The Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala age group tennis circuit gets busy with two tournaments held simultaneously in Pangasinan and Oriential Mindoro with both events drawing huge casts seeking top honors and ranking points.
Joshua Molina, Marc Jarata, Charles Torres and Brian Oliveros along with Eric Bajet, Prince Lim and Thomas Gabuat headline the boys’ 18- and 16-and-under categories with Anna De Myer and Renee Esteban together with Franchezca Malaki, Tristen Kitong and Angeline Atos the players to watch in the premier divisions in the distaff side of the Group 2 tournament presented by Dunlop which got under way Saturday.
Jarata, Lim and Gabuat are also vying in the 14-U play with Alexi Jarata, Bernie Egipto, Adriana Cabahug and Kitong leading the cast in the girls’ section of the event put up by PPS-PEPP headed by president/CEO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by the Unified Tennis Philippines made up of PPS-PEPP, Cebuana Lhuillier, Wilson, Toby’s, Dunlop, Slazenger and B-Meg as part of their nationwide, year-long talent search.
Also up for grabs are the 12-U titles in both categories and the 10-unisex diadem along with the Legends men’s doubles at the Urdaneta Tennis Club where a free clinic will also be held.
For details, call PPS-PEPP Sports Program Development director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464
Keen competition is also seen in the PPS-PEPP Gov. Alfonso Umali Cup with the likes of Allen Rombawa, Martin Buenaventura, Drixcyn Guillano and Leyton Portin along with Althea Martirez and Lorin Idjao headlining the centerpiece 18-U division in the boys and girls’ sides.
Rombawa and Guillano are also entered in the 16-U play which also topbills Jeremian Macias IV and Benedict Santiago with Martinez and Idjao also tipped to clash for the crown in the Group I tournament sponsored by Gov. Alfonso Umali and the provincial government of Oriental Mindoro at the Bahaghari Tennis Club.
The Pinamalayan tilt, hosted and organized by Butch Buenaventura and which features players from San Jose City, Sablayan, Roxas City, Antique, Semirara, Iloilo, Lipa, Batangas, Manila and Calapan, also serves as a prelude to the Pinamalayan Open slated this week headlined by national team standouts Jeson Patrombon, Johnny Arcilla, Fritz Verdad and Mark Alcoseba.”‹