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2nd Visayas Jr. Tablenet Qualifier Set July 25-27

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Young paddlers across the region are expected to converge to Bacolod City when the Table Tennis Association of the Philippines – sanctioned and Lopue’s Table Tennis Association (LOPTTA) – organized 2nd Visayas Junior Table Tennis Qualifying Tournament opens on July 25-27 at LOPTTA Training Center.

Bacolod Jins to See Action in Korea Taekwondo Open

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The Philippine team with Hanah Taekwondo jin Deb Matthew Daclan and Far Eastern University-based Bacoleño jin Clouie Bolinas went to South Korea to see action in the Korea Taekwondo Open 2014 set to open today, July 10 until July 16.

Vic Feria-mentored Hanah Taekwondo jins in posterity after it claimed the 15thVisayas Age-Group Taekwondo Championships.*

DUCKPIN: Retro, ASSFBI, KMH to Bowl Off in LTBC Trio Tonight

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After 10 rounds of ball rolling action at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Retro Bowlers managed by Iran Pielago secured the twice-to-beat advantage in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest last Tuesday.

Retro ace bowler Pielago led his team with a total accummulated points of 9,730 (963 - 331, 335, 297). Lending a throwing hand are members Raymund Lopez, Cero Cordova, Eshho Garcia, and Patô Fodlione.

Bago Boxers Finish 4th in Nat’l Boxing Tourney

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Bago City’s Mario Bautista and Mario Jaga won two gold medals to lift their team to a fourth place finish in the just-concluded PLDT-ABAP National Boxing Championships held in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Bautista triumphed over Tayabas’ Archie Estelledes via unanimous decision in the junior boys’ lightweight 52 kg. category while, Jaga prevailed via UD against Lawrence Ordonio of La Union in the junior boys’ bantamweight 54 kg. division.

Germany vs. Netherlands in World Cup Finals?

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With the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup set tomorrow and Thursday in Brazil, European sides Germany and Netherlands became the favorites to enter this year’s finals.

With Brazil’s stars Neymar and Thiago Silva as well as Argentinian Angel Di Maria out of the semis favored the Deutsche and Dutch.

The host-Brazil arranged a face-off with Germany tomorrow at Belo Horizonte after a 2-1 win over Colombia during the quarterfinals while the latter squad survived France, 1-nil.

Retro Steers Lead With Style in LTBC Trio Bowlfest

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Retro Bowlers’ boss and ace player Iran Pielago continue to steer the lead with style as it collected a total points of 8,767 after round 9 in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

24 Teams to See Action in DFL 2nd Conference July 19

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A total of twenty-four teams will be seeing action in divisions when the Dynamic Football League (DFL) 2nd Conference kicks off on July 19 at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch.

The tournament was originally scheduled to open on July 12. Instead, the coaches meeting will be held on this date.

Expected to take the football field are 16 teams for the Under 13 and 8 teams in the Under 11 division.

For the U11, a player must be born January 1, 2004 and later, while those suiting up for the U13 must be born January 1, 2002 and later.

24th Unity Ride Boosts NegOr Tourist - Degamo

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DUMAGUETE CITY – Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo said that the staging of the 24th Unity Ride in this capital city over the weekend is a big boost to the sports tourism of his province.

The event, which was held for the first time in Dumaguete, that gathered two hundred big bikers from Bacolod, Iloilo, Cebu, Bohol, Tacloban, Zamboanga, and Davao, among others, has not only provided entertainment to those who have seen the event but, has able to generate revenue for the province.

Sports Tourism Shares 29% in Tourist Visitors

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, during his State of the City Address or Ulat ni Mayor last week, claimed that the staging of major sporting events in Bacolod since he hold office last year has contributed to the increase in tourist arrivals –which is approximately 29% growth by the end of 2013 compared to the same period in 2012.

PSC: Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg Restart on Oct.21-25

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The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) last week has already informed various local government units (LGU) in the country, which include Bacolod City and Negros Occidental, on the new schedule of the 2014 Batang Pinoy.

Brgy. 35 Loses Anew in 8th Monico Cup

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Barangay 35 of former Negros Slashers’ village chief Maui Huelar loses anew yesterday in the losers bracket and faces elimination with one more game left next week in the 8th Monico Cup at Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

Brgy. 35 lost to Brgy. 19, 75-72, in the lone match in the loser’s bracket yesterday.

In the knockout quarterfinals Saturday, Brgy. 19 lost to Brgy. 18, 98-86 top scored by University of St. La Salle varsity player Nike Montalbo producing 9 points.

Candoni, San Carlos to Hold District Elims in 5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup

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Candoni will hold the 6th District elimination of the 5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup on August 9 to 10, 2014, while San Carlos City the 1st District third week of same month.

The 6th District composed of Cauayan, Hinobaan, Ilog, Kabankalan and Sipalay placed fourth last year finals held in La Carlota City.

The 1st District boxers composed of Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava, San Carlos City and Salvador Benedicto top the tournament.

Sharp-Edged Squads Continue Leading Forward in Supplier’s Cup

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Sharp teams in the rated and non-rated categories have not been playing as refined as in round 4 to lead with an accummulated points of 3,809 and 3,702, respectively, in the ongoing Supplier’s Challenge Cup 2014 Invitational Trio Bowling Tournament at the New Top’s Millennium Plaza Alley, 10th Street along Lacson Strip in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

5 Negrense Blu Girls Join Team for US Training

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The Philippine Blu Girls Softball Team is set to fly this month to the United States to prepare for the upcoming 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014.

IN PHOTO: (from left) Veronica Belleza, Elma Parohinog, Marlyn Francisco, Luzviminda Embudo, and Annalie Benjamin.*

RPTTC–VMA Emerge Champion in Iloilo Tourney

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Bacolod-based Royal Paddle Table Tennis Club (RPTTC)-Visayan Maritime Academy Global College emerged champion in the just-concluded 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament staged last June 27-29, 2014 in Iloilo City.

The tournament’s elimination round, which was participated by 15 teams, was played at the Sun Yat Sen High School Auditorium while, the championship was staged at the SM City – Iloilo.

Despite being grouped in a tough bracket, the Bacolenos came out strong to outplay their opponents. The RPTTC-VMA Global College was bracketed along with host –Sun Yat Sen Team A which is composed of National PRISAA 1st runner-up players from John B. Lacson Maritime University – Iloilo, Central Philippine University (CPU) High School, and Antique Province – Team B.

CHAMPION. Bacolod-based Royal Paddle-VMA Global College paddlers receiving their championship trophy and the cash prize from the organizer of the 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament held in Iloilo City.* (Contributed Photo)

Panhay Awarded UFL Div 2 MVP

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The Bacolod-based Ceres–La Salle FC had shown the whole country the best talent from the province after its successful stint in the United Football League (UFL) 2nd Tier recently.

UFL Division 2 MVP Jayson Panhay and Golden Gloves awardee Louie Michael Casas.*

Sermona Battles Aussie Champ to Defend Title

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Himamaylanon reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) International super featherweight champion Ryan "The Crusher" Sermona (16, 9KOs-5-0) is scheduled to defend his belt against Australian and World Boxing Union (WBU) super featherweight titlist Corey McConnell (13, 1KO-1-1) on August 9 at Crossing Theatre, New South Wales, Australia.

Ryan "The Crusher" Sermona

Kudos to Mayor MonicoAACI Trading Captures Fil-Sino Cage Title

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AACI Trading defeated AACI Transport, 79-57 to capture this year’s Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Friday.

CHAMPIONS. (standing left to right) JR Lacson, Wilson Dy, Bren Tajonera, Bryan Victor Javelosa, Jeremy Coo, Luigi Coo, Chipeng Uy, Andre Tan, Robbie Jalando-on, (seated) Danny Boy Uy, Brian Coo, Keith Banzon, and Deonyson Dy.*

KMH Holds #1 Spot in Trio Bowlfest

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Current number 1 team Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) headed by Edgar de Leon managed to hold on the top spot with 6,740 points as Retro Bowlers and Active Solid Strikers Fellowship Bowlers Inc. (ASSFBI) closes the gap after round 7 in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

PP27 Features Servania, Villanueva in Dubai

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Bacolod City prides and undefeated champions Genesis "Azukal" Servania (24, 10KOs-0) and "King" Arthur Villanueva (25, 14KOs-0) will be featured in the Pinoy Pride 27: "Duel in Dubai" at the Dubai International Convention Center on August 29, 2014.

