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Madis, Velez top PPS Davao tennis tourney
11:08 pm | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TENNIELLE Madis racked up three wins while John David Velez posted two victories and a runner-up finish as they captured the MVP honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Davao leg regional age-group tennis circuit at the GSIS Tennis Club yesterday.

Madis crushed Joji Taketomi, 4-0, 4-0, to run away with the 10-unisex crown then the rising star from Mlang took the girls’ 12-U diadem with an equally lopsided 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Jillian Manangking. She later teamed up with Sanchena Francisco and edged Taketomi and Shaun Globasa, 8-5, for the 10-unisex doubles title in the Group 2 event backed by the Philippine Sports Commission and presented by Slazenger.

Velez, on the other hand, came away with a 6-1(ret.) win over Andre Sing for the boys’ 14-U plum then partnered with Cedric Pamplona and held off Kurt Haro and Sing, 8-5, for the 14-U doubles crown. The young local ace, however, fell short against second seed Klyde Lagarde from Gen. Santos City, 7-6(6), 4-6, 10-7, in the 16-U final of the tournament sanctioned by Philta and held in conjunction with the Araw ng Dabaw celebrations.

Counting his victories in Butuan and Cagayan de Oro stops of the nationwide circuit put up by the country’s leading pawnshop and remittance center, Velez clinched a three-month training stint in Australia under the Mac’s Crankit Tennis Academy.

“John Velez has been vigorously campaigning in the circuit in pursuit of ranking points and at the same time to improve his craft. His stint in Australia should inspire other young players to strive harder,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

The MCTA has allotted four slots (one each from each side in the 14- and 16-U sections) for Visayas and Mindanao players with three victories in any grouping in the ongoing PPS-PEPP circuit.

Other winners in the five-day event, hosted by LTFRB chairman Atty. Martin Delgra III, also the president of the GSIS Heights Tennis Club, and held as part of the PSC’s commitment to support youth sports through chairman Butch Ramirez, were Davao’s Patricia Velez, Danna Abad and Sing, and Minette Bentillo and Vince Tugade from Sultan Kudarat.

Patricia Velez routed Nicole Bautista, 6-1, 6-2, to cop the 18-U title; Abad upended top seed Carlyn Guarde, 6-2, 6-4, for the 16-U crown; Sing stunned No. 1 Reyman Saldivar Jr., 6-2, 6-2, to snare the boys’ 12-U plum; Bentillo captured the girls’ 14-U diadem with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ma. Angelica Novis; and Tugade held off Lagarde, 6-1, 6-4, in the boys’ 18-U final.

Cuizon, Milliam rack up PPS titles
11:07 pm | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Chad Cuizon flashed top form to nail a pair of 10-unisex titles while Alexa Milliam logged another multiple wins in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala La Carlota leg regional tennis tournament cast at the LACTA Tennis courts in Negros Occidental yesterday.

The 10-year-old Cuizon from Centrex, Lapu Lapu, Cebu dropped just two games in securing the singles crown, trouncing Giovani Dimate, 4-0, 4-2, then teamed up with Jake Rodriguez to topple Dimate and Louchela Estember, 8-4, for the doubles diadem in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Milliam, on the other hand, sustained her romp in Roxas City last week as she ruled the girls’ 12- and 14-U classes of the event, which served as the eighth leg of the 54-stage circuit hosted by Mayor Jacky Jalandoni and Vice Mayor Rex Jalando-on.

Milliam shut out Willyn Segura, 6-0, 6-0, for the 12-U plum then the local ace held off Wendy Galanza, 6-1, 6-4, for the 14-U title in the tournament sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp.

“Cuizon and Milliam’ feats should serve as inspiration to the other young players and the Palawan Pawnshop circuit will continue to provide them the country-wide, year-round tournaments,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Milliam scores PPS-PEPP Roxas twinkill
11:06 pm | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MANILA, Philippines –  Alexa Milliam and fellow La Carlota ace Tracy Llamas annexed two victories each in varying fashions while local bet Angelo Mejia took the 16-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Roxas leg regional tennis tournament in Capiz last Monday.

The top-seeded Milliam overpowered Abigail Sacapano, 6-2, 6-1, to clinch the girls’ 12-U title then ripped Althea Martirez, 6-1, 6-1, for the 14-U diadem while Llamas repelled Averille Sacapano twice, 7-6(4), 0-6, 10-5, in the 16-U finals and 5-7, 7-5, 10-8, for the 18-U crown in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Mejia, on the other hand, atoned for his 3-6, 3-6 setback to Marben Mosquera in the boys’ 14-U finals with a tough 7-5, 6-3 victory over the Iloilo rising star in the 16-U championship.

“Milliam and Llamas’ victories augured well for their campaign at home in the next leg while Mejia and Mosquera continued to show promise and serve as inspiration to the rest of the young players seeking ranking points and recognition,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Milliam and Mejia later bagged the MVP honors in the Roxas stop of the 54-leg circuit sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp.

Top seed and young local bet Derrick Guillano survived Marben Alimarin, 4-2, 2-4, 10-4, in the semis but crushed Dolores Hofilena, 4-0, 4-0, to run away with the 10-unisex diadem while fancied Khenz Justiniani, also of La Carlota, bagged the boys’ 12-U plum with a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over unranked Rafael Legaspi.

Iloilo bets clinch PPS Capiz honors
11:04 pm | Wednesday, March 22, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Marben Mosquera and Avril Suace came away with contrasting victories in the 14-and-under class and turned in runner-up finishes in higher divisions to bag top honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Dumalag leg regional tennis tournament at the Dumalag Tennis Club in Capiz yesterday.

The fourth-ranked Mosquera upended top seed Nikhel Nowlakha, 6-0, 6-2, in the semis then trounced Jan Lamparero, 6-1, 6-3, to cop the boys’ 14-U crown.

But he fell short against fellow Ilonggo JJ Chrysler Gazo from Cabatuan, 4-6, 0-6, in the 18-U finals and yielded a 0-2(ret) setback to Jon Jimenea, also of Iloilo, in the 16-U finals of the Group 2 event hosted by Mayor Amado Eriberto Castro Jr.

Suace, on the other hand, survived Rose Martirez, 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-2, to snare the girls’ 14-U title but the Central Philippine U stalwart bowed to Kalibo’s Averille Sacapano, 0-6, 0-2(ret)  in the 18-U finals.

The event is the fifth leg of the circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president and CEO Bobby Castro and presented by Slazenger. It is backed by Asiatraders Corp. and sanctioned by Philta.

La Carlota’s Kiana de Asis took the girls’ 16-U diadem with a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Sacapano; Jufe-Ann Cocoy, also of La Carlota, held off Abigail Sacapano, 6-3, 6-3, to pocket the girls’ 12-U title; while Roxas City’s Derrick Guillano turned back Louchela Estember, 4-2, 1-4, 4-2, to nail the 10-unisex crown.

Gazo later teamed up with Paul Caspe to nip Matthew Flores and Jondreve Jimenea, 8-7(3), while Averille Sacapano and De Asis overpowered Louise Clavaton and Angela Depalobos, 8-2, for the boys’ and girls’ 18-U doubles crowns, respectively.

Listup for the next leg in Roxas City set March 2-6 is ongoing. Details: Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP sports program development director at 0915-4046464.

Madis, Velez dominate Dangcagan tennis
4:12 pm | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tenielle Madis and John David Velez kicked off their Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis campaign with a pair of victories each in the Dangcagan leg in Bukidnon yesterday.

Madis, one of the rising stars from M’lang, Cotabato, dropped just one game in three matches to run away with the 10-unisex crown, capping her romp with a 4-0, 4-1 victory over Novie Malinis.

She later took the girls’ 12-U title with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Angela Buyante.

Velez, from Davao, matched that big start in the 58-stage circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger with victories in the boys’ side, beating Peterson Linsagan, 6-2, 6-0, for the 14-U plum then routing Vince Dandasan, 6-1, 6-2, in the 16-U finals of the Group 4 tournament held at the Dangcagan, Kitatao and Kibawe courts.

Their siblings also shared the spotlight with Jazzelle Madis ruling the girls’ 16-U division with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Maria Angelica Novis and Patricia Velez scoring a 6-1(ret.) win over Novis in the 18-U finals.

Novis, from Malita, Davao Occidental, earlier copped the 14-U diadem with a 6-3, 6-0 romp over Buyante while Andre Kenny Sing, also from Davao City, pocketed the boys’ 12-U title with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Cedric Pamplona and Maramag, Bukidnon’s Mark Ivan Malinis claimed the boys’ 18-U plum with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Cyrill Robeniol.

Cotabato bets dominate PPS-PEPP Malaybalay leg
4:11 pm | Thursday, February 23, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Joanne Gornes and Arnie Joy Diaz hacked out a pair of three-set thrillers to lead the Cotabato aces’ romp in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Malaybalay regional age group tennis tournament at the DPWH and Freedom Park Tennis Club in Bukidnon last Monday.

Gornes rallied then outduelled fellow Pikit native Diaz, 2-6, 6-3, 10-7, to snare the girls’ 18-and-under crown while the latter foiled Gornes’ second round tormentor in the 16-U side Novi Melendez with a 6-1, 5-7, 10-8 victory.

Jilian Manangking, also from Pikit, edged Casey Padilla, 1-6, 7-5, 12-10, to claim the girls’ 14-U crown while Karl Palo from Kidapawan, Cotabato, and Rayman Saldivar Jr. from Kabacan, Cotabato took the 14- and 12-U titles in the boys’ side of the Group 4 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

“The string of three-setters only underscored the level playing field among these young aces all hoping to make it big someday. Palawan Pawnshop will provide tournaments and exposure they need to realize their dream,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/COO Bobby Castro.

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The No. 3 Palo upended top seed John Linsagan, 4-1, 1-4, 10-5, in the semis then held off Jed Durog, 6-1, 7-6(5), in the finals while top-seeded Saldivar thwarted Kyle Robeniol, 7-6(4), 4-6, 11-9, to annex the fifth crown for Cotabato in the second leg of the 58-stage nationwide tour put up by the country’s leading pawnshop and remittance center to boost the sport and help produce future national players.

Other winners in the event, backed by new sponsor Asiatraders Corp. and sanctioned by Philta, were Al Rasheed Lucman and Cyrill Robeniol from Malaybalay, Bukidnon, Mark Malinis from Maramag, Bukidon, and Cagayan de Oro’s Casey Padilla.

Lucman subdued Val Dandasan, 4-1, 5-3, to pocket the 10-unisex crown; Robeniol stunned Linsagan, 7-5, 6-2, to nail the boys’ 16-U title.

Sonsona, Bentillo share PPS Butuan honors
4:11 pm | Thursday, February 23, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Steven Sonsona hacked out a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Brent Cortes to pocket the boys’ 16-and-under crown while Minette Bentillo trounced Casey Padilla to capture the girls’ 14-U title in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Butuan regional age group tennis tournament at the Butuan Capitol and Luz Village Tennis Club yesterday.

Sonsona, from Tubod, Lanao, fended off Vaughn Codilla, 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-3, in the semis then imposed his will against Cortes while Bentillo thwarted Joshea Malazarte, 6-4, 6-4, in the Final Four before dominating Padilla as they led the winners in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Sonsona and Bentillo, from Sultan Kudarat, also came away with runner-up finishes to earn the MVP honors in the four-day event which served as the third leg of the 58-stage circuit put up by the country’s leading pawnshop and remittance center to boost the sport and help produce future national players.

“With no player scoring a twinkill only underscored the level playing field which we hope will inspire more young players to join our series of nationwide tournaments,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. “Aside from providing exposure, the circuit also offers ranking points for those aspiring to become members of the national pool.”

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Sonsona fell short against sibling Renest, 3-6, 3-6, in the 18-U finals while Bentillo also dropped a 3-6, 3-6 loss to top seed Dana Abad of Davao in the 16-U championship. The 14-year-old Bentillo also reached the semis of the 18-U division of the event backed by new sponsor Asiatraders Corp. and sanctioned by Philta.

Meanwhile, Cagayan de Oro will host the fourth leg on Feb. 9-13 at the Nazareth Tennis Club with a free clinic to be conducted by coach Patricia Concon-Puzon, a pro tennis mentor with master pro level 3 of Australia Tennis Professional Coaches Association.

Madis, Lagarde cop PPS CdO titles
4:10 pm | Thursday, February 23, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Tenielle Madis and Kylde Lagarde came away with a pair of victories each to clinch the MVP honors in their respective sides in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Cagayan de Oro regional tennis tournament at the Nazareth Tennis Club last Monday.

Madis crushed Val Dandasan, 4-0, 4-0, to run away with the 10-unisex crown then the Mlang, Cotabato rising star held off Casey Padilla, 6-1, 1-6, 10-7, to bag the girls’ 12-and-under title while Lagarde of Gen. Santos City upended top seed Vince Tugade twice to snare the boys’ 16- (6-7(2), 7-5, 10-6) and 18-U (6-1, 6-0) titles in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president and CEO Bobby Castro and presented by Slazenger.

Meanwhile, the three-day Tennis Teachers/Coaches Conference and free clinic drew a huge field, prompting the PPS-PEPP, in cooperation with the Macs Crankit Tennis Academy of Australia (MCTA) and the National Tennis Coaches Association of the Philippines (NTCAP), to hold the program in Gen. Santos on April 19-25 aimed up providing a high quality experience to every coaches and athletes alike. For details, call Bobby Mangunay, the PPS-PEPP sports program development director at 0915-4046464.

Madis also bagged the two titles in the Bukidnon leg last month, making her the hottest player thus far in the early going of the year-long, nationwide circuit backed by new sponsor Asiatraders Corp.

Siblings Patricia and John David Velez of Davao shared the spotlight with Oroquieta’s Nash Agustines, Sidney Enriquez of Zamboanga and San Carlos City’s Bliss Bayking as they topped their respective sides in the fourth leg of the tour.

La Carlota bets dominate PPS Iloilo netfest
4:08 pm | Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tracy Llamas came away with two titles while Khenz Justiniani pulled off a win and a runner-up finish as the La Carlota bets imposed their will in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Iloilo regional tennis tournament at the Ultra Tennis Club on Monday.

Llamas overpowered Averille Sacapano twice, scoring a 6-1, 6-3 romp in the girls’ 16-U finals then hacking out a 6-3, 6-4 triumph in the premier 18-U class of the Group 2 sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president and CEO Bobby Castro and presented by Slazenger.

The 12-year-old Justiniani, on the other hand, held off Kyrwin De Asis, 7-5, 6-1, to rule his age-group but fell short against No. 6 Marben Mosquera of Iloilo, 4-6, 3-6, in the 14-U section of the five-day event which served as the fifth leg of the 58-stage circuit backed by Asiatraders Corp.

Llamas and Justiniani also went on to share the MVP honors, joining the early recipients of the coveted title awarded to top performers of each leg in the circuit which also stakes ranking points.

Meanwhile, Listup is ongoing for the sixth leg set Feb. 23-27 in Dumalag, Capiz. For details, call Bobby Mangunay, the PPS-PEPP sports program development director at 0915-4046464.

Four other La Carlota aces ruled their respective divisions with Alexa Milliam matching Llamas’ two-title romp, blasting Jufe Ann Cocoy, 6-1, 6-0, for the girls’ 12-U plum and crushing Avril Suace, 6-3, 6-1, for the 14-U diadem.

Karl Baran trounced Ron Diaz, 6-3, 6-1, for the boys’ 18-U crown, Troy Llamas whipped Pete Rodriguez, 6-0, 6-2, for the 16-U title and Giovani Dimate capped the La Carlota bets domination with a shutout 4-0, 4-0 win over Eric Binas in the 10-unisex side.

Dimate later teamed up with Louchela Estember to beat Dolores Hofilena and Alivia Suace, 8-2, to claim the doubles crown while Tracy Llamas and Kiana De Asis also scored an 8-2 romp over Kristal Ojaldon and Chabelita Gicana and Baran and Matthew Flores rolled past Al Andrade and Justin Alba, 8-3, for the 18-U doubles plums.

Milliam and Cocoy edged Rizza Cubos and Avril Suace, 8-6, while Mosquera and Rodriguez upended Justiniani and Kerwin De Asis, 8-4, for the 14-U titles.

PPS kicks off 3-day teachers confab, clinic
3:56 pm | Thursday, February 23, 2017
PPS kicks off 3-day teachers confab, clinic
MANILA, Philippines – The Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala holds a three-day Tennis Teachers/Coaches Conference and free clinic starting today at the Nazareth Tennis Club in Cagayan de Oro City.

