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PPS-Pulilan age-group netfest gets going

New faces are expected to emerge with the young guns from Pulilan, Bulacan and nearby cities and towns clash in today’s (Saturday) start of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Pera Padala Pulilan Youth-Bulacan national age group tennis tournament at the Pulilan Tennis Club outdoor tennis courts.
Close to 200 entries are all geared up for the five-day battle in the nine-division event, a Group 2 tournament hosted by Larry Pascua and members of the Pulilan Tennis Club in support of the country’s long-running talent-search put up by Palawan Pawnshop.
Denise Bernardo, member of the Unified Tennis Philippines’ national junior team, and Mikaela Vicencio banner the girls’ 18-and-under cast that also drew Julia Ignacio and Katherine Mercado while Jester Ocio and Daniel Estanislao III loom as the top contenders in the boys’ side of the premier category of the event presented by Dunlop and backed by Asiatraders Corp.
“With so many young players wanting to get a feel of tournament play, the PPS-PEPP circuit provides the proper venue for these future stars to showcase their talent and skills,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Justine Maneja and Gaby Zoleta, meanwhile, lead the chase in the girls’ 16-U play with Ocio and Estanislao likewise gaining the top two seedings in the boys’ side of the event sanctioned by the UTP, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.
Keen competition is also expected in the rest of the categories with Maneja and Ignacio also topbilling the 14-U group with Axi Gonzaga, Thomas Bernardo, Keno Enriquez and Miguel Vicencio tipped to slug it out in the boys’ division.
The Lim sibings, John Price and Kris Roque, look to dispute the 12-U and 10-unisex titles but both face strong challenge from the likes of Kean Enriquez and Joshua Diva in the 12-U hostilities.
Meanwhile, PPS-PEPP action shifts to Zamboanga del Norte next week. Listup is ongoing. For details, call PPS-PEPP Program Development director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464. (pr)

Hernandez, Arcangel share PPS MVP honors 

Osward Hernandez upended top seed Jolo Basa in a thrilling duel, 6-4, 7-5, to snare the boys’ 18-and-under crown while Zia Arcangel ruled the girls’ premier side in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Legazpi leg regional tournament at Lignon and DPWH Tennis Club in Albay over the weekend.
The second seeded Hernandez actually struggled in the early going of the Group 2 tournament, needing an extra set to frustrate Francis Ibones in the second round then the Camalig, Albay ace disposed of Kevin Madrin in two before subduing Basa, who dropped just three games on his way to the finals.
Arcangel, on the other hand, downed Monica Fortuna twice, posting a 6-4, 6-2 victory in the 16-U finals and a 6-0, 6-1 romp in the 18-U championship to share the MVP honors with Hernandez in the week-long event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through president/CEO Bobby Castro.
Iriga’s Marcel Correa matched Arcangel two-title feat as he bagged the 10-unisex title and the boys’ 12-U plum while Ligao City’s JC Gonzales took the boys’ 14-U crown and Marlo Correa annexed the boys’ 16-U trophy in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., distributor of Slazenger/Dunlop as official ball.
France Madrid from Tabaco also racked up two victories, beating Angel Saunar twice, 6-4, 6-2, in the girls’ 12-U finals before escaping with a 7-5, 6-4 decision in the 14-U championship.
Marcel Correa also trampled Keyin Oliva twice, 4-2, 4-2, for the 10-U diadem and 6-0, 6-3, in the 12-U finals; Gonzales pulled off a tough 6-3, 5-7, 11-9 decision over Marlo Correa, who got back at his tormentor, 6-2, 6-3, to in the 16-U championship of the event sanctioned by the United Tennis Philippines, made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg.
Meanwhile, the PPS-PEPP action shifts to Ubay, Bohol beginning tomorrow with another huge field clashing for top honors in nine age-group divisions plus five in doubles play. For details, call organizer and PPS-PEPP Program Development director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.(pr)

Patrombon, Capadocia clinch Brookside Open crowns

Johnny Arcilla missed slugging it out with fellow Davis Cup mainstay Johnny Arcilla but got the job done just the same, overwhelming Vicente Anasta, 6-0, 6-3. In the men’s singles finals while Marian Capadocia snared the women’s crown in the PPS-PEPP Brookside Hills Open Tennis Championships in Cainta, Rizal last Sunday.