Mayor Saratan, Clavecillas Exhort Camaraderie Transport Caging

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TALISAY CITY - Talisay City Mayor, Dr. Eric Saratan and Disaster Risk Management officer Jack Clavecillas exhort friendship, camaraderie among participants yesterday in the opening of "Dr. Eric Saratan Cup" Transport Basketball Tournament at Talisay Public Plaza Covered Court.

Saratan address the 24 teams participating in this year’s tournament which for the first time happen in the city never have been initiated by other Local Government Units.

"If other LGUs will follow, it is first introduce in this city," Saratan said.

Trading, Transport to Dispute Fil-Sino Title

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AACI Trading and AACI Transport are playing as of press time for the title in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade, Inc. 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball tournament at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

AACI Trading and AACI Transport arranged the finals showdown after beating separate opponents in the semifinals Wednesday.

Top seed AACI Transport defeated No. 4 Jast Enterprises, 89-81, while No. 3 AACI Trading ousted JSY Transport, 85-73.

Bacolod Hot Shots Face-Off in PBA Finals

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San Mig Coffee Mixers are set to defend their PBA Governor’s Cup title against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Finals tomorrow.

But, aside from their respective imports who have shown great performance in this conference, among those to be watched out in this championship series are the Bacolod hot shots – James Yap and Jeff Chan.

While Yap was born in Escalante City and Chan is from Bacolod, both started their playing careers in the ‘City of Smiles.’

NOHS Squads Dominate Triangular Bowlfest; N82, B80-89 tie for #1 in main division

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Ten Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) teams is showing dominance after round 8 of 10 in the ongoing 5th Triangular Bowlfest 2014 at the Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City last June 22.

Knockout Matches in Monico Cup Start Today

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The top 12 teams will play knockout matches today and Sunday at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

Rolando "Jack" Marañon, tournament manager said these top two teams in each bracket will play and the winning six teams will advance to the crossover knockout quarterfinals.

The original 37 teams were reduced to 12 after the single round eliminations.

4 Games Usher Dr. Eric Saratan Cup Transport Basketball Opening

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Four games will be played on opening Sunday of "Dr. Eric Saratan Cup" Transport Basketball Tournament at Talisay City gym.

Small Nonato, tournament director said the games will be played after the simple opening ceremony.

Dr. Eric Saratan, Talisay City Mayor will give his message before 24 teams that participate in this tournament among Transport groups. It will start at 1:30PM.

ILL Softball Batters Off to AsPac Reg’l Tourney

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The Iloilo Little League (ILL) softball batters are set fly today to Clark Field in Pampanga for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Regional Championships scheduled on July 1-7.

Both the little leaguers and the juniors’ team earned spot in this qualifying tournament for the World Series this August after prevailed during the Philippine Series last month in Marikina.

The little leaguers forced Muntinlupa in the 4th inning regulation, 19-0.

En route the finals, the Illongas also blanked the International Little League of Manila in the semis, 12-0.

3 Negrense Boxers to PLDT-ABAP National Championship in Digos

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Two female boxers and a lone male will represent Negros Occidental in the PLDT-ABAP National Championship to be held at Digos City Gym in Digos City, Davao Del Sur on July 1 to 7, 2014.

Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines Western Visayas President and Negros Occidental Provincial sports coordinator head, said sisters Sheila Mae and Sarah Jean Mag-usara of Escalante city and Crisan Paul Diacumos of Cadiz City in the youth boys light- flyweight 49 kilograms.

Nietes Continues Training to Rewrite Boxing History

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 Bacolod pride and Murcia-born WBO light flyweight champion Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes is up to rewrite history as the longest-reigning Filipino boxing titlist – this when he can keep his title until December 31 of this year.

Donnie Nietes flex his muscles after making weight at MOA last May 9, 2014.*

KMH Continues to Lead LTBC Trio Bowfest

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Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) managed by Edgar de Leon keeps the #1 spot with 5,823 accummulated points after round 6 to lead the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

Anchored by Richard Salvo, they added 988 (323, 331, 334) pinfalls despite the pressure to defend its twice-to-beat advantage being the top team to beat. Other members of KMH are Odong Paran and Tristan Teruel.

Justice for Ex-SJI Badminton Coach

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Justice for Coach Toni Russell Magapan Casipe!

This is the cry of Casipe’s family, friends and colleagues in the badminton community in Negros Occidental after the former St. John’s Institute mentor was found dead Sunday at the annex building grounds of Filamer Christian University (FCU) in Roxas City, Capiz.

In the reports over Bombo Radyo – Roxas that based on the investigation by Roxas City PNP, the 28-year-old Casipe has wounds in his forehead and other parts of his body while his legs were tied with a nylon cord when found.

Sharp 1 Opens With High Pitch in Supplier’s Challenge Cup Bowling Tilt

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 The Sharp team 1 of Irne Diaz opened its bid to lead with a high pitch in the rated category of the Supplier’s Challenge Cup 2014 Invitational Trio Bowling Tournament at the New Top’s Millennium Plaza Alley, 10th Street along Lacson Strip in Bacolod City last Friday.

Sharp 1 team captain Edgar de Leon registered a 2-game pinfall of 727 (373, 354) with the help of members - Raymund Lopez, Nonoy Hulguin, and Fred Empio.

Ceres FC to Debut in UFL 1st Division

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The 2nd Division champion of the United Football League (UFL) Ceres–La Salle Football Club is now ready to challenge the big clubs in this prestigious league of the Philippines.

NEW ASSETS. Fil-Belgian left-back Jeffrey Christiaens and Spanish striker Adrián Gallardo as new members of the Ceres-La Salle FC.*

Dr. Eric Saratan Cup Transport Basketball Tourney Opens Sunday

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Twenty four (24) teams are set to slug it out for the coveted "Dr. Eric Saratan Cup"

Transport Basketball Tournament which opens Sunday at Talisay City gym.

Dr. Eric Saratan, Talisay City Mayor himself will be the keynote speaker on opening day which starts at 1:30PM.

The games will be played daily and four games will be played after the opening ceremony on Sunday.

Small Nonato, tournament director said that the teams will be bracketed to four.

Defending Champion Eliminated in Monico Cup

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Defending champion Barangay 9 was eliminated in the teams vying for the title in this year 8th Monico Cup 21-Under Basketball tournament played at the BAYS Center..

The top two teams in each bracket have been known except for Bracket D where the last remaining slot is still played as of press time last night between Brgy. Mansilingan and Brgy. Tangub.

Bacolod Honors Boxing Champs Servania, Villanueva

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Bacolod City’s pride and reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental super bantamweight champion Genesis "Azukal" Servania alongside WBO International super flyweight titlist "King" Arthur Villanueva received tokens from Bacolod City thru Mayor Monico Puentevella yesterday.

In a simple turn-over ceremony at the People’s House, smiles were seen from the boxing champions following the recognitions they earned for the city.

It was recalled that both displayed pure boxing skills during "Pinoy Pride XXIV: The Future Is Now," at the Solaire Resort and Casino held last March of this year.

PRIDE OF BACOLOD. "King" Arthur Villanueva and Genesis "Azukal" Servania receiving a token from Bacolod City thru Mayor Monico Puentevella for their recent victories.* (Bacolod PIO photo)

KMH Takes Over Top Spot in LTBC Trio Bowlfest

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Kami Mga Hubin (KMH) felt younger after taking over the #1 spot with 4,835 points halfway ofthe elimination round in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Thursday.

KMH-managed Edgar de Leon was able to add 1,009 (320, 318, 371) pinfalls in round 5 of 10 with the help of team captain Richard Salvo, and members Odong Paran & Tristan Teruel.

LGU Supports in Sports Crucial

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The Local Government Unit (LGU) support in sports is crucial and plays an important role in the development of sports.

This was disclosed by Coach John Carmona of San Carlos City Football Club.

The inclusion of three girls’ football player from this city in the U14 Girls’ national team that placed 1st runner-up in the 2014 U14 Girls Asian Football Confederation is a living witness that supports of San Carlos City in its sports development program, especially football paid off.