The PPS-PEPP, the country’s longest running age-group circuit, has linked up with the Macs Crankit Tennis Academy of Australia (MCTA) and the National Tennis Coaches Association of the Philippines (NTCAP) to stage the Mindanao-wide program aimed at providing a high quality experience to coaches and athletes alike. 
MCTA coach Patricia “Matet” Concon-Puzon will conduct the teachers conference and the free tennis clinic for grassroots and advance under the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association (ATPCA).

Concon-Puzon, a former national mainstay, is an ATCPA member with a Master Pro Level 3 title. She is also a client service officer at Villawood Immigration Detention Center in New South Wales who’s also into golf and martial arts.

Also joining the event, designed to help the community and the youth aspiring to become the best coach-athlete through minimal if not no-cost training, coaching and home base studies, is ITF Level 3 coach Roland Kraut along with guests from Luzon, Visayas and all over Mindanao.

“We thank the MCTA and NTCAP for jointly putting up this worthwhile project where players with potentials, along with Filipino coaches, can be tapped for training in Australia,” said Palawan Pawnshop president-CEO Bobby Castro.

Lagarde, Vicencio bag PPS Cainta net crowns
12:21 am | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Kylde Lagarde made the most of his Manila stint, claiming the boys’ 16-and-under crown while Mikaela Vicencio snared the girls’ 16-U plum in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit at the Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Cainta, Rizal on Friday.

Coming all the way from Gen. Santos City, Lagarde dominated Wilfred Bentillo, 6-0, 6-2, while Vicencio, one of the rising stars from Bulacan, pulled off a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-2, 10-7 victory over Miles Vitaliano as they shared top honors in the Group 2 tournament which served as the final leg of the record, nationwide 46-stage circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Both 16, Lagarde and Vicencio, however, failed to complete a twinkill, falling short in the 18-U finals of the event sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger.

Top seed Cenon Gonzales Jr. of Ateneo foiled Lagarde, 6-2, 7-6(5), while Vitaliano got back at Vicencio with a 1-0(ret.) win in the premier division of the country’s biggest and longest-running age group circuit that also features a number of Open tournaments for the country’s elite players.

“No player actually scored two victories, further underscoring the level playing field that has been the norm of the circuit with new faces continuing to emerge from the big number of participants,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro, adding that a bigger calendar has been lined up for 2017.

Lucena City’s Gabrielle Zoleta took the girls’ 14-U diadem with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Justine Maneja; Kaye Ann Emana from Camp Aguinaldo posted a 6-0(ret.) win over sibling Mica Emana; Miguel Vicencio, also from Bulacan, topped the boys’ 14-U class with a 6-2, 6-1 romp over Ross Perpetua; Olongapo’s Axl Lajon Gonzaga captured the boys’ 12-U title with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Thomas Bernardo; and Mica Emana crushed top seed Joshua Diva, 4-0, 4-0, in the 10-unisex finals.

Mica Emana also teamed up with Diva as they routed France Dilao and Frank Dilao, 8-3, to pocket the 10-U doubles plum while Rafael Liango and Miguel Vicencio copped the boys’ 14-U title with an 8-6 decision over Daniel Estanislao and Jibrill Perpeua.

Athan Arejola and Kurt Molina also subdued Ramon Bentillo and Lagarde, 8-4, to snatch the boys’ 18-U doubles crown; Melanie Dizon and Princess Catindig took the girls’ 18-U doubles title with a walkover win over Jhastine Ballado and Maneja; and Patricia Lim and Zoleta claimed the 14-U diadem.

Meanwhile, Mel Ampon, son of Filipino tennis legend Felicismo “Totoy” Ampon, resumes his four-leg clinics on Tuesday (Jan. 2) at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa. The Manila Polo Club in Forbes Park and the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig will host the last two legs on Jan. 3 and 4, respectively. For details contact 09154046464.

Tugade, Madis top PPS S Kudarat netfest
12:19 am | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Vince EJ Tugade and young Tenielle Madis flashed superb form to post a pair of victories in their respective sides and share top honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Sultan Kudarat age-group tennis tournament at the Isulan Capitol Tennis Club last Monday.

The top seeded Tugade proved dominating from the first serve to the last point, dropping just three games to topple No. 2 Klyde Lagarde, 6-3, 6-0, and pocket the boys’ 16-and-under crown. The local ace dropped two more games in the 18-U finals but still mastered Lagarde of Gen. Santos City en route to a 6-3, 6-2 romp.

Madis, 10, matched that two-title romp, crushing Jillian Manangking, 4-0, 4-0, to claim the 10-unisex crown before scoring a 6-3, 6-1 win, also against Manangking, to pocket the 12-U diadem in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger and hosted by Gov. Pax Mangudadatu.

“It’s inspiring to see young players like Madis winning not just one but two titles. And this is what this circuit is all about – to discover and develop future stars,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. “We also thank Sultan Kudarat for its junior and grassroots tennis program which is a big boost to the sport and the province as well.”

Danna Abad, meanwhile, pulled off a thrilling 6-4, 5-7, 12-10 win over fellow Davaoeño Patricia Velez, to snare the girls’ 18-U plum in the five-day event sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

Enriquez posts rare 3-title PPS tennis feat
12:18 am | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SYDNEY Enriquez flashed superb form to dominate the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Pagadian age-group tennis tournament yesterday, sweeping three girls’ titles at the ZDS Sports Complex Tennis Club in Zamboanga del Sur.

Enriquez stamped her class in her age group, dropping just three games, including a 6-0, 6-1 romp over Rose Tabudlong to run away with the 14-under title in the Group 3 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

The Salug, Zambo del Norte find also bucked the odds and took the 16-under plum with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Wyne Paglinawan and completed the rare feat by taking the 18-under diadem via a 6-3, 6-3 decision, also against Paglinawan.

“Enriquez should inspire young players that through hard work, determination and dedication, one can overcome the odds, including beating older, tougher rivals,” said Palawan Pawnshop president-CEO Bobby Castro.

Fourth ranked Nilo Ledama stepped up for the hosts, overpowering Eric Tangub 6-1, 6-2 to bag the boys’ 14-under crown. But the rising Zambo del Sur star failed to match Enriquez’s exploits, falling short to top seed Steven Sonsona of Tubod, Lanao 4-6, 6-0, 10-7 in the 16-under finals and retired 6-4, 3-0 against Renest Sonsona in the centerpiece 18-under championship dubbed as the Gov. Tony Cerilles leg.

Top seed Kristine Bandolis, also of Tubod, survived Tabudlong 6-3, 6-4 in the semis then ripped No. 2 Faye Lim 6-2, 6-3 to capture the girls’ 12-under diadem while fancied Nash Agustines of Oroquieta City took the boys’ 12-under title with a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Christopher Sonsona.

Kurt Bandolis rallied from a set down to beat Revo Lao 1-4, 4-0, 4-0 and pocket the 10-unisex title in the five-day ranking tournament sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

Action shifts to Sultan Kudarat on Nov. 17-21 for the Isulan leg of the nationwide, year-long circuit which also serves as part of the Kalimudan Festival celebrations. Registration is going on.

Patrimonio, Arcilla bag PPS-PEPP titles
12:15 am | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Clarice Patrimonio stopped Khim Iglupas for the second straight time and took the women’s crown while Johnny Arcilla mastered PJ Tierro to pocket the men’s diadem in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Pintaflores Festival Open at the Sacata Tennis Club in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental over the weekend.

Patrimonio broke Iglupas twice in the first three games then countered her rival’s three-game fightback that tied it at 3 by winning three of the next four games then fought back from one-game down in the second frame to hack out a 6-4, 6-3 triumph and pocket the top P20,000 purse.

In contrast, it was an all Arcilla show in the men’s finals with the veteran campaigner outplaying his many-time Davis Cup teammate all throughout en route to a 6-2, 6-3 victory that moved him a win from sweeping the Open crowns on the PPS-PEPP calendar for the second straight year.

Arcilla, who banked another P30,000, dominated the Olivarez Cup last Aug., ruled the Tuna Festival Open in Gen. Santos City last September then topped the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo last month. The last PPS-PEPP Open tilt is the Dagitab Festival in Naga City, Cebu on Dec. 18-22.

“It has been a great two weeks of top-notch tennis and we hope we were able to provide local fans the kind of games they expected from our bumper crop of young players and the elite,” said Palawan Pawnshop CEO and president Bobby Castro, who also lauded the all-out support of the host city led by San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr., Vice Mayor Rene Gustillo, Councilor Criston Carmona and the LGUs of San Carlos along with former Rep. Julius Ledesma IV and Vice Gov. Bong Lacson.

Arcilla capped another successful campaign by teaming up with Iglupas to snare the mixed doubles crown in the event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger, repulsing the Tierro-Patrimonio tandem, 6-4, 4-6, 10-7.

Patrimonio, who eased out Shaira Rivera, 6-0, 6-1, in the semis, and Iglupas, who clobbered Hanna Espinosa, 6-2, 6-1, in the Final Four, actually traded breaks coming off a 3-3 count in the first set. But Patrimonio broke again in the ninth then dropped just one point to hold serve in the next and move one set up.

Iglupas pressed her bid by going 2-1 in the second set on a hold-break-hold game, but Patrimonio regained her bearing in the fourth game then shut out Iglupas to break in the fifth and wrest the lead.

She sustained her form and took the next two, yielded the eighth on a break but broke back in the ninth to clinch the set and the match of the event sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball, and held as part of the host city’s Pintaflores Festival.

Milliam, Guillano share Pintaflores net honors
12:12 am | Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Alexa Milliam hacked out a pair of tough victories, including a come-from-behind win in the girls’ 14-and-under class as she shared top honors with Drixcyn Guillano in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala San Carlos leg regional tennis at the Sakata Tennis Club in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental last Monday.

The 12-year-old Milliam, one of the rising stars from La Carlota, subdued Jufe-an Cocoy, 6-4, 6-3, in the 12-U finals then went one division higher to upend Kianna De Asis, 2-6, 7-6(3), 10-5, for the 14-U crown, emerging the lone “double” winner in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

The fourth-ranked Milliam earlier toppled top seed Bliss Bayking, 1-6, 6-2, 12-10, in the semis to gain a crack at the third seeded De Asis.

Guillano also shocked top seed Khenz Justiniani, 6-1, 6-3, in the semis then the Roxas City, Capiz ace crushed No. 2 Pete Rodriguez, 6-2, 6-3, to capture the boys’ 12-U plum in the event which drew a record close to 300 entries in nine age group categories.

“Winning two titles in such a big field speaks well of Milliam’s caliber. And with a number of reversals posted in this top ranking event, the future of Philippine tennis looks bright indeed with so many young talents emerging,” said Palawan Pawnshop president and CEO Bobby Castro.

The event is sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball, and held as part of the host city’s Pintaflores Festival.

Top seed Elsie Abarquez from Carcar, Cebu held off Gennifer Pagente of Cagayan de Oro in the second set and came away with a 6-0, 7-5 victory in the girls’ 18-U finals to atone for her 5-7, 6-4, 7-10 setback to the latter in the 16-U final.

No. 2 Vince Tugade of Sultan Kudarat wore down top seed Cenon Gonzales, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8, to clinch the boys’ title.

Arcilla scores another sweep in Naga; Patrimonio beats Iglupas for women’s title
11:45 pm | Monday, January 9, 2017
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Champions. Clarice Patrimonio (left) and Johnny Arcilla (right) hold their trophies as they pose with Naga, Cebu Mayor Kristine Chiong after topping their respective divisions in the PPS-PEPP Dagitab Festival Open tournament. (Contributed Foto)

JOHNNY Arcilla completed another sweep of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Open titles, beating PJ Tierro in the Dagitab Festival finals while Clarice Patrimonio re-asserted her mastery over Khim Iglupas at the City of Naga Tennis Club in Cebu Wednesday. Arcilla pounced on a slightly injured Tierro to pound out a 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour and 25 minutes and cap another dominant campaign in the annual circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger. The veteran Davis Cup campaigner also ruled the Olivarez Cup and the Pintaflores Festival, both against Tierro, and the TunaFest Open, where he disposed of Leander Lazaro. Arcilla, who thwarted Ronard Joven, 6-4, 6-4, in the semis, used a variety of shots to defeat Tierro, who survived Elberto Anasta, 6-3, 7-6(1) in the Final Four but failed to counter with solid groundstrokes against Arcilla due a nagging injury in his left chest. He pocketed another P30,000. Patrimonio subdued a game Iglupas in their side of the finals, hacking out a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 triumph, likewise completing her sweep of the last three women’s Open crowns, including the TunaFest and Pintaflores over her young rival from Philippine Tennis Academy. “Arcilla and Patrimonio continue to inspire and motivate our young players with their determination, hard work and the ability to stay in shape all-year round,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. “As the circuit winds up the season next week in Cainta, we hope to see more new faces emerging as we kick off another tour early next year.” Patrimonio, one of two tennis-playing daughters of cage legend Alvin, bounced back from a second set setback, outdueling Iglupas and cashing in on her rival’s miscues in their baseline game in the decider to carve out the hard-earned win in two hours and 15 minutes. She received P20,000 during awards rites graced by Naga, Cebu Mayor Kristine Chiong. “It was a tough win. I had to turn our match to a baseline-to-baseline duel in the decider and pounced on her errors after she went for a serve-and-volley game and won the second set,” said Patrimonio, who failed to match Arcilla’s four-title sweep after losing the Olivarez Cup crown, also to Iglupas.
Tria, Bayking score triple PPS Bacolod title romps
7:45 pm | Thursday, October 27, 2016

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MANILA, Philippines – Nio Tria and Bliss Bayking lived up to the hype as they racked up three victories each to dominate the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Dangcagan, Bacolod leg regional tennis tournament at the Center Court, Panaad and Manville tennis clubs yesterday.

The top seeded Tria posted shutout victories in his first three matches then held off No. 8 Reynan Mahusay, 6-4, 6-3, in the finals to clinch the boys’ 16-and-under plum. As No. 3, the Manila-based teener went all the way to capture the 18-U crown with a 6-3, 6-2 romp over Reyniel Marcellana, who shocked No. 1 Karl Baran, 2-6, 6-4, 10-5, in the semis of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Bayking, in contrast, struggled past Kianna de Asis before snaring a thrilling 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 decision for the girls’ 14-U plum then the rising San Carlos City, Negros star stunned top seed Tracy Llamas, 6-2, 6-2, to bag the 16-U diadem in the top-ranking tournament sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball, and held as part of the Bacolod Masskara Festival.

Tria and Bayking capped their big campaign with victories in the doubles category with the former teaming up with Baran to edge Marcellana and Lorenzo Legaspi, 8-6, for the 18-U plum and the latter combining with Alexa Milliam to rout Jufe-Ann Cocoy and Arean Pecaoco, 8-0, for the 14-U title.

“Tria and Bayking are but two of a slew of young players who have the skills and talent to make it big someday given proper training and exposure,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro, adding that the country’s leading pawnshop and remittance company is committed to provide year-long tournaments for the youth.

Sharing the spotlight were Llamas and Milliam, both from La Carlota, who pocketed the 18-U and 12-U titles, Wilyn Segura, also from La Carlota, who took the 10-unisex plum, Surigao’s Rupert Tortal, who ruled the boys’ 12-U side and local ace Fernando Po, who dominated the boys’ 14-U category.

Llamas foiled De Asis, 7-6(7), 6-1; Milliam trounced Wendy Galanza, 6-1, 6-1; Segura clipped Federer Clelo, 4-0, 4-2; Tortal crushed Fern Po, 6-0, 6-2; and Fernando Po upended Tortal, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6.

Tria, Bayking score triple PPS Bacolod title romps
7:40 pm | Thursday, October 27, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Nio Tria and Bliss Bayking lived up to the hype as they racked up three victories each to dominate the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Dangcagan, Bacolod leg regional tennis tournament at the Center Court, Panaad and Manville tennis clubs yesterday.

The top seeded Tria posted shutout victories in his first three matches then held off No. 8 Reynan Mahusay, 6-4, 6-3, in the finals to clinch the boys’ 16-and-under plum. As No. 3, the Manila-based teener went all the way to capture the 18-U crown with a 6-3, 6-2 romp over Reyniel Marcellana, who shocked No. 1 Karl Baran, 2-6, 6-4, 10-5, in the semis of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Bayking, in contrast, struggled past Kianna de Asis before snaring a thrilling 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 decision for the girls’ 14-U plum then the rising San Carlos City, Negros star stunned top seed Tracy Llamas, 6-2, 6-2, to bag the 16-U diadem in the top-ranking tournament sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball, and held as part of the Bacolod Masskara Festival.

