DHL Am blasts off Feb. 18 at Cangolf

THE CORE of the rock-solid Del Monte squad in the PAL Interclub leads the early registrants in the 19th WWWExpress Amateur Golf championship to be held in honor of the late Rod Feliciano at Canlubang in Laguna.

Reigning world 13-14 junior champion Kristopher Arevalo has also confirmed participation in one of the country’s most prestigious amateur events that counts the likes of Juvic Pagunsan as one of its past winners.

The 72-hole event, which Feliciano institutionalized, will be played form Feb. 18-21 at Canlubang’s tree-lined North layout.

Feliciano, who also served as the NGAP president from 2000 to 2004 before becoming its honorary chairman, passed away last year. He dedicated a lot of his time and resources into helping Philippine golf, this event being just one of his projects.
Mel Cubillo and Magno Arancon, products of Del Monte’s grassroots development program, lead four six other bets coming from the Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon layout where the legendary Frankie Minoza honed his skills to become the Philippines’ foremost pro.

The event is being organized by the National Golf Association of the Philippines and presented by the MVP Sports Foundation as part of the PLDT Group Amateur tour.
Registration continues at the National Golf Association of the Philippines office at tel. numbers (02) 7065926, (02) 9250022 or at Canlubang at tel. numbers (049) 5491363, (049) 5497202.

Meanwhile, the NGAP will be hosting a rules seminar to be conducted by the Royal & Ancient of Scotland on March 15 and 16 at the posh Alabang Golf Club in Muntinlupa.
Those interested to join the seminar can also course their inquiries through the NGAP.(pr)

IOC extends TOP Partnership with Atos

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IOC extends TOP Partnership with Atos

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has reached an agreement with Atos to extend its Worldwide TOP Partnership through to 2020.

Atos will provide Integration Services and Systems Management Services, Core Hosting Services and key Games-related applications and associated services for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018) in PyeongChang and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020) in Tokyo.

Atos has been a key technology provider for the Olympic Movement since 1989, when the company provided services to the Barcelona 1992 Organising Committee. Atos became the Olympic Movement’s Worldwide Information Technology Partner in 2001, and it is currently supporting the Organising Committee for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, and already working with the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Technology is critical to the success of each edition of the Olympic Games. We are delighted that we will be able to continue relying on Atos and its vast experience to deliver flawless, innovative IT services.”

Gerhard Heiberg, Chairman of the Marketing Commission, said: “Atos provides the Olympic Movement with confidence and security by supplying dependable IT systems. After many years of working with Atos, who have consistently delivered on one of the biggest global stages, we are delighted that we will continue to partner with them long into the future.”

Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos, said: “We are particularly proud of our long-term partnership with the International Olympic Committee – a relationship based on enduring trust. We will continue to surpass ourselves from one Olympiad to the next, powering progress for the Olympic Movement. Atos leads in applying innovative yet proven business technology, such as secure cloud services, in highly complex projects, bringing together processes, technologies and people.”

Patrick Adiba, Group Executive Vice President Human Resources – Olympics & Major Events, commented: “The Games cannot happen today without intensive use of complex information technology. I am delighted we will continue our partnership long into the future, giving us the opportunity for us to share our ambition for making IT at the Games even better thanks to our approach to innovation combined with the highest quality standards in delivery and operations. We will deliver the services over the cloud, providing more efficiency, agility and productivity.”

Delos Santos soars in ICTSI kiteboarding

Dong Manuel performs his routine en route to winning the Freestyle category of the second leg of the first ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour in Ilocos Sur.
Dong Manuel performs his routine en route to winning the Freestyle category of the second leg of the first ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour in Ilocos Sur.

Doque delos Santos put on a remarkable performance in the second leg of the first ICTSI Philippine Kiteboarding Tour, posting three podium finishes, including a victory in the Cabrinha Hangtime Challenge in Santa Maria Beach in Ilocos Sur last Sunday.
Delos Santos, an ICTSI-sponsored rider from Boracay, wowed the crowd with act and bested Ronel Mateo and Ryan Cahilig to capture the Hangtime crown in the three-day event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and the provincial government of Ilocos Sur.
Louie Fernando, a Cabrinha Greenyard team rider, reasserted his mastery over the field in the Twin Tip Course Race, bagging the crown for the second straight time with Delos Santos finishing second and Mateo ending up third in the event organized by the Philippine Kiteboarding Association.
PKA president Jay Ortiz nipped first leg champion Atte Kappel and Carlo Leongson in the tiebreak to snatch the Twin Tip Race Masters Category title after the troika wound up tied in points in a tightly fought race of the event backed by Boracay Greenyard, the official distributor of Cabrinha equipment, Stoked, Dakine, Aloha Boardsports, and supported by Tanduay Ice, Colt 45 and Summit Water.
Dong Manuel lorded it over the field in the Freestyle category, beating Roldan Astronaut while Delos Santos shared third place honors with Ryan Cahilig.
Lone woman entry Jingjing Gajisan held her ground in the grueling race and emerged champion in the Twin Tip Race of the event which drew 33 kiteboarders from Manila, Davao, Puerto Princesa, Caliraya, Puerto Galera and Boracay and top bets from Sweden, France, Brazil and Singapore.
Meanwhile, action resumes next week for the third leg set in Lake Caliraya n Cavinti, Laguna on Feb. 7-9. The circuit winds up in Puerto Princesa on March 7-9.
For results and other details, go to the Facebook page of Philippine Kiteboarding Association or email PKAtour@yahoo.com.
Island major sponsors were Aqua Boracay, Blue Marlin Boracay, Kasbah Boracay, Freestyle Academy Kitesurfing, Liberalia Boracay, Philippine Fun Tours and X-Treme Sports.  Minor Island sponsors include Palassa Private Residences, Pahuwayan Suites, Valhalla Bar and Restaurant, Bom Bom Bar, Smoke PDKSP and OJ’s Roast Bake Grill.(pr)