Patrombon, 25, kept the momentum of his 6-1, 6-1 romp over Fritz Verdad in the semifinals, shutting out doubles partner Anasta in the first set then yielding just three games on his way to nailing the crown and pocketing the top purse of P50,000 in the week-long event put up by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro and backed by Asiatraders Corp., distributor of Slazenger/Dunlop as official ball.

Anasta stood in the way of the projected Patrombon-Arcilla title face-off as the No. 3 bet upended the top-ranked veteran in the Final Four, fashioning out a 6-4, 6-2 victory to earn a crack at the championship.

The 22-year-old Capadocia, on the other hand, needed to toughen up to hold off Clarice Patrimonio, 6-4, 6-4, in their side of the finals of the event sponsored by Rep. Jack Duavit, Mayor Keith Nieto, Vitoria Construction, Pasture to Plate, Feeds Edition, Rublou Mall and Allan del Castillo and supported by Greenrose, St. Louis Realty Corp., board member Gongora, East Electric Construction and Ortigas Hospital.

The third-seeded Capadocia, who came into the event in top form, having won the doubles title with Fatma Al Nabhani in the Manama ITF Women’s Circuit in Bahrain recently, bundled out No. 2 Patricia Velez, 6-1, 6-2, in the semis while the No. 4 Patrimonio stunned top seed Aileen Rogan, 6-1, 6-0.

Arcilla, meanwhile, salvaged the doubles diadem in partnership with sibling Joseph, edging Patrombon and Anasta, 3-6, 7-6(5), 10-5, to claim the top P20,000 purse while Rogan and Bambi Zoleta foiled the Patrimonio sisters, Christine and Clarice, 6-2, 7-6(3), to bag the women’s doubles title worth P15,000.(pr)

Atos, Jucutan dominate PPS Angeles netfest

Atos, Jucutan dominate PPS Angeles netfest
Angelyn Atos and Exequiel Jucutan saved their best for last, posting a pair of singles victories each to share the MVP honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Angeles City leg age-group tennis tournament at the Angeles City Tennis Club in Villa Gloria Subd. in Pampanga last weekend.
The top-seeded Atos lived up to her billing, dropping just two games to reign in the girls’ 12- and 14-and-under classes of the Group I tournament hosted and sponsored by councilor Joseph Ponce and Palawan Pawnshop. The rising Baguio City crushed Tristenn Kitong twice, 6-0, 6-0, and 6-0, 6-2, respectively.
Jucutan turned in a more impressive performance, beating Jundee Magtabog, 6-0, 6-0, in the boys’ 14-U finals then the Manaoag, Pangasinan ace clipped Josh Molina, 6-1, 6-0, to claim the 16-U diadem in the event presented by Slazenger which capped the PPS-PEPP 53-leg nationwide circuit.
Atos and Jucutan actually made it a three-title feat with the former teaming up with Gabrielle Abarquez to rout Angel Alambra and Rymone Moreno, 8-1, for the 18-U doubles plum and the latter partnering with JM Erpelo to whip Gabby Avila and Ranz Cuarto, 8-2, for the 14-U doubles title.
Anna Demyer also came away with two victoreis as the San Fabian, Pangasinan bet trounced Gabrielle Abarquez, 6-0, 6-2, in the girls’1 6-U finals and repulsed Kim Evangelista, 0-6, 6-3, 10-5, in the 16-U championship.
Local bet Jed Labasano held off Charles Torres, 6-1, 7-5, to clinch the boys’ 18-U plum, John Prince Lim from Urdaneta, Pangasinan topped the 10-unisex side with a 4-1, 4-2 romp over Jeremiah Labasano, and JM Erpelo, also of Urdaneta, took the boys’ 12-U title with a 6-0, 6-7(4), 10-4 victory over Thomas Gabuat.
Other doubles winners were Jed Labasano-Andrei Torres, who edged Josh Molina-Charles Torres, 8-5, for the boys’ 18-U crown; Gab Abarquez-Kitong, who nipped Jumia Ehipto-Janice Navalta, 8-7(4), for the girls’ 14-U title; and JP Lim-Kriz Lim, who ripped Jeremiah Labasano-Matthew Tiotuico, 8-1, for the 10-U plum.
Meanwhile, the country’s premier talent-search, backed by the Unified Tennis Philippines, including PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg, has lined up a 54-stage tour this year, according to PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director and organizer Bobby Mangunay. For details, call 0915-4046464.(pr)

