army. But we will not know their true worth unless they play against these teams,” said Martelino.

Army coach Rico de Guzman is also looking forward to the Invitationals and has in fact expressed his desire to tap Suzanne Roces and Aiza Maizo to bolster the team’s title drive in the six-day tournament.

“We’re planning to get four guest players, including Roces and Maizo,” said de Guzman who already boasts of a star-studded crew made up of national team players that romped off with Shakey’s V-League inaugural Open diadem.

Led by sisters Michelle and Marietta Carolino, Mary Jean Balse, Joanne Buñag, Cristina Salak, Theresa Iratay, Jen Reyes and Rachel Ann Daquis, the Troopers put up a dominating performance in the just-concluded conference, winning a total of 13 games, including a pair of sweeps over Navy and San Sebastian in the Final Four and finals, respectively.

Although they needed a five-setter to finally defuse the Lady Stags in Game Two of their best of three title playoff, , 27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-10, the Troopers proved just too much for the field, dropping just five sets in the entire campaign en route to the championship.

They finished the elims tied with the Stags at 5-1 and wound up tied again with the Recoletos-based squad after the quarters. Though the Stags matched the Troopers semis sweep with a 2-0 win over Ateneo, the 2008 second conference champions fell short of their bid for a second crown despite the presence of two top imports in Lauren Ford and Jang Baulee.

“We didn’t expect to win. It’s tough especially against the two imports of SSC,” said de Guzman. “We just did our best and it’s a great feeling being able to give honor to the organization.’

In the finals, De Guzman stressed the need for his players to keep an eye on Baulee and Ford, who went on to bag the MVP and scoring honors but was neutralized by the Troopers’ solid net defense in the finals.

“Actually, I didn’t have a hard time motivating my players, most of whom are members of the national pool. I just told them to learn from their mistakes and try to improve on their next game,” said de Guzman.

The next assignment will be a lot tougher, the field a lot stronger. But with de Guzman in command and his Lady Troopers ready to mow down the opposition, the newly crowned champions may yet carry out the mission.(pr)

Members of the victorious Army squad, led by coach Rico de Guzman, acknowledge the cheers with a salute after completing their sweep of San Sebastian for the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena. Also in photo is Shakey’s Pizza EVP and COO Vic Gregorio (far right).

Lady Troopers thwart Stags, cop V-League crown

Philippine Army sustained a scoring spurt linking the last two sets to subdue San Sebastian College in a thrilling five-setter, 27-25, 20-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-10, and capture the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference crown before a big Thursday crowd at The Arena in San Juan last night.
Sisters Michelle and Marietta Carolino took charge in the decider along with Davao del Norte native Mary Jean Balse as the Lady Troopers won six of the first seven points to wrest control then fended off the Lady Stags’ fightback to pull off the come-from-behind win and the sweep of their best-of-three series for the league’s first “Open” championship that saw the participation of three military teams and one commercial squad.
“”Hindi ko inaasahan na mananalo kami dito kahit na halos national team members ang mga players ko kasi may malalakas na import ang kalaban.  Pero hindi rin ako nahirapan sa pagko-coach sa mga players ko; yung mga mali na lang nila ang ini-improve namin,” said Army coach Rico de Guzman in the din of the Troopers celebration at center court.
Army, which swept SSC, 25-9, 25-20, 25-16, in the series opener Sunday, re-displayed its awesome firepower with five players churning out double-digit scores with Rachel Ann Daquis leading the attack with 20 hits, marked by eight service aces, including five in the fourth. She went on to win the finals MVP honors.
Balse, a former MVP, fired 19 points while Marietta Carolino, Michelle Carolino, another former MVP, and Joanne Buñag added 15, 11 and 10 hits, respectively.
It was a sorry loss for the Lady Stags, who recovered from a close first set setback by winning the next two in a duel of endgame runs, only to lose the next two.
Thai Jang Baulee and American Lauren Ford, the conference’s top scorer and MVP, combined for a whopping 55-point output and Joy Benito added 13 hits for the Lady Stags, who outhit the Troopers, 67-59.
Earlier, Ateneo pulled off another five-setter, 14-25, 25-20. 25-18, 19-25, 15-10, over Navy to clinch third place honors in the league sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza and Sports Vision.
The Lady Eagles saved their best for last, winning six of the last seven points in the decider to win the thrilling one-hour, 54-minute encounter and sweep their own playoff in the league backed by Accel, Mikasa and Maynilad Water.
The Troopers, who snatched the first set but yielded the next two, broke out from a 21-all game in the fourth by racking up three straight points then frustrated the Stags, who came within 23-24 only to lose the next point and the set.
Army kept the momentum of that endgame blitz by taking the first four points in the fifth, dropped the next but won the next two to go 6-1 up. They held sway from there, whisking off SSC’s comebacks, 4-6, 6-9, before winning four of the next five points, capped by a Balse attack for a 13-7 lead.
SSC won the next three points as Baulee made a hit and the Stags scored off the block but a service error by Jill Gustillo gave the Troopers the match point before
The Troopers rallied from 16-21 down in the opening frame by taking nine of the next 13 points to force a tie then won two straight points to steal the set.
But the Lady Stags, behind Baulee’s eight-point output and Benito’s three points, drew level with a fiery windup in the second frame that saw them score five straight points to turn an 18-19 deficit into a 23-19 lead. They yielded the next point but won the next two.
SSC also trailed 15-18 in the third but Baulee, Benito and Ford combined to rally the Stags from 17-22 to victory by sweeping the next eight points.(pr)

