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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)

Chinese aces to grace FDG Cup badminton  

Chinese Wang Lin and Wang Xin, both former world women’s singles No. 1, will grace the FDG Cup Open and Invitational badminton tournament which braces for its grand 11th staging this weekend at Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati.

Lin, who nipped Xin for the gold medal in the 2010 World Championships in Paris, will play exhibition matches with Frederick D. Go and members of the national team along with celebrity-guests in the highlight of the two-weekend tournament set June 14-15 and June 20-21, which features the cream of the country’s badminton crop.
Although they would be seeing action in the exhibition side of the four-day tournament, their mere presence is expected to draw the crowd and inspire local players vying in the annual event, which also stakes cash prizes and ranking points.
The 25-year-old Lin from Zhenjiang, a former French and Denmark Open winner, reigned over the Badminton World Federation in 2010 after copping the world crown, while Xin, 29, who also took the top ranking in late 2010, won the Asian Games and Uber Cup gold medal in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
A Philippine Open champion in 2009, Xin racked up five victories in 2011, winning the Hong Kong, French, Denmark and Singapore Opens and the Malaysia Open Grand Prix.
The Chinese aces are but two of the world ranked players who have graced the annual event the last few years with world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Denmark’s Peter Gade, the world’s top player from 1998-2001, taking part in the event’s milestone 10th season last year.
Meanwhile, fabulous prizes will be raffled off during awards rites on June 21 to be hosted by Ai-ai de las Alas with comedians Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola spicing up the event.
Top ranked Toby Gadi and Bianca Carlos banner the stellar field that includes defending men’s double champions and Team Phl/Smash Pilipinas mainstays Paul Vivas, Peter Magnaye, and runners-up Ronel Estanislao and Joper Escueta along with Ateneo’s Patrick Natividad and Justin Natividad.
Also seeing action in the event, held as part of the Philippine National Ranking System (PNRS) of the Philippine Badminton Association in partnership with Smart Communications, are Gelita Castilo, Danica Bolos, Jennifer Cayetano and Kristina Tan.
The FDG Cup Open division, which also features the men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, will also give players a shot to become members of the Smash Pilipinas badminton team.
The Open singles winners will receive P60,000 (men’s) and P40,000 (ladies), the men’s doubles winners will get P100,000, while the women’s doubles and mixed doubles champions will receive P60,000 and P80,000, respectively.(pr)

World’s best to grace FDG Cup badminton

Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Denmark’s Peter Gade have confirmed participation in the FDG Cup on June 28-30, marking the first time in local badminton history that the current and former world No. 1 players will strut their wares here.

Although they would be seeing action in the exhibition side of the three-day tournament, their mere presence is expected to draw the crowd and inspire local players vying in the annual event, which celebrates its milestone 10th year.

Lee, who had actually graced the annual badminton bash in the past, is coming off a strong start in the current season, winning four of his first six tournaments, including the Sudirman Cup, India Open, Malaysia Open and the Korean Open.

The 30-year-old London Olympics silver medalist has held the world No. 1 spot for 199 consecutive weeks from Aug. 2008 to June 2012. Though he relinquished his post for a while, the Malaysian ace has regained the No. 1 ranking since late October last year.

Gade, on the other hand, reigned as world No. 1 from 1998 to 2001, briefly recapturing the top post in 2006 after topping the Singapore Open and reaching the quarterfinals in the Malaysian Open.

The now-retired 36-year-old five-time European Championship winner and All-England champion has racked up 22 Grand Prix victories and is one of the most successful players of all time.

Gade will team up Robinsons Land Corp. president Frederick D. Go, under whose name the event is held, while Lee will link up with Kennevic Asuncion in the exhibition match on June 30 at Robinsons Midtown Manila.

The event, which used to be a two-day tournament, has been stretched to three days to accommodate the big number of entries. The first two days will be played at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati.

On tap are the centerpiece men’s, women’s and mixed Open doubles for the elite players along with the Partners Cup which features employees and business partners of the Robinsons Land Corp. composed of the company’s architects, designers, construction managers, contractors and suppliers.

