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Bolts seek equalizer in Game 4 vs Kings

Bolts seek equalizer in Game 4 vs Kings

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527866

Greg Slaughter of Ginebra attempts to snatch the ball from Allen Durham of Meralco during Game 3 of the best-of-seven finals of the PBA Season 42 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

Meralco guns for another victory in Game 4 to level its best-of-seven championship series against defending champion Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Friday in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Season 42 Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Behind the solid performances of Best Import Allen Durham and veteran forward Reynel Hugnatan, the Bolts took Game 3 in a convincing fashion, 94-81, bringing the series to 2-1.

Game 4 begins at 7 p.m. after the annual Leo Prieto Awards, which starts at 5:30 p.m.

But the Bolts have to do it without Ranidel de Ocampo, who was declared out of the series after suffering a torn calf muscle early in Game 3.

“We will have to make some adjustments because RDO (De Ocampo) will be out for the rest of the series. Other guys will have to step up. It’s important that we continue to be solid on defense and also make perimeter jump shots to give Allen Durham more room to maneuver inside the paint,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.

Without De Ocampo, Durham and Hugnatan carried the scoring load for the Bolts in Game 3 with the back-to-back Best Import scoring 23 of his 38 points in the second half. Durham also grabbed 20 rebounds and swatted five shots.

Hugnatan was a big revelation in Game 3, scoring 22 points highlighted by seven triples.

Ginebra coach Tim Cone, who refused to shake hands with Black after Game 3, admitted Meralco outplayed them and they did not have an answer to Durham.

“Even though we led for much of the game, I felt throughout that Meralco was playing at a much higher level both offensively and defensively than us. They made nice adjustments to free up Durham which allowed him to play a monster game,” said Cone.

“Plus, they pulled some guys of the bench that really contributed. They certainly deserved this win. I don’t think there is any doubt that this series is going the distance,” he added.

Ginebra guard LA Tenorio said they need to treat Game 4 as a do-or-die game as Meralco is going all out.

“We have to come out with a do-or-die mentality to bounce back from this loss,” said Tenorio, who had 14 points in Game 3.

Import Justin Brownlee was limited to only 15 points and 11 rebounds in Game 3. He averaged 25.5 points and 16 rebounds in the Gin Kings’ first two wins in the series.

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Simmons beaten in debut, Lin hurt in Nets loss

Simmons beaten in debut, Lin hurt in Nets loss

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527768

Jeremy Lin No.7 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday in Indianapolis, Indiana. AFP PHOTO

WASHINGTON: Australian Ben Simmons was beaten in his debut while Asian-American standout Jeremy Lin suffered a severe right knee injury as the new NBA season tipped off Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for most clubs.

Simmons, a 21-year-old forward from Melbourne, was the top pick of last year’s NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers but missed all of last season with a broken right foot.

Simmons made his much-awaited league debut at Washington, where the 76ers lost their season opener to the host Wizards 120-115 despite 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists by the Aussie.

“I felt like I was playing (a video game), honestly,” Simmons said.

John Wall scored 28 points and Bradley Beal added 25 for the Wizards, but Washington clung to only a 115-113 edge with 1:44 remaining after Simmons sank two free throws to end a 7-2 Sixers run.

Turnovers doomed two chances for the Sixers to equalize in the dying seconds, and the Wizards went 5-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.

“How about Ben Simmons’ first game in the NBA?” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “His first game was really exceptional — really, really exceptional.”

Joel Embiid had 18 points, 13 rebounds and one blocked in 27 minutes after leg injuries kept him to only 31 games in his first three NBA seasons.

“To see Embiid out there … I’m like, ‘Man, I’m actually here.’ It was fun,” said Simmons.

A day after Gordon Hayward suffered a broken left leg, it was Brooklyn’s Lin, the NBA’s first US player of Chinese and Taiwanese heritage, who went down in Indiana’s 140-131 home win over the Nets.