35th NATIONAL MILO MARATHON-DAVAO LEG: More Shoes. More Dreams. More Champions

The 35th National Milo Marathon is set to take center stage once again on November 6, 2011,
Sunday 4:30am in an out-and-back course at Roxas Avenue.

For years, the National MILO® Marathon has been the biggest running event in the country.
This year, it will hold its biggest advocacy campaign to date. Ten thousand more MILO® running
shoes will be given to underprivileged children in 2011. That's more than twice as much as
MILO® gave away in 2010.

Same as last year, for every runner who joins the National MILO® Marathon, a portion of the
registration fee will be allotted to the advocacy. And the money raised will be used to produce
running shoes that will be donated to different public schools selected by the Department of
Education in the areas where the 35th National MILO® Marathon will be held.

All these efforts are in line with the commitment of MILO® to build a nation of champions.
Because MILO® believes that MILO® is not just giving away running shoes, but also providing
these kids with something they can wear to be champions not just in sports, not just in school,
but also in life.

For the Davao leg, 12,000 runners are expected to participate in the country’s biggest, longest
and most prestigious running event which will feature the following categories: 3K Kiddies Run,
5K Fun Run, 10K run and the centerpiece 21K Half-Marathon. Complementing these are other
side events like the Cheerdance competition, Inter-School running competition and the biggest

Registration fees are as follows: P100.00 for the 3K kiddie run; P100.00 for the 5K fun run,
P500 for the 10K and P500 for the 21K Half Marathon. Interested parties are advised to bring an
empty Milo 80grams upon registration. Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis.

Registration will start on September 26 and will end on October 15 at Toby’s Abreeza and at the
2nd floor, Tamayo Bldg., Lapu-Lapu Ave, Agdao. For inquiries, please call tel. no. 296-1300 or
mobile no. 0921-5949303.