Magpantay, Nolasco repeat as Mabuhay Miles golf champs

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Magpantay, Nolasco repeat as Mabuhay Miles golf champs

TAGAYTAY CITY – Lino Magpantay and Monchu Nolasco, a pair of old hands in local golf, showed why they’re in a class of their own when they ruled the Mabuhay Miles Elite Invitational with plenty to spare at the Tagaytay Midlands and Highlands courses.

Magpantay, veteran campaigner in the PAL Interclub with the Luisita senior team, and Nolasco, general manager of Shulman Air Freight, engaged in a tight duel at the Midlands’ tough East course on a cool, overcast day that made for ideal golfing conditions.  It was the first time the Invitational was played in a high-altitude setting.

After 18 holes, both finished in a dead heat with a gross 74.  But Magpantay’s lower handicap – five to his rival’s six – proved crucial as it enabled him to edge Nolasco by a stroke and capture the low-gross title, his third triumph after winning the low-net in 2010 and 2011.

Nolasco, the defending low-net champion, settled for his second straight title with a 68 in a superb round spiked by a tournament-high four birdies.

The two bested a field of 192 players – all Elite, Premier Elite and Million Miler members of Philippine Airlines’ Mabuhay Miles program – in the event sponsored by MasterCard, Petron Corp. and Philippine National Bank.

But while the top two titles were snared by veteran former champions, the divisional honors all went to new faces.

Eduvigis “Joey” Solis, president of Enerkons Inc., banked on his familiarity with the course as a member of the home club to nose out Luis Tabuena, president of Production Village Corp., for the Class A crown.

Solis, who plays for Tagaytay Highlands in the PAL Interclub, won on the strength of superior pars, ten to seven, as he and Tabuena both finished tied with net 70s.  Mark Monk fired the only eagle of the day at the 16th to grab third with a 71.

The tournament had as corporate sponsors Boeing, GE Aviation, Metrobank Card Corp., People Asia and Panasonic Avionics Systems Corp.

Also at Midlands, former San Miguel Beer shooting guard R.J. Rizada, now operations manager of Forgems Plus Technologies, showed a deft touch for a big man by firing two birdies and five pars en route to a net 70 to bag Class B in a tie-break over Goldenas Jewelry owner Antonio Atienza, Jr.  Banker Wilfredo Maldia was a stroke back in third place.

No one won the Toyota Camry 2.5 V A/T staked by Toyota Motor Philippines for a hole-in-one.  Century Park Hotel and Diamond Hotel Philippines were the official hotels of the tournament.

Over at the Highlands course, Class C was won by PNP finance officer Abraham Rojas, whose six pars trumped the two of Magleo Adriano, president of American Resources Group Philippines, when they wound up tied at net 70.  Randolph Ang, vice president of Greenfield Development Corp., had a 72 for third place.

BDO Unibank, Lufthansa Technik Philippines, Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Tanduay Distillers, Union Bank and Victorinox Travel Gear/World Traveller were the event’s minor sponsors.

Class D produced yet another tie at the top with trader Sergio Ong and ophthalmologist Ricardo Yang battling to a draw with net 71s.  In the count-back, Ong’s lone birdie gave him the class title.  Henry Malicdem, finance director of Cypress Manufacturing, closed with a net 72 for third.

Loralie Roberto, director of garments firm PGI, retained her title in the Ladies division with a net 69 from a gross 82.  It was her third triumph overall, having also won in 2009.

The new Seniors division, introduced this year for male players 60 years old and up, was a big hit – attracting 22 players in its maiden run, including eventual low-gross winner Magpantay.

His elevation to overall honors opened the door for Sausalito, California-based “Million Miler” Emeterio Dikitanan, president of Snaps Reprographics, whose net 71 made him the inaugural Seniors champion.

John Garcia, director of Argee Development Corp., won the Guest division with a net 67 out of a gross 74.

Donors included Asia Brewery, Boracay Garden Resort, Clark Shoes UK, Edsa Shangri-La Hotel, InterContinental Manila, Kameraworld, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Manila, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Pan Pacific Manila, and the San Miguel Group of Companies (San Miguel Brewery, Ginebra San Miguel, San Miguel Purefoods, Magnolia and San Mig Coffee).

Veteran sportscaster Sev Sarmenta hosted the awarding ceremonies, with entertainment provided by alluring singers Rachel Alejandro and Sheree, and retro band Spirit of ’67.(pr)