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PSC backs PPS Davao age-grouper

The Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit resumes in Davao beginning today (Thursday, March 16) with the Philippine Sports Commission as presentor of the Group 2 tournament at the GSIS Tennis Club.
Close to 200 entries are competing in various divisions in the five-day tournament hosted by LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III, also the president of the GSIS Heights Tennis Club, and held as part of the PSC’s commitment to support youth sports through chairman Butch Ramirez.
The region’s leading junior players and a slew of rising stars banner this week’s field, including Sultan Kudarat’s Carlyn Guarde and Davao’s Danna Abad and Patricia Velez, who are expected to slug it out for top honors in the girls’ premier 18-and-under division along with Winona Cabardo.
Guarde, Abad and Cabardo, together with Jazzelle Madis of Mlang, are also expected to dispute the 16-U plum in the event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop, presented by Slazenger and sanctioned by Philta and held in conjunction with the Araw ng Dabaw celebrations.
“PSC’s support is a big boost not only to junior tennis but to youth sports in general,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. “Although the regular campaigners have the edge in terms of experience, we also expect some surprises that have been the norm in the circuit with so many young, new faces emerging from each leg.”
Keen competition is also seen in the boys’ side with Vince Tugade and Ramon Bentillo, also from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, and Klyde Lagarde from Gen. Santos City, leading the title chase in the 16- and 18-U sections with the likes of Nicole Gorospe, John Velez, Earjan Casal, Karl Palo and Bruce Hurtado out to topple the fancied bets.
John Velez, Cedric Pamplona, Andre Sing and Palo (boys) and April Bentillo, Ma. Angelica Novis of Malita, Davao del Sur, Jillian Manangking and Thea Tobias (girls) head the 14-U cast while Reyman Saldivar Jr., Joji Taketomi, Pamplona and Sing along with Tennielle Madis, Manangking, Poula Taketomi and Jasmen Kadalum are the players to watch in the 12-U category.
The battle for the 10-unisex diadem is also too close to call among Tennielle Madis, Joji Taketomi, Reicy Bentillo and Shaun Globasa but 12 others are raring to show their wares and vie for the coveted crown.(pr)

Dayrit, Nuguit snare First Gen crowns  

Diego Dayrit and Samuel Nuguit bucked the odds and overcame their higher seeded rivals to record a pair of thrilling reversals in the eighth First Gen Juntaphil Metro Age Group Tennis Championship at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa over the weekend.
The eighth-ranked Dayrit proved steadier than top seed Daniel Estanislao III in a pressure-packed tiebreaker, pulling off a 6-1, 5-7, 7-6(6) victory to snatch the boys’ 12-and-under crown in the annual tournament co-presented by the First Gen Corp. headed by Francis Giles Puno and sponsored by Smart Communications.
Earlier, the 12-year-old Dayrit, way down in 18th in the current Philta ranking, toppled No. 2 Miguel Vicencio, 6-2, 6-3, to arrange a title duel with Estanislao, who whipped Rupert Tortal, 6-1, 6-1, in their side of the semis.
The second seeded Nuguit, on the other hand, upended No. 1 Marc Jarata, 2-5, 5-3, 5-1, to pocket the 10-unisex plum in the week-long event organized by Juntaphil led by president Edward Puno with Technifibre as the official ball and Caloy Creer as tournament referee.
Unlike in the girls’ side where Shaira Rivera and Alex Eala romped off with two titles via straight-set romps, the boys’ finals went down-to-the-wire with Cenon Gonzales Jr. and Gabriel Tiamson also carving out a pair of three-setters in the 18- and 16-U sections.
The top seeded Gonzales came back strong from a tight first-set setback and essayed a 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 5 Joel Atienza to rule the premier division while the fifth-ranked Tiamson likewise rallied to upend No. 3 Manuel Balce III, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, for the 16-U crown.
Marc del Rosario took the 14-U title with a 1-0 (ret.) win over Arthur Pantino.
Rivera edged Rafaella Villanueva, 7-6(2), 6-3, for the 18-U title then thwarted Melanie Faye Dizon, 6-4, 6-3, for the 16-U plum, while Eala ripped Macie Carlos, 6-2, 6-0, in the 12-U finals then stunned No. 1 Mikaela Vicencio, 6-1, 6-1, for the 14-U crown.(pr)
First Gen president Francis Giles Puno (left) poses with Juntaphil chief Edward Puno after the country’s leading clean and renewable energy company backed another successful staging of the First Gen/Juntaphil Metro age group tennis championships at the Alabang Country Club.(pr)
First Gen president Francis Giles Puno (left) poses with Juntaphil chief Edward Puno after the country’s leading clean and renewable energy company backed another successful staging of the First Gen/Juntaphil Metro age group tennis championships at the Alabang Country Club.(pr)

