University of Sto. Tomas rookie Tigress Patricia Mae ‘Tricia’ Santos made sure that her first game in the 18th FilOil-Unigames Women’s Volleyball Tournament will be remarkable.
This after the 18-year-old and former Pinoy Big Brother teen housemate helped her team notched their first win yesterday against Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod Lady Eagles at the USLS-IS covered court.
The visiting Golden Tigress stunned the reigning NOPSSCEA first runner-up in 52 minutes scrimmage with strong attacks on the disarray Eagles’ defense: 25-13, 25-14, 25-18.
Santos, during yesterday’s post-game interview, said that she is very happy with her team’s victory adding that they enjoyed every match they played. "I’m very honored to play for UST and given that chance (to play) in this UniGames," the 5’ 8" former Ateneo de Davao spiker said. "I will give my best performance in every game I play to help my team. And, I will play in the glory of God," the teenage volleybelle added.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella on Monday disclosed that the city government alongside the University of St. La Salle welcomes the re-hosting the annual event if nobody bids.
"In case there is no bidder for next year’s hosting, Bacolod together with La Salle is willing to host the games again as this is a very important program for the development and search for our future athletes just like Jeff Chan, LA Tenorio, James Yap, and Nonoy Baclao, among the few who were discovered in the UniGames," Puentevella said.
Puenvella, who was the guest of honor during the opening rites of the 18th FilOil-Unigames, challenged the athletes to follow the footsteps of champion Ceres-La Salle Football Team which had beaten all the professional teams in Manila – composed of Azkals. "They all lost to a provincial team, which played in UniGames. If the Ceres team did it, then athletes should do the same," he added.
Bacolod-based Ceres FC remained undefeated in the ongoing United Football League Cup at the Emperador Stadium in Mckinley Hill in Taguig City following their successful 6-nil win over Laos FC on Saturday evening.
Negrense Jayson Panhay opened the Transport’s scoring spree in the 17th minute as Korean reinforcement Jin Ho Kim nailed Ceres’ second goal in the 24th minute.
But, Panhay struck his second goal for the club in the 36th minute to end the break, 3-nil.
Reigning first runner-up Ceres Transport FC repeated over defending champion Dynamic Builders FC, 5-1 on Sunday in the ongoing 3rd Conference of the North Football League played at the North Football Field.
Ceres’ Janrick Soriano opened Ceres’ first half scoring spree in the 5th minute as Joshua Fegidero struck his first in the 6th minute for an early 2-nil advantage. Marvin Broce nailed the Transport’s third in the 25th minute as Mark Arandilla broke Dynamic’s scoring drought 3 minutes later.
Fegidero found some space in Dynamic’s defense in the 37th minute to close a 4-1 lead at the half.
Dynamic successfully stopped Ceres in the early minutes of the second half but, failed to hit their targets as Oliver Colina finally silenced the Builders in the 66th minutes.
The Talisay Basketball Athletic Club (TBAC): Mayor Eric Saratan Cup has recently-opened at the Talisay City gymnasium.
TBAC Vice President Tata Piurque, who spoke on behalf of club President Rolin Meliton who is out of the country, during the opening rites, thanked Mayor Saratan for the support he has extended to the club. Saratan pioneered the club as chairman-emeritus.
"I would also like to encourage everyone to do their share in supporting the club’s goals and plans," Piurque stressed. "We need everyone’s commitment in our club because we have established this together. It means that everybody should work in order for us to achieve our targets," he added.
Piurque also asked its member’s presence during election and meeting, saying, this is not only of the officers’ obligation but our responsibility as club members.
The Philippine Football Federation’s men’s team – Azkals are up in the latest Fifa rankings from 141 to 137, which is the highest achievement so far.
The recent performance of the national squad in international tournaments and friendlies has contributed to the improvement of its ranking, making the Philippine team as No.1 in the South East Asia.
On Tuesday, the Philippine Azkals displayed their hearts as they disappointed the visiting Pakistan to retain the 2nd Philippine Peace Cup crown.
Thousands of Negrenses converged at the Panaad Park and Stadium Tuesday evening to show support to the national team.
After the Azkals made another history last week at the Panaad Park and Stadium, the national rugby team – Philippine Volcanoes are looking at writing their own story in this stadium next year.
This was disclosed by co-skipper Jake Letts over the weekend during a press conference held at Business Inn, saying that they are scheduled to play Japan tentatively in April and with the main venue, Rizal Memorial Stadium, under renovation the next will be Panaad.
Despite being compared with the Azkals, the team said that what they are happy with is that both teams are proud in representing the country. "We are happy that the Azkals are very supportive to us," Letts said.
As the defending titlist of the PFF-Smart Club National Championships, the Negros Occidental Football Association strongly bids to host the tournament’s national finals next month.
This was disclosed by NOFA Secretary-General Paulline Javelona, who was then with PFF competitions department head Cyril Dofitas, right after the Azkals’ victory over Pakistan Tuesday night.
Javellona said that granting the rights to the provincial football association will further help in the promotion of the sports in Negros Occidental, which is considered as one of the top seedbed of local but highly-competitive booters.
During the recent Group F qualifying, reigning tournament MVP Byeong Jun Yoon nailed NOFA – Ceres FC’s lone goal from 10 yards in the 44th minute to survive from regional archrival Camella-Barotac Nuevo FC of Iloilo and a ticket to the next round of the tournament on November 8.
The Negros Taekwondo Union Tigers bagged 16 gold medals to capture the over-all championship crown in the just concluded 12th Masskara National Taekwondo Championships held over the weekend at the Atrium of Gaisano City Mall.
Leading the Crystal Camille Pauline Reyes-mentored NTU medalists are its top players 2013 Smart Nationals ‘Best Player’ awardee Camille Andrea Miraflores of University of St. La Salle, 2011 Palarong Pambansa gold medalist Kathleen Dinsay of Trinity Christian School, 2013 national champion Anton Guinanao of St. John’s Institute, Princess Park of Bacolod Tay Tung High School and JB Locsin of Colegio of San Agustin Bacolod.
Meanwhile, the Hanah Taekwondo gym of Vic Feria finished strong at first runner-up1with 9 gold medals, 4 silvers and 3 bronzes.
All set as Blow by Blow: No Mercy 5 slugs-off today at the Gaisano City Mall featuring Negrense pride going up against tough fighters from General Santos City.
Bacolod’s Rhay-rhay ‘Striker’ Guanzon (19-1 win-loss) of Top Prime Guanzon Stable will take Michael Borja (10-1-6 win-draw-loss) of General Santos City and fighting for the Quinones Stable for the 10-round clash at 115 lbs. During the official weigh-in yesterday, Guanzon weighed 116 lbs. while Borja registered 112.5.
Meanwhile, Himamaylan City-native Junjessie ‘Jungleboy’ Ibgos of Top Prime Guanzon Stable will put his unstained record of 7 wins all by knockout against Sonny Batanes in a 4-round at 135 lbs. In ysterday’s weigh-in, Ibgos posted 132.5 lbs. while his opponent weighed 135.
For the other undercard fight, Top Prime’s Robert ‘Fruity’ Atis of Pta. Taytay clashes against Jose Cuasing Jr. in the 4-round fight at 108 lbs. Atis weighed 110.5 as Causing booked 110 lbs.