RP U14 Girls to Compete in 2015 U16 AFC

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The reigning 1st runner-up in the 2014 Asian Football Confederation U14 girls RP team will still compete in the upcoming qualifying tournament for the AFC Under-16 Women’s Football Championship next year either on September or October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

John Carmona, San Carlos city Football Club coach disclosed this as three of his players will still compose the national team.

San Carlos city contributes three of its players in the just ended AFC Under-14 girls football tournament held in Vietnam last week.

RJ Stars Maintain Lead in 1st LTBC Trio Bowlfest

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RJ Stars maintain its lead after round 4 of 10 with 3,842 points in the ongoing 1st Lane Thunder Bowling Circle (LTBC) Trio Bowlfest at the Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

Composed of lady manager Rowena Juarez, RJ Stars added 951 (352-312-287) pinfalls with the help of team captain Nonoy Hulguin, Joval Damasco, Melchor Semillano, and Ruben Dellima.

San Carlos Continues as Seedbed of Football Talents in NegOc

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San Carlos City continues to be a seedbed of football talents in Negros Occidental following the growing number of footballers contributing to the national team as well as in different universities and clubs both in Bacolod and Manila.

This was disclosed yesterday by San Carlos City Assistant Sports Officer and PFF Regional Technical Director John Carmona during the interview over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod.

3 San Carlos RP U14 Girls Members to be Honored

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SAN CARLOS CITY, Negros Occidental - The three girls who were members of the RP National team that placed 1st runner-up in just ended U14 Girls Asian Football Confederation (AFC) held in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam will be honored here during the 54th Charter Day on July 1.

Coach John Carmona of San Carlos City Football Club where the girls went under rigid training was also fitted with a Sanguniang Panlungsod resolution acknowledging their accomplishment making the city proud of.

San Carlos Holds 2-Day Bootfest

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Hundreds of teams across the Visayas region are expected to converge in San Carlos City FC football field to compete for the 2-day City Charter Day Football Festival scheduled on June 28 and 29, 2014.

These young aspiring booters will be seeing action in ages 3, 4 and 5; 6-8 years-old; 9-10 years-old; 11-12 years-old; U14, U16 (boys and girls).

Other categories to be contested include: the Women’s Open, Men’s Open and the 38-Up.

Fil-Sino Quarterfinals Cast Completed

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It’s complete.

The teams that qualify for the quarterfinals in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament were completed even as two other teams are still playing as of press time at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School in Bacolod City.

AACI Trading routed Huminova Tigers, 102-74 Wednesday.

JSY Transport and AACI Transport got a free ride victory as ousted Sweet Crystal forfeited its last two games. Both teams ended with 6-2 cards.

DFL 2nd Conference to Kick Off July 12

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The 2014 Dynamic Football League (DFL) 2nd Conference is set to kick off at the Panaad Park and Stadium pitch on July 12. True to its intent in establishinh a strong foundation for school-based grassroots development program of football in Negros Occidental.

Defending 2014 DFL U13 champion USLS-IS football team with league officials led by benefactor Ricky Yanson.* (SCOOP-Bacolod Photo)

Run Negros Run to Compliments ‘Cinco De Noviembre’

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The revival of the famous "Run-Negros-Run" almost 35 years ago is taking its toll with its planning stage on the way to be back early this year.

Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, Negros Occidental Provincial Sports coordinators’ head disclosed that the event may compliment with the province’s celebration of "Cinco de Noviembre".

However, he added that he will present yet the plan to Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr.

If push through, this will also revive how Negrenses are best in running events.

Huminova Tigers, Basecom win in Fil-Sino Caging

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Huminova Tigers and Basecom posted important wins against separate opponents for a bright hope in the quarterfinals of the Fil-Sino Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School Monday.

The Tigers (3-4) is playing as of press time against AACI Trading with 4-2 win-loss card. If the Tigers win, it will create tie with Basecom for the last quarterfinal slot.

The win of AACI Trading will move them for the top 2 automatic semifinal slot.

TBAC to Initiate Inter-Company Tourney

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The Talisay Basketball Athletic Club (TBAC) will be spearheading the Inter-Company Invitational Tournament slated to open next month.

Among the teams which already confirmed are the Petron, Metro Gaisano, PNP – Talisay, City Mayor’s Office, City Engineers’ Office, JSY Counter Trade, Foodman, Savemore, Market, Du Ek Sam, Ayala, Pepsi and the Collegio San Nicholas De Tolentino - Recoletos

Hanah Settles for New Gym at Lopue’s East

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Multi-titled Hanah Taekwondo jins found its new home as they get ready for the upcoming National Age-Group in Manila next month.

Hanah Taekwondo jins pose for souvenir at their new gym at the Lopue’s East Center.* (H.James G.Toga/NDB)

The Hanah jins, which won the over-all championship title in the recent 15th Visayas Age Group Taekwondo Championships, has transferred to its new gym at the Lopue’s East Center.

Silver Finish a Good Sign for Phl U14 Girls - Monico

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Bacolod City Mayor and FIFA TV and Marketing Committee Director Monico Puentevella expressed his optimism despite a silver finish of the Philippine Under 14 Girls in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U14 Girls Regional Championship in Vietnam yesterday.

Mayor Puentevella, who just arrived from Brazil to attend the AFC and FIFA Congress, stressed that "we’re getting there with the Azkals, Malditas and other age-groups going up the ladder."

Huminova Tigers Win Crucial Game in Fil-Sino

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The Huminova Tigers won a crucial match against Sweet Crystal, 93-86, to keep alive its quarterfinal hope in the ongoing Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company Basketball Tournament on Friday at the Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

JSY Transport, on the other hand, was at second spot after its win against Royal Star Trading in their own encounter.

Both Sweet Crystal and Royal Star were eliminated posting a 1-6 cards each.

Phl U14 Survives Myanmar in Semis, 2-1

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The young Filipina booters showed resiliency as they survived Myanmar team in te semifinals, 2-1, and earned a finals berth against last year’s runner-up Thailand in the Under 14 Asian Football Confederation Regional Championship at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam today.

In the semis, Hnin Mya Thazin scored the opening goal for Myanmar in the early 9th minute to take the upper hand, 1-nil.

However, the Marnelli Salvador Dimzon-mentored Pinays didn’t easily gave-up as Cebuana Itsuko Maree Bacatan scored the equalizer in the 14th minute.

1st Bacolod Cup Karatedo Tilt Slated

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The 1st Bacolod Cup Karatedo Tournament is slated on July 1, 2014 at the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center.

The tournament will serves as qualifying for those aspiring players for a slot in the upcoming 2014 Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg in Kalibo, Aklan on August 21 to 25.

Organized by Bacolod City Sports Office, the tournament will be supervised by Philippine Karatedo Association (PKA)-Bacolod chapter.

Three events - Kata, Team Kata, and Individual Kumite - will be contested in different weight categories.

More Football Tourneys in Bacolod Set - Puentevella

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella will conduct more football tournaments when he comes back from 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bacolod City Mayor and member of FIFA’s Television & Marketing Committee Monico Puentevella is beside the iconic FIFA World Cup trophy last week.*

Phl U14 Girls’ Upset Vietnam, 1-0

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The Philippines made an upset result to last year’s champions Vietnam, 1-0, in their 2014 AFC U-14 Girls Asian Football Confederation Regional Championship (ASEAN) match at Thong Nhat Stadium on Wednesday.

Finishing fourth in the inaugural tournament last year, the Philippines went into the match as the underdog but Subic Bay Lindsay Whaley’s goal on 28 minutes sent the Filipinas leapfrogging the hosts over to top spot in four-nation Group A.

They started their campaign with a bang as they whipped debutants Singapore 6-0 in their opener on Tuesday.

Bravehearts Jins Win in All Women Reg’l, Silay Tilts

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The Bravehearts Taek-wondo Academy players had brilliant a performance during the All Women Regional Taekwondo Championship held last May 31 at Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center (NOMPAC) and the Silay City 57th Charter Anniversary Taekwondo Championship last June 1.

BTA jins during the Silay City Charter Anniversary Taekwondo Championship with coach Bong Mercurio.*

They won 6 gold and 3 silver medals in the All Women Regional Taekwondo Championship and 5 gold and 5 silver medals in Silay City held at Mayor Velez gym.