Malditas, Phoenix Trip Ko

While our men’s football team, the Azkals, is currently dealing with some problems involving “star” players, our Malditas are preparing for the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championships set October 16 to 25 in Vientiane, Laos.
Malditas coach Ernest Nierras released a provisional list of 27 players which will be trimmed down to just 20. We are happy to know that identical twins Marice and Marie Magdalot, former players of the Philippine Women’s College and Davao Football Association, have been recruited by the RP Team to join.
We hope that they will do their best while training and be part of the final roster of 20.
The Magdalots are among the young players recruited by the Philippine Football Federation to beef up its national squads for international competitions.
We even have our Little Azkals and Dabawenyos Jed Diamante and Javi Romero-Salas are part of the team.
The recruitment of Davao players to the national teams is the result of the year-round tournaments organized by the DFA with the help of sponsors from both the public and private sectors. We can even produce more top-caliber players in Davao if the PFF starts sending even just a little portion of the funds they annually receive from FIFA to the DFA.
Oh well, when will PFF share a five-digit sum or better still six digits for football development in Davao?
Just imagine the cost of maintaining the DFA Clubhouse, lights and field. It would be a big help, Sir Nonong Araneta.
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The recent Phoenix Petroleum Trip Ko Basketball Tournament resulted to the recruitment of a former banana barbeque vendor by the DMMA College of Southern Philippines basketball team.
Raffy Tabudlong of Sasa had a hard-time in life, but thanks to the opportunity given by Phoenix Petro, he was discovered as one talented player and that induced DMMA to have him on board the team after the tournament.
That’s the beauty of private sponsors getting into sports because you can always find a talent worth supporting. Lovely!
The good news now is that Phoenix Petro will be organizing its second Trip Ko basketball soon. The one behind this event is sporting a big smile again.
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The Sisters of Mary Immaculate-Davao is organizing the “Takbo Ko, Edukasyon Mo” 5-K Fun Run on Oct.15 starting from Roxas Avenue.
The event hopes to raise funds for less fortunate children who are under the care of a loving staff at the Fr. Domenico Masi Center. The Center is a residential care of hundreds of home-based scholars, according to organizer Kharla Acosta.
Kharla is calling all Dabawenyos to be part of the event by registering at RunClub Davao in Barrio Obrero or Lots for Less in Lanang. You can also text or call 09207932213, 09426800681.
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We will be keeping in touch with ABAP executive director Ed Picson as Davao’s Rey Saludar, the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist, gets ready for the AIBA World Boxing Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Saludar, a flyweight, hopes to just get into the Top 8 to earn a ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.
Fellow Dabawenyos Anthony Barriga, a light flyweight, and lightweight Charly Suarez,are also gunning for honors on Sept.26 to Oct.8. This is it guys!
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Happy birthday to ‘nong Rene Balugo, Freeman editor Nimrod Quinones, mi hermana Rachel Rodriguez, San Miguel Corporation’s Randy R. Dominguez, Davao City’s former No.1 councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta and fellow Holy Crossian Rochelle Rubio.

SSC, Ford hope to bounce back, level series

SSC’s Lauren Ford (right) in action against Army’s Joanne Buñag.


Games on Thursday
2 p.m. – Ateneo vs Navy
4 p.m. – Army vs SSC

Expect American Lauren Ford to bounce back strong and San Sebastian to go flat out for a victory against Army as the Lady Stags try to force a sudden death for the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference crown on Thursday at The Arena in San Juan.
With Ford clipped to a personal low of five points, the Lady Troopers needed just three sets to beat the Stags, 25-9, 25-20, 25-16, in last Sunday’s opener of their best-of-three series for the league’s season-ending conference sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza.
While Army played true to form, SSC lacked cohesion and firepower that have been the trademark of the Lady Stags’ impressive showing from the elims to the quarters and the semis of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Accel, Mikasa and Maynilad Water.
SSC’s mediocre performance in the series’ opener was best typified by Ford, who came into the Final Four with a league-leading 18.9-point norm.
She actually slowed down with a 10-point performance in their second match with Navy in the semis but her paltry five-point output in the finals came as a big letdown for a player who just bagged not only best scorer plum but also the coveted MVP honors.
Thai import Jang Baulee is tipped to dish out the same fighting form as she did in SSC’s last two games where she emerged as the top scorer with support to come from Rubie de Leon, Joy Benito, Dahlia Robinos and Jennifer Manzano.
The Lady Stags are also expected to make the necessary adjustment on their attacks after the Troopers neutralized them with their awesome blocking with Mary Jean Balse and Rachel Ann Daquis combining for six of the team’s 10 blocks.
But Balse and Daquis are also two of Army’s vaunted hitters, along with the Carolino sisters – Michelle and Marietta. Add Joanne Bunag and Cristina Salak to the mix, the Troopers are indeed one tough team to defend against.
Meanwhile, Navy also seeks an equalizer against Ateneo in their own series for third place with the Lady Sailors likewise needing to step up to avenge their thrilling five-set loss, 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-14, 8-15, to the Lady Eagles in Game One.(pr)