Lin, who scored 18 points, was hurt with 4:53 remaining, landing awkwardly after a drive to the basket, and helped off the court with a right knee injury.

“We just hope he’s OK,” Nets forward Caris LeVert said.

Lin played only 36 games last season due to nagging hamstring injuries.

Hayward made an emotional video appearance at Boston’s home opener saying he would be “all right,” but it was Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo who spoiled the night for the Celtics, scored 37 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to spark Milwaukee over the Celtics 108-100.

Orlando’s Evan Fournier scored 23 points, seven of them in the last two minutes, to lead the Magic over visiting Miami 116-109, their first season-opening triumph since 2012.

At Detroit, the Pistons made a triumphant debut at their new home in Little Caesars Arena with a 102-90 victory over Charlotte. Tobias Harris scored 27 points to lead Detroit while Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 24.

Mike Conley had 27 points and Spanish center Marc Gasol added 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies beat visiting New Orleans 103-91, despite the Pelicans getting 33 points and 18 rebounds from Anthony Davis and 28 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocked shots from DeMarcus Cousins.

Rockets defeat Kings
Dennis Schroder scored 28 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks past host Dallas 117-111 while Rudy Gobert scored 18 points to lead six double-figure scorers for Utah in a 106-96 triumph over visiting Denver.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs over visiting Minnesota 107-99, while Damian Lillard netted 27 to power the Portland Trail Blazers to a 124-76 triumph at Phoenix.

The Houston Rockets, coming off an opening-night win at Golden State, won 105-100 at Sacramento behind 27 points from James Harden plus 22 points and 17 rebounds from Clint Capela.


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Filipino tribesmen in 1904 Olympic Games

Filipino tribesmen in 1904 Olympic Games

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527769

Filipino Igorots, Moros and Aetas were among the indigenous tribes who took part in the1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Philippines officially saw action in 1924 edition of the Modern Olympic Games for the first time in Paris where sprinter David Nepomu­ceno put the country’s name in the annals of once every-four-year conclave when he raced against the world’s best in the 100 and 200 meters and was eliminated in the trials.

Only few know, however, that 20 years earlier in St. Louis, Missouri, Filipino Igorots, Moros and Aetas were recruited, along with African Pygmies, Patagonians and other indigenous people of other countries to compete in a two-day Olympic “Anthropological Days” that was part of civic entertainment sideshow of ghe1904 Olympic Games.

That 1904 Games were originally scheduled in Chicago but then US President Theodore Roosevelt insisted that they be held in St. Louis, Missouri in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition were the sports highlights were stolen by massive civic entertainment.

The participants took part in mud fights, pole climbing, and other indigenous games. Names of the competitors as well as results of the contests were not made available.

Only 12 countries took part because of the far away distance of the Games venue from European nations. Even the Modern Olympics founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin declined to make the trip.

The conduct of Games was so chaotic and disorganized that the actual Games atmosphere suffered, too. American athletes, as a result, dominated the competitions, winning 238 of 284 medals contested.

The marathon race was held in scorching heat that runners had to grasp and dodge their way through dust-kicking traffic of bicycles, horses and automobiles that clung to them along he route. One competitor, a Zulu tribesman named Lentauw, was forced t take a sudden detour when large dogs chased hi through cornfield.

The marathon was finally won by a Boston brass worker named Thomas Hicks. Who swallowed small doses of strychnine along the way to numb the pain of running and had to be revived by doctors after crossing the finish line.

Boxing debuted in the 1904 Games and women’s boxing was featured as a demonstration sport.

Among the Olymoic heroes that emerged in St. Louis was six-foot-six Californian Ralph Ross who won the shot put while bagging, too, the silver medal in discuss. He remained the Olympic shot put king in 1908 and 1912.

Teammate Ray Ewry, who spent his childhood paralyzed by polio overcame that handicap to rule the 1904 jumping events as he did four year ago and stayed on his throne undefeated until 1908.

