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PPS-PEPP age grouper resumes in Palawan

PPS-PEPP age grouper resumes in Palawan
Action in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Puerto Princesa leg regional age group tennis tournament resumes today (Friday, Aug. 17) with fierce battle looming in at least three divisions at the Puerto Princesa Tennis Club in Palawan.
The boys’ 12- and 14-and-under and the 10-unisex divisions all drew 32-player casts, guaranteeing a wild chase for top honors and ranking points in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.
Lance Hitosis, Jerry Ong, Jericho Ong and James Banac banner the field in the 14-U side while Jaydan Perez, Renz Billonez, Evan Bacalso and Justin Micayabas are the players to watch in the 12-U section of the nine-category event backed by Asiatraders Corp. and the new Unified tennis group, led by PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s and B-Meg.
Seth Torrecampo and Kenrick Bona, on the other hand, headline the 10-U roster that also includes Zir Lumanog and Jorge Matta along with Trixie Gascon, Daniel Gidoco, Chelsea Abaa, Khalil Cahayag, Gian Florentino, Zander Garcia, Joshua Liboon and Alveya Ibba.
To accommodate the big number of entries, organizers have also tapped the Puerto Aventura Resort and Bona’s tennis courts as the other venues of the four-day tournament.
For details, call Bobby Mangunay, the PPS-PEPP sports program development director at 0915-4046464.
Meanwhile, Franzyn Billonez and Amelie Matta are tipped to clash for the girls’ 14-, 16- and 18-U crowns while Jeric Ordinario and Hitosis gain the top two seeding in the boys’ premier division. Hitosis also topbills the 16-U side along with the Ong siblings and Ordinario.(pr)

BaliPure quenches thirst for volley crown

Premier Volleyball
Members of BaliPure whoop it up at center court after completing their surprise sweep of three-time champion Pocari Sweat to capture the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference crown Wednesday.
BaliPure quenches thirst for volley crown
Members of BaliPure whoop it up at center court after completing their surprise sweep of three-time champion Pocari Sweat to capture the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference crown Wednesday.
Like most championships, this one didn’t come easy. In fact, BaliPure almost didn’t make it to the semis.
But with sheer determination, guts plus some luck, the Water Defenders can now call themselves champions in only their second year in the country’s premier women’s volleyball league.
“It was a tough road (to the championship),” said BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb, moments after steering the Water Defenders to their maiden championship with a sweep of the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors in their best-of-three series for the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference crown Wednesday.
“Before the tournament started, a lot of teams had tried to woo my players to join them. Then we almost didn’t make it to the semis and barely escaped from going through a playoff to advance,” said Gorayeb.
Against the unbeaten Creamline side in the Final Four, BaliPure dropped the first game and moved to the brink again.
But the Water Defenders got some break as the Cool Smashers had to play sans top hitter Alyssa Valdez after the management decided to give the national player her much deserved rest for two big international tournaments.
Still, the Cool Smashers fought back hard but the Water Defenders proved steadier, more determined and earned another crack at the championship.
“We lost the first game (against Creamline) and we almost didn’t make it to the finals,” recalled Gorayeb.
But the Water Defenders swept the Cool Smashers in their next two games then did the same against the defending champions in the finals to crown themselves the new volley queens.
“The girls persevered (in the elims). After that, it’s a different story. Iba na yung character namin,” said Gorayeb, tracing their long, hard trek to the top of women’s volley world.
What made it sweeter was the fact that they did it against the very team that foiled their bid the first time out.
“We’re very happy since we worked so hard to get this (championship). As a team, we went through a lot,” said BaliPure ace Grethcel Soltones.
They vowed to work harder even as they brace for a lot tougher challenge when they resume their quest for another championship in the near future.(pr)

