The Lopue’s Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) paddlers of Dr. Leonito "Diotay" Lopue added another championship under its name after capturing the Men’s Team Open title while finished 1st runner-up in the Women’s Team in the just-concluded Daragang Mayon Festival National Table Tennis Open held last April 8-10, 2014 at LCC Mall, Legazpi City, Albay.
Dr. Leonito "Diotay" Lopue – bankrolled Lopue’s Table Tennis Association paddlers in posterity after winning the Men’s Team Open title and capturing the 1st runner-up honors in the Women’s Team division of the just-concluded Daragang Mayon Festival National Table Tennis Open held April 8-10, 2014 at the LCC Mall, Legazpi City Albay.* (contributed photo)
LOPTTA’s Isaias Seronio and Mark Francis Jimenez made an impressive performance after sweeping all their opponents in the elimination round towards the final.
Both paddlers topped their bracket with a 6-0 record in the round robin format to secure a semis slot facing the No. 2 team in the Bracket B ALTEC of Legazpi winning 2-0.
In the championship, LOPTTA defeated HUACHING team of Cebu composed of Adolfo Bazar and Glendo Nayre.
The Murcia-pride and 2-division world champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes (32, 18 KOs-1-1) will be defending his WBO light flyweight title against Mexican Moises Fuentes (19-1-1, 10 KOs) in the Pinoy Pride XXV: The Rematch on May 10 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
WBO light flyweight champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Mexican Moises Fuentes.*
The 31-year-old ‘Ahas’ underwent training in the United States before returning to Cebu for his full preparation against Fuentes.
Both fighters first fought in an epic 12-round slugfest that resulted in a majority draw in March of last year at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.
Nietes, who hasn’t lost since 2004, will surpass the record of Filipino boxing legend Gabriel "Flash" Elorde as the longest reigning world champion in Philippine history.
Nietes won a huge third round knockout over former Mexican world champion Sammy Gutierrez at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last November.
The Ceres – La Salle FC continue to surge as Division 2 leader in the ongoing United Football League after shooting down Philippine Air Force FC on Sunday, 2-1 at the Nomads Sports Club pitch.
Erstwhile Azkals forward and Airman Ian Araneta fired a stunning 13th minute goal for an early 1-nil advantage.
However, Ceres’ Korean reinforcement Kyum Son Cho scored an equalizer in the 23rd minute to close the first 45 minutes, 1-all.
In the second half, the Ceres side accelerated its offense with Korean Jin Ho Kim sending his team’s second goal in the 47th minute breather for a 2-1 lead.
Following the sweeping of both men and women badminton team tie competition, Western Visayas also dominated the individual competition bagging three out of five titles in the just ended 2014 PRISAA National Games held in Davao Del Norte Sports Tourism Complex in Tagum City.
Mike Minuluan won the title in men’s singles, while teammate Christian Sison was 1st runner-up.
Central Visayas’ Archangelo Ouano and Kevin Bergantin placed 2nd runner-up. Minuluan and Sison were also part of the WV team that ruled the men’s team tie. Minuluan was adjudged Most Valuable Player.
Manny Pacquiao was a picture of determination days before the ‘Pambansang Kamao’s’ rematch with the erstwhile unbeaten Timothy Bradley, his 2012 tormentor when the two first fought in June of that particular year over at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The controversial first fight which saw judges CJ Ross and Duane Ford handing Bradley the victory in a split decision verdict (Jerry Roth saw Manny winning) over the Filipino ring icon was dubbed as one of the greatest robbery in professional boxing since time immemorial.
This prompted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to review the fight and eventually, Manny was determined to have won the bout. But the damage has been done and for Pacquiao to clearly establish his victory, a rematch was inevitable.
The multi-titled Hanah–Asenso Murcianon Taekwondo Club (ATMC) hauled 13 gold medals, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals in the recently-staged 2014 Panaad Taekwondo Tournament held at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
Among those who won gold medals are: Grade School Boys Advance – Gabrielle Nualda, Group 1 and Marcus Ernesto Hinojas, Group 3; Grade School Girls Advance – Angeline Alcantara, Group 2; Grade School Girls Novice –Gwenet Cuaycong, Group 2; Junior Men Advance – Deb Matthew "Jack" Daclan (welterweight) and Jan Mickael Casaña (feather weight); and Junior Men Novice – Levi Michael Deriada (lightweight), Paul Jimenea (finweight), Cornelio Buyco (flyweight), Rodney Posecion (lightweight) and Reyco Asin (welterweight); and Junior Women Advance – Caroline Dean Espinosa (lightweight).
The Palaro-bound athletes of Western Visayas will take a respite from their training in celebration of Lenten season and are home-bound today, April 16.
The athletes started their respective training April 1 as mandated in the memorandum signed by Western Visayas Department of Education Officer-In-Charge Regional Director Corazon P. Brown.
They will resume their training on April 21 before their departure on April 27 for the annual sports competition in Brgy. Bubukal, Sta. Cruz, Laguna slated May 4 to 10, 2014.
This year’s theme is "Sports: A way of life".
Woodpushers from Western Visayas scored another victory just before the conclusion of the 2014 National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) competition at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex.
The WV team hauled gold medals in the men’s team division and individual event while bronze in the women’s category and men’s individual.
In the men’s team, Fritz Bryan Porras leads WV chessers scored 7.0 points as teammates Noel Vincent Crucero and John Michael Silvederio finished with 6.0 and 5.5 points, respectively.
Finishing at silver medal is Region 7 composed of Yves Christian Fiel (6.5), Ramil Wadim (6.0), and Jethro Esplanada (5.5) while, bronze medalist is Region 11 with John Christian Lesaca (6.0), Jun Mark Baldesimo (5.0), and Adrian Alain Llanos (5.0).
The Monday Bowler’s Club of Bacolod (MBCB)-1 top the 2014 Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) Class 1996 Trio Bowlfest after it registered 997 pinfalls in round 1 last Thursday at Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Bacolod City.
MBCB-1 of Rolly Alonzo anchored by Boy Garingalao with members Lito Masculino, Carl Boyero, Melot Alimon, and Rey Bello rolled the lanes in a 3-game set score of 335-307-355.
Romel Jover-managed Davies Paint came in second to score 968 (288-326-354), while Edgar del Rosario-led ASSFBI settled for third place with 966 on a 332-303-331 output.
The Boylits duo of Boy Garingalao and Lito Masculino dominated the Doubles Event Fun Games of Monday Bowlers’ Club of Bacolod (MBCB) at Lopue’s East Bowling Center last March 31.
Boylits trailblazed the 16-team duckpin doubles bowling event with 535 pinfalls followed by MC Bowlers - Carlo Boyero & Mae Memoracion (475), EJ ’78 - Elmer Liboon & Jack Palermo (474), and M&U - Melot Alimon & Ulysis Pacheco (465).
Garingalao and Masculino received a cash prize of Php 2,000.
Special individual prizes for highest in a single game was Garinglao with 159 pinfalls, in pinning was Edwin Soluta with 96, and in a double game was Masculino with 270.