Sports events will be one of the attractions when the 20th Panaad sa Negros Festival, the mother of all festivals in Negros Occidental will kick off second week of April 2013, Provincial Sports Coordinator head and Executive to the governor Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor disclosed.
This came after sports coordinators from Local Government Units (LGU) met this week to map up plans for the staging of different sports competition, especially boxing.
At least 20 LGUs are all out supportive of having sports events to make this "Panaad sa Negros" a success, Verdeflor added.
Sports coordinators of Negros Occidental headed by Sagay City’s Benzon Fernandez said they are supportive to the holding of sports events during the 20th Panaad sa Negros, but give more emphasis on boxing.
Eight teams initially confirmed their participation in the upcoming 2013 "Tawo-Tawo" Festival Women’s Invitational Beach Volleyball Tournament at Bayawan City Boulevard on February 2 to 3, 2013.
Event Coordinator former Philippine Volleyball Federation president Roger A. Banzuela named the eight teams as Central Philippines University, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, University of St. La Salle, Volleyball Life Sports, Foundation University in Dumaguete City, University of Southern Philippines Foundation of Cebu City, Team Cebu Province and host Bayawan City.
There is now a "Queen of Paradise" in Cadiz City. Cadiz also has "Little Jungle Resort" located in F.I. that is part of Barangay Cabahug. Cadiz City seems to become a "wonderland" because of so many names used by owners of their businesses.
"Queen of Paradise" is a new vessel plying Cadiz-Bantayan Island in Cebu. This 35 tonnage vessel that can accommodate 80 passengers made its maiden voyage from Cadiz City last Wednesday. In its maiden voyage, only four passengers boarded the "Queen of Paradise" and is expected to increase when it makes another voyage today (Friday, January 25, 2013) to Bantayan Island.
Head Coach Freddie "Nene" Lazarito said Tuesday they will return to Manila Thursday (today) to have a series of practice before their semifinal showdown with Kaya Futbol Club on Saturday, January 26, 2013 in the PFF-Smart Cup at Rizal Memorial Football field.
Lazarito who supervises the practice of Ceres-NOFA players at University of St. La Salle pitch was attending the technical meeting of those joining the national PRISAA in Lingayen, Pangasinan who are leaving on February 6.
Lazarito said they are making their preparation for this tournament hoping to hurdle another game to advance to the final.
La Carlota City proved to be the breeding ground for future tennis players which were popularized by the Guba siblings years ago when a 10-year old native shone recently in the Philta-Palawan Pawnshop Regional Age-Group tennis championship held in Dumalag, Capiz from January 17 to 20, 2013.
Ten-year-old Shyryn Salazar bagged two championship titles in the 12-under and 14-under defeating players older than her, has shown a lot promise in the sport among other players, according to Bong Arguelles, Philta Regional Vice president.
She beat teammate Keana De Asis in the 14-under category.
Ericson Baran who trains Salazar and De Asis is also tasked to supervise the Philta satellite program in La Carlota.
Salazar, a grade school pupil of La Carlota North Elementary School, only started playing tennis two years ago.
The Dynamic Football Club managed by Ricky Yanson has organized a school-based football for the kids dubbed as Negros First Under-13 Football Tournament which opens Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Panaad Park and Sports Stadium pitch in Barangay Mansilingan Bacolod City.
Twelve teams divided into two brackets joined the tournament which is being played every Sunday.
The teams were St. Scholastica’s Academy, Moises Padilla, Mabini Elem. School, Bago, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College and Andres Bonifacio Elementary School in Bracket A; while Bata I Elementary School, University of St. La Salle, Montevista Elementary School, Don Bosco Technical Institute-Victorias, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos and St. John Institute in Bracket B.
Last Saturday, at the opening of Cadiz Badminton Tournament at Multi-Purpose Hall in the city, I went to the venue to cover the event in the morning before going to Bacolod City for the annual Negros Press Club election.
I went inside the venue, the same venue of the just-ended 2013 National Age-Group Visayas Leg Chess Championship held last week. I saw Cadiz City Mayor Patrick G. Escalante witnessing young aspiring players competing against each other in three courts inside the hall. Maybe, Mayor Escalante was so ecstatic that Cadiz contributes potential badminton players that made this city as the bailiwick of many national and international badminton players.
A few minutes later, I went out and saw some other players and their parents’ outside where parents talking with each other while their children were just roaming around, maybe waiting for their scheduled games. I later noticed a truck-load of players, eleven of them with their coaches and some parents who came from Talisay City. I approached them and asked where they were going as they were set to board their service vehicle and seemed to go home. They replied, they were not allowed to register or join.
Cadiz City Mayor Dr. Patrick Guillen Escalante lauded the holding of the 1st Mayor Patrick Escalante Badminton tournament and assured support of the sports, provided it will give more exposure to the Cadiznons for their future so they can use it to gain proper education.
Escalante acknowledged the response of age-group badminton players outscoring the number of visiting players as far as Talisay City who were turned down to register for unknown reason by the organizer headed by Jordan Sun.
Sun, as one parent claimed, even turned down a 13-year-old Cadiznon who is a Palarong Pambansa bronze medalist in Lingayen, Pangasinan claiming they are not members of his association, the Jaguar Badminton Club using the Multi-Purpose Hall of Cadiz City as its badminton center.
Local badminton players from host Cadiz City dominated the 1st 2013 Mayor Patrick G. Escalante Badminton Cup held Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Cadiz City Multi-Purpose hall here.
Winners for Cadiz were Kerr Longno in the boys’ single under-15, with another Cadiznon Kenneth Caracena taking the silver medal. Longno and Caracena tandem also won for them the gold in the boys’ double under-15.
Cadiz City Clarence Villaflor dominated the boys’ single under-9 over Trinity Christian School Lui France Lomugdang and teamed up with Paul Saturinas to bag the title in the same category for boy’s double.
The Western Visayas Private Schools Athletic Association (WVPRISAA) contingent is leaving February 7, 2013 for Manila on their way to Lingayen, Pangasinan for the 2013 National PRISAA slated on February 10 to 16, 2013.
PRISAA regional sports and executive director Roger Banzuela said the contingent will be bannered by athletes from five provinces, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo and Negros Occidental. WVPRISAA held it regional competition in Roxas City, Capiz last December 27 to 30, 2012.
Iloilo won majority of the sports events based on the number of medals won in each event.