Tria and Bayking capped their big campaign with victories in the doubles category with the former teaming up with Baran to edge Marcellana and Lorenzo Legaspi, 8-6, for the 18-U plum and the latter combining with Alexa Milliam to rout Jufe-Ann Cocoy and Arean Pecaoco, 8-0, for the 14-U title.

“Tria and Bayking are but two of a slew of young players who have the skills and talent to make it big someday given proper training and exposure,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro, adding that the country’s leading pawnshop and remittance company is committed to provide year-long tournaments for the youth.

Sharing the spotlight were Llamas and Milliam, both from La Carlota, who pocketed the 18-U and 12-U titles, Wilyn Segura, also from La Carlota, who took the 10-unisex plum, Surigao’s Rupert Tortal, who ruled the boys’ 12-U side and local ace Fernando Po, who dominated the boys’ 14-U category.

Llamas foiled De Asis, 7-6(7), 6-1; Milliam trounced Wendy Galanza, 6-1, 6-1; Segura clipped Federer Clelo, 4-0, 4-2; Tortal crushed Fern Po, 6-0, 6-2; and Fernando Po upended Tortal, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6.

Madis sisters stamp class in PPS netfest
7:39 pm | Thursday, October 27, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Jazelle and Tenielle Madis pulled off a sister act, nailing down two titles each to dominate the girls’ side of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Dangcagan, Bukidnon leg regional tennis tournament at the Dangcagan and Kitaotao Tennis Club yesterday.

The top-seeded Jazelle lived up to her billing and trounced Winona Cabardo, 6-0, 6-3, to take the 16-and-under crown but the Southern Baptist College mainstay needed to toughen up to foil Ma. Angelica Novis, 5-7, 6-2, 10-7, and snare the 18-U title in the Group 5 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Tenielle, also from SBC, trampled Reyman Saldivar Jr., 4-0, 4-2, to bag another 10-unisex plum then the rising Mlang star outplayed Jillian Manangking, 6-0, 6-1, to claim the 12-U diadem in the event sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

“The Madis sisters displayed awesome form they honed up by regularly competing in the circuit. Hard work breeds success and we hope they inspire other young players to strive for excellence with so many opportunities in our year-long, nationwide tour,” said Palawan Pawnshop president-CEO Bobby Castro.

Novis, from Malita, Davao Oriental, earlier took the 14-U crown via walkover win over Joy Poliquit before bowing to Jazelle in their thrilling three-set duel for the premier crown.

Top-seeded Ivan Malinis stamped his class in the boys’ 18-U division, beating No. 2 Von Tabuco, 6-1, 6-1.Aaron Duhaylungsod, who also hails from Maramag like Malinis, edged local ace Yvu Dandasan in a pair of pulsating tiebreaks, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), to clinch the 16-U title.

Vince Dandasan gave the local crowd something to cheer about as he snatched the 14-U plum with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 reversal over top seed John Peter Linsagan. Mlang, Cotabato’s Cedric Pamplona also upset top seed Saldivar, 6-1, 6-2, to capture the 12-U diadem.

Manangking scores twin romp at PPS-Tagum
7:38 pm | Thursday, October 27, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Jilian Manangking finally nailed the elusive crown, winning the 10-unisex title then added the 12-and-under plum to emerge one of the three “double” winners in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis tournament at the Tagum Tennis Club and Davao del Norte Sports Complex yesterday.

The third-ranked Manangking from Pikit, Cotabato upended second seed Reyman Saldivar Jr., 5-4(4), 4-0, in the semifinals then dominated Charles Jumawan, 4-0, 4-1, to end a two-year search for the 10-U crown in the country’s premier age-group circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

The young but fiery lass from Pikit Central Elememtary School in Cotabato then kept the momentum of her breakthrough win and toppled Jonamil Prado, 7-5, 6-3, for the 12-U title in the Group 3 event which drew more than 250 entries and sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

“We are very thankful to the PPS-PEPP tennis program for providing our young players a circuit to play and hone their talent and skills,” said Vice Mayor Muhyryn Sultan Casi, who personally monitors the training of Pikit’s players. “Jilian’s victories proved that with the right program, training and motivation, they can beat even the best in the fold.”

Casi also cited another Pikit player Joanne Gornes who reached the finals of the girls’ 14-U side before dropping a 6-0, 6-1 loss to eventual champion Jessica Mae Carcueva.

“We’re happy and proud to have successfully staged this event in partnership with Davao del Norte. The record number of entries only showed that there is wide base of talents in the region,” said Gov. Antonio Rafael del Rosario.

Davao’s Danna Abad and John David Velez matched Manangking’s twin-title feats with the former foiling Nicole Bautista, 6-4, 6-3, in the girls’ 16-U finals before trouncing Winona Cabardo, 6-2, 6-1, for the 18-U plum.

Bentillo, Velez share PPS Digos honors
10:46 pm | Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Minette April Bentillo churned out a two-title romp while John David Velez kept his run of impressive finishes in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis tournament at the Digos Tennis Club in Davao del Sur yesterday.

Bentillo dominated fellow rising star Tenielle Madis, 6-1, 6-1, to nail the girls’ 12-and-under crown then the Sultan Kudarat find moved one notch higher and thwarted Ma. Angelica Novis, 7-5, 6-1, to emerge the lone “double” winner in the Digos stop of the country’s longest-running circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Velez, coming off a series of victories, including in the recent Pikit leg where he took the boys’ 14- and 16-U titles, held off Earljan Casal, 6-4, 6-2, to nail the 14-U plum although the young Davaoeño ace failed to duplicate his recent feat as he dropped a 6-1, 6-3 loss to top seed Klyde Lagarde of Gen. Santos City in the 16-U finals.

“These young bunch keep on improving, contending and even winning in higher divisions. This is what the circuit is all about, providing these kids the needed exposure and motivation to get better and better,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Meanwhile, action shifts to Davao del Norte starting Thursday (Oct. 6) with Tagum City hosting the next leg. For details, contact Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP Regional Age Group Tennis Event organizer and Sports Program Development director at 0915-4046464.

Velez, 2 others dominate PPS Pikit tennis
10:45 pm | Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Davao’s John David Velez and Danna Abad and Tenielle Madis of Mlang stamped their class and came away with a pair of victories each in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis tournament Pikit leg at the Pikit Tennis Club in North Cotabato last Sunday.

Velez, No. 8 in the boys’ 16-and-under class, upended No. 6 Ronnel Aboy, 4-0, 5-4(3), in the semis then foiled unranked Ali Basser, 6-3, 6-2, to add the crown to his 6-4, 6-3 romp over Eric Comendador in the 14-U finals of the Group 4 tournament sponsored by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Abad, on the other hand, mastered Jazzele Madis, scoring a 6-3, 4-6, 10-1 triumph in the girls’ 16-U finals and fashioning out a 6-3, 6-2 victory for the 18-U plum in the four-day tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association and hosted by the local government unit of Pikit headed by Vice Mayor Muhyryn Sultan-Casi

“We thanked Pikit for its junior and grassroots tennis program which is a big boost to the sport and the province as well. Rest assured of our continued support as we continue our search for future talents,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Madis, Lagarde post twin wins
10:44 pm | Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Tenielle Madis played true to form and matched Klyde Lagarde and Danna Abad’s twin title romps in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Mlang leg regional age group tennis tournament at the Mlang Tennis Club in Cotabato last Sunday.

The top-seeded Madis trampled Reyman Saldivar Jr., 4-1, 4-2, to annex the 10-unisex crown in a repeat of her feat in the PPS PEPP Tuna Festival in Gen. Santos City two weeks ago before the local rising star trounced Jilian Manangking, 6-2, 6-3, to pocket the 12-and-under diadem in the Group 3 tournament sponsored by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

“Madis has been dishing out top form, gaining much from her regular participation in the circuit put up to discover talents and provide young players like her the kind of competition needed to improve and excel,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

But Ma. Angelica Novis foiled her bid for a third title as the Malita, Davao del Sur ace pounded out a 6-2, 6-3 victory to claim the 14-U crown in the four-day tournament which served as part of Mlang LGU’s sports development program and hosted by Mayor Russel Abonado.

Second seed Lagarde, on the other hand, held off No. 4 Lordrens Pacheco in a thrilling duel, 7-5, 2-6, 10-8, to snare the boys’ 18-U title after the Gen. Santos native scored a 6-1(ret.) win over Eric Comendador in the 16-U finals of the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

Abad, meanwhile, dominated Jazzele Madis, 6-2, 6-2, to nail the girls’ 16-U plum then broke Nicole Bautista once in each set to hack out a 6-4, 6-4 decision for the 18-U crown.

Kidapawan’s Eric Comendador bounced back from his setback in the 16-U finals by overpowering sibling JV Comendador, 6-2, 6-2, for the 14-U title while unranked Andre Sing, also from Davao, took the boys’ 12-U title with a big 6-7(6), 7-5, 12-10 upset over top seed JV Comendador in the 12-U championship.

Meanwhile, the longest-running age-group circuit resumes Thursday (Sept. 22) in Davao with Sing, Abad and the Velez siblings, Patricia and John David, tipped to lead the title chase. Listup is ongoing. For details, contact Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP Regional Age Group Tennis Event organizer and Sports Program Development director at 0915-4046464.

Red-hot Tierro banners PPS Tuna Fest Open
10:43 pm | Wednesday, October 5, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Streaking Patrick John Tierro shoots for a third crown in as many weeks as he heads the field in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival Open Tennis Championship firing off today at the Gen. Santos City Tennis Club.

Tierro, fresh from his 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) victory over old foe Johnny Arcilla for the PCA ATF crown last Sunday, hopes to sustain his form as he clashes with wild card entry Klyde Lagarde in one of the featured matches in the elite tournament sponsored by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

But Arcilla is out to redeem himself from his twin setbacks to Tierro, including in the all-local PCA Open two weeks ago, as the top-seeded opens his title-retention drive against another wild card Vince EJ Tugade in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

No. 3 Fritz Verdad takes on Kenneth Salvo, fourth ranked Ronard Joven tangles with Wilfred Bentillo, No. 5 Leander Lazaro faces Jhun Alcoseba, sixth seed Deo Talatayod mixes it up with Henry Aniana in the other top matches in the men’s Open.

Top seed Clarice Patrimonio and No. 2 Khim Iglupas, meanwhile, banner the cast in the ladies singles Open with the former colliding with Ma. Angelica Novis and the latter facing off Kimberly Keethler at the start of the 16-player draw tomorrow (Wednesday).

Others in the fold are third seed Hannah Espinosa, who will take on Winona Cabardo, and No. 4 Frances Santiago, who will square off with Danna Abad.

Meanwhile, Janus Ringia and April Minette Bentillo pulled off a pair of victories in the PPS-PEPP Tuna Festival age-grouper with the former, a top junior player from Koronadal, edging top seed Tugade, 6-4, 5-7, 13-11, to snare the boys’ 18-U crown yesterday. Ringia also swept Tugade, 6-2, 6-3, in the 16-U finals.

Bentill, on the other hand, lived up to the hype and held off Tennielle Madis, 6-4, 6-4, to claim the girls’ 12-U diadem then trounced Ma. Angelica Novis, 6-3, 6-1, to pocket the 14-U title in the Group 5 event.

Davao’s rising star John David Velez also fashioned out a two-title feat, dominating Jay Balaoing, 6-0, 6-1, for the boys’ 12-U crown and whipping Andre Sing, 6-1, 6-1, in the 14-U finals.

Other winners were Tenniele Madis from M’lang (10-unisex), Carlyn Bless Guarde from Sultan Kudarat (girls’ 16-U), and Danna Abad from Davao (girls’ 18-U). Madis repulsed Reyman Saldivar Jr. 4-5(1), 4-2, 4-0; Guarde subdued Patricia Velez, 7-5, 6-2; and Abad scored a walkover win over Guarde.

Meanwhile, the Tuna Festival is the first of three major Open tournaments on the PPS-PEPP calendar, the two others being the Pintaflores Festival Open on Oct. 31-Nov. 6 and the Dagitab Festival Open on Dec. 18-22. For details, contact Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP Regional Age Group Tennis Event organizer and Sports Program Development director at 0915-4046464.

Guevarra, Aguilar share PPS Naga honors
11:30 pm | Tuesday, September 13, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Young Glydel Guevarra and John Benedict Aguilar enhanced their promising tennis careers by racking up two titles each while top seeds Kurt Angelo Molina and Nica Alanis lived up to the hype in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Naga City regional age-group tennis tournament at the Naga City Tennis Club last Sunday.

The 10-year-old Guevarra mastered Aika Idioma twice, posting a 6-0, 6-0 romp in the girls’ 12-and-under finals and scoring a 6-2, 6-1 victory for the 14-U crown in the Bicol leg of the Group 5 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

The future Iriga City star, winner of the 10-unisex diadem in the recent Olivarez Cup, failed to make it a three-title feat as she bowed to Aguilar in the 10-U semis with the latter repulsing Ryan Taller, 4-2, 2-4, 5-3, in the finals.

The unranked Aguilar, from Camalig, Albay, also took the boys’ 12-U plum with a tough 6-3, 7-6(5) win over Harry Bonavente to match Guevarra’s two-title exploit in the event hosted by Naga City Mayor John Bongat and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

“Watch out for these two young players along with a slew of others who have been benefiting from our year-long circuit in terms of exposure and training. We hope to produce more Guevarras and Aguilars in the future through our series of tournaments nationwide,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Molina, from Daet, trounced Naga City’s Jolo Basa, 6-4, 6-1, to dominate the boys’ 18-U side but the local bet struck back to stun the top-seeded Molina in a thrilling three-setter, 6-3, 3-6, 14-12, and snare the 16-U championship.

Alanis ruled the premier girls’ division with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over fellow Iriga City bet Patricia Corporal, who took the 16-U crown with a 4-2, 4-2 win over Katrina Salvadora.

Patrimonio, Arcilla bag PPS Tuna Fest plums
11:26 pm | Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Johnny Arcilla (center) and Clarice Patrimonio (second from right) pose with (from left) Councilor Jun Lagare, Gen. Santos City Tennis Club president Paul Torrijos and Bobbit Castro of PPS-PEPP.

 
MANILA, Philippines – Clarice Patrimonio poured it all out in the tiebreaker and clinched a tough 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) decision over Khim Iglupas while Johnny Arcilla held off Leander Lazaro, 7-5, 6-1, as they shared top honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival Open Tennis Championship at the Gen. Santos City Tennis Club in Gen. Santos City over the weekend.

Patrimonio blew a 2-0 lead in the third set but fought back from two sets down twice and came through with key shots in the 12th game to force a tiebreaker which she dominated to snare the crown and top purse worth P20,000.

The victory likewise avenged Patrimonio straight-set setback to the Iligan City native in the recent Olivarez Cup finals and snap the former’s long title spell in the country’s premier circuit sponsored by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Arcilla, on the other hand, rallied from 1-4 down in the first set with a sweep of the next three games, fell down again as Lazaro held serve in the ninth game before winning the next three.

Seizing the set and the momentum, the veteran Lazaro dominated the second set with a variety of shots, taking the first five games on his way to victory to retain the crown worth P30,000 and snap back-to-back title defeats to PJ Tierro in the recent PCA Open tournaments.

“Clarice is due for a big one and it’s nice to see her winning again while Johnny, with his discipline and determination, has been very consistent in the circuit and continued to serve as an inspiration to our young players,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

The 22-year-old Patrimonio, actually started out strong, taking a 3-1 lead in the opening frame but sputtered with her shots and poor return shots, enabling Iglupas to rack up the next five games and the set.

But Patrimonio put on another strong start in the second and this time sustaining her charge, winning the first three games and taking three of the next six to force a deciding set.

Velez, Pague, Tria share Olivarez net honors
5:46 pm | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Patricia Velez pulled off a pair of victories in varying fashions to dominate the girls’ category while Jose Maria Pague and Nio Tria ruled their respective sides in the boys’ division of the Olivarez Cup 2016 presented by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat yesterday.

Velez subdued Miles Vitaliano, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, to snare the 16-and-under crown then the ace Davaoeño cruised to the 18-U championship with a 6-3, 6-2 romp over Bettina Bautista.

