Phoenix Petroleum supports Ateneo’s EnviRUNment fun run

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Phoenix Petroleum will support Ateneo de Davao University for their annual EnviRUNment fun run as presenter of the event to be held on November 22, 2014.

The race will start and end at the Martinez Sports Complex, Ateneo de Davao Matina Campus.

The EnviRUNment fun run with tagline “I Respect, I Recycle, I Run” is for the benefit of Ateneo de Davao University’s Ecoteneo program, an advocacy group for environmental protection and conservation.

Ecoteneo gained the support of Phoenix Petroleum as the company also organizes and supports initiatives for the environment under its foundation. Its advocacies are Education, Health and Safety, Outreach, and Environment.

Registration for the EnviRUNment fun run is now ongoing at the ADDU-High School Quadrangle, Coco’s South Bistro-Torres, Coco’s South Bistro-Tulip Drive, Buffet Palace-Victoria Plaza, Buffet Palace-Tulip Drive, and at Probinsya Restaurant.

Deadline of registration is on November 14, 2014.

For more information, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/EcoTeneo or http://www.facebook.com/phoenixrundavao. You can also dial the race hotlines: 0925-799-4406 and 0922-838-1288.(pr)

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IOC awards 2018-2020 broadcast rights in Canada

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that CBC/Radio-Canada has been awarded the exclusive broadcast rights in Canada for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are pleased that we will continue to work with the team at CBC/Radio-Canada who have demonstrated their support for the Olympic values over many years. In addition, the financial support that CBC/Radio-Canada has committed as part of this agreement will be re-distributed by the IOC to support sport in Canada and around the world, as well as supporting future organisers of the Olympic Games.”

Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada said: “Today we are fulfilling a promise made in our strategic plan to take a leadership role in broadcasting the Olympic Games to all Canadians, when, where and how they want. As Canada’s public broadcaster, we have a proud history of supporting and promoting our amateur athletes and helping to share their stories. The Sochi Winter Games of 2014 were the most watched in history. I am excited to think about what will be possible in 2018 and 2020 when, together, with our partners at Bell Media and Rogers Media, we will bring our athletes closer to home more than ever before.”

IOC member Gerardo Werthein, a member of the IOC’s TV Rights and New Media Commission, said: “Both the IOC and our host broadcast organisation, Olympic Broadcast Services, have an excellent working relationship with CBC/Radio-Canada, and we look forward to continuing this until 2020.”

CBC/Radio-Canada, Canada’s national public radio and television broadcaster, has acquired the rights across all broadcast platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile phone in all languages. The agreement also includes the right to broadcast all editions of the Youth Olympic Games until 2020.

The IOC has an existing agreement with CBC/Radio-Canada to broadcast the Olympic Games Rio 2016: http://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-awards-2014-and-2016-olympic-games-broadcast-rights-in-canada/170309. (pr)

Bingo Bonanza holds P1.5 nat’l badminton Open

The finest Filipino badminton players will come to fore when the rich Bingo Bonanza National Open takes place on Dec. 11 to 14 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex with a total cash prize of P1.5 million up for grabs.

Negros Occidental Rep. Albee Benitez, the PBA secretary-general, told yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate that the singles champions will get P100,000 each and the winning doubles teams P120,000.

“The best of the best will be here slugging it out in a very friendly environment,” Benitez told the weekly forum sponsored by Shakey’s, Accel and Pagcor.
Benitez said the PBA is now focusing on putting up bigger national tournaments and has temporarily shelved plans of staging the more expensive international events.

“When we host international tournaments, our players are normally eliminated after the first round and only the foreign players remain. It’s like we’re holding the tournament for them.
“Now, we want to focus on national tournaments. Let us first upgrade and develop our national players until they can really compete with the foreigners,” said Benitez.

Joining Benitez in the forum are Bingo Bonanza’s Al Alonte and members of the national team, Indonesian coach Paulus Firman and players Paul Jefferson Vivas, Peter Gabriel Magnaye, Philip Escueta and Ronel Estanislao.

“This is a major event. And Bingo Bonanza is here because we still believe that badminton is one of the sports that can bring glory to the Philippines,” said Alonte of the upcoming event sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association.

The country’s top gaming and amusement center has been in the forefront of badminton since early 2000s, reviving the once dormant sport and producing top-notch players. The last time Bingo Bonanza staged the Philippine Open was in 2009 that lured some of the world’s top players, including those from powerhouse China, England, Canada, Germany, Wales, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, thus putting the country in the league of international badminton.

Nelson Asuncion, the tournament director, said there are limited slots to the Bingo Bonanza National Open but assured that “all the top players will be there.”

Benitez said the Filipino players getting that far in these tough tournaments is proof that Philippine badminton remains in high gear.

“It’s a very good sign. It shows that we can compete and that the chances of the Philippines being able to compete against the best have greatly increased,” he said.

Firman, who became head coach of the Philippine team only last January, is happy with what he’s seeing.