Zoleta, Nillasca post twin wins in Lucena netfest

Gaby Zoleta (left) and Magnus Gnilo display their twin trophies after ruling their respective divisions in the Lucena leg of the Palawan Pawnshop regional age group tennis in Lucena.(pr photo)
Gaby Zoleta (left) and Magnus Gnilo display their twin trophies after ruling their respective divisions in the Lucena leg of the Palawan Pawnshop regional age group tennis in Lucena.(pr photo)
Gaby Zoleta wore down top seed Denise Bernardo in a grueling third-set duel and hacked out a pulsating 6-1, 5-7, 15-13 victory as she matched Arianne Nillasca’s twin title romp in the Lucena leg of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group presented by Technifibre at the Ouans Resort Tennis Courts in Quezon yesterday.
Zoleta, a mainstay of the International School for Better Beginners-Lucena, recovered from a close second set setback but needed to toughen up in the decider to outlast Bernardo and snare the girls’ 14-and-under crown. She earlier took the 12-U diadem with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Julia Ignacio.
Nillasca, the top player of San Vicente National School-San Pablo, dominated sister Reisha, 6-0, 6-0, to run away with the 18-U plum moments after pocketing the 16-U title with a 6-1, 6-0 drubbing of Bernardo.
Magnus Gnilo, a San Beda-Taytay stalwart, stunned No. 2 Prince Salvacion, 4-0, 4-0, in the semis then upended top seed Thomas Bernardo, 6-2, 6-2, to snatch the 10-unisex crown in the Group 3 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and organized by Philta headed by Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Sixth ranked Ron Amper, from Atimonan, Quezon, foiled Gnilo’s title bid in the 12-U section, scoring a 6-0, 6-2 win while RJ Virrey, from Enverga University-Lucena, thwarted Glenn Lagran, 6-0, 7-6(6) to claim the boys’ 14-U crown.
Local ace Kim Alcala, also from International School for Better Beginners, survived Ranz Javier, 6-4, 3-6, 10-7, to capture the boys’ premier 18-U plum while Javier, also from Enverga U, stopped Virrey, 6-2, 2-6, 10-8, to cop the 16-U diadem in the event which drew a huge field of over 200 players from San Pablo, Pitugo, Padre Burgos, Lucban, Catanuan, Perez, Gumaca, Atimonan, Luisiana, Quezon, Cavite, Los Banos, Lucena and Manila.
“The tight title duels and reversals only underscored the level playing field and Palawan Pawnshp is pleased with the progress being made by our young players through this series of tournaments nationwide,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.
Meanwhile, the 11th leg of the 38-stage circuit will be held March 26-31 at the Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park, Makati City. Registration is ongoing. For details, call Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director, at 0915-4046464.(pr)

Sanico posts twinkill in Palawan-Ormoc netfest  

Camille Joy Sanico sustained her form and racked up two victories to kick off her campaign in the 2015 Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Regional Age Group tennis circuit presented by Technifibre at the Ormoc Midtown Tennis Club in Ormoc last Sunday.
Sanico, who swept three titles at home at the close of the 2014 season in Isabel, Leyte, mastered Jeminah Jabines twice, including a 6-1, 6-2 romp to bag the girls’ 18-and-under crown. The 15-year-old Isabel Tennis Club mainstay earlier defeated Jabines, 6-2, 6-3, to annex the 16-U plum in the five-day event kicking off the 38-stage circuit put up by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center.
Cenon Gonzales Jr. shared the spotlight by repulsing fellow NCR bet Jerome Romualdez, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1, to capture the boys’ 16-U diadem while Paolo Loreto from Baybay, Leyte trampled top seed Aeron Carungay, 6-3, 6-3, to clinch the boys’ 18-U crown.
Baybay’s Joshua Torres, who also swept the 12- and 14-U titles in the Isabel leg, routed Michael Ibcas, 6-0, 6-1, to cop the 14-U title, while Franconero Nunez, also from Baybay, took the 12-U plum with a 6-1, 6-0 demolition of No. 1 Gylem Basalo in the Group 2 tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association, headed by president and Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
“Palawan Pawnshop will continue providing our youth ranking tournaments lie this which we hope will further inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.
Local ace Anica Cari, another Baybay mainstay, bagged the girls’ 14-U crown with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of Ormoc’s Dianne Egos, who earlier secured the 12-U title with a 6-1, 6-3 romp over Joanna Rojas.
Unranked Mia Gemida from Ormoc also stole the thunder from the big guns as she toppled No. 5 Nicholas Ogat, 4-2, 4-1, to snatch the 10-unisex plum in the country’s premier junior tennis circuit hosted by Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla.
Meanwhile, the second leg will be held Jan. 22-26 in Iloilo. For details,  call Palawan Pawnshop secretariat at 09154046464.(pr)

Palawan Pawnshop lines up 38-leg junior tennis circuit

The country’s leading junior tennis players and rising stars brace for another busy year as the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Regional Age Group 2015 presented by Tecnifibre stages a 38-leg nationwide circuit beginning Jan. 15-19 in Ormoc City.