Pague took the 18-U title without swinging his racket as Janus Ringia withdrew due to injury. The Zamboanga Sibugay find also gained a crack at the 16-U title against Manuel Balce III with the duo disputing the crown on Saturday.

Pague and Velez also went on to bag the MVP plums in their respective sides for their superb performances in the ranking junior tournament sponsored by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez along with Rep. Eric Olivarez and Dr. Pablo Olivarez as part of the family’s long-time commitment to develop the sport and at the same time help in the country’s talent-search sanctioned by Philta.

Nia, playing out of Ateneo, fended off Elvin Geluz, 7-6(2), 6-2, to capture the 14-U crown.

Bernardo, Geluz bag PPS-Imus net titles
5:45 pm | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Local bet Elvin Joseph Geluz and De La Salle-Zobel’s Denisse Bernardo fashioned out a pair of straight-set victories to rule their respective divisions in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis tournament at the Imus and Mabolo Tennis Club in Cavite yesterday.

The top-seeded Geluz drew inspiration from the home crowd and dominated No. 2 Angelo Aparte, 6-2, 6-3, to clinch the boys’ 16-and-under crown while the third-ranked Bernardo upended fancied Gab Zoleta via the same scoreline to snare the girls’ 14-U plum in the Group 5 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop with Slazenger as presentor.

Top seed Blanche Lagrisola actually posted the lone twin title romp in the four-day tournament which drew over 200 entries as the Sta. Rosa, Laguna ace trounced Cindy Nuguit, 6-2, 6-2, to nail the girls’ 16-U plum then scored a 1-0 (ret.) win over Zoleta to run away with the 18-U diadem in the tournament hosted by ITC president Robert Bautista.

No. 1 Marcus del Rosario, however, clipped Geluz, 6-3, 6-2, in the semis of the 18-U side then survived unranked Marvin Marquez’s gritty stand to hack out a 7-5, 7-5 to bag the title in the premier division of the four-day weather-delayed sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

“With three local talents emerging as winners only motivates us to host another leg in Imus, which has a wide base of tennis talents,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Velezes, Bandolis share PPS-Malaybalay honors
5:43 pm | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Patricia Velez redeemed herself from a pair of failed title bids with a two-division sweep while younger brother John David matched her feat in the boys’ side of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Bukidnon regional age-group tennis tournament at the DPWH and Malaybalay Tennis Club yesterday.

Patricia used her power and experience to score a shutout victory over Novi Melendez, 6-0, 6-0, in the girls’ 18-and-under finals and dropped just a game in her 6-0, 6-1 romp over Ivy Poliquit to bag the 16-U diadem in the Group 5 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop with Slazenger as presentor.

“The event has been a big boost to local tennis, generating so much interest from the youth the whole of Malaybalay and nearby towns and we hope Palawan Pawnshop will make this a regular stop in its future circuits,” said Rep. Florencio Flores Jr.

John David, one of Davao’s rising stars, stunned top seed Steven Sonsona, 7-5, 6-4, to snare the 16-U crown then dominated Vince Dandasan, 6-1, 6-1, to annex the 14-U plum in the four-day event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

Poliquit, from Maramag, atoned for her setback in the 16-U finals by bagging the 14-U crown with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Aira Mansaladez while siblings Kristine and Kurt Bandolis from Tubod, Lanao took the 12-U and 10-unisex titles with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Angela Buyante and a 4-1, 4-0 triumph over Reynan Saldivar Jr., respectively.

Guarde, Velez post double wins in S’Kudarat
5:42 pm | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

CARLYN Bless Guarde and John David Velez scored double victories to match the feats of local aces Vince Tugade and April Minette Bentillo in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Sultan Kudarat regional age-group tennis tournament at the Isulan Capitol Tennis Club yesterday.

Guarde held off Danna Abad 6-4, 6-3 to capture the girls’ 16-under crown and then upended Davao’s top player, Patricia Velez, in a thrilling match 6-2, 2-6, 10-4 to snare the 18-under diadem and complete a two-title romp in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop with Slazenger as presentor.

John David Velez dominated the boys’ side, beating Jay Balaoing 6-2, 6-0 in the 12-under finals before trouncing Earl Casal 6-1, 6-3 to nail the 14-under plum in the five-day tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball and hosted by Gov. Pax Mangudadatu.

Tugade made the local crowd proud when he toppled top seed Janus Ringia 6-3, 6-3 to bag the boys’ 16-under title and overpowered John Sonsona 6-2, 6-2 to rule the centerpiece 18-under division of the tournament which also served as part of Gov. Pax Mangudadatu’s birthday celebrations that featured the Open men’s singles and doubles and various age-group divisions.

“The regular staging of this nationwide circuit continues to produce different results week-in and week-out, further leveling the playing field with the fancied players no longer dominant as they used to, particularly against the local talents,” said Palawan Pawnshop president and CEO Bobby Castro.

Bentillo scored a 6-1, 3-1 (ret.) win over Tenielle Madis to bag the girls’ 12-under crown and added the 14-under diadem with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Kristie Bandolis. Madis, from M’lang, earlier copped the 10-unisex crown with a 5-3, 4-0 romp over top seed Kurt Bandolis.

Enoch Abella of Cotabato City ruled the Open singles in the veterans divisions while Warren Andresio and Lordrens Pacheco from Davao City took the men’s doubles Open title and Art Thomas Calingasan and Adrian Obaniana from Cotabato City topped the veterans 35-39 category.

Vitaliano posts ‘double’ in PPS Manila leg
5:40 pm | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Miles Vitaliano mastered young Macie Carlos twice to capture the girls’ 14- and 16-and-under crowns while Marcus del Rosario snared the boys’ 16-U plum in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis Manila leg at the Olivarez Sports Center indoor courts in Sucat, Parañaque yesterday.

Vitaliano fought off Carlos’ early challenge then asserted her might midway through the duel of the top two seeded bets to prevail, 6-2, 6-3, in the 14-U finals then the talented QC bet repeated in the 16-U championship, 6-0, 6-4, to emerge the lone double winner in the Group 2 tournament which drew a record more than 300 entries, including full-packed 64-player rosters in seven categories.

No. 5 Chloe Mae Saraza, another ace from QC, bested Bea De Ocampo, 6-0, 6-4, to cop the girls’ 18-U title while No. 6 Joel Atienza, also from QC, held off Jed Labasano, 6-4, 6-2, to clinch the premier crown in the boys’ side of the seven-day tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president and CEO Bobby Castro and presented by Slazenger.

“We were overwhelmed by the huge turnout and the enthusiasm of our young players in pursuit of glory and ranking points. This only inspires us to continue supporting the sport and help in discovering fresh talents, not only in Manila but throughout the country,” said Castro.

Matthew Garcia, son of former tennis star and TV anchor Dyan Castillejo, took the 14-U diadem with a 1-0 (ret.) win over Joseph Geluz while La Union’s Andrei Jarata and Cainta’s Kryshanna Brazal shared the 12-U honors in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

The top-seeded Jarata subdued Shant Nuguit, 6-1, 6-4, while Brazal downed Glydel Guevarra, 6-1, 6-4.

Unseeded local bet Sherwin Nuguit also grabbed the spotlight as he snared the hotly-disputed 10-unisex plum with a 5-4(2), 4-5(4), 4-1 decision over No. 6 Darwin Cosca.

Meanwhile, action shifts to Mindanao on June 23-27 with the staging of the PPS-PEPP Sultan Kudarat leg which also kicks off the annual Rainy Season Festival in the country’s longest, biggest age-group circuit.

For details, Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP regional age group tennis event organizer and Sports Program Development director, at 0915-4046464.

5:31 pm | Tuesday, August 23, 2016

olivarez Cup 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Khim Iglupas put on another solid game to put away Clarice Patrimonio, 6-3, 6-3, and capture the ladies Open singles crown of the Olivarez Cup Tennis Championship for the third straight time at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque late Saturday.

The Iligan City-based ace outplayed Patrimonio with her superb baseline game, breaking her second-seeded rival once in each set while holding serve all throughout to fashion out the victory and complete a first-ever three-peat feat in the annual event presented by Palawan Pawnshop – Palawan Express Pera Padala and backed by Milestone Guaranty and Assurance Corp. and Slazenger as official ball.

Johnny Arcilla, on the other hand, held off doubles partner Patrick John Tierro, 7-6(4), 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, to nail the men’s singles crown, his third in the last four staging of the event put up by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez along with Rep. Eric Olivarez and Dr. Pablo Olivarez as part of the family’s long-time commitment to boost the development of the sport.

Arcilla, who eased out No. 3 Elbert Anasta, 6-3, 6-2, in the semis, struck back strong from a third set defeat, winning the first five games in the fourth, including the second where he broke Tierro in a love-game. He sustained his charge and swept the third, dropped just one point to take the fourth then racked up four straight points to go 5-0.

Torres, Milliam share spotlight
6:14 am | Monday, June 6, 2016

Joshua Torres hacked out a pair of victories before local fans while Alexa Milliam dominated the girls’ side in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis tournament at the Baybay City Tennis Club in Baybay, Leyte last Thursday.
The second ranked Torres flashed top form and upended top seed Khenz Justiniani, 6-0, 6-1, to capture the boys’ 14-and-under crown then the Baybay City rising star wore down unheralded Kurt Padilla for a 1-1 (ret.) win in the 16-U finals of the Group 3 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.
Milliam matched that two-title feat in the 23rd leg of the nationwide age-grouper backed by Asia Traders Corporation, exclusive distributor of Slazenger, winning the 12- and 14-and-U classes in straight-set fashions.
Milliam smothered Aaliyah Bandalan, 6-1, 6-0, in the 12-U finals then the top La Carlota bet held off Gia Cari, 6-4, 6-4, to annex the 14-U crown.
Tracy Llamas took the girls’ 16- and 18-U diadems in convincing styles. She trampled No. 2 Gia Cari, 6-4, 6-2, in the 16-U finals then dominated Precious Coderos, 6-1, 6-3, in the premier 18-U class.
Loreto Pablo, another local ace, took the boys’ 18-U title, frustrating Torres’ three-title bid with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.
Justiniani, another rising La Carlota star, rebounded from his 14-U setback with a victory in the 12-U category, beating Kyle Gacutino, 6-1, 6-4, while top ranked Aeesha Bandalan, also from Baybay, survived the tough-fighting Russell Manlimos, 4-1, 2-4, 4-0, to claim the 10-unisex diadem.

Bayking, Del Rosario share top honors
6:10 am | Monday, June 6, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Bliss Bayking racked up a two-title romp for the third straight week while Marcus del Rosario posted a win and a runner-up finish in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis tournament at the Maasin City and Capitol Tennis Club in Maasin, Leyte over the weekend.

Bayking overpowered Alexa Milliam, 6-1, 6-1, to annex the girls’ 14-and-under crown then mastered top seed Tracy Llamas, 6-0, 6-0, for the 16-U title as the San Carlos City ace duplicated her feats in the Dumaguete and Bohol legs of the annual, nationwide circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Bayking earlier survived Zethley Alferez in their thrilling semis duel in the 16-U class, leaning on her strong forehand and superb baseline game to eke out a 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-7 decision.

The second seeded Del Rosario, on the other hand, upended No. 1 Francis Hidalgo, 6-2, 7-5, to snare the boys’ 16-U plum but the rising NCR star failed to match Bayking’s feat when he dropped a 6-0, 7-6(7) decision to Norman Enriquez in centerpiece 18-U finals of the Group 2 tournament backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Ledama, Bayking shine in Palawan netfest
9:17 pm | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Unfancied Nilo Ledama pulled off a rare three-title feat while Bliss Bayking sustained top form in the girls’ side as they dominated the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis tournament at the Sto. Nino Tennis Club in Ubay, Bohol yesterday.

Ledama, 14, eased out second seed Khenz Justiniani, 6-1, 6-0, in the second round then went on to trounce Giulian Bandoquillo, 6-4, 6-2, in the finals to cop the boys’ 14-and-under crown in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.
The unranked rising star from Pagadian National High School, a Palaro gold medalist last year, also took the 16-U plum with a 6-3, 6-3 romp over No. 3 Ibarra Ortega Jr. then capped his remarkable campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Christian Lagat in the 18-U final.

Bayking, meanwhile, matched her two-title romp in Dumaguete last week, trampling Alexa Milliam, 6-1, 6-1, for the 14-U crown and whipping Yasmin Garsin, 6-0, 6-1, in the 16-U finals.
Top seed Tracy Llamas, meanwhile, atoned for her winless campaign in Dumaguete as she captured the girls’ 18-U crown with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Precious Coderos, while fellow La Carlota bet Milliam rebounded from her setback to Bayking by ruling the 12-U class with a 6-0, 6-0 rout of Katrina Siason.

Bukidnon’s Jerecho Otico also shared the spotlight as he snared the boys’ 12-U diadem with a tough 6-7(9), 6-0, 12-10 victory over top seed Justiniani while Chad Cuizon of Cebu bagged another 10-unisex crown with a 4-2, 4-2 victory over KC Miasco.

Meanwhile, Leyte will host the next stop of the nationwide circuit on May 25-29 at the Maasin Tennis Club. Listup is ongoing. For details, call Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP regional age group tennis event organizer and Sports Program Development director at 0915-4046464.

Baran, Bayking share top PPS Dumaguete honors
9:14 pm | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Top seed Karl Baran survived a semifinal scare then trampled Al Francis Andrade, 6-2, 6-4, in the finals to capture the boys’ 18-and-under crown while Bliss Bayking bagged two girls’ titles in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis tournament Dumaguete leg at the Praxevilla and Silliman Tennis Club yesterday.

Baran went through some anxious moments against No. 5 Reyniel Marcellana in the semis but came through with big shots to eke out a 7-5, 6-4, decision and seal a title clash with the unranked Andrade, who nipped fellow giant-killer Ibarra Ortega Jr., 6-4, 1-6, 10-8, in the other semis pairing in the lower bracket.

But the top La Carlota, Negros Occidental bet flashed superb form in the finals and completed a straight-set win while settling for runner-up honors in the 16-U side after defaulting his finals match with Ortega.

Bayking, on the other hand, pulled off two tough wins to lead the winners in the girls’ category of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

The 14-year-old rising San Carlos City star hacked out a thrilling 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 victory over Averille Sacapano to clinch the 14-U plum then scored a repeat over the Boracay ace, 7-6(1), 6-1, in the 16-U finals to emerge the lone double winner in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

“Watch out for these two young, tall and talented players along with a slew of others who have been benefiting from our year-long circuit in terms of training and exposure. And we hope to produce more Barans and Baykings in the future through our series of tournaments nationwide,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Salazar, Bandoquillo share PPS honors
12:07 am | Friday, May 13, 2016

Shyrin Salazar took the cudgels for the local bets as she copped the girls’ 14-and-under crown even as unranked Giulian Bandoquillo snared the boys’ title in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis tournament at the La Carlota Tennis Court in Negros Occidental on Monday.

The sixth-ranked Salazar subdued fellow-giant killer and fellow La Carlota bet Kim Galanza, 6-3, 2-6, 10-7, in the semis then trounced second seed Bliss Bayking, 6-2, 6-4, to bag the crown while Bandoquillo upset top seed Rewel Justiniani, 6-2, 6-2, in the semis then shocked No. 2 Ceasar Po, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8, to snatch the 14-U plum in the in the Group 2 event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

“While the La Carlota bets dominated the girls’ play, the rash of upsets further underscored the level playing field with a couple of unranked players going all the way to bag the championship. This is what this circuit is all about, discovering talents and producing future tennis stars,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Galanza, meanwhile, atoned for her setback as she stunned top seed Tracy Llamas, 6-3, 6-1, in the semis then foiled Salazar’s two-title bid with a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the 18-U finals of the event sanctioned by Philta and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

Valerie Desoyo, also from La Carlota, outlasted Averille Sacapano in a thrilling duel, 6-3, 2-6, 10-8, while top seed Alexa Milliam beat Wendy Galanza, 6-3, 6-3, to pocket the 12-U title and Iloilo’s Jeff Kimenea took the 10-unisex diadem with a 4-1, 4-2 romp over Willyn Segura.

Reyniel Marcellana, another unseeded bet from Dumaguete shared the spotlight by ruling the boys’ 18-U division, beating No. 6 RJ Singsong, 7-6(3), 6-2; New Washington’s Al Francis Andrade frustrated Bandoquillo, 6-0, 6-1, to nail the 16-U crown; and Roxas City’s Drixcyn Guillano took the 12-U title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over second seed Pete Rodriguez.