Kabacan ES wins Kadayawan crown

Kadayawan volleyball
BACK-TO-BACK. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey awards the champion’s trophy to Kabacan Elementary School after topping the Kadayawan Girls Volleyball Tournament that closed Sunday afternoon at the University of Mindanao (UM) gym in Matina, Davao City. KES, which then represented Barangay 76-A Bucana, was also champion of the Davao Children’s Games held in May. PSC-PSI
Kabacan ES wins Kadayawan crown
DAVAO CITY – Davao Children’s Games 2017 champion Kabacan Elementary School (KES) of Barangay 76-A Bucana added a feather on its cap by capturing the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-backed Kadayawan Girls Volleyball title at the University of Mindanao (UM) Gym here Sunday afternoon.
KES defeated Tambobong Elementary School (TES), 25-12, 25-10, in the championship match, relying on team captain Sophia Pabilona who swept the best attacker and most valuable player (MVP) titles.
Pabilona’s service aces helped KES secure the crown and the P10,000 championship prize while TES received P7,000 in the three-day league for girls 13 years old and below.
Talandang Elementary School, which beat Vicente Hizon Sr. Elementary School, 25-22, 25-21, placed third and got P5,000.
Twelve-year-old Pabilona said, “Lipay kaayo mi nga nag-champion mi kay mao jud ang goal namo (We’re happy to be champions again, that’s really our goal).”
She also thanked the PSC for holding a tournament for them as they get rarely invited for competitions that often feature private school teams.
The other special awardees were best server Princess Juanillo (KES), best digger Aiza Suazo (Tambobong), best setter Lynette Putian (KES) and second best attacker Cherrylou Tomas (Talandang Elementary School).
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Charles Raymond A. Maxey awarded the prizes, trophies and certificates to the winners during the closing program.
Maxey, in his message, thanked the parents for supporting their children as well as school officials and the participating teams for making the event successful.
“Nagpasalamat ko sa inyong tanan, wala ning padula kung wala mo. Hinaut sa sunod pa namo nga mga programa sa sports diri inyo gihapong suportahan (We thank you for your support, this would have not been possible if not for you. I hope that in our future programs here you will still continue to support us),” he said.
He also thanked their partners in organizing the tournament  – the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO), Department of Education (Deped) Davao City Division and Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA).
The event was held in coordination with the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) in Mindanao and was officiated by the Balibolista de Dabaw. PSC-PSI

PSC execs urged Kadayawan girls volley participants

Study hard, pursue your dreams’
PSC execs urged Kadayawan girls volley participants
DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-backed Kadayawan Girls Volleyball opened at the University of Mindanao
(UM) Gym in Matina here yesterday with some 150 under-13 players from 10 teams urged by top PSC officials to study hard and
pursue their dreams.
PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said, “Kini dula-dula ra ni pero tanang nisikat sama sa mga national athletes nato wala
mideretso og daug sa gold, silver or bronze. Sugod ra pud sila og enjoy-enjoy sa dula. Mag-eskwela jud ta og tarong kay
importante na. Kung dili ta mag-eskwela dili mabuak ang kapobre (This tournament is just for fun but all our popular national
athletes did not win the gold, silver or bronze automatically. They also began with fun games like this. What’s really
important is for you to study hard and study well).”
Education, according to him, is the only way to alleviate anybody from poverty. Thus, he encouraged the girl players from
different public elementary schools in the city to be serious in their studies as well as in their sport.
“Ako promdi raman ko, maayo gani mo kay taga syudad mo. Nag-eskwela ko parehas ra pud ninyo, nagtuon… wala damha mamahimo kong government official og mag libot-libot sa laing lugar (I’m from the province, you are all better than me because you are
from the city. I also studied just like you, I learned in school… who would ever think I would become a government official
and be able to go around the world),” the PSC chief who grew up in Padada, Davao del Sur said during his keynote speech.
Commissioner Maxey, meanwhile, inspired the girls to dream and play for the country.
“Gabii nag-send off mi sa mga atleta nga mudula sa KL, nakita nako ngadto nga determinado sila. Pero ang pag-apil sa sports
naay kadaugan, naay kapildihan. Gi-awhag tamo aspire someday nga makadula mo sa atong national team. Pursue inyong sport,
inyong dreams. Pasalamat mi sa inyong parents kay ginasuportahan mo sa inyong pagdula (We sent off the national athletes who
will compete in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In sports, however, there is victory and defeat. I
encourage you to aspire to be in the national team someday. Pursue your sport, your dreams. We thank your parents for
supporting you),” Maxey said.
In the opening games, Davao Children’s Games girls volleyball champion Kabacan Elementary School drew first blood by beating
Matina Central Elementary School, 25-8, 25-7, while Tambobong Elementary School of Baguio District bested Vicente Hizon Sr.
Elementary School, 25-15, 25-15.
Matches were still being played as of this writing in the volleyfest organized in coordination with the city government of
Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI_ Mindanao staff. It is officiated by Balibolista de Davao.
Cash prizes, trophies and certificates are at stake in the tournament that aims to provide opportunity to public elementary
schools to compete.  PSC-PSI