Araneta, Puentevella off to FIFA World Congress

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Philippine Football Federation (PFF) President Mariano Araneta, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Director for Television and Marketing as well as Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, together with PFF Secretary General Edwin Gastanes, have been invited by FIFA to attend the 64th World Congress on June 10–11, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Mayor Monico O. Puentevella with PFF Mariano Araneta Jr.

The congress serves as a prelude to the start of the much anticipated football World Cup in Sao Paulo with hometown team, former champion and currently third-ranked Brazil facing 18th ranked Croatia in the opening match on June 12.

Monico, PFF Officials to Witness World Cup Opening

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Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella alongside Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano "Nonong" Araneta and PFF General-Secretary lawyer Edwi Gastanes are currently in Brazil to witness the opening ceremony of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio de Janiero early morning of June 13 (Manila time).

Mayor Puentevella, in last Wednesday’s text message, said that aside from the World Cup, they also attended an Asian Football Confederation meeting with AFC president Shiek Salman. Puentevella is also a member of FIFA TV and Marketing Committee.

Negrense Part of RP U14 Girls in AFC

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Negrense football players help the national football U14 girls defeat Singapore, 6-0 in the ongoing Asian Football Confederation Regional championship in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam Tuesday.

Despite heavy rains, the RP teams emerged more composed against Singapore. They were nervous as it was their first international tournament.

ITBA’s Banes Captures Negros Tenpin Bowling Open

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JR Banes of Imus Tenpin Bowling Association (ITBA)-Imus topped other bowlers in the country to capture the 16th Negros Tenpin Bowling Open at the Lopue’s East Bowling Center last Sunday.

Vivian Padawan of Cebu Tenpin Bowling Association settled for second place as Crystal Chaves of Davao Tenpin Bowling Association (DATBA) finished third in the tourney.

Rounding up the top 10: Bel Suelto of Baguio Tenpin Association (BTA), Clarence Tiu of BTA-Prima, Billy Lopue of Sugarbowl Tenpin Association Inc. (STAI), Stephen Yap of ITBA-Iloilo,

USLS Beats CSA-B in Women’s Volley Exhibition Match

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University of St. La Salle (USLS) defeated Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod (CSA-B) in Toboso Women’s Volleyball Exhibition game Sunday in the town’s gym.

The match is part of Toboso town annual fiesta celebration.

USLS women Stingers and CSA-B women Eagles fought a close match with the scores 25-15, 26-24, 18-25 and 25-17.

The event was organized by the Parish Pastoral Council of Toboso in cooperation with Hijos De San Antonio headed by Rev. Fr. Larry Martinez and Junar Mahilum.*

Batang Pinoy Visayas Reg’l Leg Set in Aklan

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Aspiring athletes from various schools, out-of-school youth and local government units in the Visayas region are preparing for the upcoming Batang Pinoy Visayas Regional Leg scheduled on August 21-25 in Kalibo, Aklan.

This competition will serve as a qualifying for those players to represent the Visayas region in the national finals in December in Iloilo.

It was recalled that recalled that Bacolod last hosted Batang Pinoy National Finals in from January 28 to February 1 this year.

YBAC’s New Prexy to Implement More Programs

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The Your Basketball Athletic Club (YBAC) recently elected its new sets of officers for 2014-2015 Season following a successful holding of tournament last season.

YBAC NEWLY-ELECTED OFFICERS. (from left) Kokoy Pendon (Treasurer), Rolly Buenaflor (BOD/Sports Committee Chairman), past-president Bong Ibe (Board of Director), ex-officio Fregil (BOD/Membership Committee Chairman), president-elect Pete Apura, Jun Ballesteros (Club Adviser), Vincent Javelosa (VP-Internal), Gino Amantillo (COMELEC), Niel Ko (VP-External), Joenel Anico (Sgt. at Arms), Narciso Galang (Auditor), lawyer Arnel Lapore (BOD/Legal Counsel), and Jason Oliver (Secretary). Not in the photo are Board of Directors Danny Chua and Cerilo Soquina.*

During the General Membership Assembly and Election of Officers held at Northwest Inn, outgoing treasurer Pete Apura was elected as the club’s new president.

Summer Bowling Clinic Successfully Held

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The Lopue’s East Bowling Center recently concluded its tenpin bowling summer clinic last May 25, 2014 which aimed at developing young bowlers to rule the alleys in the local and national tournaments.

The clinic featured three courses which include: Course 1- comprehensive introduction to tenpin bowling (Basic Drill for Tenpin Bowling); Course 2 – basic bowling drill practice application, shadow bowling, fun game introduction, no tap 8, no tap 9, and regular game; and Course 3 – singles event, mini-fun game, recognition of participants and awarding of certificates.

Hosting of Nat’l PRISAA Assured

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Host Iloilo Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) is assuring other regions for a more improve hosting or conduct of the 2015 annual tournament in Iloilo City.

Western Visayas PRISAA Executive director Roger A. Banzuela said his many suggestions were noted by other regions during the Annual Strategic Planning Meeting that took place at Quezon City Sports Club on June 6.

The meeting was attended by 17 regional presidents and executive directors.

Melligen Captures WBO Featherweight Title

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Bacolod City – native Mark Gil Melligen is the new World Boxing Organization Oriental featherweight champion after stopping Thailand’s Petchsamuthr Duanaaymuk-dahan in 2 minutes of the fourth round last Saturday at the Expo Garden in Kunming City, Southwestern China.

Bacolod City-native Mark Gil Melligen (center) is the new World Boxing Organization Oriental featherweight champion.*

Gaston Takes Rotary Title

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One of the country’s best known golfers, Silay’s Francis Gaston, was the overall champion of Saturday’s Rotary ‘Golf for a Cause’ tournament held at the Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club in Bata Subdivision, Bacolod City

Luigi Benedicto with his trophy for best overall net score with (l-r) Marapara Rotary incoming president Ivan Ereñeta and club president Fidel Henares.*

Jast in Solo Lead in Fil-Sino Caging

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Jast Enterprises defeated JSY Countertrade, 82-73, to register four straight wins, even as Basecom survived Royal Star Trading, 85-79, in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Color Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School last Tuesday.

Balance offense was the key of Jast winning all four quarters en route to its fourth straight wins.

They took the half, 44-30 and 61-50 in the third quarter.

Yan Yan Dy paced Jast with 21 points; Edward Uy added 18; Joel Masadia 12; Jolly Castillo 10 and Beejay Paredes 8.

Palaro Softball Team Decides to Stay at DLNHS

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Palarong Pambansa champion secondary girls softball team decided to stay at Domingo Lacson National High School (DLNHS) after they were assured of support.

The management of the school through Bacolod School Division Superintend Gemma Ledesma gave assurance that Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella is supporting the team.

The beleaguered softball team was nowhere to go after they were informed that the new administration of the school will no longer support them.

PRAC: Sharp-BUSG vs MFCS in Class B Finals

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Sharp-Basketball Unified Sports Group (BUSG) and MF Computer Solutions will dispute the Pueblo Rosario Athletic Club class B title on Saturday at Eroreco Subdivision in Bacolod City.

Commissioner Hernani Castor confirmed the championship between the two after last Wednesday’s crossover semifinals where BUSG beat Prime Distribution, 95-89, and MFCS stopped host Stallions Alumni.

Tamaraws Win TBAC Inter-Color Title

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The Tamaraws came out too strong against the Pitbulls, 102-76, to grab the championship title of the just-concluded Talisay Basketball Athletic Club (TBAC) Inter-Color Basketball Tournament played at the Talisay City gym.

The Tamaraws

Tournament ‘most valuable player’ awardee Migallen sparked with 14 points, of his total 16 markers, in the final quarter to lead four other Tamaraws in double digit as well anchored the team’s well-balanced offence.

ASSFBI Dominates Trio Challenge at New Tops

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Active Solid Strikers Fellowship Bowlers Inc. (ASSFBI) teams dominated the men’s and women’s side of the Sharp Challenge Cup 2014 Invitational Trio Bowling Tournament held at the New Top’s Millennium Plaza Alley in Bacolod City last Friday.

ESD Solid Strikers is headed by Edgar del Rosario (left) with members Erwin Mazarte, Nonoy Gatila, Ricky Zamora and Orly Guiljon.* (contributed photo)

The five final seats in the men’s championship were swept by ASSBI, while its women counterpart secured the 1-2 final slots in the up-the-ladder finals.