Sacapano, Andrade score PPS Palawan twin kill
12:03 am | Friday, May 13, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Averille Sacapano lived up to her billing while Al Francis Andrade bucked the odds and upended his fancied rivals to nail two titles each in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis tournament at the Puerto Princesa and Camp 570 Tennis Club yesterday.

Sacapano stamped her class in the girls’ 16-and-under play with a run of straight-set victories, including a 6-3, 6-1 romp over Franzyn Billones in the finals. The 14-year-old rising star from Boracay also swept her way to the 18-U crown, capped by a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Khyshana Hitosis in the championship.

But it was the fifth-ranked Andrade who provided the spark in the Group 2 tournament presented by Slazenger as the New Washington, Aklan bet crushed top seed Maxine One, 6-1, 6-0, in the semis then whipped Lance Hitosis, 6-1, 6-1, to annex the boys’ 16-U plum. He later wore down Lorenzo Legaspi, 6-0, 5-2 (ret.), to rule the premier division of the tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger.

“Andrade’s feat underscored the level playing field that has been the norm in the circuit which continues to produce promising talents, particularly in the countryside,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Earlier, local talent Billones derailed Sacapano’s bid for a three-title sweep as she snared the 14-U diadem with a tough 6-4, 6-3 victory over her top-seeded rival while Jade Micayabas, another rising Puerto Princesa netter, held off Chisha Santos, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch the girls’ 12-U crown in the five-day event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Meanwhile, Hitosis, also from the host city, rebounded from his setback to Andrade with a 7-6(4), 6-0 win over Jennard Gonzales to nail the 14-U title while third seed Luis Ong took the 12-U crown with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over James Banac.

Suson, Velez share PPS Mactan spotlight
12:00 am | Friday, May 13, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Young CJ Thalia Suson drew inspiration from the home crowd as she racked up two victories to share center stage with Davao ace Patricia Velez in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis tournament at the Mactan Island Lawn and Airbase Tennis Club in Cebu recently.

The second-seeded Suson, one of the rising stars from Liloan, upended No. 1 Chad Cuizon, 4-2, 4-0, to snare the 10-unisex crown then, as top seed, hit clutch winners to ward off Nicole Villar and clinch the 12-and-under title in the Group 2 event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

The third-seeded Velez wore down No. 2 Gennifer Pagente in hacking out a 6-2, 6-7(2), 11-9 thriller in the girls’ 16-U finals then overpowered Kristin Salimbangon, 6-1, 6-1, to complete a twinkill in the premier 18-U section.

Unranked local bet Nicole dela Rita worked her way up from a couple of walkover wins, a shock 6-0, 7-6(3) over second seed Lyra Repollo in the quarters and a 7-6(2), 6-1 stunner over No. 4 Bless Coderos in the semis with an imposing 6-0, 6-2 romp over fellow giant-killer Nicole Villar to bag the girls’ 14-U crown.

Imperial, Alanis rule PPS-PEPP Bicol Open
11:58 pm | Thursday, May 12, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Jonathan Imperial and Nica Alanis came away with a pair of straight-set romps to capture the singles Open crowns in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Bicol Open at Lignon, DPWH-Res, Camp. Ola and Binitayan Tennis Club courts last week.

Imperial survived Legazpi City’s Justine Prulla’s tough stand in the early stage before the Naga City bet stamped his class to complete a 6-4, 6-1 victory in the men’s singles Open while Iriga City’s Alanis held off Naga City bet Julia Duminisac, 6-2, 6-4, to pocket the ladies singles Open diadem.

Camarines Sur’s Randy Asis scored a 4-6, 3-0 (ret.) win over Partido, Camarines Sur’s Glenn Vergara to snare the crown in the 30-39 age group of the tournament which drew close to 500 players and capped a two-week long tennis festival presented by Slazenger and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop headed by president and CEO Bobby Castro.

“We thank all the participants and supporters for ensuring the successful staging of this big event, the first time that Bicol region hosted a complete tennis tournament that featured our juniors, seniors and veterans along with their counterparts from the other regions,” said Rep. Al Francis Bichara, who also cited Palawan Pawnshop’s role in tennis promotion and development in the country.

Other age group winners in the tournament, sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball, were Mike Mathias from Naga City (40-44), Chino Arcangel from Legazpi City (45-49), Lito Gallenito from Sorsogon (50-54), Nasser Mortiga from Camarines Norte (55-59), Danilo Gardon from Sorsogon (60-64) and Carding Chavez from Naga City (65-69).

Iriga City’s Madeline Ramos dominated Jaeka Frias from Catanduanes, 6-0, 6-1, to pocket the ladies 19-29 age-group crown while Catanduanes’ Cheryl Macasera blasted Claire Fritzgerald from Naga City, 6-1, 6-2, for the 30-44 diadem.

The doubles winners were Deena Cruz-Cheryl Macasera of Catanduanes (girls, 19-29), Deena Cruz-Prima Frias (30-44), Pipen Bascuna-Primo Trillanes of Iriga City (mixed doubles), Naga City’s Albert Cornelio-Jonathan Imperial (men’s doubles Open), Nonong Fortuno-Bryan Cu (men’s, 30-39), Legazpi City’s Elmer Arcega-Chino Arcangel (40-44), Sorsogon’s Mateo Janaban-Jessie Matangob (45-49), Edwin Amor-Nasser Mortiga of Camarines Norte (50-54), Naga City’s Mac Ibardalosa-Miles Ivora (55-59), Lito Gallenito-I. Odiaman of Legazpi City (60-64), Naga City’s Lito Abonalla-Jess Placides (65-69) and Hector Abada-Joel Tejada from Catanduanes (70-and-above).

Meanwhile, action in the junior age-group circuit resumes April 29 with another Group 2 tournament in Puerto Princesa.

For details, call up Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP regional age group tennis event organizer and sports program development director at 0915-4046464.

Ringia scores golden double in Bicol net meet
10:33 pm | Thursday, May 12, 2016

JANUS Ringia turned back Klyde Lagarde twice to sweep the boys’ 18 and 16-under titles in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Bicol Open regional age-group tennis tournament last Tuesday.

Ringia, one of Koronadal City’s emerging stars, outlasted Lagarde in the opening set tiebreak and held on en route to a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory in the premier class then pulled off a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the full-packed 64-player 16-under field of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

He emerged as the lone player to score a golden double, with Sultan Kudarat ace Carlyn Bless Guarde falling short in her bid in the girls’ side of the tournament kicking off a two-week PPS-PEPP tennis festival capped by the Bicol Open which got under way yesterday.

“We’re impressed with the big turnout which only inspires us to put up more tournaments, especially in the countryside where a huge base of players remains untapped,” said Palawan Pawnshop president and CEO Bobby Castro.

Guarde warded off Ma. Angelica Novis of Malita, Davao del Sur 6-4, 6-4 in the semis and trounced Minette April Bentillo 6-2, 6-0 to pocket the 16-under crown but lost to Nica Alanis of Iriga City 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 in the 18-under finals of the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.

Two other Iriga City bets shared the spotlight, with second seed Jan Harold Trillanes outlasting Jenard Gonzales 6-3, 0-6, 10-7 in the boys’ 14-under class, while Glydel Guevarra beat top seed Tenielle Madis 5-3, 1-4, 4-1 in the semis and then dominated Christian Taller 4-2, 4-0 to bag the 10-unisex crown.

Mark Jarata of Agoo, La Union stunned top seed Rupert Tortal 6-1, 6-1 for the boys’ 12-under title while Bentillo, also from Sultan Kudarat, took the girls’ plum with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Kryshanna Brazal. Novis bounced back to capture the 14-under plum with a 6-2, 3-0(ret.) win over Brazal in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

Action shifts to Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu next week for another Group 2 tournament at the Mactan tennis courts.

Interested parties can call Bobby Mangunay, PPS-PEPP regional age group tennis event organizer and Sports Program Development director, at tel. no. 0915-4046464.

Trillanes, Guevarra post twin PPS-PEPP triumphs
8:57 pm | Thursday, March 17, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Jan Harold Trillanes and Glydel Guevarra came away with a pair of twin title wins in varying fashions as the local bets stamped their class in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala age-group regional tennis circuit at the Univ. of Saint Anthony in Iriga City yesterday.

Trillanes recovered from a second set blowout and wore down upset-conscious Jolo Basa in the grueling decider, 6-3, 0-6, 16-14, to secure the boys’ 16-and-under crown. The 13-year-old rising star from San Antonio Elem. School also needed an extra set to topple No. 2 Jenard Gonzales in the 14-U finals of the five-day Group 5 event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Guevarra, on the other hand, imposed her will against Carla Andrada, 6-1, 6-1, to pocket the girls’ 12-U plum then the nine-year-old find from Iriga Elem. School clobbered Andrika Idioma, 6-1, 6-2, to annex the 14-U diadem in the ranking tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

“Given the proper exposure and support, Trillanes and Guevarra loom as the country’s next tennis stars and Palawan Pawnshop will continue to provide these young players the venue to toughen up,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Guevarra, however, bowed to Ryan Christian Taller from Tabaco City, Albay, 4-2, 2-4, 1-4, in the 10-unisex finals.

Nica Alanis and Naga City’s Nolan Gagalac ruled the premier divisions with the former holding off Patricia Corporal, 6-2, 6-4, to cop the girls’ 18-U crown and the latter blasting Osward Hernandez, 6-3, 6-0, for the boys’ 18-U title.

Arcilla posts 2-title romp in PPS-PEPP Iloilo Open
8:54 pm | Thursday, March 17, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Johnny Arcilla overcame a tough Leander Lazaro in the semifinals then reasserted his mastery over Vicente Anasta to capture the singles crown in the first Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Iloilo City Men’s Open Tennis Championship at the Iloilo City Tennis Center in La Paz yesterday.

The veteran campaigner turned what was expected to be a fierce final showdown with Anasta into a victory walk as he overwhelmed the second seeded bet with his vast repertoire of shots, coming away with a 6-1, 6-4 romp to bag the coveted crown worth P40,000.

It was Arcilla’s fourth straight victory in the PPS-PEPP Open circuit with the many-time PCA Open champion sweeping the PPS-PEPP Open titles in Gen. Santos City, San Carlos City and Naga City, Cebu last year last year.

“Johnny continues to show his worth as a top performer. He has been an inspiration to our young players for staying in top form through the years and never losing his appetite for winning,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Martin, Cuizon share PPS-PEPP Iloilo honors
8:52 pm | Thursday, March 17, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Jacob Martin and Chad Connor Cuizon both survived second set scares and pulled off a pair of tough victories over Alfrancis Andrade and Jeff Jimenea, respectively, to lead the winners in the upset-marred Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit at the Iloilo City Tennis Center last Monday.

The top-seeded Martin, playing out of Xavier School, played true to form and romped off with four straight-set victories but needed to toughen up against the unranked Andrade in the boys’ 16-and-under finals to hack out a 6-1, 7-6(2) victory.

The second-ranked Cuizon also got past three rivals via straight-set victories but had to withstand Jeff Jimenea’s fightback to carve out a 4-2, 5-3 decision over the No. 1 bet in the 10-unisex finals of the five-day Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Bliss Bayking, on the other hand, finally snapped a run of setbacks in the country’s premier age-group circuit as the San Carlos City, Negros ace nailed not just one but two crowns over top seeded rivals in the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, and backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

The third-ranked Bayking stunned No. 2 Averille Sacapano, 6-4, 6-2, in the semis then blasted No. 1 Keana de Asis, 6-2, 6-1, to snare the girls’ 14-U crown. Sustaining her form, she repeated over De Asis, 6-3, 6-2, in the 16-U semis then battled back from a set down to foil top seed Tracy Llamas, 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-1, to pocket the 16-U plum.

Garcia steals show in PPS-PEPP Davao
8:49 pm | Thursday, March 17, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Patricia Velez posted another two-title romp at home turf but NCR’s Matthew Garcia grabbed the spotlight when he upended local ace Jhon David Velez to snare the boys’ 14-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit at the GSIS Tennis Club in Davao yesterday.

Patricia flashed the form that netted her the 16- and 18-U titles in Kidapawan and Koronadal the last three weeks, thwarting Danna Abad, 6-4, 6-4, in the 16-U finals and turning back Gennifer Pagente, 7-5, 6-1, for the 18-U diadem in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Slazenger.

Garcia, ranked No. 6 in a full-packed field of 64, racked up four victories in straight-set fashions, including a 6-1, 6-0 rout of top seed Sebastian Lhuillier in the semis. The son of former tennis star Dyan Castillejo then clipped the No. 2 Jhon David, 6-2, 6-3, to nail his maiden win in the nationwide circuit backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

Macie Carlos, also from Manila, also pulled off a pair of wins in girls’ play, thumping April Bentillo, 6-2, 6-1, for the 12-U plum and repulsing Angela Novis, 6-3, 7-5, for the 14-U diadem, while Tenielle Madis from Mlang, Cotabato bagged the 10-unisex crown with a 4-1, 4-2 romp over Jillian Manangking.

“It is inspiring to see so many youngsters compete and chase titles and ranking points. While Patricia continues to dominate, the competition in other divisions remains unpredictable, underscoring the level playing field,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Koronadal City’s Janus Ringia held off Vince Tugade, 6-3, 6-4, in the semis then overpowered Lordrens Pacheco, 6-4, 6-2, to nail the boys’ 18-U crown but Tugade, from Sultan Kudarat, got back at his tormentor and took the 16-U title via a 6-4, 6-2 decision.

Meanwhile, action shifts to Iloilo this Thursday when the eighth leg is held at the Iloilo City Tennis Center, featuring more than 300 entries. For details, call tournament organizer and supervisor Bobby Mangunay, also the PPS-PEPP sports program development director, at 0915-4046464 or log on to www.palawanpawnshoptennis.com.
Velez siblings score in PPS-PEPP Koronadal
8:47 pm | Thursday, March 17, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Patricia Velez reasserted her mastery over Carlyn Guarde, winning the girls’ 16- and 18-and-under plums while younger brother John David took the 12- and 14-U titles in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit at the Koronadal Sports Complex in South Cotabato yesterday.

Patricia, ranked No. 4 upended No. 2 Gennifer Pagente, 6-0, 6-2, in the semis then smothered Guarde, 6-1, 6-3, in the 16-U finals although the ace Davaoeña netter needed an extra set to topple her rival from Sultan Kudarat, 6-1, 1-6, 6-1, to rule the premier side of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and hosted by Gov. Daisy Avance Fuentes.

The two-title feat was a repeat of her sweep of the Kidapawan leg of the nationwide circuit presented by Slazenger last month with Velez bracing for another romp when action resumes Thursday for the seventh leg in Davao.

For details, call tournament organizer and supervisor Bobby Mangunay, also the PPS-PEPP sports program development director, at 0915-4046464 or log on to www.palawanpawnshoptennis.com.

John David wore down Andre Sing, 6-4, 6-3, to pocket the 12-U diadem then scored a 1-0 (ret.) win over his same rival in the 14-U finals of the nationwide circuit backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball.

“We take pride in producing future stars since our year-long, nationwide circuit gives these young players, including the Velezes, Tugades, Enriquez, Bentillos and Madis, the chance to measure up against each other in highly competitive tournaments,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

Arcilla heads Iloilo Open cast
5:22 pm | Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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MANILA, Philippines – Multi-champion Johnny Arcilla braces for a spirited battle for top honors against the country’s leading and rising players as he headlines the star-studded field in the first Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Iloilo City Open Tennis Championship unfolding tomorrow in La Paz.

Arcilla pulled off a grand slam of sorts in last year’s staging of the PPS-PEPP Open, winning the singles and doubles crowns in the Tuna Festival in Gen. Santos City, the Pintaflores Festival in San Carlos City, Negros and the Dagitab Festival in Naga City.

But the veteran campaigner, also a many-time PCA Open champion, faces a formidable challenge in the upcoming tournament at the Iloilo City Tennis Center with the top 16 players in the Philta ranking seeing action, guaranteeing an action-packed battle for the coveted singles crown in the week-long tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and backed by Slazenger.

They include Arcilla’s fellow Davis Cup veteran PJ Tierro, Alberto Vicente Anasta, Fritz Verdad, Roel Capangpangan, Leander Lazaro, Jimmy Tangalin, Deo Talatayod, Noel Damian, Kristian Tesorio, Kim Saraza, Joseph Arcilla, Kype Parpan, LA Canizares, John Altiche, Arcie Mano, Arn Procianos and Janjie Soquino.