Japanese coach gives Nationals impressive grade

OKAYAMA CITY, Japan —  The Philippine women’s volleyball team shrugged off a 10-hour journey from Manila to this city to impress the Japanese coach who led his Okayama City Seagulls to a hard-fought win over the games Filipinas late Tuesday.
 Akiyoshi Kawamoto, the Seagulls coach, gave the Nationals an impressive grade at the start of their 17-day training camp in preparation for the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games.
Kawamoto, whose squad is a powerhouse in the Japan V.Premier League, said the Filipinas possess impressive skills and talent and could blossom into a regional force anytime soon.
“I like your speed. You are very skilled and talented,” Kawamoto told the Nationals after the match.
“But one thing I noticed is that you lack concentration. You easily panic whenever you’re being attacked. You have to control yourselves and maintain your composure in tight situations.”
Kawamoto was referring to the first set where the Nationals stayed in the game, 16-14. But the Japanese made a furious rally, turning the slim lead into a 25-16 victory that dictated the tempo of the match.
“You were intimidated after that,”Kawamoto added. “But I see a bright future for your team. You will go far, believe me. All I want you to do is to have concentration, good communication, don’t panic and don’t be complacent whenever you’re leading.”
Kawamoto wants to improve the Filipinos’ floor defense and blocking as well as build their character, especially when the game is on the line.
“We love how the Japanese coach has been training us,” said team captain Mika Reyes. “This is an eye-opener for us. We realized that we still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve.”
The Nationals and the Seagulls will figure in an official match on Saturday with no less than Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano, chairman of the organizing committee for the AVC Women’s Seniors Volleyball Championship, joining a group of Filipino expats and overseas contract workers in the gallery.
Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. acting president Peter Cayco, meanwhile, will arrive to join the squad on July 25.(pr)

PBA agrees to release Gilas members to RP Team

PBA agrees to release Gilas members to RP Team

TAIPEI – PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa announced on Tuesday that all the PBA teams have agreed to release Gilas pool members to the national team that will vie in the 2017 FIBA Asia Cup in Lebanon on Aug. 8-20.

This means coach Chot Reyes will have at his disposal all the players he named to the 24-man Gilas team from which the Final 12 will come.

Recent SEABA campaigners June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Calvin Abueva, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright and RR Pogoy lead 19 PBA players in the 24-man roster.

Other PBA players in the list are Gabe Norwood, Norbert Torres, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, Mac Belo, Kevin Ferrer, Chris Tolomia and Carl Bryan Cruz.

Naturalized player Andray Blatche, Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, Bobby Ray Parks, Kiefer Ravena, and Kobe Paras complete the list.

The release of the PBA players to the Gilas pool will be in accordance with the memorandum of agreement between the PBA and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas – 30 days before the tourney among the Gilas cadets and 15 days among the PBA veterans.

Narvasa said they will try to find a way to settle the conflict of the PBA Governors Cup schedule with that of the Asia Cup.

“It always affects the PBA whenever there is a change in (FIBA) schedule. We’ll discuss it with (SBP president) Al Panlilio and coach Chot Reyes,” said Narvasa.

The PBA has made the necessary adjustments in its 2017-18 season to give way to the numerous window periods of the FIBA Asia world qualifiers.

One adjustment is the season opener set in December.

“No specific date yet. We want to know the exact dates of the FIBA games first,” said Narvasa.(PBA)

Children’s Games ends on high note

Children’s Games ends on high note
The 2017 Mindanao Children’s Games held in Davao City from May 23 to 27, came to a successful close Saturday. It was three days of light play and fun for children 12 years old and under who participated in this event under the Sports for Peace program of the Philippine Sport Commission.
In his speech, PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez recognized the roles of education and sports in the development of a responsible citizen.  He enjoined the children to “study hard so that you reach your dreams, you see new places and learn different languages.  Involve yourself in sports to learn discipline and fortify your mind and bodies.”  Ramirez also said allowing children to play together, regardless of religious, political and other inclinations will teach and show them Filipinos are one with one blood and one nation.  “There may be war in other countries and disorder in our own backyard, but though this we show everyone that peace reigns in Davao, in Mindanao.”
Barangay 76-A swept all sets to take the championship in girls’ volleyball. Barangay Tumugan was runner-up.  Volleyball tournament manager Abet Bernan said that there were a lot of potential players on the floor but “more than the skills it is developing interest in sports that was more important.”  A total of 10 barangays  participated in the girls’ volleyball event.
In boys’ 3-on-3 basketball, Baranggay Buhangin copped the title beating early finalist, Barangay Hizon, 18-5.  Baranggays Bantol, Baguio Proper and Indangan also won in the Larong Pinoy events.
The closing program was a simple affair at the Almendras Recreational Center in Davao City.  Folk dances from the Agro Industrial Foundation College of the Philippines provided entertainment for the short ceremonies.  Winners of the games took home cash prizes and gift bags containing snack food and school supplies.  All participants received their own loot bags.
During the conduct of the games, the Davao Sports for Peace Corps Volunteers Association (DSPCVA) was also formed, giving the PSC access to talents and skills of sports practitioners, enthusiasts, coaches and athletes living within and near Davao City.  Ramirez hopes to replicate this in the next editions of the Children’s Games which is expected to be held in other areas of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon. PSC