“This is good. But I don’t want them to be satisfied. We are just starting to build their confidence,” said Firman, who also guided Vivas and Magnaye to the Phl’s first-ever double’s crown in the
Swiss International Challenge of Champions. Escueta and Estanislao, meanwhile, reach the quarterfinals of the Yonex Dutch Open.

Registration for the tournament, sponsored by Bingo Bonanza Corp., starts Nov. 8-28 at 5 p.m., according to the organizing EventKing Corp. Entry fee is pegged at P800. The posting of players is on Dec. 1 while the draw will be held Dec. 5. The schedule will be posted on Dec. 7 while the team managers, coaches and players meeting will be on Dec. 9.
For details and online listup, visit http://www.bingob.com/nationalopentournament or email to EKC at info@eventkingcorp.com.ph.(PSA)

IOC grants provisional recognition to Kosovo Olympic Committee

The Executive Board (EB) of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Wednesday,  granted provisional recognition to the Kosovo Olympic Committee and proposed that the NOC be granted full recognition at the next IOC Session to be held in December in Monaco.

The NOC of Kosovo was established in 1992 and has more than 30 affiliated National Federations (NFs), 13 of which are Olympic sports federations. Of these, six* are full members of their respective International Federations (IFs), while the other seven** are provisional or associate members of their respective IFs.

The EB noted that the NOC of Kosovo has met the requirements for recognition as outlined in the Olympic Charter. These include the sport and technical requirements as well as the definition of “country” as defined in Rule 30.1 – “an independent State recognised by the international community.” Kosovo is recognised as a country by 108 of the 193 UN Member States.

The decision was taken by the Executive Board in the interests of the athletes in Kosovo and to remove any uncertainty they may have. It will allow them to take part in qualifications for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and in future editions of the Games.

*Table tennis, archery, judo, sailing, weightlifting, modern pentathlon

**Wrestling, boxing, curling, taekwondo, gymnastics, skiing, handball.(pr)

Ardina cruises to 5-shot Valley romp

CHAMP AGAIN. Dottie Ardina hoists her trophy as she marks her return to the ICTSI Ladies PGT with a runaway victory at ICTSI Valley Golf Ladies Challenge. (pr photo)
CHAMP AGAIN. Dottie Ardina hoists her trophy as she marks her return to the ICTSI Ladies PGT with a runaway victory at ICTSI Valley Golf Ladies Challenge. (pr photo)
ANTIPOLO – Dottie Ardina shrugged off an early threat from Lovelynn Guioguio and went on to fire a near-flawless two-under 70 and coast to a five-shot romp over Mia Piccio in the ICTSI Valley Golf Ladies Challenge at the Valley Golf Club’s Executive Course here yesterday.
Just when Ardina braced for a tough finish after Guioguio birdied the opening hole to tie, the Symetra Tour campaigner countered with birdies on Nos. 3 and 7 then watched Guioguio and Mia Piccio crack under pressure to pull away and instead cruise to victory.
With a second 70 and 54-hole seven-under 209 aggregate, Ardina won by five over Piccio, who negated her bogeys on Nos. 3 and 5 with birdies on Nos. 7 and 9 but failed to launch a backside rally, finishing with a 72 and 214 for runner-up honors in the P500,000 event sponsored by International Container Terminal Services, Inc.
“To be honest, I just believed in myself and kept thinking that I’m better than them,” said Ardina, who pocketed the top purse of P80,000 in her return to the ICTSI Ladies Philippine Golf Tour. She dominated the circuit’s first two legs in its inaugurals last year before trying her luck in the LPGA.
Guioguio, who showed a lot of promise after stalking Ardina with 71 and 69 in the first two rounds, lost her touch, rhythm and form after birdying No. 1, dropping two strokes on No. 4 and bogeying the sixth. She birdied the par-3 11th for the second time in three days but double-bogeyed Nos. 13 and 18 and made a bogey on No. 14 to limp with a 78,
From a title contender, the Bukidnon lass turned out to be just one of the rest, tumbling to joint fourth with Jayvie Agojo, who matched par 72, at 218.
“Even as Lovelynn crumbled, I continued playing my game, keeping my focus on getting birdies and in going under,” said Ardina, who made the turn at 34 and went five-up on Guioguio, who hobbled with a 38, and Piccio, who salvaged a 36, and rolled to victory with a birdie-bogey stint at the back.
Piccio, priming up for the LPGA Tour Final Stage in December like Ardina, birdied No. 10 but wavered with two bogeys against a birdie in the last seven holes to settle for second worth P56,000.
Thai Amolkan Phalajivin, who upended four-leg winner Cyna Rodriguez at ICTSI Splendido last month, closed out with a 71 and snatched third place at even 216.
Sofia Chabon turned in a 75 for a 221 and took the low amateur honors while sharing sixth place with Rodriguez, who fought back with a 69 in the second round and birdied the opening hole only to fumble with four bogeys and a double-bogey for a five-over 77, her worst output in seven legs of the Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc.-organized circuit she had dominated with four victories.
Chihiro Ikeda fired a 71 and wound up tied for eighth with Korean amateur Min Jeong Hwang, who had a 75, at 222 while Lucy Landicho ended up 10th at 227 after a 76 in the event backed by Nike, Pacsports, Custom Clubmakers and Sharp.(pr)

Pinay golfers virtual Santi Cup champs

Princess Superal and Pauline del Rosario sizzled with identical four-under 67s as the Philippines all but wrapped up its first-ever Santi Cup crown with a solid 134, moving 15 shots clear of arch rival Thailand in the 54th South East Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship in Brunei late Wednesday.