“We take pride in putting up this top-level field and we thank Iloilo City for taking the initiative to host this big event which we hope will also help promote and develop the sport in the region,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro.

The event is actually in line with Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog’s mandate to host national and international sports competitions as part of the city’s sports tourism program with Vice Mayor Joe Espinosa III, also the chairman of the Iloilo City Sports Council, guaranteeing a successful staging of the event, this being the first time that the city is hosting a tournament of this magnitude in almost three decades.

The event, presented by Palawan Pawnshop in partnership with the City of Iloilo and sanctioned by Philta headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, is part of the annual, nationwide PPS-PEPP age-group circuit with other Open Championships slated at Olivarez, Parañaque in August, Gen. Santos City in September, San Carlos City in October and Naga City, Cebu in December.

Up for grabs is the top P40,000 purse with the runner-up to receive P20,000 and the two other semifinalists P10,000 each while the doubles winners will get P20,000 with the second placers taking home P10,000, according to tournament organizer and supervisor Bobby Mangunay, also the PPS-PEPP sports program development director.

CARLOS STEALS SHOW PPS-PEPP CEBU
12:41 am | Friday, February 12, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – National Capital Region’s Macie Carlos held her ground against a slew of aces from the south to hack out a pair of resounding victories in the upset-marred Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit at the Consolacion Tennis Club in Laray, Cebu yesterday.

The top seeded Carlos played true to form and took the girls’ 12-U title with a 6-4, 6-1 romp over No. 2 Tiffany Nocos then swept her way to three shutout wins before thwarting La Carlota’s Kiana de Asis, 7-6(3), 6-2, for 14-U diadem in the Group 2 tournament presented by Slazenger.

Khenz Justiniani, also of La Carlota, pulled off a pair of cliffhangers, including a 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 win over top seed Rafael Liangco in the semis then survived Cesar Salimbangon, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, to snare the boys’ 12-U plum in the fifth leg of the 52-stage nationwide circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop.

“The spate of reversals only underscored the level playing field which has become the norm in all the legs of the circuit, thus making our pool of talents deeper,” said Palawan Pawnshop president and CEO Bobby Mangunay.
The same finish is seen when the circuit holds its sixth stop in Koronadal City on Feb. 11-15 with the seventh stage set Feb. 18-22 in Davao City.

Naga, Cebu’s Shyne Villareal grabbed the girls’ 18-U diadem with a 1-0 (ret.) win over Gennifer Pagente of Cagayan de Oro, who earlier repulsed fancied Tracy Llamas, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, to cop the 16-U crown in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball of the circuit.

Norman Enriquez, from Pardo, Cebu, captured the boys’ 18-U title with a 6-4 (ret.) win over Earl Actub, who earlier nipped broker Paul, 6-3, 6-3, to claim the 16-U diadem, while Rewel Justiniani turned back Salimbangon, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1, to pocket the 14-U plum.

Unranked Thalia CJ Suson from Liloan, Cebu also shared the spotlight as she snatched the 10-unisex crown via a 5-3, 4-0 win over top seed Chad Cuizon.

VELEZES REIGN PPS-PEPP KIDAPAWAN LEG
12:39 am | Friday, February 12, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Patricia Velez recovered from a second set defeat and crushed top seed Carlyn Guarde in the decider, 6-3, 5-7. 6-0, to snare the girls’ 16-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit presented by Slazenger at the Kidapawan City Tennis Club in Cotabato Province over the weekend.

Velez, one of the rising stars from talent-rich Davao, sustained her form and repeated over her Sultan Kudarat rival in the premier 18-U finals, 6-1, 6-4, to lead four other players who completed a two-title romp in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and hosted by Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista.

John David Velez matched her sister’s feat, beating JV Comendador, 6-3, 6-1, for the boys’ 12-U title and thwarting Brent Andrew Magno, 7-5, 6-1, for the 14-U plum in the fourth leg of the PPS-PEPP circuit backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball of the circuit.

Janus Ringia pulled off two tough wins to share the spotlight with the third seeded Koronadal bet upending top ranked Jefferson Alqueza, 7-5, 6-4, to snatch the boys’ 18-U crown. He earlier held off Magno, 6-4, 6-4, for the 16-U title.

Sultan Kudarat’s Minette April Bentillo posted the other two-title exploit, surviving Jonn Nadela, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, for the girls’ 14-U title and sweeping Tennielle Madis, 6-3, 6-2, for the 12-U crown. Madis, from M’lang, Cotabato, earlier took the 10-unisex title with a 4-0, 1-4, 4-2 decision over Reyman Saldivar.

“While some fancied bets prevailed, the number of reversals only underscored the level playing field with the lower-ranked players gaining headway and stunning their more favored rivals. This is what this circuit is all about, to discover fresh talents, especially in the countryside,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Meanwhile, action shifts to Cebu this week with the staging of the fifth leg in Consolacion, Laray while Koronadal City hosts the sixth stop of the 52-stage nationwide circuit on Feb. 11-15. For details, call tournament organizer and supervisor Bobby Mangunay, also the PPS-PEPP sports program development director, at 0915-4046464 or log on to www.palawanpawnshoptennis.com.

Bigger, better PPS-PEPP circuit slated
5:29 am | Monday, February 8, 2016

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The Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis tour has lined up 52 events for its next year’s staging, including seven Open tournaments, making it the country’s longest running and most comprehensive age-group circuit.
The Visayas leg of the nationwide tour, backed by new presentor Asiatraders Corp., will have 18 age-groupers and three Open championships while the Mindanao and Luzon swings will hold 14 and 13 juniors tournaments, respectively, and two Opens each.
“It has been our long-time commitment to help develop and promote the sport from the grassroots level and after another banner season, we are inspired to put up more tournaments next year, both in junior and Open ranks,” said Palawan Pawnshop CEO/president Bobby Castro.
“With Asiatraders Corp. as our new partner, we have come up with a year-long that will keep our youth busy all year, especially from the countryside,” said Castro, referring to the country’s authorized sole distributor of Dunlop and Slazenger sporting goods.
“We are honored to be the presentor of this prestigious age-group tennis tournament that has continued to produce talents for future national pool and teams,” said Asiatraders Corp. vice president John Christopher Tan.
The 2016 circuit will kick off Jan. 7-11 in Roxas City while Dumalag, Capiz, Tacloban City and Lapu-Lapu, Cebu will host the next three legs on Jan. 14-18, Jan. 21-25 and Jan. 28-Feb. 1, respectively, according to event organizer Bobby Mangunay and also the PPS-PEPP sports program development director. For details, call 0915-4046464.

For complete schedule of events, visit www.palawanpawnshoptennis.com.
Mangunay said that aside from the regular Philta rankings, the PPS-PEPP will have its own ranking system.
“Asiatraders Corp.’s entry as the PPS-PEPP presentor comes at a time when Philippine tennis, particularly the juniors ranks, is enjoying boom with tournaments held almost every week spiced up by a number of events for the country’s elite players,” said Philta president and Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Four events are also slated in February while five tournaments are on tap in the next four months.
Two tournaments each will be held in Aug. and Nov. while five events each will be staged in Sept. and Oct. before the circuit winds up with four championships in December, including the season-ending PPS-PEPP Dagitab Tenns Festival Open in Naga City, Cebu. The other Open events are the PPS-PEPP Open in Iloilo on Feb. 16-21, the Mindoro Pinamalayan on March 28-April 1, the 31st Bicol Seniors Open, the Olivarez Cup Open on Aug. 4-21, the Tuna Festival Open in Gen. San on Sept. 5-11, the Pintaflores Festival Open in San Carlos City.

Ubay Bohol
4:50 pm | Sunday, February 7, 2016

Join now ! PPS-PEPP Ubay Bohol Ubay Tennis Club on May 13-16

Text your entry now. Bobby Mangunay- (0915) 404 6464

Paranaque
3:55 pm | Sunday, February 7, 2016

Good Day! we are inviting you to join the Olivarez Sports Center leg – Paranaque May 16-20
Please  text your entry now to Bobby Mangunay- (0915) 404 6464

Duran, Torres top PPS-PEPP netfest
11:22 pm | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Ma. Delrose Duran upended the top two seeds to snare the girls’ 16-and-under crown then romped off with the 18-U title to lead the winners in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit at Tacloban City Tennis Club in Leyte yesterday.

Baybay City’s Joshua Torres matched that two-title feat in the boys’ side of the Group 3 tournament presented by Slazenger, scoring a 3-2 (ret.) win over Chyme Arradaza in the 16-U finals. The 13-year-old rising star from the Visayas State University then crushed Ghylem Basalo, 6-0, 6-1, in the 14-U class.

Earlier, Duran, from Eastern Samar, stunned No. 2 Mae Salameda, 6-0, 6-1, in the semis then toppled top seed Anica Cari, 6-3, 6-3, to clinch the 16-U diadem. The 15-year-old upcoming player out of Gen. McArthur National Agricultural School later overpowered Trixic Sumapig, 6-0, 6-1, to capture the premier 18-U plum in the tournament backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger, the official ball of the circuit, and sanctioned by Philta.

Unranked John Chris De Paz gave the local fans something to cheer about as he copped the boys’ 18-U diadem with a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-1, 10-5 victory over Arradaza while Basalo, also from Baybay City, hacked out a 1-0 (ret.) triumph over Jhun Cedric for the 12-U title.

“Given proper training and exposure, I expect Duran, Torres and De Paz to get better along with the other players competing in our year-long nationwide circuit,” said Palawan Pawnshop president and CEO Bobby Castro.

Cari, meanwhile, atoned for her failed bid in the 16-U finals by annexing the 14-U title via a 6-1, 6-0 romp over Baybay City’s Aaliyah Bandalan, who also made up for the setback by copping the 12-U crown via a 6-3, 6-3 win over sister Aeesha.

Llamas outlasts De Asis for PPS-PEPP title repeat
11:19 pm | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Tracy Llamas recovered from a second set meltdown and hacked out a 6-2, 0-6, 10-5 victory over Kiana de Asis to cop the girls’ 16-and-under crown, completing a second straight two-title romp in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit in Dumalag, Capiz yesterday.

Llamas came through with big shots in the decider to frustrate De Asis then dominated Avril Suace, 6-1, 6-0, to pocket the 18-U title at the Dumalag Tennis Club as the La Carlota, Negros Occidental ace duplicated her feat in the kickoff leg of the circuit presented by Slazenger in Roxas City last week.

Top seed Macie Carlos matched that two-title mark with an equally tough 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 decision over De Asis in the 14-U finals with the National Capital Region bet also bagging the 12-U diadem with a 6-1, 6-0 romp over Alexa Milliam.

“Llamas is enjoying top form, a result of hard work and determination while Carlos lived up to her billing,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. “While it was doubly frustrating for De Asis, we believe those setbacks will further toughen her up for her next tournament.”

San Carlos City’s Ryle Singson, meanwhile, upstaged the fancied bets in the boys’ premier side, repulsing No. 8 Reynan Mahusay, 3-6, 6-1, 10-3, in the semis then thumping Jarul Marquez, 6-1, 6-1, in the finals while local ace and No. 6 Justin Alba also upended No. 4 Mahusay, 3-6, 7-5, 10-4, to snare the 16-U plum in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and hosted by Mayor Amado Eriberto Castro Jr.

Second seed Angelo Mejia from Roxas City and Jan Lamparero of Cabatuan, Iloilo took the boy’s 14- (1-0) and 12-U (6-2, 2-5) titles, respectively, as John Guillano retired due to injury while JM Reguera, also from Cabatuan, crushed top seed Ella Fullo, 4-1, 4-0, to claim the 10-unisex crown in the event backed by Asiatraders Corp., exclusively distributor of Slazenger, the official ball of the circuit, and sanctioned by Philta.

Meanwhile, Tacloban hosts the third leg on Jan. 21-25, another Group 3 tournament. Listup is open, according to tournament organizer and supervisor Bobby Mangunay, also the PPS-PEPP sports program development director. For details, call 0915-4046464 or log on to

Llamas, Andrade log PPS-PEPP Capiz wins
11:16 pm | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Top seed Tracy Llamas and unranked Al Francis Andrade dished out top form to nail two titles each in the 2016 Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional tennis circuit presented by Slazenger at the Vistec Tennis Club in Roxas City yesterday.

Llamas, one of the rising stars from La Carlota, Negros, Occidental, mastered Louise Clavaton twice, posting a 6-3, 6-1 triumph in the girls’ 18-U finals and hacking out a tough 7-5, 6-4 decision for the 16-U diadem.

Andrade matched that feat in the boys’ side of the Group 3 tournament as the unfancied Kalibo bet humbled top seed Lorenzo Legaspi, 6-2, 6-3, to pocket the 16-U title then overpowered Justin Alba, 6-0, 6-1, in the premier 18-U championship, making him the player to watch in the next stops of the circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Slazenger as the official ball of the age-group circuit and the Open Festival.

“It has been an inspiring start not only for us but for these young players with Andrade emerging as the surprise package of the tournament,” said Palawan Pawnshop president/CEO Bobby Castro. “It is for this reason – to discover fresh talents – that we have committed to put up this nationwide, year-long circuit.”

Andrea Suace lived up to her billing as the top seeded bet from Iloilo crushed Jane Diangco, 6-2, 6-3, to cop the girls’ 14-U crown while local bet and third seed DJ John Guillano stunned top seed Angelo Mejia, 6-2, 1-6, 10-6, to snare the boys’ title in the five-day event kicking off this year’s tour backed by new partner Asiatraders Corp., exclusive distributor of Slazenger in the country.

Deean Joy Dapiton pulled off a 6-3, 6-0 victory over fellow unranked bet Prudelyn Pania to snatch the girls’ 12-U plum while third seed and fellow Roxas City player Angelo Mejia foiled Guillano’s two-title bid, 6-4, 6-4, to capture the boys’ plum.

Second seed Ella Fullo also outsteadied RJ Guillano, 5-4(2), 4-2, to win the 10-unisex crown in the first of 52 events lined up this year, including seven Open tournaments featuring the country’s aces in both sides.

Arcilla, Iglupas cop Tunafest Open crowns
7:16 am | Thursday, October 1, 2015

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Johnny Arcilla (fourth from left) and Khim Iglupas (third from left) show their trophies and medals after ruling the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival Open in Gen. Santos City. With them are (from left) Atty. Jun Lagare Jr., Gen. Santos City Tennis Club president Diego Samal and PPS-PEPP manager Cress Dumalay.

MANILA, Philippines – Johnny Arcilla got back at Casey Alcantara to claim the men’s crown while Khim Iglupas kept her fine form and pocketed her second straight women’s plum in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival Open at the Gen. Santos Tennis Court in Gen. Santos City yesterday.

The second seeded Arcilla recalled his fierce form and dominated Alcantara, scoring an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 victory and avenging his semifinal round setback to the Cagayan de Oro bet in the recent Olivarez Cup.

But the top seeded Iglupas continued to dominate the distaff side, although she needed an extra set this time to turn back No. 2 Edilyn Balanga, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, and score a follow-up to her straight set romp over Marian Capadocia in the Olivarez Cup.

“It was a big confidence-boost for Arcilla after bowing to Alcantara the last time they faced. But it only showed the level playing field in men’s play with no particular player dominating,” said Philippine Tennis Association president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Arcilla, a many-time PCA Open champion, actually completed his title romp in the event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro and backed by Technifibre as official ball without dropping a set, threatened only by Vicente Anasta, whom he repulsed, 6-2, 7-5, in the semis.

But he started out strong against Alcantara in the finals and sustained his charge in the second set with a dominant all-around performance, never giving his 23-year-old rival a chance to mount a comeback.

Iglupas, on the other hand, broke Balanga once in the opening set, lost her rhythm in the second but recovered her bearing in the decider where she outplayed her rival with a solid baseline game.

Arcilla and Iglupas capped their big week by teaming up to capture the mixed doubles plum, trouncing PJ Tierro and Christine Patrimonio, 6-4, 6-1.

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Romualdez, De Asis rule Palawan tennis tilt
7:19 pm | Friday, March 6, 2015

MANILA, Philippines—National Capital Region bet Jerome Romualdez finally nailed a title while local rising star Kianna de Asis bagged three crowns in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis at Lacta Tennis Club in La Carlota, Bacolod City, yesterday.

The top-seeded Romualdez, who fell short of his title bid in the first two legs in Ormoc and Iloilo, overpowered No. 2 Karl Baran of PTA Carlota, 6-1, 6-3, to rule the boys’ 16-and-under class, where he advanced to the finals without dropping a game.