The country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center and Tecnifibre have re-affirmed their support to junior tennis as they lined up a series of ranking tournaments aimed at further boosting the sport that has seen the emergence of young talents from Philta’s year-long, nationwide program.
“It has been our desire to help boost the sport and at the same time tap new talents who can be developed and trained to become world-class athletes,” said Bobby Castro, COO of Palawan Pawnshop.
The circuit, sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association and staged in the key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, is backed by Philta’s regional vice presidents, including Mayor Ramon Orfanel (Region 4A), Ferdinand Medina (Region 1), Mayor Rollen Paulino (Region 3B), Dr. Andres Bayona (Region 6A), Fernando Arguelles (Region 6B), Jesus Lagman (Region 7A), Ernesto Uy (Region 7B), Mario Rizon (Region 7C), Ken Salimbangon (Region 7D), Rafael Antonio Munoz (Region 8), Jimlani Imlan (Region 9), Carolina Angel (Region 11B) and Dr. Julian Galinato (Region 12).
“The Palawan Pawnshop regional age-group series hopes to serve as a venue for junior players to hone their skills and talents and give opportunities to compete against the best,” said Philta president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Inspired by the success of their 30-stage tour last year, launched to address the need for a national tournament program for junior tennis, the circuit is also designed as a conduit of Philta in developing a positive outlook among the youth.
For details, call Palawan Pawnshop secretariat at 09154046464.
In Mindanao, Palawan Pawnshop and Tecnifibre opened the tournament for free in an effort to encourage more young players to participate and at the same time help boost the local host clubs’ junior development program.
“This junior tennis program is designed to instill the benefits of physical fitness and core values that promote tennis and aid in addressing the problem of juvenile delinquency,” said Tecnifibre Manager and former Davis Cupper Roland So.
Four National Opens, featuring the country’s aces, will spice up this year’s staging of the circuit, including the Cainta Open on March 18-22, the Olivarez Open on Aug. 14-30, the Tuna Festival Men’s Open in Gen. Santos City on Sept. 4-13, and the Dagitap Tennis Festival Open in Naga City, Cebu on Dec. 17-22.
Palawan Pawnshop has poured in P5 million while Tecnifibre has chipped in P1 million in kind to sustain the 38-leg grassroots circuit also held to mark Palawan Pawnshop–Palawan Express Pera Padala 30 years of excellence and at the same time share the company’s blessing with the Filipino masses.(pr)

Tierro thwarts Arcilla, bags Palawan Tunafest crown

PJ Tierro toughened up in the decider and defanged Johnny Arcilla, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, to capture the men’s Open singles crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival 2014 at the Gen. Santos City courts in Gen. Santos City yesterday.

The top seeded Tierro leaned on his solid serves and near-flawless ground strokes to neutralize Arcilla in the tightly-fought third set then came away with backhand drive winners to clinch the victory worth P40,000 in two hours and 10 minutes.
Tierro, who retired due to cramps in losing the Olivarez Cup crown to Arcilla last year, banked on his forehand winners to break Arcilla once and take the opening set. But Arcilla, who beat Vicenta Anasta last week to complete a three-peat in the Olivarez Cup, dominated the second to force a decider.
Tierro, however, recovered his bearing and rhythm in time, keeping his rival on the defensive with his solid groundstrokes and winners to hack out the victory, capping the week-long tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Padala and hosted by Gen. Santos City with Technifibre as official ball.
“Tierro and Arcilla, along with other national team and pool mainstays, always inspire our young players to strive for excellence. And we thank Palawan Pawnshop for putting up this tournament which surely encouraged them to dish out their best in their side of the tennis festival,” said Philta president and Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Arcilla, who pocketed P20,000, foiled Tierro’s bid for a twinkill as he teamed up with Ronard Joven to beat Tierro and Rolando Ruel, 6-4, 6-4, and pocket the doubles title in the event which also featured the country’s leading and rising junior players and held as part of Gen. Santos City’s Tuna Festival celebration.
“Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre have been in the forefront of tennis development for years and we will continue putting up top-level tournaments to inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.
Shaira Hope Riviera complete a golden double by topping the girls’ 16- and 18-and-Under sections with Carlyn Bless Guarde and Ma. Angelica Novis snaring the 14- and 12-and-U plums, respectively.
Rivera, a Davao City find, scored a 6-2, 2-6, (ret.) win over Sharyl delos Santos to clinch the 16-and-U crown then overpowered Patricia Velez, 6-1, 6-2, to annex the premier 18-and-U championship, while Guarde outsteadied Velez, 7-5, 7-6(7), to snatch the 14-and-U plum and Novis dominated April Bentillo, 6-3, 6-1, in the 12-and-U final.
Jeric delos Santos subdued Brylle Chatto, 6-3, 6-3, to cop the boys’ 18-and-U title while top seed Abson John Alejandre took the 16-and-U plum with a 6-1, 6-3 romp over Stephen Tubbs.
Ranked as top seed, Tubbs clipped Klyde Lagarde, 6-1, 6-4, to bag the 14-and-U diadem, while No. 1 Mark Alfred Directo routed John David Velez, 6-2, 6-2, to win the 12-and-U title.
Bentillo atoned for her failed bid in the girls’ 12-and-U final, edging John Velez, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(9), to clinch the 10-unisex crown.(pr)