It will be a busy summer as hundreds of young and aspiring footballers across the province are expected to wear their boots and take the fields when the Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) stages the 2014 U12 Boys and U13 Girls Provincial Festival of Football on March 29-30 and April 5-6 in Bacolod City.
Those players qualified to join these tournaments are boys born on or after January 1, 2002 and, girls born on or after January 1, 2001.
The top teams in the tournament will represent the province and NOFA to the Philippine Football Federation Regional Festival of Football, also in April 2014.
On invitation of the Department of Tourism Region XI through its Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Art Boncato, it was a privilege for me to be part of the media group that took the inaugural direct flight from Bacolod to Davao of Cebu Pacific Air recently.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella delivers his message during the launching ceremony of the direct flight between Bacolod and Davao held at the Bacolod Silay National Airport.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)
We were billeted at the 5-star Marco Polo Davao as GM Anthony Tan welcomed us with DOT ASec Art Boncato, Cebu Pacific Air’s Corporate Communication VP Jose Lorenzo Tanada, Corp Comm Manager MP Fojas and Corp Comm Asisstant Manager Michelle Eve de Guzman welcoming us all.
It was timely for the launch of the DOT-initiated Davao BIG FUN Sale where all the major shopping malls in Davao joined muscles together to hold their big shopping sale come March to April 2014.
Happy shoppers courtesy of G-Mall Gaisano Davao – NPC Directors James Toga and Dolly Yasa, DOT Region VI officer Pamela Denise Cababasay, and Jerome Galunan.*
Negros Occidental athletes, who won gold medals in the just-concluded 2014 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet in Antique, are back in their training routines to prepare for the upcoming 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Laguna.
Romeo Sison, Department of Education-Negros Occidental sports coordinator, said that though the national competition is still scheduled on May but, the early preparation of the athletes are part of the regional contingent’s goal to overtake the over-all championship from the National Capital Region (NCR).
Young woodpushers in the province are expected to take the boards tomorrow when the National Chess Academy stages the 13 and Under Rapid Chess Tournament at Nena’s Chicken Inasal, Galo-Lacson Streets in Bacolod City.
The champion for this tournament will receive a cash prize of P2,000 plus trophy and a medal while the second placer will take home P1,500 plus trophy and a medal; third placer will get P1,000 plus trophy and a medal; fourth placer will pocket P700 and a medal; 5th placer will win P 500 and a medal; as sixth to tenth placer will go home with P200 and medals each.
Meanwhile, ‘most participated school’ will get P300 and medal while Top Female Scorer and Youngest Participant will receive P200 each and medals.
Registration fee is pegged at P150.
The Green Lantern Table Tennis Club of La Carlota City and Royal Paddle Table Tennis Club of Bacolod City will have a friendship tournament at the Royal Paddle playing area tomorrow, February 22.
Headed by Francis R. Jalandoon, a true table tennis icon in Negros in the 1980’s and 1990’s, the Green Lantern Table Tennis Club will field a combination of veteran players, namely: Rev. Ferrancullo, Rev. Judani Pimentel, Rev. Miruel Canete and young paddlers Angelo Catada and Michael Hilado.
The team will be mentored by Central Philippine University head coach Rev. Francis Neil Jalandoon, who will also direct Region 6 women’s team in the upcoming National PRISAA in Tagum City.
Azkals’ midfielder Fil-German Patrick Reichelt found his new home in Bacolod City after officially signed a 2-year contract yesterday with the Ceres-La Salle FC.
The 25-year-old right wingman was welcomed yesterday by Ceres’ manager Leo Rey Yanson, head coach during yesterday’s press conference at the 21 Resto.
Fil-German Patrick Reichelt was congratulated by lawyer Collin Derk Isidto after signing his 2-year contract with the Bacolod City-based club. Joining him are (from left) head coach Ali Bernad Go and technical director Cha Soung Yooung.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
Batch ’86 led by Kid Leyes & Caroline "Tata" Yanson dethroned back-to-back champion Batch ’69 headed by Boy Geronca & Johnny Garcia in the recently-concluded 26th St. Joseph School-La Salle (SJS-LS) Alumni Duckpin Bowling Tournament sponsored by Batch ’73 at Lopue’s East Bowling Center.
After the elimination round, the top 10 teams had a 2-game battle to determine the top 5 squads who would face each other in the up-the-ladder finals. The new rules set by the host batch resulted for the entry of B’86, Elmer Liboon-led B’78, Jun Lozada’s B’83, Gary Laurico’s B’72, and B’69 in the championship round.
The Negros Occidental Arnis Team, represented by Ramon Torres National High School in Bago City, has left remarkable note in the just-concluded 2014 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet in Antique.
This after the Negrense ‘arnisadors’ finished first runner-up over-all in the secondary boy’s while second runner-up in the secondary girls category.
The team bagged a total of 7 gold medals, 4 silvers and 15 bronzes – both in ‘Anyo’ and ‘Labanan’ categories.
All set for the 67th PAL Interclub Golf Tournament 2014 Senior’s Division at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club (NOGCC) in Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City and Bacolod Golf and Country Club (BGCC) in Murcia town.
Hundreds of top golfers across the country are expected to show forms in the challenging layouts of these two golf courses.
The 4-day senior’s division will be played until February 23 followed by the award’s night followed by the tee-off of the men’s division at the NOGCC on February 24, as well as the two-day media tournament on February 24-25 at the BGCC.
After the hard fought matches in the recently-held 4th Barangay Bata Chess Tournament, Jireh Erl Martinez and Valerio Mangubat emerged champions in the Under-12 and Under-20, respectively.
Martinez scored 5.5 points to take home the P1,500 top prize in the U12 while Japeth Pimentel finished second with 4.5 points (17.5 BH) and received P,1200 cash reward as Kian Anoran settled in third place with 4.5 points (15.5 BH) and took a cash incentive of P1,000. Each also received a trophy.
Meanwhile, those players finished in fourth to tenth places are Clark Ken Pelione (4.5 pts., 15.5 BH), Mark Anthony Diaz (4.0 pts., 14.0 BH), Aliah Grace Belaño (4.0 pts., 14.0 BH), Clarice Tadena (3.5 pts., 14.0 BH), John Joseph Hofileña (3.5 pts., 14.0 BH), Christian Pelione (3.5 pts., 13.5 BH), and Xander Apuyon (3.5 pts., 13.0 BH). Each received a cash incentive of P200 and medals.