De Asis, meanwhile, survived Tracy Llamas, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, to pocket the girls’ 14-U crown. She then held off Erica Sevilla, 6-2, 7-5, in the 16-U finals to emerge the lone triple gold medal winner in the five-day Group 2 tournament presented by Technifibre.

De Asis later teamed up with Llamas to beat Reighn Aronales and Divanice Hibionada, 8-1, for the 14-U doubles plum.

Top seed Tony Rose Raymundo, also of PTA Carlota, turned back Jean Sunio, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, to keep the girls’ 18-U diadem. Fourth ranked Rizza Cubos stunned No. 1 Bem Wayco, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals, then pulled off a thrilling 7-5, 6-4 win over La Carlota’s Alexa Milliam to snatch the girls 12-U plum in the fourth leg of the 38-stage circuit sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.

Milliam earlier copped the 10-unisex crown with a 5-4(2), 4-1 win over Kerwin de Asis while second seed Reyniel Marcellana upended top seed Baran in a fiercely fought finale, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, to pocket the boys’ 18-U title.

John David Velez dominated the boys’ 12-under
12:59 am | Monday, February 16, 2015
LOCAL bet John David Velez dominated the boys’ 12-under class while Shaira Hope Rivera swept two titles in the girls’ side of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age group tennis presented by Technifibre in Davao yesterday.

Living up to his billing as the top seed, Velez overpowered Grant de Leon in the opening set but had to scramble in the next to complete a 6-0, 6-4 victory while Rivera mastered Patricia Velez twice to pocket the 16-under (6-1, 6-3) and 18-under (6-4, 6-0) crowns in the third leg of the 38-stage nationwide circuit put up by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center.

Rivera, a gem of a find from Monkayo, Compostela Valley, later teamed up with Patricia Velez to defeat Jazelle Madis and Danna Abad 8-5 for the 18-under doubles plum while John Velez partnered with Roy Ito to stun the top-seeded pair of Kurt Haro and Miguel Pila 8-2 in the boys’ 14-under doubles finals at the GSIS-ECO 2 & 4 Tennis Club.

Unranked Christian Fel Lopez of Samal also capped his amazing run in the centerpiece boys’ 18-under division, repulsing top seed John Alejandre 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to snare the crown while Cebu’s Jan Godfrey Seno also pulled off a shock win over top seed Jerome Romualdez 6-1, 6-1 to clinch the 16-under diadem in the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

“While John Velez and Shaira Rivera lived up to their billing, the reversals in the other classes underscored the level playing field in the circuit which has continued to produce new faces and talents,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Top-ranked Janus Ringia of Koronadal foiled No. 2 Cyrin Martinez 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to keep the boys’ 14-under crown while fancied local ace Kenny Sing took the 10-unisex title with a 4-0, 4-2 romp over Cedric Pamplona.

Fifth seed Danna Abad, also of Davao, snatched the girls’ 14-under plum with a 6-2, 6-1 rout of third seed April Bentillo while No. 2 Ma. Angelica Novis of Malita also shocked the top-seeded Bentillo 6-3, 6-1 to claim the 12-under crown.

Alejandre and Carlo Nono copped the boys’ 18-under doubles title with an 8-4 win over Jaffary Cariga and Lopez; Sing and Juliana Carvahal dominated Pamplona and Tenielle Madis 8-2 to pocket the 10-under doubles title while Abad and Kiara Gandeza nailed the 14-under doubles plum with an 8-6 victory over Bentillo and Madis.

The fourth leg will be held on Feb. 5-9 in La Carlota in Bacolod while Dumaguete will host the next leg on Feb. 12-16.

MEJIA SHINE IN PALAWAN ILOILO NETFEST
7:45 pm | Monday, February 2, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Alexa Milliam of La Carlota came away with two victories while Angelo Mejia of Roxas City snared the boys’ 12-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Dinagyang Tennis Festival at La Paz Tennis Club in Iloilo City yesterday.

The second ranked Milliam upended the top seeded Khenz Justiniani, 4-0, 5-4 (5), to pocket the 10-unisex crown then trounced No. 5 Rizza Cubos, 6-3, 6-2, in the 12-U finals to emerge the lone player to win two titles in the second leg of the 38-leg circuit sponsored by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center and presented by Technifibre.

The third seeded Mejia, on the other hand, flashed top form and eased out No. 1 Alekzander Po, 6-0, 6-1, in the semis then clobbered giant-killer Abraham Lawyer, 6-1, 6-1, to rule the 12-U class of the five-day event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez and held as part of the Dinagyang Festival.

“We thank Palawan Pawnshop for this nationwide circuit which is a big boost to the national junior tennis program, particularly in the whole of Panay island,” said Philta regional vice president Dr. Andres Bayona.

Toni Rose Raymundo, also of La Carlota, played true to form and topped the girls’ premier 18-U category with a 6-1, 6-2 romp over unranked Apple Dayanan, while top seed Averille Sacapano from Boracay Island took the girls’ 16-U plum with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tracy Llamas.

But the La Carlota-based Llamas foiled Sacapano’s bid for another crown, topping the 14-U section with a 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5 win while Cenon Gonzales Jr. rallied from a set down to beat fellow NCR bet Jerome Romualdez for the second straight time, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4, and cop the boys’ 16-U crown.

Sanico posts twinkill in Palawan-Ormoc netfest
10:22 pm | Thursday, January 22, 2015

MANILA, Philippines – Camille Joy Sanico sustained her form and racked up two victories to kick off her campaign in the 2015 Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Regional Age Group tennis circuit presented by Technifibre at the Ormoc Midtown Tennis Club in Ormoc last Sunday.

Sanico, who swept three titles at home at the close of the 2014 season in Isabel, Leyte, mastered Jeminah Jabines twice, including a 6-1, 6-2 romp to bag the girls’ 18-and-under crown. The 15-year-old Isabel Tennis Club mainstay earlier defeated Jabines, 6-2, 6-3, to annex the 16-U plum in the five-day event kicking off the 38-stage circuit put up by the country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center.

Cenon Gonzales Jr. shared the spotlight by repulsing fellow NCR bet Jerome Romualdez, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1, to capture the boys’ 16-U diadem while Paolo Loreto from Baybay, Leyte trampled top seed Aeron Carungay, 6-3, 6-3, to clinch the boys’ 18-U crown.

Palawan Pawnshop lines up 38-leg junior tennis circuit
4:25 pm | Saturday, January 10, 2015

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The country’s leading junior tennis players and rising stars brace for another busy year as the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Regional Age Group 2015 presented by Tecnifibre stages a 38-leg nationwide circuit beginning Jan. 15-19 in Ormoc City.

The country’s leading pawnshop, remittance and claim center and Tecnifibre have re-affirmed their support to junior tennis as they lined up a series of ranking tournaments aimed at further boosting the sport that has seen the emergence of young talents from Philta’s year-long, nationwide program.
“It has been our desire to help boost the sport and at the same time tap new talents who can be developed and trained to become world-class athletes,” said Bobby Castro, COO of Palawan Pawnshop.

The circuit, sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association and staged in the key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, is backed by Philta’s regional vice presidents, including Mayor Ramon Orfanel (Region 4A), Ferdinand Medina (Region 1), Mayor Rollen Paulino (Region 3B), Dr. Andres Bayona (Region 6A), Fernando Arguelles (Region 6B), Jesus Lagman (Region 7A), Ernesto Uy (Region 7B), Mario Rizon (Region 7C), Ken Salimbangon (Region 7D), Rafael Antonio Munoz (Region 8), Jimlani Imlan (Region 9), Carolina Angel (Region 11B) and Dr. Julian Galinato (Region 12).

“The Palawan Pawnshop regional age-group series hopes to serve as a venue for junior players to hone their skills and talents and give opportunities to compete against the best,” said Philta president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Inspired by the success of their 30-stage tour last year, launched to address the need for a national tournament program for junior tennis, the circuit is also designed as a conduit of Philta in developing a positive outlook among the youth.

For details, call Palawan Pawnshop secretariat at 09154046464.
In Mindanao, Palawan Pawnshop and Tecnifibre opened the tournament for free in an effort to encourage more young players to participate and at the same time help boost the local host clubs’ junior development program.
“This junior tennis program is designed to instill the benefits of physical fitness and core values that promote tennis and aid in addressing the problem of juvenile delinquency,” said Tecnifibre Manager and former Davis Cupper Roland So.

Four National Opens, featuring the country’s aces, will spice up this year’s staging of the circuit, including the Cainta Open on March 18-22, the Olivarez Open on Aug. 14-30, the Tuna Festival Men’s Open in Gen. Santos City on Sept. 4-13, and the Dagitap Tennis Festival Open in Naga City, Cebu on Dec. 17-22.
Palawan Pawnshop has poured in P5 million while Tecnifibre has chipped in P1 million in kind to sustain the 38-leg grassroots circuit also held to mark Palawan Pawnshop–Palawan Express Pera Padala 30 years of excellence and at the same time share the company’s blessing with the Filipino masses.

Cari, Yan stamp class in Palawan netfest
7:11 pm | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

cari14MANILA, Philippines – Local ace Anica Cari flashed top form and claimed two titles while Master Yan matched also nailed two victories as they dominated their respective sections in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tournament presented by Technifibre at the Baybay Tennis Club in Baybay, Leyte yesterday.

Cari lived up to hype and bested No. 2 Joy Camille Sanico, 4-2, 4-2, to capture the girls’ 14-and-under crown moments after the Baybay, Leyte native annexed the 12-U diadem with a 4-1, 4-1 romp over Bea Pelias in the rain-marred tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.

Yan, from Hilongos, Leyte, nipped Aeron Carungay in a tight first set duel then imposed his will to complete a 5-4(3), 4-1 victory in the boys’ 18-U finals after wearing down Paulo Loreto, 4-1, 1-4 (10-8), to pocket the 16-U crown in the four-day tournament presented by Technifibre as the official ball with the Baybay Tennis Club hosting the latest leg of the nationwide, year-long circuit held to promote the sport and at the same time discover new talents from the countryside.

“It inspires us to see these young players come out and play despite the bad weather condition. This only shows the positive acceptance by the participants and supporters of our youth tennis program,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Another local bet, Joshua Torres, scored a twinkill, beating Chyme Arradaza, 4-0, 4-1, to cop the boys’ 14-U plum and shutting out Aaron Suaron, 4-0, 4-0, for the 12-U crown.

Top seed Ghylem Basalo also took the spotlight by winning the 10-unisex title, holding off Samjosh Ramos, 4-0, 5-3, while Sanico, from Isabel, Leyte, atoned for her loss to Cari in the 14-U finals by pocketing the girls’ 18-U crown with a come-from-behind 3-5, 4-1 (10-6) victory over Ma. Delrose Duran.
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The Samar-based Duran, however, got back at Sanico and scored a 2-4, 4-2 (10-4) decision to snare the 16-U title.

Cabahug shine in netfest
7:09 pm | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LANAO del Norte’s Mart Clarence Cabahug bagged two titles while local ace Anne Dominic came through with a victory and a runner-up finish in the Gov. A.H. Cerilles-Palawan Pawnshop regional age group 2014 at the Zamboanga Del Sur Sports arena in Pagadian City, Zamboanga last Monday.

Cabahug, who stunned second seed Earl Cagampang and No. 3 John Renest Sonsona on his way to the finals, scored a 6-3, 3-1 (ret.) win over Laurence Obdina to cop the boys’ 18-and-under crown then topped the full field in the 16-U class with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Cagampang.

Romano, one of the members of the Zambo Del Sur Sports Academy, subdued Alyza delos Reyes, 6-4, 6-3, to pocket the 16-U crown but failed to score a double with a 6-3, 6-4 setback to Nellyn Saladaga, who topped the premier event in the girls’ section of the four-day tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and presented by Technifibre.

“The popularity of the Palawan Pawnshop circuit has lured players from all over to join the tournament,” said Gov. Antonio Cerilles, referring to the record draw, numbering to around 275 entries.

He added that the ZDS Sports Academy boasts of state-of-the-art facilities and a sound sports program where student-athletes train and study for free, including board-and-lodging.

Aira Jeane Genetiano and Chrisly Dalman, both mainstays of the ZDS Sports Academy, defeated Princess Gimena, 5-3, 3-6, 10-7, and Patricia Cortes, 6-1, 6-2, to annex the girls’ 12-U and 14-U crowns, respectively, in the circuit sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez,

Emery Jule Dongon, from Sindangan, Zambo del Norte, thwarted Steven Sonsona, 6-4, 3-6, 10-2, to snare the boys’ 14-U title; Stephen Zion Guia from Dipolog, Zambo City, downed Jude Abelo, 6-2, 6-0, to pocket the 12-U plum; and Tubod’s Brent Sigmond Cortes took the 10-unisex diadem with a 5-3, 5-4(1) win over Nash Agustines.

Velezes reign in Kalimudan age group tennis tourney
7:06 pm | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Siblings Rachel Patricia Velez and John David Velez flashed top form as they racked up two victories each to dominate the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Regional age-group 2014 tennis tournament presented by Technifibre at the Isulan Capitol Tennis Club in Sultan Kudarat yesterday.

Rachel fought back from a second set defeat and smothered Yzyl Domingo in the decider, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, to clinch the 18-and-under crown hours after overpowering Carlyn Bless Guarde, 6-1, 6-2, in the 14-U finals of the four-day tournament held as part of the 16th Kalimudan Festival celebrations.

The 14-year-old Davaoeño netter, however, missed completing a three-title romp as she was stopped on her tracks by provincemate but unranked Danna Mariella Abad, who pulled off a shock 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory to snare the 16-U diadem in the event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre, also the official ball.

“We thank Palawan Pawnshop for making our province a regular stop of the circuit, which does not only boost the sport here but also help our youth to strive for excellence through sports,” said Sultan Pax Mangudadatu.

The top-seeded John David, meanwhile, stamped his class over Sultan Kudarat’s Minette April Bentillo, 4-2, 4-2, to annex the 10-unisex title before scoring a 6-3, 6-1 romp over Eric Comendador to pocket the 12-U crown in the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

“We always believe that Filipinos can make it big in tennis. The huge turnout in Sultan Kudarat continues to inspire us to support and hold this series of ranking tournaments among our youth, especially in the countryside,” said Castro. “With the Palawan Pawnshop circuit, we are confident of producing top-notch players in the future.”

Iligan City’s Allen Gerry Manlangit matched the Velezes’ two-title feat as he wore down Abson John Alejandre, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5), to bag the hotly-disputed boys’ 16-U title before adding the 18-U plum with a 6-3, 3-1 (ret.) win over Jarel Edangga.

Koronadal City’s Janus Ringia essayed a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jyle Cyrin Martinez to annex the boys’ 14-U crown while Bentillo made up for her loss to John Velez in the 10-unisex finals by winning the girls’ 12-U title with a 6-2, 6-3 romp over Ma. Angelica Novis.

Next stop for the Palawan Pawnshop circuit is in Pagadian City with Gov. A.H. Ceriles hosting the event on Nov. 21-24. For details, contact Palawan Pawnshop secretariat at 0915-4046464.

Zapanta cop Palawan net titles
7:04 pm | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

LUKE Alquin Flores and Mary Grace Zapanta notched twin victories, including the premier boys’ and girls’ crowns, in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group 2014 in Dumalag, Capiz last Monday.

The top-seeded Flores, from Central Philippine University in Iloilo, never dropped a set on his way to beating Mart Fullo, 4-1, 4-1, for the 18-and-under crown and Albino Morales, 4-1, 4-2, for the 16-U diadem in the week-long event presented by Technifibre.

The unseeded Zapanta, on the other hand, stunned No. 2 Angeline Suarnaba, 4-2, 4-0, in the second round and went on to capture the girls’ 18-U plum with a 4-1, 4-0 rout of No. 5 Razel Mae Abejo.

The Iloilo champion then surprised top seed Tracy Llamas, 3-4(7), 5-4(1), 10-2, to snatch the 16-U crown in the tournament sanctioned by Philta headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Angelo Mejia from Roxas City also pulled off a golden double, winning the 10-unisex title with a 4-2, 4-1 romp over Joshua Raymundo and the boys’ 12-U crown with 4-1, 4-0 victory over top seed Rewel Justianiani.

Calinog, Capiz bet Edmarl Casiple toppled Eldezar Alvarico, 4-0, 4-1, for the boys’ 14-U plum.

Llamas, playing out of PTA La Carlota, rebounded with a 4-2, 4-1 win over Stephanie Crisosto to annex the girls’ 14-U title.