So solid was the Phl’s third round showing that Miya Legaspi’s two-under 69, which can easily lead any team, didn’t count in the three-to-play, two-to-count format 72-hole event dominated by the Thais the last five years.
This time, the Filipinas made sure there won’t be any Thai repeat as they pooled a 54-hole total of 20-under 406 at the par-71 Empire Hotel and Country Club course for a huge 15-point lead over the five-time champions, who settled for a second 141 for a 421.
Singapore stood eight shots farther back at 429 after another 144 while Malaysia fumbled with a 146 for a 438 followed by Indonesia (150-443) and Brunei (175-514).
“Princess finally hit her stride and showed her potential while Pauline and Miya remained as steady as ever. Only a major disaster could stop them from finally nailing the elusive Santi Cup win,” said national team coach Bong Lopez, also the man at the helm of Team ICTSI.
Superal, the reigning US Girls Juniors champion who groped for form to finish 11th in the recent Asian Games where the Phl also wound up fifth, dished out a superb iron game to set up birdie chances inside four feet, on Nos. 8, 9, 10, 12 and 17. She, however, missed finishing with a flourish after failing to rescue a par off the bunker on the 18th.
Del Rosario also hit five birdies, including a tap-in on No. 11 and from 16 feet on the 16th, but like her ICTSI teammate Superal, she stumbled with one bogey when she hit an errant drive on the 17th, punched out from under the woods and flubbed a six-footer for par.
In other fronts, however, the Philippines continued to struggle with the defending men’s champion team still in far fourth in the Putra Cup with a 658 after a 221, 45 strokes behind Thailand, which also put the outcome beyond doubt with a 613 after a 205.
That was 23 shots ahead of Singapore, which scored a 212 for a 636 while Malaysia carded a 214 for a 640, 18 strokes ahead of the Filipinos, who drew a 72 from Justin Quiban, a 73 from Rupert Zaragosa and a 73 from Tonlits Asistio.
Yuka Saso of Team ICTSI made a 75 while Villamor’s Harmie Constantio shot a 79 for a 154 as the Phl stayed in fourth in the Kartini Cup with a 451, 39 shots behind Thailand, which had a 412 after a 142. Indonesia is in second at 432 after a 142 while Malaysia remained in third at 448 after a 151.(pr)

Pinay golfers pull away in Santi Cup

Miya Legaspi sustained her top form and fired a second 67 while Princess Superal rebounded with a 69 as the Philippines pulled away by eight over Thailand with another 136 in the second round of the Santi Cup of the 54th South East Asian Amateur Golf Team Championship in Brunei late Tuesday.
Legaspi kept her mastery of the par-71 Empire Hotel and Country Club layout, ramming in five birdies against one bogey to turn in another four-under card and likewise lead in the individual play at 134. With Superal finally hitting her stride after failing to count in the three-to-play, two-to-count format event with a 76 Monday, Team Phl assembled a 272.
After an opening 69, Pauline del Rosario, Superal’s teammate at the ICTSI golf stable, settled for a 70, which didn’t count.
Thailand slowed down with a 141 after a 139 but remained in second at 280 while Singapore fell farther behind at 285 after a 144. Malaysia and Indonesia each carded a 143 for 292 and 293, respectively, while the hosts skied to a 173 for a 339.
But while the Filipina golfers pulled away from the pack, the other Phl teams continued to drift away from the leaders in their respective divisions with the men’s team pooling a 437 after a 216 and lay 29 strokes behind Thailand in the Putra Cup.
The Thais, who lost to the Filipinos at Sherwood Hills last year, also continued to dominate the centepiece event, combining for a sizzling 201 for a 408, 16 shots ahead of Singapore, which had a 424 after a 212. Malaysia carded a 215 for a 426, 11 strokes ahead of the fourth-running defending champions.
Rupert Zaragosa bounced back with a 69 but Tonlits Asistio and Kristoffer Arevalo could only chip in 72 and 74, respectively, with Justin Quiban failing to count in the four-to-play, three-to-count men’s play with a 79.
The Phl also stood eight shots behind Thailand in the Lion City Cup after a 147 as Wei Wei Gao shot a 73 and Dan Cruz added a 74 for a 292 total with the Thais firing a 140 for a 284. Malaysia also scored a 140 for a 290.
The Filipinos also fell way behind in the Kartini Cup paced by Thailand at 270 after a 136 as Harmie Constantino and Ashia Nocum carded 74 and 76, respectively, for a 150 and a 297 for joint third with Malaysia, which shot a 147. Indonesia fired a second 145 for second at 290.(pr)