To recover from the dismal experience of the St. Louis Olympics Games and the previous one in Paris, Coubertin had to sanction the first and only interim Games held in Athens two years later in April 1906.

Greece, which hosted the inaugural Modern Games welcomed the Games back even on an unofficial Olympic year and managed the special edition well as spectators filled the Panathenean Stadium to watch athletes from 20 countries, including the first official American Olympic team.

Results of the 1906 special edition were not counted in the official Olympic records but they, certainly, revived the sagging Olympic spirit and reassured organizers that the modern Games, have, indeed, a future.

Driven by the success of the unofficial Games, interest picked up anew in London in 1908. For the first time, only nations, not individuals were permitted to participate. Twenty-three countries were on hand in London where medals for third place finishers were awarded.

Accusations of bad sportsmanship and chauvinism somewhat tainted hostilities though particularly so because all the judges were British.

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Britain’s Short rules International Open Chess

Britain’s Short rules International Open Chess

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527770

Filipino Grandmaster (GM) Joey Antonio suffered crucial losses in the last two rounds to finish fifth overall in the 2017 International Open Chess Championship held at the Osborne Hall in Bacolod City.

Antonio lost to GM Nguyen Duc Hoa of Vietnam in the eighth round and GM Karen Grigoryan of Armenia in the final round to wrap up his campaign with six points on five wins, two draws and two losses.

British GM Nigel Short took the top honors with eight points on seven wins and two draws while Grigoryan and Duc Hoa ended in a two-way tie for second with seven points apiece.

Grigoryan, however, grabbed the No. 2 position via superior tiebreak points.

Short pocketed the $3,000 champion’s purse while Grigoryan got the $2,500 runner-up purse.

Besides Antonio, the other players with six points were former World Under 12 champion GM Srinath Narayanan of India, International Master (IM) Tran Minh Thang of Vietnam, and Filipino IMs Kim Steven Yap and Oliver Dimakiling.

GM Darwin Laylo, IM Ronald Dableo, Edsel Montoya, Jasyon Salubre, Ted Montoyo, Xavier John Verdun and Vietnamese GM were in a group of 5.5-pointers while IMs Joel Pimentel and Chito Garma, FIDE Master Stephen Rome Pangilinan, National Masters Merben Roque, Elwin Retanal and Rolzon Roullo, and Woman IM Marie Antoinette San Diego scored five points each.


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Local bets upbeat as PPS Bacolod unfolds

Local bets upbeat as PPS Bacolod unfolds

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527771

Pete Andre Rodriguez and Alexa Milliam hope to anchor the local bets’ charge as action in the Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Bacolod leg regional age group tennis tournament gets going today at the Centercourt and Panaad Tennis Courts.

Close to 200 players are vying for top honors and ranking points in nine age categories of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger also held in celebration of the Masskara Festival.

Bacolod City Mayor Bing Leonardia has guaranteed a successful staging of the five-day tournament, which features the likes Vhon Tudtud of Naga City, Cebu and La Carlota aces Kiana de Asis, Karl Baran and Troy Llamas.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez hopes to draw inspiration from the crowd as the No. 2 seed in the boys’ 14-and-under division clashes with Arvince Angling in the first round, hoping to go all the way to the finals against top seed La Carlota’s Khenz Justiniani. He is also vying in the 16-U class headed by Troy Llamas, WIlfredo Grospe and Reynan Mahusay.

Milliam, on the other hand, is tipped to dominate the girls’ 12- and 14-U sections that also feature Jufeann Cocoy, Jasmin Jaran and Areetha Rodriguez. Milliam is also entered in the 16-U side headed by de Asis with Erica Sevilla joining de Asis in the premier 18-U category of the tournament backed by the Unified Tennis Group, including Cebuana Lhuillier, PPS-PEPP, Wilson, Toby’s, BMeg, Citigreen, Babolat and Tru-Flex.