53-leg PPS circuit winds up in Angeles

53-leg PPS circuit winds up in Angeles
Close to 200 entries gear up for a fierce battle in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Angeles City leg regional age-group tennis tournament, each raring to close out the season on a winning note at the Angeles City Tennis Club in Villa Gloria Subd. in Pampanga.
Mikaela Vicencio seeks for a “double” in the girls’ 16- and 18-and-under divisions while Miguel Vicencio and Charles Torres brace for a showdown in the two featured classes in the boys’ side of the Group 1 event winding up a record 53-leg circuit held in various parts of the country.
“It has been another successful year for local tennis, particularly in the age-group level. Through our nationwide, year-long circuit, we believe we can help produce the next batch of tennis stars,” said Palawan Pawnshop president Bobby Castro.
Aside from the age-grouper, which includes nine categories, the PPS-PEPP circuit also featured a number of Open tournaments, which drew the country’s leading players, including members of the national pool and team.
Jeremiah Labasano and Prince Lim, meanwhile, are tipped to slug it out for top honors in the 10-unisex class while Angelyn Atos and Tristern Kitong and Thomas Gabuat and JM Erpelo banner the tough cast in the girls’ and boys’ sides of the 12-U division of the event hosted by councilor Joseph Ponce and presented by Slazenger.
Atos also gains the top ranking the 14-U section with Adriana Cabahog, Kitong and Jomiya Ehipto taking the next three seedings while Miguel Vicencio and Exequiel Jucutan leading the chase in the 14-U boys’ category that also includes Gaby Avila and Erpelo.
Meanwhile, the PPS-PEPP has lined up a 54-stage tour next year, according to PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director and organizer Bobby Mangunay. For details, call 0915-4046464.(pr)

Iglupas, Patrombon share PPS Dagitab Open honors

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Iglupas, Patrombon share PPS Dagitab Open honors
Khim Iglupas cranked up her game midway in the second set then dominated Shaira Rivera in the decider to fashion out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory in the women’s singles final of the PPS-PEPP Dagitab Tennis Festival Open in Naga City, Cebu recently.
Jeson Patrombon, on the other hand, ended veteran Johnny Arcilla’s reign with a 7-6(6), 6-2 romp to claim the men’s singles title and complete the Iligan City bets’ sweep of the season-ending Open tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and the LGUs of Naga City led by Mayor Kristine Vanessa Chiong.
Patrombon, a former Australian Open boys’ singles quarterfinalist, proved steadier Arcilla in the tiebreaker after the top two ranked players held serves in the first 12 games of the opening set, hinting at a tight, grueling finish.
But the 24-year-old Patrombon pressed his bid after breaking Arcilla in the third game of the second frame, holding serve in the fourth before breaking his rival again to go up, 4-1.
Arcilla, who has dominated the Open tournaments of the annual PPS-PEPP circuit the last three years, snapped his slump and took the sixth game but Patrombon easily won the next, yielding just one point to annex the crown worth P30,000.
Iglupas, meanwhile, overcame a listless start that saw Rivera break her in the fifth game before sweeping the next three. But the top seeded bet, who whipped Patricia Velez, 6-0, 6-1, in the semis, struck back midway in the next, breaking Rivera in the fifth and seventh to force the decider.
She kept her momentum in the third, sweeping the first four games. And though Rivera, who eased past Aileen Rogan, 6-2, 6-0, in the Final Four, held serve in the fifth and broke back in the sixth for a 4-2 count, Iglupas regrouped and fought back from love-30 by racking up four straight points. She then held serve in the eighth game to complete the come-from-behind win and snatch the top P20,000 purse.
Iglupas later teamed up with Arcilla to beat Tierro and Rivera, 6-3, 6-1, for the mixed doubles crown.
Meanwhile, the season-ending tournament of the country’s longest and biggest talent-search with over 50 events will be held Dec. 26-30 for the PPS-PEPP Angeles, Pampanga leg at the Angeles City Tennis Club in Villa Gloria Subd., according to PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director and organizer Bobby Mangunay. For details, call 0915-4046464.
Patrombon, who survived rising young star and recent PCA Open champion Bryan Otico in three sets in the quarters, also needed to walk the tightrope before subduing Leander Lazaro, 7-6(5), 6-4, in the semis.
Arcilla also struggled against long-time rival and fellow Davis Cup veteran PJ Tierro, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, after cruising through straight-set romps over Chris Encarnacion, Kim Saraza and Eric Jed Olivarez.(pr)

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)