Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., and Department of Education (DepEd) Officer-in-Charge Regional Director Arnold John Siena will grace the opening ceremony of 2013 Palarong Panlalawigan (Provincial Meet) to open on Sunday at Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella is also expected to attend as city host and expected to talk about the upcoming hosting of National Philippine Youth Games (PYG)-Batang Pinoy which was reset on January 28 to February 1, 2014 at the same venue.
Also expected to attend are provincial officials and mayors from other cities and municipalities barring aside politics in the holding of the province sports competition.
By James G. Toga & Clauden Mae Genanda
World champions Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Merlito ‘Tiger’ Sabillo, all from Bacolod, yesterday received a hero’s welcome at the Bacolod City Government Center after successfully defended their respective titles during the Pinoy Pride XXIII: Filipinos Kontra Latinos recently held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Nietes ended with an impressive 3rd round TKO victory over Mexican challenger Sammy "Guty" Gutierrez to keep his WBO world light flyweight belt and became second longest current Filipino word champion next to the great Gabriel ‘Flash’ Elorde. Meanwhile, Sabillo was able to protect his WBO minimumweight crown against Carlos Buitrago of Nicaragua via split draw with the judges scoring the fight: 115-113, 113-115 and 114-114.
WORLD CHAMPIONS Donnie "Ahas" Nietes and Merlito ‘Tiger’ Sabillo (4th and 6th from left) received a hero’s welcome at the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) yesterday after successfully defended their respective titles. In photo are Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella (3rd from right), Jovencio Paroco (former GAB-Bacolod OIC), GAB Consultant Vic Tan, and Councilors Jun Gamba Jr. and El Cid Familiaran.*
Veteran and multi-awarded coaches Roger Banzuela and Antonio Oquindo Jr., who are likewise directors of the Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines – Bacolod, Inc., (SCOOP-Bacolod) are among the invited speakers in the 3-day Training-Workshop on Coaching of the Different Sports Events from December 5 to 7, 2013 at Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC), Bacolod City.
Banzuela, who will speak for volleyball, is a former president of Philippine Volleyball Federation as well as president and founder of the Philippine University Games. He also serves as sports consultant of University of St. La Salle (USLS).
There will be no elementary boxing in the Provincial Meet slated December 8 to 13 at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium as this year’s new Provincial Department of Education memorandum signed by Provincial Schools Division Superintendent Juliet A. Jeruta, Ph.D., CESO V scrapped the event.
Another event "sipa" will now be termed as sepak takraw, the memorandum added.
Ten areas will compete in the Provincial Meet with the winners to compose the Negros occidental delegation to the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet (WVRAA) slated in Antique on January or February 2014.
The vacant lot at the back of the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) is now being prepared to be a multi-purpose venue for sports and other activities.
"We’re doing this mainly for the youth and promote physical fitness," said Executive Assistant IV Rocky Puentevella. He further added that the idea sprouted after he received several inquiries from the Frisbee and Flag Football circle to have a place for them to engage in friendly competition.
The initiative will likewise be a way to develop the BGC as an alternative venue for sporting events following the success of the "Vans Rocks MassKara" last October.
The vacant lot behind the Bacolod City Government Center (BCGC) currently being developed to house the city’s next sporting venues. Spearheading the project are the City Engineer’s Office and the General Services Office.*
An optimistic Puentevella also foresees that, aside from a standard sized football field, the lot will house a basketball and tennis court and "eventually", a skate and BMX park, should the city gain additional resources in the future.
Deb Matthew Daclan and Jan Mickael Casaña will most-likely join the Philippine Juniors’ team to compete in the 2014 World Juniors’ Championship and World Cadet Championships in Taipei.
Vic Feria, Hanah Taekwondo gym head coach, said that Daclan and Casaña were among those selected during the evaluation held Tuesday in Manila.
"They are scheduled to return on January 9 for another evaluation process," Feria said. "And since they were picked during the evaluation, there is a high percentage that they will be included in the national team," he added.
St. John’s Institute (SJI)-A and Living Heritage Christian Academy (LHCA) led bracket "A" while Bacolod Tay Tung High School (BTTHS) is on top of group "B" two weeks after the opening of SeaOil-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) Bacolod leg eliminations at Po Hang gym of BTTHS here.
The Blue Falcons (3-0) looked impressive with victories over Bacolod Christian College of Negros (BCCN), 92-75; SJI-B, 74-64 and Trinity Christian School (TCS), 84-62. LHCA of Taculing is just a spit away with 2-0 record following triumphs over TCS, 85-35 and BCCN, 93-25.
Defending champion West Negros University (1-0) is shadowing both with an emphatic 92-45 win over BCCN last November 30. NOPSSCEA champions Junior Mustangs of Coach Dennis Tumayan are favorite to overcome SJI-B under mentor Richie Militante at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7.
Coach Dominic Chua’s Hua Ming boys and Joemarie Bayhon’s wards from LHCA will take solo leadership after its 9:30 a.m. encounter on Sunday, December 8 with the former ANOPSSAI champion slightly favored for its select team.
Former Philippine Volleyball Federation president, Atty. Jay Alano and Annie Ruiz, both of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will be the resource speakers on a 3-day training-workshop for coaches in all events slated December 5 to 7, 2013 at Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC), Bacolod City.
The activity will end a day before the 2013 Provincial Meet commences, Romeo Sison, Provincial Department of Education (DepEd) Sports coordinator said.
Coaches of 21 different sports events will attend the training-workshop which serves as refreshers for them. Each district is allowed to send two participants, while secondary schools, not more than one for each event.
Basecom defeated Organic Solutions, 72-62, for its sixth straight win in Class B action, while AACI Transport survived undermanned Huminova Tigers, 87-84, in Class A division of the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade, Inc., 2nd Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at the Po Hang Gym.
Organic took the first quarter, 25-16 but went scoreless in the first five minutes of the second quarter as Basecom score 14 points with Keith Banzon ad Luigi Coo combined for 25 points to give Basecom the lead at the half, 43-34.
Both teams played on almost even terms in the second half as Basecom pulled out the win relying on their defense and fast break offense, although Organic outrebounded Basecom.
Coo paced Basecom with 18 point; Banzon added 15; Adonis Rosales scored 14; while Atty. Jubert Katalbas and Glenn Yee made 9 points apiece.
Five teams will be vying for the crown when the Ayala Basketball Club (ABC) 3rd Conference Tournament kicks off today at the Ayala Northpoint Clubhouse in Talisay City.
Defending champion Team A, of Brod Hojilla and Philip Abong, starts its campaign in retaining their title against Team B captained by their prolific scorer Tommy Andren and sharpshooter Gerard Benedicto.
In the second game, Team C bannered by Marvin Tan, Tony Agustin, and former MILO standout Mark Jomalesa goes up against Team E bankrolled by Dax Coscolluela and twin towers Chuckie and Derik Sibug.