Sharp’s spitfire Rey Balaan and Precy Pillo of Condura/ASSFBI Ladies won the master bowler competition in their respective category.

Local Gov’t Officials Commend Ceres FC in UFL

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Ceres-La Salle Football Club has two games left in the ongoing United Football League but the Negros Occidental and Bacolod City-based club is a virtual champion even if it loses the rest of its matches.

For Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., the club’s success will continue to inspire our young Negrense-athletes to develop their skills and increase their enthusiasm in this sporting event. "I wish you all the best and continued success in all your future endeavors," the provincial father said.

Ceres-La Salle FT More Stronger This Season

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Nene Lazarito

Ceres-La Salle Football Team of the University of St. La Salle is getting ready for the regular season of the Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association (NOPSSCEA).

In the recent interview over dyEZ’s Aksyon Isports, Ceres-La Salle FT veteran mentor Freddie "Nene" Lazarito said that they have been in tough preparation since the conclusion of the National PRISAA in Tagum City. "Actually, we didn’t stop our training and preparation because we have to defend our titles. Many schools and teams aim to dethrone us thus, we have to focus and keep our team stronger," he said.

The USLS tactician stressed that aside from being the NOPSSCEA champion, they are also the reigning National PRISAA and UniGames defending titlist.

"I know that many teams, particularly those from Manila, are building up their respective teams to outplay us and maybe to defeat our team," Lazarito said. "During the recent Palarong Pambansa in Laguna, I saw many of the Manila-based coaches and scouts are holding massive recruitments to strengthen their teams," he added.

BCHNS Willing to Absorb Palaro Softball Team Champion

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Bacolod City National High School (BCNHS) is willing to absorb Palarong Pambansa secondary girls’ softball champion to their fold.

Jose Dayot III, the school principal said, he is willing to help the team in whatever capacity.

He is willing to help in order not to disband because of the problem they are facing.

The coaching staff feared of the team’s status at Domingo Lacson National High School following the retirement of school principal Esteban Albacea.

Ceres Champion Again in UFL!

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Ceres-La Salle Football Club dominated Cimarron FC, 5-1, to be the champion of the 2nd Division in the ongoing United Football League (UFL) last Sunday .

Ceres-La Salle Football Club

For its 16th win, Jin Ho Kim led the Ceres offense with pair of goals in the 22nd and 38th minutes, respectively, following Samson Olaniyi’s 7th minute opening goal as Marwin Angeles fired another in the 41st minute to book a 4-nil advantage at the half.

Gumban, Labordo Secure Win in ‘Tunay na Lakas’ Boxing

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Escalante City-native Melvin "Topgun" Gumban cameout with an impressive performance on Saturday to keep his unbeaten record by winning over Jason Egera via unanimous decision in the main event of the ALA-Cobra "Tunay na Lakas" boxing spectacular held in Mandaue City Plaza Square.

All judges favored the 23-year-old Gumban: 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 to improve his unblemished card with 17 wins including 8 knockout while, Egera further dropped to 21-11 win-loss record (10 KOs).

San Carlos to host 1st District, 5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup

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San Carlos City will host the 1st District boxing elimination on the first week of August, Boxing Coordinator Bert Alison said.

The elimination aimed to produce boxing champion in the district to represent in the 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Boxing Cup Open Championship finals set in October this year at BAYS Center.

The championship will be part of Masskara celebration of Bacolod City.

The first district is composed of Escalante and San Carlos cities; Toboso, Calatrava and Salvador Benedicto.

Pro Hoop Tourney to Return in Reg’l Areas

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Fred Advincula

Basketball Philippines (BP) is set to revive the staging of regional basketball tournament and to bring back professional hoop to the people, according to BP Chief Operation Officer & founder Alfredo "Fred" Advincula over dyEZ’s Aksyon Isports yesterday.

"Unlike the PBA [Philippine Basketball Association], in which teams are representing various companies, this regional league will represent a particular city, province or island in the country. The league, likewise, aims at bringing basketball closer to the people," Advincula said. "With PBA, a fan should be in Manila to be able follow and watch his favorite player and team," he added.

At the start of the league, Basketball Philippines eye to begin the season with a minimum of eight teams from potential cities like Bacolod, Iloilo, Dumaguete, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Masbate, Legazpi, San Fernando, Batangas, Quezon City, and Metro Manila.

Negrense Softball Team Disbanding?

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The fear of losing a sports event dominated by Negrenses in every Palarong Pambansa may no longer be as strong or face disbandment if not given support from the Department of Education (DepEd) and Local Government Unit.

This was disclosed by coaching staff of Palarong Pambansa multi-title softball team from Domingo Lacson National High School that aired their concern during the cash incentives awarding Thursday at Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol.

5th Negros First Gov. Boxing Cup Championship at BAYS Center in October

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The 5th Negros First Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Boxing Cup Open Championship finals set in October this year will be part of the Masskara celebration.

This was disclosed by Angel "Nonong" Verdeflor, Negros Occidental Provincial Sports Coordinator head and Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, Incorporated, (ABAP) Western Visayas president.

The venue is the Bacolod Arts and Youth Sports (BAYS) Center. The date has not been known yet.

2 Negrense Fil-Sino Teams Sweeps Iloilo

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Two Negrense Fil-Sino teams swept their counterpart, Iloilo Fil-Chinese Basketball Assn. in their annual Friendship Game during the weekend at St. Joseph Gym, Iloilo City.

Jimmy Yap coached the two teams from Bacolod City.

Negrense Fil-Sino team A defeated its IFCBA counterpart, 90-81, while Fil-Sino B also beat the same team, 70-59.

Carlo Chu paced Fil-Sino A with 17 points, Robbie Jalandoon added 16, RB Chua & Ritchie Militante made 12 apiece, Carl John Oquindo had 9, and Derek Sibug with 8.

Laureño Pushes AACI Transport vs. Royal Star Trading in Fil-Sino Caging

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Arnol Laureño scored 34 points to push AACI Transport to defeated Royal Star Trading, 89-85, Wednesday in the Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. Inter-Company Basketball Tournament at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

In the other game, Joppy Cuaycong scored the same output to lead JSY Countertrade gets past Basecom, 94-84, posting a slim 17-16 lead in the first quarter but kept its breeze to take, 46-31 at the break.

Bacolod SP Congratulates Laguna Palaro Medalists

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The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City has congratulated Bacolod City medalists in the last Palarong Pambansa held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last May 4 to 10, 2014.

Governor Alfredo Maranon, Jr. and DepEd Superintendent Juliet Jeruta hand out the cash incentives to Palarong Pambansa 2014 medalists from Negros Occidental at the Capitol Social Hall as Executive Assistant for Sports Angel Verdeflor looks on. A total of P670,000 was given to athletes, who won gold, silver and bronze medals during the recently-concluded school-based sports conclave.* (Capitol PIO Photo)

Authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa, Jr. and co-authored by Councilor Kalaw Puentevella, the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) passed the resolution during its May 28, 2014 regular session congratulating and appreciating the Bacolod City athletes which is part of the Western Visayas contingent.

Jast Enterprises Gets Past Sweet Crystal in Fil-Sino Caging

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Jast Enterprises defeated Sweet Crystal, 98-91 to deal the latter its first loss in the ongoing Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc., 1st Conference Inter-Company basketball Tournament Tuesday at Po Hang gym of Bacolod Tay Tung high School.

Earlier, JSY Transport also defeated Huminova Tigers, 79-72 making its mark in the payoff quarter for the win.

Sweet Crystal started the game with 31-17 lead through Carl John Oquindo and Atty. Jubert Katalbas that combined for 22 points.

Its Azkals, Palestine in AFC Challenge Cup Finals

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  The Philippines only needs 90 minutes to score a history in Philippine football when they take Palestine in the Asian Football Confederation Challenge Cup Finals tomorrow at 12AM (Manila time) at the National Stadium in Male, Maldives.

Azkals in jubilation after securing finals’ berth in the AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives.*

The Azkals survived host-Maldives, 3-2 in extra time during the second semifinal match last Wednesday.

Diesto Top Grosser in Palaro to Get Cash Incentives Today

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Mary Anthony Diesto of Negros is the top grosser to get cash incentives at 4pm today at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol.

