Jr. NBA comes back to Durianburg

Our friends from NBA Asia, Limited and Larc&Asset PR have sent this advisory and we wish them well as they bring back the Jr.NBA back to Durianburg. Thanks guys!



DATE:            February 2, 2013 (Tip-Off and Coaches Clinic)

February 3, 2013 (School Clinics)

TIME:             8:30 AM Tip Off

9 AM – 3 PM (Coaches Clinic)

10-11:30/ /1:30-3 PM (School Clinics)

VENUE:         Ateneo de Davao, Barangay Matina, Aplaya, Davao City

All Davao Media are invited to the Tip Off of the 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska at Ateneo de Davao on Saturday, February 2. This will be promptly followed by the Coaches Clinic which will last until 3 p.m. Sefu Bernard, Jr. NBA Coach and Director of Basketball Operations, NBA Asia, will conduct the coaches clinic and school clinics assisted by the Alaska Coaching Staff led by PBA Legend Jojo Lastimosa.

On Sunday two sessions of School Clinics will be held for young players, boys and girls, at the same venue. Participants will be taught basketball fundamentals, skills in shooting, passing, ball handling and footwork, conditioning exercises and the core values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect (STAR).

Since its launch in 2007 in the Philippines, Jr. NBA has continuously expanded its reach in the country. This year, Jr. NBA visits two new cities – Lucena and Dagupan – and returns to Davao City. The 2013 Jr. NBA Philippines program presented by Alaska has four stages: Coaches and School Clinics (January to February) , Regional Selection Camps (March – April), the National Training Camp (April) and the NBA Experience (latter part of the Year).

This is the sixth consecutive staging of the Jr. NBA program in the Philippines and the expanded program marks the continuous dedication of the NBA and Alaska to Filipino youth basketball development through a fun and motivating platform nationwide.(PR)

Southern Ladies stakes Vios for ace

A brand new Toyota Vios will be staked as hole-in-one prize in the Southern Ladies golf tournament, which holds its golden staging on Feb. 6-8 at the Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club in Cagayan de Oro.
The 1.3J Limited car will be up for grabs at Hole No. 6, according to the sponsoring Toyota Motor Phils. and organizing National Golf Association o the Phils.
Mizuno is also putting up an Efil ladies golf set for an ace at Hole No. 2 in the 54-hole championship sponsored by the Philippine Sports Commission, Security Bank, DPC Yellow Pages, Hans Brumann International Jeweller and WWWExpress (trophies).
Princess Superal braces for a tough outing as she seeks a second straight championship against a field teeming with talent. It includes fellow ICTSI-The Country Club members Sarah Ababa, Abby Arevalo and Sofia Chabon along with club bets Anna Roa, Teri Solitaria, and jungolfersMarviMonsalve and DaniellaUy.
Also in the fold is the crack Del Monte team made up of Apple Fudolin, Eva Miñoza, Kristine Leonen, RainstarRoque, Martina Miñoza and Pamela Mariano along with Southwoods’ Annika Cedo, Navy’s HarmieConstantino and Orchard’s Medy Agustin.
The individual championship will be held under the Molave scoring system while the team event, a four-to-play, three-to-count tournament, and the seniors divisions will use the Stableford system (net of handicap).
The NGAP is also inviting past Open champions to join the 50th staging of the annual event, which also features the leading players from the country’s top clubs, including Aguinaldo, Cebu Country Club, Davao,  Riviera, Valley Golf, WackWack and Forest Hills.
Registration is extended till February 3, 2013. For details, contact NGAP. at (02) 5179778 or fax (02) 7065926 or (Susan Facundo) at 0917-560-7074 or at Pueblo at (088) 858-8976 or 817-4275.(pr)

Que, Pagunsan seek record 4th TCC crown

Angelo Que and Juvic Pagunsan head the elite cast in the rich The Country Club Invitational set Feb. 7-10, both driven to nail the coveted crown a record fourth time at the wind-raked TCC course in Laguna.

Pagunsan, the former Asian Tour No. 1, shattered Que’s grand slam dream last year, dominating the field with a four-day display of brilliant shotmaking en route to a four-stroke romp over Elmer Salvador in what has become the country’s major golfing championship.

But the former Philippine Open champion and three-time Asian Tour winner Que is out to redeem himself from a joint fourth place finish last year after romping off with back-to-back crowns from 2010, his sights set on the crown no less.

So do Pagunsan and the rest of the stellar 36-player field.

Not only will the winner pocket the P1.5 million purse from a record P5 million total pot but also gain the confidence heading to this year’s 17-stage ICTSI-Philippine Golf Tour which fires off in March.

That should make the title race wide open and doubly interesting on a course where no one holds a distinct advantage.