“Focus should also be on the boys’ 12-, 14- and 16-U divisions and the 10-unisex side which drew 32-player rosters, ensuring wide open battle for supremacy and ranking points,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Meanwhile, San Carlos, Negros Occidental will hold back-to-back tournaments in line with the Pintaflores Festival with the juniors tilt slated October 26 to 30 and the Open championship set October 29-Nov. 3. Listup is ongoing. For details, call 09154046464.

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No doubting Thomas after sizzling 63 in South Korea

No doubting Thomas after sizzling 63 in South Korea

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527772

JEJU, South Korea: World No.4 Justin Thomas brushed off a shaky start to fire a superb nine-under par 63 and take a three-shot lead after the first round of the CJ Cup Thursday.

US PGA Championship winner Thomas is three strokes clear of five players on six-under 66 — Malaysia’s Gavin Green, the US trio of Chez Reavie, Scott Brown and Patrick Reed, and Australia’s Marc Leishman.

Thomas came up short in his bid for a hat-trick of wins at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last week, finishing tied 17th, and he bounced back from an early wobble at the Nine Bridges course in the first US PGA Tour event ever to be played in South Korea.

He dropped a shot “really badly” on his opening hole, the 10th, but got it back with interest by eagling the par-five 12th.

That was the start of a run of eight-under par for seven holes comprising four birdies and another eagle at the 18th to reach the turn in a scintillating seven-under par 29.

“It was a weird day,” said 23-year-old FedEx Cup champion Thomas, who has been in sizzling form since winning his first major in August and was recently voted PGA Tour player of the Year for 2017.

“It started off with a really badly played bogey and then I went on a seven-hole stretch where I kind of went unconscious and that was was pretty much most of my round.”

Thomas holed a bunker shot at 15 for the second of four birdies in a row and chipped in from off the fringe at 16 for another.

“That’s kind of how my day was. Hit two really bad wedge shots and got away with them to steal two bogeys,” admitted Thomas.

His second nine was almost boring by comparison featuring three birdies and another bogey at the seventh to finish at nine-under par.

‘Super-respectful’ Koreans
Reavie had a bogey-free day with a balanced card of three birdies on each nine to get into the five-way tie for second.

“It was fun tying to figure out a new course” said the 35-year-old, who finished tied 17th alongside Thomas at TPC Kuala Lumpur. “My routes are going to be different to these long bombers but the greens were great.”

Whee Kim shot a four-under 68 to be the highest placed of the 17-strong Korean contingent, who all received enthusiastic home support at the inaugural $9.25 million, 78-player event on the southern Jeju Island.

“The fans were super respectful and enjoy golf,” said Reavie. “When you make birdies they cheer and they were rooting all of us on, it’s great.”

Thomas’s group was followed by the biggest galleries as it contained the returning Korean hero Bae Sang-Moon who shot 71 in only his third event since military service, and last week’s winner in Malaysia, Pat Perez, who carded 69.

“It was awesome out there,” said Thomas. “I said to Bae you probably got the best crowds out here. He’s a great guy and great player and it’s good to have him back.”

Players Championship winner and world number 41 Kim Si-Woo went one stroke better than Bae with a 70, but admitted the pressure of playing in front of his home fans in such a high-class field had affected him.

“I felt more nervous than when I played in the Masters,” said the 22-year-old.



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Asistio-Eustaquio snares PGT Pro-am plum in playoff

Asistio-Eustaquio snares PGT Pro-am plum in playoff

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527773

Tonton Asistio (left) and amateur partner Jude Eustaquio hold their trophies after nipping the Jelbert Gamolo-Jolo Magcalayo in sudden death to win the inaugural ICTSI National Pro-am Open title. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Former national players Tonton Asistio and Jude Eustaquio battled back from three down with four holes to go in regulation then edged Jelbert Gamolo and Jolo Magcalayo in the playoff to snare the ICTSI National Pro-am Open crown at the Mt. Malarayat Golf and Country Club in Lipa City, Batangas on Thursday.