Diesto, a graduating student of Negros Occidental High School, was the Palarong Pambansa fastest runner in secondary girls for topping the 100-meter dash.

Aside from the century dash, she also dominated the triple jump and part of relay team that won the 4 X 100. She took the silver medal in long jump to get total cash incentives of P20, 000.00

Bacolod PWDs win 4 Gold Medals in PNG

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Erik Abanco

Being differently-abled athletes didn’t stop Stephen Garson and Eric Abanco to stand tall and captured 4 gold medals for Bacolod City in the just-concluded POC-PSC Philippine National Games played in Marikina Sports Complex.

Garson won 3 gold medals in the swimming event for the blind while, Abanco prevailed in the chess tournament for orthopedically handicapped.

Meanwhile, their teammate Dorell Padilla hauled 4 silver medals – 3 in the table tennis event for orthopedically handicapped and another in the powerlifting. He also took the bronze in the shot put event.

Enrico Tan also added another bronze medal for Bacolod in the powerlifting for orthopedically handicapped.

On the other hand, Aileen Cabaybay-mentored Domingo Lacson National High School, representing Bacolod City, defeated University of Sto. Tomas, 3-2 to capture the gold medal.

Sweet Crystal, AACI Trading Post 1st Win in Countertrade Caging

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Sweet Crystal and AACI Trading posted their initial win in the opening games of Fil-Sino All Asian Countertrade Inc. 1st Conference Inter-Company basketball tournament played last Wednesday at Po Hang Gym of Bacolod Tay Tung High School.

Sweet Crystal defeated JSY Countertrade, 81-69, while AACI Trading poured it on in the 4th quarter to neutralize Basecom, 89-73.

AACI Trading Robbie Jalandoon delivered 16 of his game high 28 points in the penultimate quarter as he singlehandedly outscored Basecom.

Ceres Regains Top Spot in UFL

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Ceres-La Salle FC has kept their winning form with a 6-nil blast over Nomads side on Sunday in the ongoing United Football League Division 2 played at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig.

Korean reinforcement Jin Ho Kim opened Ceres’ scoring spree in the early 10th minute of the match before San Carlos City – native Jason Panhay fired another in the 20th minute followed by the 39th minute goal from another Korean Kyum Son Cho for a 3-nil lead at the half.

DLNHS Claims PNG Softball Title

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Reigning Palarong Pambansa secondary girls’ softball champion Domingo Lacson National High School defeated back-to-back Grand Slam at National Open champion University of Sto. Tomas, 3-2 held in Manila yesterday morning.

The match was so close that ended in 2-all in the seventh inning where Bacolod-Negros representative was able to score with runners from first and second bases.

Lyka De La Torre made a hit to enable runner from second base for home base and the match was called to a halt declaring the Negrense softbelles as champion.

Hanah Jins Start Preparations for Nat’l Finals

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Vic Feria

The Hanah Taekwondo jins starts its preparations for the national finals set in Manila on July 2014 according to multi-titled coach Vic Feria during an interview over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod last Sunday.

Feria, the 2012-2013 Smart Nationals Best Coach Awardee and 2011 Palarong Pambansa Best Coach Awardee, said that they are working hard to meet their target in this national competition.

During the Visayas Age Group tilt, the Hanah jins dominated the competition with 17 golds, 17 silvers and 6 bronzes haul with ‘2012 Smart Nationals Best Player’ Marcus Ernesto Hinojas leading the team.

However, Feria stressed that with the new scoring system - Protective Scoring System (PSS), currently applied in the national competitions, the province should likewise upgrade its equipment to meet with the standard.

CRBC, St. John’s Institute, Petron Champions in Basketball Tourney

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CRBC Lions, St. John’s Institute and Petron Basketball Team bagged the Championship Trophy in the just concluded 6th Isidoro Jimenez III Memorial Basketball Tournament 2014 held at the City Heights Athletic Club (CHAC) Gymnasium Saturday.

Champions: St. John’s Institute, CRBC, Petron Basketbal Teams were Champions in the 12-under, 10-under and Open Category of the 6th Isidoro Jimenez III Memorial Basketball Tournament 2014. They received their respective trophy from CHAC President Nonoy Hiñola and Carlo Alfonso Nava, Tournament Commissioner.* (Jun de los Reyes/NDB photo)

AFC Challenge Cup: Azkals to Face Maldives in Semis After Turkmen Win

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The Philippine national football team – Azkals earned a semifinal seat in the ongoing AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives after a huge 2-nil run in the second against Turkmenistan last Saturday.

Phil Younghusband nailed a shot off the free kick in the 49th minute – passing through the Turkmenistan defensive wall.

Chess Nat’l Arbiter Succumbs to Cardiac Arrest Friday

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Chess national arbiter Kim Dumdum succumbed to cardiac arrest Friday noon at Bacolod Adventist Medical Center in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City.

Kim Dumdum

Dumdum, 65, a native of Toboso, Negros Occidental and settled in Taculing was a hands down choice for organizing or being a tournament manager in local chess tournaments like the provincial meet, and in Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural & Educational Association (NOPSSCEA) chess tournaments.

He is also the choice of managing chess tournament in the University Games (UniGames) and National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA).

Dumdum’s last stint was in the national PRISAA held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte last April.

He did not feel well during that time and was hospitalized on April 19.

It’s All-Negrense Softball Championship!

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LNHS vs UST in PNG Softball Today

After placing 2nd runner-up in the Grand Slam 8 National Open in Marikina City last week, the reigning Palarong Pambansa champion from Domingo Lacson National High School in Bacolod City, the same team will vie for the 2014 Philippine National Games (PNG) softball championship against University of Sto. Tomas today.

It will be the battle of Negrense as UST is beefed up mostly by senior players of DLNHS.

Its final!, Iloilo to Host Nat’l PRISAA on 2015

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Iloilo will host the national Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) in the second week of April 2015.

Davao Del Norte Gov. Rodolfo Del Rosario and WVPRISAA technical director Roger Banzuela holding together the Torch during the closing ceremony of national PRISAA held in Tagum City last April. With them are Tagum vice mayor Geterito Gementiza and city mayor Allan Rellon (from left) with WVPRISAA Ive Sta. Ana and provincial board member.*

This was disclosed by Roger A. Banzuela, Western Visayas PRISAA Executive Director recently after his efforts to bring the hosting to Bacolod City failed to convince the local city government who reportedly adamant to accept the hosting.

Several Athletic Directors See Gaps in Senate Bill No. 2226

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Anthony Carlo Agustin

Many athletic directors from various private schools in Bacolod City see some gaps or loopholes in the proposed law Senate Bill No. 2226.

Last week, Senators Pia Cayetano alongside Cynthia Villar and Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed Senate Bill No. 2226 or an "Act protecting the amateur nature of student-athletes in the Philippines by regulating the residency requirement and prohibiting the commercialization of student-athletes."

Anthony Carlo Agustin, Athletic Director of West Negros University, said that though he is in favor of the provision which states that no residency requirement shall be imposed on a high school student-athlete transferring to another high school or to a college or university but, unconvinced with the section which stressed that it only allows schools to give deserving student-athletes tuition, board, and lodging; uniform and equipment; as well as reasonable living allowance, while prohibits schools from offering student-athlete or his immediate family members the benefits or incentives beyond that enumerated under Section 7.

Ceres FC vs Nomads on Sunday

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With few matches left in the United Football League, Bacolod-based Ceres – La Salle FC is eyeing to fortify it position in Division 2 as it faces Nomads on Sunday at 8:30PM at the Emperador Stadium. During their first face-off, both sides settled on a scoreless draw.

At present, Ceres parades a record of 12-3-1 win-draw-loss card in 16 matches for a total of 39 points followed by Manila Jeepney FC with 12-1-4 in 17 outings for 37 points, and Laos FC at third spot with 10-3-4 in 17 games for 33 points.

P685K Cash Incentive for Negrense Palaro Medalists Up

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Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. will lead the giving out of cash incentives to Negrense medalists in the last 2014 Palarong Pambansa held in Sta. Cruz, Laguna 4pm, on May 24 at the Social Hall of Provincial Capitol.

The amount set to be awarded is P685, 000.00, according to Romeo Sison, Provincial Department of Education (DepEd) Sports head.