Last year’s ICTSI-PGT Order of Merit winner Tony Lascuna has actually built some kind of momentum when he ruled the Sabah Masters early this month, making him one of the chief title contenders in the 11th staging of the 72-hole event sponsored by golf patron Ricky Razon, chairman and CEO of ICTSI in honor of his late father and ICTSI founder, Enrique “Don Pocholo” Razon, Sr.

Others tipped to crowd the fancied bets are former champions Cassius Casas (2003), Jerome Delariarte (2005), Artemio Murakami (2009) along with young guns Zanie Boy Gialon, Miguel Tabuena, Charles Hong, Carl Santos-Ocampo and Clyde Mondilla.

Jay Bayron, winner of last year’s Asian Development Tour OOM crown, is also in the fold along with Asian Tour campaigner Mars Pucay and former local tour leg winners Mhark Fernando and Jhonnel Ababa and title-hungry Elmer Saban, Rufino Bayron, Richard Sinfuego and Jun Bernis;

Meanwhile, the traditional 18-hole pro-am event, featuring the leadings pros and ICTSI’s guests from various sectors, will be played on Feb. 6.

Completing the elite roster are Randy Garalde, Michael Bibat, Ferdie Aunzo, James Ryan Lam, Orlan Sumcad, Joenard Rates, Benjie Magada, Christopher delos Santos, Arnold Villavicencio, Rey Pagunsan, Anthony Fernando and Frankie Minoza.(pr)

NCR-West retains Shakey’s T-of-C crown

NCR-West outlasted Central Visayas in a gripping finale, 25-22, 26-24, 28-26, to retain the crown in the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball Tournament-of-Champions before a big weekend crowd at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium yesterday.
The Big City tossers leaned on top guns Desire Cheng, who punched in 13 hits and one block, and Chester Ong, who produced eight points, and turned to their second unit to finish off their rivals from the South in their return engagement in the championship round.
“Our second six clicked just as our starters got tired and that was a major boost,” said NCR-West coach Jerry Yee as his wards whooped it up at centercourt.
NCR-West, represented by Hope Christian High School in the event sponsored by Shakey’s and organized by Metro Sports, actually got off to a slow start, allowing Central Visayas to take a 16-10 lead in the opening set.
But the defending champs regrouped and bravely fought back, drawing big shots from Cheng, Ong, and Isabel Molde to snatch the first frame. Cheng, NCR-West’s team captain, continued to do her thing in the second set, smashing in to break a 24-24 standoff and put them at set point, before Molde sealed it with a power shot.
With the starters tiring, Yee sent in his subs and they provided the needed finishing kick. Ronjean Momo helped NCR-West overturn a 14-19 deficit and move up 24-23, completing her exploits with a point through the block that secured the championship for the Big City bets.
Therese Ramas and Sheena Quino had nine points apiece to lead CV, represented by stalwarts from Soutwestern U in Cebu.
NCR-West and Central Visayas sealed a dream title duel after beating their respective opponents in the morning’s crossover semis.
NCR-West recovered from a second set setback to blast their Western Visayas counterparts, 25-15, 21-25, 25-9, while CV survived a stubborn Southern Luzon squad, 25-20, 21-25, 25-20.
Southern Luzon later nipped Western Visayas, 25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 25-19, to win the bronze in in the tournament backed by Toby’s Sports, Mikasa as official ball, Tune Hotels as official residence of T-of-C, Asics and Volley Prep.(pr)

Pueblo to host 50th So Ladies golf

The Pueblo de Oro Golf and Country Club in the Cagayan de Oro is honored to host the golden staging of the Southern Ladies golf tournament with the country’s leading players vying for top honors on Feb. 6-8.
Princess Superal goes for back-to-back championship in the three-day event, which also features members of the national pool and the leading players in various classifications. The individual championship will be held under the Molave scoring system while the team, a four-to-play, three-to-count event, and seniors tournaments will use the Stableford system (net of handicap).
The organizing National Golf Association of the Philippines is also inviting past Open champions to join the golden staging of the annual event backed by the Philippine Sports Commission,, WWWExpress, DPC Yellow Pages, Hans Brumann  Jeweller, St. Luke’s Hospital and hole-in-one sponsors Toyota Motor Phils and  Mizuno.
“We’re inviting the past Southern Ladies Open winners to attend this momentous event and better yet join the tournament altogether,” said NGAP chair for ladies committee Alice Ll. Andrada.
For details, contact NGAP. at (02) 5179778 or fax (02) 7065926 or (Susan Facundo) at 0917-560-7074 or at Pueblo at (088) 858-8976 or 817-4275.
Others expected to join are Superal’s teammates in the ICTSI-The Country Club squad, including Sarah Ababa and new members Sophia Chabon and Abegail Arevalo.
The local bets are also expected to figure well in the tournament as well as those from the leading players from the country’s top clubs, including Aguinaldo,  Alabang, Apo, Cebu Country Club, Davao Golf,  Del Monte,  Orchard, Phil Navy, Pueblo  and Wack Wack. (pr)

Sangchan nips Ardina on 6th playoff hole, bags crown

Thai Supamas Sangchan bucked the odds, including a two-shot deficit, a hostile gallery and a tough Dottie Ardina, to prevail on the sixth extra hole and capture the Champion Infinity Philippine Ladies Open 2013 crown at the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club, recently.