Registration is ongoing. For details, contact 0932-8573431 c/o Glenn Encarnacion/Richard Bautista or email fdgcup@yahoo.com.(pr)

Banner field seen in MVPSF-PBaRS tilt

The MVP Sports Foundation-Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) braces for another huge turnout with hundreds of players already listed to play in the seventh leg of the event unfolding May 3 at the Excel Badminton Center in San Fernando, Pampanga.

Toby Gadi and Bianca Carlos, who swept the premier Open singles titles in last year’s staging of the country’s only ranking badminton tournament, are tipped to lead the title chase again in the five-day tournament sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation.

Registration is ongoing with deadline set Friday (April 19). The posting of participants will be on April 23 with the draw set April 26 at the PBaRS office.

The event is the country’s only ranking badminton tournament, sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan as chairman and Rep. Albee Benitez as sec-gen.

For details, contact the PBaRS office at 20 E. Maclang cor. P. Guevarra Sts., San Juan City at 7252568 and 7828202, according to PBaRS tournament director Nelson Asuncion. On-line registration can also be made on pbars.com.

Backing the event are Gatorade, Vineza, Sincere Construction, Victor Pcome Industrial Sales and Krav Maga Philippines with TV 5, The Philippine Star and Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine as media partners.

Meanwhile, the second batch of the Asuncion Badminton Center will be held April 24-May 20 for MWF sessions and from April 25-May 21 for TTHS classes with the weeklong training slated April 24-May 21.

Also on tap is a weeklong training from Monday to Saturday with all participants to play in the first summer trainees tournament on April 28.

The third batch will start May 22-May 31 for MWF and May 23-June 1 for TTHS (five sessions each). The weeklong training is set May 22-June 1. The second summer trainees tournament, meanwhile, will be played June 2.(pr)

PBaRS kicks off new season May 3

The MVP Sports Foundation-Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) kicks off its third season on May 3 with Pampanga hosting the country’s ace shuttlers and rising stars at the Excel Badminton Center in San Fernando.

Registration is ongoing with deadline set on April 19. The posting of participants will be on April 23 with the draw set April 26 at the PBaRS office.

The event serves as the seventh leg of the country’s only ranking badminton tournament, sanctioned by the Philippine Badminton Association headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with sportsman Manny V. Pangilinan as chairman and Rep. Albee Benitez as sec-gen.

For details, contact the PBaRS office at 20 E. Maclang cor. P. Guevarra Sts., San Juan City at 7252568 and 7828202, according to PBaRS tournament director Nelson Asuncion. On-line registration can also be made on pbars.com.

Meanwhile, the Asuncion Badminton Center launched its summer training program last Monday with the first batch set for MWF or TTHS sessions. Also on tap is a weeklong training from Monday to Saturday.

All participants will then play in the first summer trainees tournament on April 28.

The second batch will be held April 24-May 20 for MWF and from April 25-May 21 for TTHS classes with the weeklong training slated April 24-May 21.

The third batch will start May 22-May 31 for MWF and May 23-June 1 for TTHS (five sessions each). The weeklong training is set May 22-June 1. The second summer trainees tournament, meanwhile, will be played June 2.

Toby Gadi and Bianca Carlos, who swept the premier Open singles titles last year, are expected to banner the field again in the five-day tournament sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation and backed by Gatorade, Vineza, Sincere Construction, Victor Pcome Industrial Sales and Krav Maga Philippines with TV 5, The Philippine Star and Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine as media partners.

The next leg will be held Nov. 6-10.(pr)

PBA launches grassroots program

The Philippine Badminton Association kicked off its nationwide grassroots development program under the PBA Bagong BIDA project in Tuguegarao City last week with clinics and seminars held simultaneously with the annual Aquarius Cup Badminton Championships at the Play N Smash Badminton Center.

Fifty-three students and teachers from the Human Kinetics and BSED Major in Sports Science and P.E. from Cagayan State U, Univ. of Saint Louis, Univ. of Cagayan Valley, Cagayan National High School, St. Paul Univ. Phils. and aspirants took part in the two-day technical official seminar conducted by Efren Pollentes, an accredited umpire of the Badminton Asia Confederation.