Asistio hacked a superb 7-iron approach shot from 180 yards on the par-4 18th of Mt. Malipunyo to within a foot in sudden death to the delight of the big gallery that ringed the green then Eustaquio calmly sank it to clinch the victory as Magcalayo’s tying birdie-putt from 40 feet out fell short.

“It’s great. When we compete, we’re expecting something great,” said Eustaquio whose partnership with Asistio dates way back to their junior days.

“I really have the inkling of winning here because we’ve been playing together since we were eight years old. We knew each other well,” added Eustaquio, who also teamed up with Asistio in the 2009 SEA Games in Laos.

Asistio took the top P360,000 purse, for his first pro win, while Eustaquio, a golf director at Forest Hills, received a trophy and gift prizes from Mt. Malarayat GCC chairman Antonio Torralba.

Gamolo and Magcalayo actually came out better than second round co-leaders Raymund Gonzales and Iñigo Raymundo in a fierce final round duel, hitting back-to-back birdies from No. 13 to build a three-shot cushion over the Gonzales-Raymundo and Asistio-Eustaquio pairs.

But they stumbled and fumbled with bogeys in the next two holes and while Gonzales and Raymundo failed to cash in and settled for pars, Asistio and Eustaquio birdied the par-5 17th to salvage a 72 and force a playoff at one-over 217 total.

Gamolo and Magcalayo hobbled with a 75.

“We wanted to win but the breaks didn’t go our way,” said Gamolo, who took the P250,000 runner-up prize.

Gonzales and Raymundo bogeyed the final hole for a closing 40 and a 77, ending up third at 219 in the P2 million tournament put up by ICTSI and organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. Gonzales received the P140,000 purse.

Mhark Fernando and Nico Sevilla matched par 72 to claim solo fourth at 220 while Rolando Marabe Jr. and Gary Sales also wound up with a 72 to share fifth place with the Elmer Salvador-Martin Guiang and Ramil Bisera-Jondi Quinol tandems, who both closed out with 73s.

Rico Depilo and Gabby Macalaguim sizzled with a tournament-best five-under 67 while Marvin Dumandan and two-time Philippine junior champion Tom Kim fired a 70 as they wound up tied at eighth with Benjie Magada-Carlo Quimzon, who groped for a 75, at 222 in the event backed by Custom Clubmakers, Meralco, Champion, Summit Mineral Water, K&G Golf Apparel, BDO, Sharp, KZG, PLDT and M.Y. Shokai Technology, Inc.

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Malaysians pad Asean seniors lead to 3

Malaysians pad Asean seniors lead to 3

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527774

Malaysia turned in a 236 for the second straight day and stretched its lead against defending champion Philippines to three strokes after two rounds of the 34th Asean Senior Amateur Championships at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in General Trias on Thursday.

Idris Ngah, who opened with a hot 71 at the Aoki course Wednesday, struggled with a 76 at the Norman layout but it proved enough for the Malaysians to gain one more shot against the home team. Dato Dzaamoddin Salleh matched Ngah’s Round 2 card while Goh Chan Tau added an 84.

With a 472 total, the Malaysians kept the Filipinos at bay although the latter improved with a 237 after an opening 238 for a 475, setting the stage for a final round shootout for the Stroke Play Team Gross title today.

“The game is not over,” said Phl team captain Vidal Querol, who expects the foursome of Rodel Mangulabnan, Eduardo Sison, Edgar Quiao and Eddy Jose Manzanares to deliver and save the host’s title-retention bid in the six-country tournament hosted by the Federation of Philippine Amateur Senior Golfers, Inc. headed by Melito Salazar, Jr.

“It’s make or break for us but we’re very confident we’ll overcome the three-stroke lead of Malaysia,” added Querol.

After a woeful 85 for an opener, Sison improved with 77, a birdie-less round that could have been better if not for back-to-back double-bogeys at 10 and 11, to lead Phl.

Mangulabnan submitted 79, his day hit by a quintuple bogey on No. 13, where he went out-of-bounds twice.