Awarded will be 83 gold, 43 silvers and 59 bronze medals.

Those who will receive cash incentives also include coaches, chaperons and trainers, Sison added.

Varsity Volleyball Players 1st Reunion Saturday

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Men and women former and present volleyball players from at least twelve schools in Bacolod, Dumaguete and Iloilo cities are holding their 1st Grand Reunion at Balay Kalinungan at 7pm, Saturday.

Dubbed as the "1st Grand Reunion of Coach Roger Banzuela’s Volleyball Teammates and Players" from 1972 up to 2014 will come "face to face" with each other in a mass dinner fellowship on said date.

Mana-ay Tops PNG 100 Meters

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Negrense Michael Mana-ay topped the junior century dash beating 2014 Palarong Pambansa record breaker NCR Jomar Udtohan of San Sebastian College who suffered leg cramps midway in the event in the 2014 Philippine National Games athletics competition at ULTRA, Pasig City.

Athletics competition started May 12 to 22, 2014.

ALA Promotions Int’l Invades US

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Asia’s Premier Boxing Promotion, ALA Promotions International gets the nod in promoting in the United States after they were officially granted a license by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

ALA Sports Promotions International President/CEO Michael Aldeguer (right) with California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster.*

ALA Promotions, headed by its President/CEO Michael Aldeguer, stressed that after working on the license since November 2011, they are now ready to invade the US, particularly California.

MBCB1 Continues to Dominate NOHS C’96 Trio Bowlfest

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Monday Bowlers Club of Bacolod (MBCB) team 1 managed by Rolly Alonzo continued to dominate the 2014 Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) Class 1996 Trio Bowlfest at Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

MBCB1 are still on top out of 17 teams with a total score of 8,641 points and added a triple of 908 (283, 310, 315) pinfalls. Members of the Monday Bowlers are team captain Melot Alimon, Carl Boyero, Lito Masculino, Boy Garingalao, and Rey Bello.

Silay Gov’t Holds Bowling Tourney

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 To establish good relationship among barangays, the City Government of Silay has conducted the 5th Silay City Liga ng mga Barangay Bowling Tournament that was held at Top’s Millennium Bowling Lanes in Bacolod City.

ABC President Jose J. Lopez, Jr. said the sports program of the city is an annual activity wherein all barangay officials in the city have the chance to know each other through a friendly competition.

DLNHS Settles for 2nd Runner-up in Summer Grand Slam 8 Softball

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Reigning 2014 Palarong Pambansa secondary girl’s softball champion from Domingo Lacson National High School here settled for 2nd runner-up honor in the women’s club division of the summer Grand Slam 8 held at Marikina City Softball Field last May 12 to 18 this year.

After retaining the Palaro title representing Western Visayas, the team stayed for a week to compete in the tournament dominated by their older counterpart and former teammates now donning separate schools’ teams in Manila.

Hanah Taekwondo Team Dominates the Visayas Age-Group Tourney

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The Hanah Taekwondo team of Vic Feria dominated the 15th Visayas Age Group Taekwondo Championships and claimed the over-all championship crown held at the Activity Center, Atrium Area of Gaisano Grand Bacolod Mall last Sunday.

Jins from Hanah Taekwondo Gym in posterity after claimed the 15th Visayas Age-Group Taekwondo Championships at Gaisano Grand Bacolod Mall.*

The multi-awarded mentor said his jins dominated the competition with 17 golds, 17 silvers and 6 bronzes haul.

16 Teams Vie for Monico Cup’s Magic 12

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Thirty-seven teams aspire to qualify, now there are only 16 left. Of this number only a dozen will advance to the next round making the 8th Monico Cup 21 Under tournament at BAYS Center more interesting.

Assured of barging into the next phase are Barangay 18 and Handumanan in bracket A with identical 3-0 record. Barangays 16 and 24 hold thesame slate in bracket B but Barangay 23 still shadows both at 3-1.

Nietes Eyes Big Names in Flyweight

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes (33, 19KOs-1-4) expresses readiness to fight anybody inside the ring and prepared to fight fellow champion during an interview over Aksyon Isports of dyEZ Aksyon Radyo–Bacolod over the weekend.

This was champion’s reaction when asked how he takes on reports of possible unification fight against undefeated and reigning WBA light flyweight champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez of Nicaragua or WBO/WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico.

Mayor Monico Puentevella gives WBO light flyweight champion Donnie Nietes a hero's welcome last Saturday.*

Ceres FC breaks Agila’s wings to keep lead in Div 2

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The Ceres – La Salle FC scored a convincing 5-nil victory against Agila FC over the weekend to fortify its position in the top spot of Division 2 of the United Football League.

Jin Ho Kim nailed 3 goals in the first half of the match to give the Bacolod – based club a 3-nil lead. The Korean reinforcement outsmarted his defender in the early 15th, 20th and 45’ (+1).

VDS Retains Media Bowling Title

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The Visayan Daily Star (VDS) retained by winning this year’s Negros Press Club (NPC)-PAGCOR sponsored Inter-Media 5-Man Fellowship Bowling Tournament d title at the Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex, Bacolod City on Saturday.

Winners of the inter-media bowling tournament pose after the awarding ceremony at NPC building.*

The VDS team led by Hernand Garciniego took an early lead by topping the three- game set total in the elimination round in the tournament.

The team, took home a trophy and P6,000.00 worth of gift certificates.

First runner-up was MBC Aksyon Radyo led by veteran bowler Boy Duran who won the P4,000.00 worth of GCs.

UNO-R Claims SBP ‘Tatluhan’ Title Bacolod Leg

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University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) Davies Paints defeated West Negros University (WNU) Mustangs, 15-11 to capture the Talk ‘N Text-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) U18 "Tatluhan" Bacolod leg Championship at the (WNU) gym.

VDS beats dyEZ to retain inter-media bowling plum

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The Visayan Daily Star (VDS) bowlers captured the crown of the one-day 2014 Negros Press Club Inter-media Fellowship Bowling Tournament sponsored by Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corporation held at the Super Lanes of the Goldenfield Commercial Complex Bowling Alley in Bacolod City.

In claiming this year’s title, the VDS players composed of Ruben Dellima, Hernand Garciniego, Rommel Galvan, Francis Divinagracia, Harold Magturo and Weena Magturo crushed the DYEZ Aksyon Radyo bowlers spearheaded by Boy Duran and Bert Pabulayan in the final showdown, 514-463 to grab the top prize.

Ceres-BUFC A beats San Carlos; triumphs 38-Above title

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Randy Jalbuena scored Ceres-Bacolod United FC – A lone goal to help his team win over San Carlos FC in the 38-Above in the 1st Ceres Cup 7-A-Side Football Tournament over the weekend at North Field in Talisay City.

A total of 306 teams from across the country join the just-concluded 1st Ceres Cup 7-A-Side Football Tournament held over the weekend at the North, Mandalagan and Carlos Hilado Memorial State College pitches as Organizing Committee Chairman Nicolas Golez, Provincial Sports Coordinator and Executive Assistant Nonong Verdeflor, and Vice-Gov. Eugenio Lacson lead the ceremonial kick off.* (SCOOP-Bacolod Photo)

Both squads, composed of former national team players, had a 3-all draw during the elimination round.

Meanwhile, Ceres-BUFC B settled for second runner-up as Oldskol of Dumaguete finished third runner-up.

SBP U18 3X3 Davies A Outplays Mustangs to Win Bacolod Leg

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Experience was the key for Davies A easy win over Mustangs yesterday, 15-11 in the Talk n’ Text– Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) U18 Tatluhan 3x3 Basketball Tournament Bacolod leg at the West Negros University gym.

Davies A, represented by University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos, has dominated the hard court with JL Toral, Patrick Yulo, Armand Guevarra and Al John Catague.

The WNU Mustangs closest game was at 5-7 in the early 3 minutes of the game but, the outside shooting of Guevarra and inside game of Toral had erased the presence of its counterpart.

MBCB1 Ahead by 10 to Lead in NOHS C’96 Trio Bowlfest

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The persistency of the Monday Bowler’s Club of Bacolod (MBCB) team 1 managed by Rolly Alonzo paid off as it overtook Davies Paint and lead by 10 pinfalls above Bago Strikers after round seven in the ongoing 2014 Negros Occidental High School (NOHS) Class 1996 Trio Bowlfest at Negros Super Lanes (NSL), Goldenfield Commercial Complex in Bacolod City last Tuesday.