Sangchan watched Ardina flub a par-saving 10-footer on the par-4 No. 1 of Mt. Makulot then rolled in her own par bid from three feet to clinch the crown and end the longest playoff duel in the country’s premier ladies golfing championship presented by Champion Infinity.

The Thai ace, who placed eighth at Wack Wack last year, birdied the par-5 18th in regulation to close out with a 73 and force the sudden death at 218 after the ICTSI-The Country Club spearhead, who started the final round two-up on Sangchan, settled for a par and a 75.

The two went par-birdie-par in their first three stints on No. 18 in the playoff before the duel shifted to No. 1 where both made bogeys twice before Sangchan came through with a superb pitch that set up that title-clinching three-footer.

Ardina also missed the green but failed to complete an up-and-down bid from 10 feet, leaving her again without the crown that meant so much to her.

It was a sorry setback for the 18-year-old Ardina, who had looked forward to a successful campaign after storming in front with a 72 in demanding condition in the second round of the 54-hole event organized by Women’s Golf Association of the Phils.

But the reigning Taiwan Amateur champion struggled in the final round, succumbing to testy pin placements for a 40 at the turn. But she fought back at the back and kept her title bid going in the event backed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Coca Cola, Duty Free Phils., Pacsports with support from the Department of Tourism.

In the end, Sangchan proved steadier to frustrate Ardina and her horde of supporters and become the first Thai to win the crown since former national team mainstay Yupaporn Kawinpakorn humbled the field and reigned in 2007.

Malaysian Michelle Koh placed third with a 220 after a 74 while Orchard’s Claire Legaspi carded a 77 and ended up fourth at 224 and Thai Benyapa Nipathsophon wound up fifth at 226 after an 80 followed by Cyna Rodriguez and Lovelynn Guioguio, who had identical 228s after a 74 and 80, respectively.

Jayvie Agojo, the first round leader, made a 79 and ended up 11th at 229 while Princess Superal skied to an 83 for 14th at 232.(pr)

‘4 at the Fore’: PAL Interclub returns to Cebu

Cebu Country Club will eye back-to-back titles in the regular division
as four courses will be employed for the very first time in tournament
history in the 66th Philippine Airlines Interclub golf team
championships starting February 21.
Cebu, which hosts the unofficial national golf team championship for
the first time in 12 years, has the luxury of the hometown advantage
as its confidence was boosted after winning last year’s title over Del
Monte in Davao.
This year’s host unravels four golf courses for the event, hence the
theme “4 at the Fore.”
Canlubang will defend the seniors’ title it narrowly won last year in
Davao in this year’s edition set February 21-24 at the Alta Vista Golf
and Country Club and Club Filipino de Cebu Golf Club. A record 100
teams, including 53 from abroad, were entered in the seniors event.
Cebu Country Club and Mactan Island Golf Club will host the regular
Interclub set February 26 to March 2. More than half of the 78 squads
in the regular Interclub are from overseas.
Presented by PAL, the event is sponsored by Mareco Broadcasting
Network (Crossover), Solar Entertainment, Plantation Bay and Media
Five. It is also backed by major sponsors Manila Broadcasting Corp.,
Philippine Broadcasting Network, Stargate Media and Radio Mindanao
Corporate sponsors include Shangri La Hotel Mactan, Boeing
International Corp., Radisson Blu Hotel and Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Minor sponsor is Ginebra San Miguel.
Last year, Lloyd Go contributed 70 points in two days to carry Cebu
Country Club to an eight-point win over Del Monte in the Regular
The Cebuanos finished the four-day, five-to-play, four-to-count event
with 507 points. Third place went to Alabang Golf with 493 points.
Wack Wack won the Founders division with 476 points as the
Mandaluyong-based team edged Orchard (461) and Negros (445).
The Sportswriters class went to Camp John Hay (411) followed by Eagle
Ridge (388) and Mt. Malindang (387).
In the Friendship division, Austral-Asian (303), Fil-Am Hawaii (284)
and PGA British Columbia (282) finished in the top three in that
Competition was stiff in the seniors’ tournament as Canlubang rallied
in the final round to edge old rival Luisita, 571-568. Cebu Country
Club landed a strong third with 566 points.
Manila Golf Club nipped Apo Golf, 524-523, to win the Founders crown
while Fil-Am Hawaii came home with the Sportswriters plum with 479
ahead of Davao (473) and Chamorro (472).
Club Intramuros bagged the Friendship class with 442 with Fil-Am
Florida (389) and Southbay (384) at second and third, respectively.(pr)