“It was a short hole and I paid for being too aggressive. I should have finished one or two over,” rued Mangulabnan, who vowed to bounce back strong in the final round. “I’ll be on attack mode, going for broke since the Philippines is three-down.”

Quiao was the third scorer for Phl with 81 as Manzanares didn’t count for the second day with 82.

Retired Gen. Don Montenegro, meanwhile, produced the best card for the Filipinos with a one-under 71 as he moved to No. 2 in the Stroke Play Individual Gross title race, just one shot off Ngah’s leading 147.

Montenegro, who had an opening 77, gunned down four birdies to offset three bogeys en route to the best round for the day of the three-day event sponsored by Camella, OmniPay, QuickMinds Corporation, Steel Asia, MegaFiber Food Fiber Health Supplement, Eastridge Senior Golfers, Royal Northwoods Senior Golfers, Mimosa Senior Golfers Association, Rayman Builders, Inc., Civic Merchandising Inc., Senior Golfers Association of Eagle Ridge, Valley Golf Seniors Association, Inc., El Masfino Hotel and Resort, PDG Emiliano D. Joven, PDG. Jess Nicdao, Cocolife, CP/PAG Licerio “Jun” G. Sebastian, Luisita Central Park Hotel – PDG. Jessie Cano Chua, Riviera Seniors Golf Club, Mr. Lucas F. Pasiliao – Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in The Philippines, Inc. (Senior Citizen’s Partylist), Rizgolf Sports Marketing, PR Savings Bank, C.M. Pancho Construction, Inc., Mitsubishi Motors, Philippines Sports Commission.

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PSL team braces for Buccaneer Invitational

PSL team braces for Buccaneer Invitational

19/10/2017, Philippines, Multi Sports, The Manila Times, Article # 24527775

Some members of the Philippine Swimming League (PSL) delegation headed by PSL President Susan Papa and Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa during the team’s send-off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) is sending a 30-tanker team to the 2017 Buccaneer Invitational Swimming Championship that begins on Saturday at the St. Mary’s International School swimming pool in Tokyo, Japan.

Reigning Swimmers of the Year Micaela Jasmine Mojdeh of Immaculate Heart of Mary College-Paranaque and Marc Bryan Dula of Wisenheimer Academy will be leading the squad together will Diliman Preparatory School standouts Paul Christian King Cusing, Lee Grant Cabral, Albert Sermonia II and Francino Archer Corpuz.

Also expected to deliver are Marikina Aquabears bets Charles Philip Andallo and Aubrey Tom, Dipilog Aqua Warriors swimmers Kiara Acierto and Leodd Troy, Arbeen Miguel Thruelen of Aqua Sprintz, and Trump Christian Luistro of Hope Christian School-Legazpi.

The other members of the team are Arabella Resado, Sophia Barcelo, Leah Buenaventura, Raindale Ching, Sofia Ching, Aishel Cid Evangelista, Joaquin Mirasol, Kyla Soguilon, Chellsie Ramirez, Alexandra Rejuso, Kenshin Rejuso, Hanna Sales, Bien Santos, Martina Estrella, Chloe Laurente, Richelle Callera, Master Charles Janda and Triza Tabamo.

“The Japan competition is always a tough competition for us. It’s a good opportunity for our young swimmers to experience competing internationally. It will help them in building their character and confidence,” said PSL President Susan Papa who will be accompanied by Secretary General Maria Susan Benasa, Marcelino Dalen of Rotary Club, and coaches Alex Papa and Ariel Compas.

Papa also expressed gratitude to the Filipino community in Japan led by Myles Briones Beltran and Hiroshi Katsumata and members Joy Manuel, Rowena Ashina, Cindy Sotooka, Espie Mejia, Lynn Danforth, Helen Nakamura and Yumi Yoshiyuki for raising funds for PSL tankers

“We would also like to thank the Filipino commnity in Japan led by Myles Briones Beltran and Hiroshi Katsumata and also Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez and his commissioners for approving the much needed help extended to PSL,” added Papa.


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