Anchored by Melot Alimon, MBCB1 accumulated a total pinfalls of 6,699 and rolled a decent three-game set pinfalls of 980 (328, 348, 304) with the help of its members - Carl Boyero, Lito Masculino, Boy Garingalao, and Rey Bello.

UFL: Ceres Drowns Dolphins, 9-1

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Bacolod-based Ceres – La Salle FC recovered from their heartbreaking loss in the recent AFC President’s Cup with a huge 9-1 victory over Dolphins United on Wednesday in the ongoing United Football League 2nd Division played at the Emperador Stadium in Taguig City.

Korean Kim Jin Ho opened Ceres’ scoring in the 22nd minutes before Oladipo Okunaiya nailed the first of his three goals in the 30th minute for a 2-nil advantage.

But, Ceres’ wasn’t done yet as Cho Kyum Son found the back of the net in the 31st minute as Kim Jin Ho scored two more in the 34th and 36th minutes for a 5-nil lead.

TNT-SBP ‘Tatluhan’ Kicks Off Today

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Thirty-two teams are expected to be completed today when the TNT – SBP U18 Tatluhan 3x3 Basketball Tournament Bacolod leg kicks off at the West Negros University.

The 3-day tournament, which will culminate on May 18, will serve as a qualifying to determine the team to represent Bacolod in the national finals in Manila, said SBP-Negros Occidental chairman Tony Agustin.

At press time, 28 teams have already confirmed participation which include: CITV, Bacolod Christian College of Negros, Colts, Slashers, Mustangs, Pony, Broncos, Stag, Red Horse, War Horse, Stallions, Pegasus, Troy Team, VMA – A, VMA – B, UNO-R – A, UNO-R – B, Sum-ag High School, Butsoy, Iron Birds, Dark Knights, OJ, Helen’s Mutso, Cubay, Richie, Pastor Bim-Bim of Trinity, Talisay and NGO – Handumanan.

NPC Inter-Media Bowling Tourney All Set

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Twenty teams from different media outlets in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental are expected to participate in the Negros Press Club (NPC) "Inter-Media Fellowship Bowling Tournament" at the Negros Super Lanes, Goldenfield Commercial Complex on Saturday, May 17.

Prizes at stake is PhP 20,000 worth of gift certificates to the top four winners in the team competition and individual record holders in highest pinning, single, and triple in the men’s and women’s division. Highest team single and triple record markers will also be awarded.

Nietes Stunned Fuentes; Murcia to honor him

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PASAY CITY - Negrense Donnie "Ahas" Nietes proved that he is better that Mexican Moises "Moi" Fuentes in their grudge rematch for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light Flyweight title for Pinoy 25 Saturday night at the Mall of Asia here.

Murcia Mayor Andrew Montelibano

Five months ago, Nietes and Fuentes ended in a draw held in Cebu City.

Fuentes was aggressive and chasing Nietes from the start of the round but Nietes counter and found his mark through body shots and counter to the head that cause Fuentes face swollen.

He paid dearly for it. Fuentes end came in 2.56 minutes of the ninth round after three knockdowns. The second knockdown was clear but Nietes punched him while down prompting referee Robert Byrd award deduction for Nietes.

Andador, Ballo-Allo Champions in 1st Lopue’s Open Age-Group Chess Tourney

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Chess players from Talisay City went on to dominate the 1st Lopue’s Open "Under 20 & Under 12" Chess Tournament held at the Lopue’s Mandalagan Function Hall in Bacolod City last May 10-11.

U20 CHAMPION. Talisaynon Franz Andador holding his trophy is with (from left) NCS head & tournament director Philip Caudilla, Kagawad Arnel Sigue, Gigi Lopue, DepEd sports coordinator Romeo Sison, and project director Henry Udani.* (contributed photo)

Talisaynon Franz Andador (6.5/7 points, 29.5 BH) captured the title in the U20 category and received PhP 4,000 worth of gift certificates with a trophy & medal.

Jeric Cajeras (6.0/7 pts, 31.0 BH) of Escalante City and John Loyd Bautista (5.5/7 pts, 32.0 BH) of Sagay City settled for 1st & 2nd places, respectively. They were given PhP 3,000 and PhP 2,000 worth of GCs with trophies & medals.

Close to 300 Teams Join Ceres Cup on May 17-18

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The 1st Ceres Cup 7-A-Side Football Tournament gathered 299 football clubs and associations to see action in three football pitches in the city of Bacolod and Talisay on May 17-18, 2014.

Different football clubs across the country will converge and compete this two-day bootfest, which include: Under-9 and Under-10 – which are all open to boys, girls or mixed teams; Under-11, Under-12 and Under-13 – all in the boy’s category; Under-14 boys and girls, Under-16 boys, Under-18 men and ladies, Under-20 men, Men’s and Ladies’ Open and 38-Above.

WV Retains Softball Titles; Reclaim secondary volley, loses elementary

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STA. CRUZ, Laguna – Western Visayas retained its secondary softball and reclaimed the elementary titles at the close of the completion in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa at the New Laguna Sports Complex in Brgy. Bubukal here.

The many times Palarong Pambansa champion from Domingo Lacson National High School clobbered National Capital Region, 7-2, while then elementary softball blanked host region R4-a, 7-3 for the title.

TNT/SBP Tatluhan Reels Off May 16

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Top young cagers in Bacolod and in Negros Occidental will converged at the West Negros University gym when the Talk ‘N Text-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) U18 "Tatluhan" National Championship reels off on Friday May 16.

The 3-day tournament, which will culminate on May 18 will feature 32 teams vying for the spot to the national finals in Manila, said SBP-Negros Occidental chairman Tony Agustin.

Agustin reiterated the staging of this undertaking is part of SBP’s thrust to provide a highly-competitive tournament in the grassroots.

Teodosio Saves Day for WV Athletics in Palaro

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STA. CRUZ, Laguna - Silay City native Aira Teodosio saves day for Western Visayas in the morning athletic event ruling the secondary girl’s discus throw, even as National Capital Region made another record-breaking feat in 200 meters in the ongoing 2014 Palarong Pambansa at the New Laguna Sports complex in Brgy. Bubukal last Sunday.

Aira Teodosio

Teodosio, a graduating student from Doña Montserrat Lopez Memorial National High School in Silay City, heaved the iron plate to a distance of 34.75 meters to improve her last year record in Dumaguete City Palaro of 34.11 meters, but shied away from the Palarong Pambansa record of 40.25 meters set by teammate Maika De Oro in her last stint in 2011 in Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte Palaro.

Bacolod Plans to Create Sports Complex

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Bacolod City is planning to create a sports complex to cater athletic events such as football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, and badminton, according to city Mayor Monico Puentevella recently.

Puentevella said that though there is the existing Negros Occidental-owned Panaad Park and Stadium, the province still need another sports facility to enable to host more international tournament.

Moreover, the local chief executive said that, with the city having its own sports facility – it will further strengthen the athletes’ competitiveness in various national and international competitions.

Bacolod Mayor to Bid for 2106 Palaro

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Mayor Monico Puentevella disclosed his intent to bid for Bacolod to play host for the 59th edition of the Palarong Pambansa, the country’s leading multi-sporting event for students.

Puentevella, a former Philippine Sports Commissioner (PSC) and President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) said that he, in behalf of the city, is appealing to Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro to "retain the present setup" of hosting the Palarong Pambansa – an effort that could potentially give the hosting rights to the city in 2016 instead of 2017.

"Bacolod is the perfect venue for the Palaro and we have the tradition of hosting big sporting events to prove that we are more than capable to host the prestigious affair," expressed Puentevella.

BACOLOD CITY Mayor Monico Puentevella (center) is presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) Chairman Hernani Panganiban following Puentevella’s welcome remarks during the PCUP Area Coordinator’s Congress. Also in photo are (from left) Commissioner Conrado Sillada, Commissioner Ma. Joy Jarabelo and PCUP Director Chole Osano.* (CMO-PIO photo)

Bacolod Barangay Selection-Celebrity Basketball

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Mayor Puentevella in sports action during the Celebrity basketball Match at West Negros University (WNU) Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.* (Stephen Tan photo)


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