“I’m happy that majority of the participants are young since they have much time to serve as technical officials. This is the first time that I conducted this kind of seminar attended mostly by the youth,” said Pollentes, also an Australian Badminton Association certified coach.

The PBA Bagong BIDA Grassroots Program is sanctioned by the PBA headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and secretary-general Rep. Albee Benitez and sponsored by Victor, the PBA official equipment sponsor exclusively distributed by PCOME Industrial Sales, Inc.

Pollentes, also a PBA accredited mentor, through the help of PBA Events and GDP coordinator Joel Mabborang, also conducted a badminton clinic among 40 kids aged 10-14 years priming up for the Cagayan Valley Regional Athletic Association.

“This is a good start for us and I can say that our pilot project was very successful through the valuable support of Joan Dunuan and Mario Dunuan of Play N Smash Badminton Club and Sherwin Simangan of Tuguegarao Badminton Association,” said PBA Bagong BIDA program director PCSupt. Gen. Federico Laciste, “We really need this kind of program to further develop the sport and discover talents from the countryside and I encourage all PBA member clubs to do the same.”(pr)

Rivera, Chan top Ming Ramos badminton

Monica Arianne Rivera and Sean Chan fended off their respective rivals to capture the 19-Under crowns while Geero Pelegrina and Nicolette Santiago took the U-9 titles in the PBA Ming Ramos Victor Youth Non-Ranking Championships at Jump Smash Badminton Court in St. San Francisco Del Monte, QC last Sunday.

Rivera, of Team JB/Lining Academy, held off a rallying Alizandra Candelaria of Allied-Victor, 21-18, 21-16, to bag the ladies plum while Chan of Team Prima frustrated Glenn Remo of ETC, 21-16, 21-17, to annex the men’s diadem in the premier class of the event held in honor of Philippine Badminton Association honorary chairperson and former First Lady Mrs. Amelita “Ming” Ramos and held as part of PBA’s Bagong Bida Grassroots Program.

Rivera later made it two-in-row by taking the girls’ U-17 singles crown with a 21-10, 21-17 victory over Mikaela Aquino with Carl Clemente of Allied Victor bagging the boys’ diadem with a walkover win over Henrick Peralta.

Mrs. Ramos also graced the awards rites along with PBA’s Bagong Bida Grassroots Program head Police Gen. Federico Laciste Jr. and Conrado Co.

Pelegrina, of The Grip Shuttle Bulacan/Babolat Academy, outplayed Emmanuel Rodriguez of New Era in the decider and carved out a 21-14, 11-21, 21-10 victory to cop the crown in the youngest category of the tournament backed by Victor, official equipment sponsor of the PBA and exclusive distributed by PCOME Industrial Sales, Inc.

Santiago, of Babolat, dominated Nicole Benito, 21-6, 21-6, to cop the girls title in the event sanctioned by the PBA headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay, chair Manny V. Pangilinan and sec-gen Rep. Albee Benitez.

Meanwhile, PBA’s Bagong Bida Grassroots Program head Police Gen. Federico Laciste Jr. said that a series of regional grassroots tournaments will be conducted in different regions to enable players in the countryside to get a feel of tournament play with Mon Padiz of Sta. Rosa Badminton Center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, hosting the next PBA Bagong Bida SRBC Youth non-ranking age-grouper on Feb. 1-3, 2013.

Jewel Albo and Olive Sanvictores, both of Lining, defeated Kervin Llanes of Tuguegarao, 21-9, 21-6, and Andrea Masakayan, 21-12, 21-8, respectively, to capture the U-11 crowns while Joshua Morada of JLTC Team and Meghan Cruz of Babolat took the U-13 plums with 17-21, 21-14, 21-10 and 21-14, 21-15 victories over Adrian Ramirez and Joy de Guzman, respectively.

Johnrick Macabenta of Christ The King School-Muntinlupa thwarted Glenn Camillo, 21-18, 21-17, while Charmaine Salvador of Allied Victor downed Pauline Santos, 21-10, 21-9, to annex the U-15 crowns.(pr)