Crisosto, from Hua Siong, Iloilo, pocketed the girls’ 12-U diadem with a 4-2, 4-1 victory over Andrea Suace.

The next leg will be held in Sultan Kudarat in line with the Kalimudan tennis festival on Nov. 14 to 17.

Flores nail Palawan tennis titles
7:03 pm | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Kiana De Asis and Luke Flores pulled off a pair of thrilling victories as they led the winners in the upset-marred Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit presented by Technifibre at the Lapaz Tennis Club in Iloilo City yesterday.

The third-ranked De Asis, a mainstay of PTA-Carlota team, stunned top seeded Averille Sacapano in the semis, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, then upended No. 2 Ma. Angelica Novis, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5, to snare the girls’ 12-and-under crown while Flores, from Central Phl U, wore down Fernando Arguelles Jr., 7-6(5), 6-4, to capture the boys’ 16-U plum in the week-long event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and hosted by Vice Mayor Jose Espinosa III.

De Asis, one of the sport’s rising stars, also took the 14-U crown with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Tracy Llamas to emerge the lone double winner in the tournament sanctioned by Philta headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez with Techifibre as the official ball.

“The tournament was indeed a big boost to local tennis here and we thank Palawan Pawnshop for staging this event and the La Salle men’s and women’s teams for sharing their expertise with the local players and other participants,” said Espinosa.

Members of the DLSU squads conducted a series of clinics after bagging the championship in the recent Unigames, also in Iloilo, according to Philta regional vice president for Panay Dr. Andres Boy Bayona.

Local bet No. 4 Mary Grace Zapanta also snatched the girls’ premier 18-U crown, outlasting top seed Toni Rose Raymundo, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(3). Raymundo, another PTA-Carlota stalwart, earlier copped the 16-U title with a 6-2, 6-1 romp over Sacapano.

“The series of reversals only underscored the level playing field and Palawan Pawnshop is guaranteeing more of the same in the next legs of the circuit,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castrol.

Matthew Crisosto also hogged the spotlight by turning back the top seeded Flores, 6-2, 6-4, for the boys’ 18-U diadem, while Karl Baran of PTA-Carlota routed No. 1 Tim Gumban, 6-2, 6-1, for the 14-U plum.

Top seed Fernando Ceasar Po escaped the rash of upsets by topping the 12-U class with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Pete Andre Rodriguez, who earlier pocketed the 10-unisex crown with a 4-1, 1-4, 4-2 victory over Alekzander Fern Po.

Meanwhile, the next stop will be on Nov. 7-10 in Dumalag, Capiz with free accommodation and t-shirts. For details, contact Palawan Pawnshop secretariat at 0915-4046464.

Sacapano head Palawan Capiz jr netfest
7:00 pm | Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Averille Sacapano and Luke Flores hope to flash top form as they headline the big field in the Capiz leg of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group 2014 presented by Technifibre beginning today in Roxas City.

Sacapano, 14, is actually entered in three categories where she has been ranked No. 1 in the 14-, 16- and 18-and-under although she expects to face tough opposition from the likes of Claire Clavaton, Joelle Diaz, Roselyn Bermejo and sisters Angelica and Angeline Suarnaba.

Flores, on the other hand, is the marked player in the boys’ 16- and 18-and-U classes with Charles Soler, Eric Cawaling, Robert Labris, Matthew Flores and Edmarl Casiple out to foil his bid in the four-day tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by Philta headed by president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

“This tournament is a good opportunity for the youth of Capiz, Roxas City to showcase their talent and skills against the other leading junior players from the other nearby towns and provinces,” said Noel Oloroso, president of the host Vistec Tennis Club. “The whole of Panay island is throwing its all-out support to this tournament which is a big boost to our local tennis.”

The Palawan Pawnshop age-grouper, with Technifibre as the official ball, is coming off a successful staging in Bacolod last week where a record field of 250 players vied in various divisions.

“It has been the company’s commitment to support tennis and provide our youth the venue where they could sharpen their skills, especially those in the countryside where we believe there are many untapped talents,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

De Asis, Po rule Masskara netfest
3:44 pm | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Kiana De Asis racked up two victories while Alekzander Fern Po captured the 10-unisex crown as they led the winners in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group 2014 presented by Technifibre at the Center Court, Monta and Manville Tennis Courts in Bacolod City yesterday.

The top-seeded De Asis, of PTA-La Carlota, rebounded from a second set defeat to frustrate No. 6 Valerie Desoyo, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0, to pocket the girls’ 14-and-under crown then repulsed Shyryn Salazar, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1, in the 12-U finals to complete a golden double in the five-day tournament held in line with the city’s celebration of the Masskara Festival and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop.

The second-ranked Po stunned top seed and fellow PTA-Bacolod standout Pete Andre Rodriguez, 5-3,4-1, to snare the 10-unisex plum but fell short of his bid for a double after losing to John Rich Dejilla, 6-0, 6-1, in the 12-U finals of the event sanctioned by Philta headed by president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez with Technifibre as the official ball.

Toni Rose Raymundo matched De Asis two-title romp, routing PTA-La Carlota teammate Tracy Llamas, 6-0, 6-0, for the 16-U plum and downing

Valerie Desoyo of RSB Carlota under Capt. Elmer Aries, 6-3, 6-0, for the premier 18-U diadem in the event that drew a record field of 250 players from Bacolod and nearby cities and provinces, including the NCR.

“This is a worthwhile project by Palawan Pawnshop, which made history here by drawing a record number of participants from Negros Occidental and Oriental, Panay Island, Davao, Bicol, Manila and Cebu,” said Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella. “We hope this will inspire other sponsors and organizers to put up such big tournaments to further boost tennis in the country.”

The Manila-based Suarez bros, meanwhile, split top honors with Stefan overpowering upset-conscious Bryan Bayking of San Carlos City, 6-1, 6-0, to claim the boys’ 18-U crown and Justin taking the 16-U title with a 6-1, 6-3 romp over unranked Ryle Joseph Singson, also from San Carlos City.

PTA-La Carlota’s Karl Baran trounced Iloilo’s Edmarl Casiple, 6-2, 6-3, to annex the boys’ 14-U plum in the event that drew a record field of 250 players from Bacolod and nearby cities and provinces, including the NCR.
“This is what the Palawan Pawnshop tennis circuit is all about – to provide top-level tournaments for our young players and discover as many as new talents as possible,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Meanwhile, the next leg will be held Oct. 17-20 at the Roxas City Vistec Tennis Club with Iloilo hosting the next stop on Oct. 24-28 at Iloilo LaPaz Tennis Club. For details, contact the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala secretariat at 0915-4046464.

Rivera, Cantilla bag Palawan Kidapawan crowns
3:42 pm | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Shaira Hope Rivera lived up to the hype and annexed another pair of titles while No. 3 Joel Cantilla upended the top two seeds to capture the boys’ 18-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group 2014 Kidapawan leg at the KCTC Tennis Club in Kidapawan City yesterday.

Rivera, the Sta. Ana National High School (Davao City) standout, duplicated her two-division romp in the M’lang leg last week, upending top seed Patricia Velez, 6-4, 6-3, in the girls’ 16-and-U finals and then scoring a 1-0 (ret.) win over Nicole Bautista in the premier 18-and-U second of the event presented by Technibre, also the official ball.

Cantilla, one of the rising players from Digos City, overpowered top seed Jefferson Alqueza, 4-2, 4-0, in the quarters, eased out Judy Pableo, 4-0, 4-1, in the semis before outlasting John Alejandre, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(4), in the finals to clinch the 18-U diadem in the Group 3 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.

“The Kidapaweños are proud to be part of this circuit, particularly in this leg which drew Mindanao’s leading and rising junior players, including Alqueza and Eric Comendador,” said Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista.

Comendador toppled No. 1 John Velez, 4-2, 4-1, in the semis then trounced Derwin Merca, 6-2, 6-3, to pocket the boys’ 12-and-U plum while fellow Kidapaweño Alqueza rebounded from a failed bid in the 18-and-U class by taking the 16-and-U title with a 1-0 (ret.) victory over Alejandre.

Jarel Edangga from Suralah pulled off a thrilling 6-7(5), 6-0, 7-6(9) win over Stephen Tubbs to snare the boys’ 14-and-U title.

Velez of Davao took the 10-unisex crown with a 6-3, 7-5 win over April Bentillo of Sultan Kudarat, who pocketed the girls’ 12-and-U title with a 6-0, 7-6(1) romp over Ma. Angelica Novis, while Davao’s Patricia Velez bagged the girls’ 14-and-U diadem with a 6-4, 6-1 rout of Carlyn Bless Guarde.

“We thank Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala for staging this circuit for years which is a big boost to local tennis,” said KCTC president Ricky Santos.

Meanwhile, the next leg dubbed the Masskara Tennis Festival will be held Oct. 10-14 at the Center Court and Monta Tennis Club in Bacolod with Mayor Monico Puentevella hosting the event.

“Palawan Pawnshop will continue to support Philippine tennis where Filipinos can be at par with the region’s best if given the proper training and exposure,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Rivera, Sing shine in Palawan M’lang netfest
3:40 pm | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Shaira Hope Rivera continued to dish out top form and posted another twinkill while No. 2 Kenny Andre Sing upended top seed April Minet Bentillo, 6-0, 6-3, in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit at the M’lang Tennis Club in Cotabato recently.

Rivera, who has dominated the Mindanao legs of the year-long nationwide circuit put up by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala, crushed third seed Carlyn Bless Guarde, 6-1, 6-1, to pocket the girls’ 16-and-under diadem. The 14-year-old ace from Monkayo Compostela Valley, who also won two titles in the Gen. Santos leg recently, then scored a 1-0 (ret.) win over Nicole Bautista to rule the premier 18-and-U section.

Sing, a nine-year-old find from Davao, shut out Bentillo in the first set then dropped just three games to complete a straight-set victory in the 10-unisex category of the event hosted by M’lang and backed by Technifibre as official ball.

“We thank Palawan Pawnshop for bringing this tournament here in M’lang. It was really a big boost not only to our junior tennis program but to the entire Mindanao as well,” said M’lang Mayor Joselito Piñol.

“Palawan Pawnshop has been in the forefront of tennis development for years and we will continue providing our youth top-notch tournaments like this, especially in the countryside where tennis talents abound,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Guarde bounced back from her failed bid in the 16-and-U class by thwarting Jazzelle Madis, 7-5, 6-2, to snare the 14-and-U title while Bentillo also rebounded to capture the 12-and-U crown via a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ma. Angelica Novis.

John Abson Alejandre also stamped his class to bag the boys’ 18-and-U title with a 6-1, 6-2 romp over top seed Jefferson Alqueza, while unranked Jarel Edangga shocked third seed John Merwin Estrellado, 6-2, 6-2, to snatch the 16-and-U crown in the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by Philta president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Top seed Vince EJ Tugade took the boys’ 14-and-U plum with a 1-0 (ret.) win over Jyle Cyrin Martinez, while No. 8 Brent Magno surprised third ranked Eric Comendador, 6-1, 6-2, to claim the 12-and-U crown.

Meanwhile, action in the Mindanao circuit resumes on Friday at the Kidapawan Tennis Club in Kidapawan City. For details, contact, Jessicah Haro at 0929-2377893 or Philta referee and tournament director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.

Bentillo, Alejandre shine in Palawan netfest
3:37 pm | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – April Minet Bentillo came away with two victories and a runner-up finish while Abson John Alejandre dominated the boys side as they shared top honors with Shaira Hope Rivera in Series 62 Palawan Pawnshop regional circuit at the Koronadal Sports Complex in Koronadal City yesterday.

Bentillo, 10, held off Andre Sing, 6-0, 7-5, to pocket the 10-unisex crown then trounced Ma. Angelica Novis, 6-2, 6-2, to cop the 12-and-Under plum in the four-day tournament serving as part of the year-long, nationwide age-group circuit sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Padala with Technifibre as official ball.

Ranked as No. 4, the 10-year-old find shocked top seed Diadem Sasota, 6-2, 6-3, in the semis of the 14-and-U class but fell short of her bid for a third crown when she dropped a 5-2 (ret.) decision to Kathlenrey Arandia.

“I’ve been working hard to improve my game to play in big tournaments in Manila someday,” said Bentillo, the youngest Mindanao bet who has been training with brother Ramon Wilfred at Sultan Kudarat’s Old Capitol tennis courts during breaks in Caluag Central School in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat..

Alejandre, the 15-year-old mainstay of Notre Dame of Midsayap, toppled Mark Corpuz, 7-6(3), 6-1, to bag the 18-and-U diadem then overpowered Ramon Bentillo, 6-2, 6-2, to add the 16-and-U title to cap his domination in the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Rivera, coming off a two-title romp in the Gen. Santos City two weeks ago, sustained her form and duplicated her previous feat, outclassing Arandia, 6-0, 6-1, in the 16-and-U finals and blanking Yzi Domingo, 6-0, 6-0, for the 18-and-U crown.

Top seed Vince EJ Tugade trampled LJ Mangudadatu, 6-1, 6-1, to pocket the boys’ 14-and-U title while Andre Sing crushed AJ Santamaria, 6-1, 6-2, to snare the 12-and-U plum.

“The big turnout continues to inspire us to support this series of ranking tournaments among our youth, especially in the countryside. With the Palawan Pawnshop circuit, we believe we can produce top-notch players for our future national teams,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Meanwhile, Kidapawan will host the next stop on Sept. 19-22 before M’lang takes its turn to stage the next event on Sept. 26-29 in Palawan Pawnshop’s continuing effort to give the young players and enthusiasts from the countryside a chance to play in top-level tournaments.

Rivera cops two titles in Palawan Tunafest tennis
3:35 pm | Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Shaira Hope Riviera came away with a twinkill in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival 2014, winning the 16- and 18-and-Under crowns in the age-group section at the Gen. Santos City courts in Gen. Santos City last Tuesday.

Rivera, the 14-year-old find from Monkayo Compostela Valley, scored a 6-2, 2-6, (ret.) win over Sharyl delos Santos to clinch the 16-U crown then overpowered Patricia Velez, 6-1, 6-2, to annex the premier 18-U championship in the event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Padala and hosted by Gen. Santos City with Technifibre as official ball.

Carlyn Bless Guarde outsteadied Velez, 7-5, 7-6(7), to snatch the 14-U plum while Ma. Angelica Novis dominated April Bentillo, 6-3, 6-1, in the 12-U final of the tournament held as part of Gen. Santos City’s Tuna Festival celebration.

Jeric delos Santos subdued Brylle Chatto, 6-3, 6-3, to cop the boys’ 18-U title while top seed Abson John Alejandre took the 16-U plum with a 6-1, 6-3 romp over Stephen Tubbs.

Ranked as top seed, Tubbs clipped Klyde Lagarde, 6-1, 6-4, to bag the 14-U diadem, while No. 1 Mark Alfred Directo routed John David Velez, 6-2, 6-2, to win the 12-U title.

Bentillo atoned for her failed bid in the girls’ 12-U final, edging John Velez, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(9), to clinch the 10-unisex crown in the event which served as the side event the men’s Open singles tournament won by PJ Tierro.

“Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre have been in the forefront of tennis development for years and we will continue putting up top-level tournaments to inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Meanwhile, the Mindanao swing of the nationwide regional age-group circuit goes to Koronadal City tomorrow before Kidapawan hosts the next stop on Sept. 19-22. M’lang will stage the next event on Sept. 26-29 in Palawan Pawnshop’s continuing effort to give the young players and enthusiasts from the countryside a chance to play in top-level tournaments.

Huey, Gonzales seeded No. 2
4:19 pm | Monday, September 29, 2014

Incheon, South Korea — The Philippines and Thailand have been seeded to meet in the men’s double final in tennis in the 2014 Asian Games.

Treat Conrad Huey and Ruben Gonzales are ranked No. 2 behind Thai twins Sonchat Ratiwatana and Sanchai Ratiwatana and will campaign in the lower half of the 28-team draw.

Both teams drew a bye in the first round.

Huey and Gonzales open their campaign against Chan Chi Neng and Leung Ho Tin Marco of Macau on Thursday.

The Macau tandem defeated Jeetendra Pariyar and Abhishek Bastola of Nepal, 6-2, 6-2, Wednesday.

National coach Chris Cuarto said Huey’s doubles ranking helped the team to gain the No. 2 seeding. Huey is ranked No. 18 in the world.

Cuarto, however, said the road to the final is by no means easy.

The South Korean pair of Lim Yongkyu and Chung Hyeon is a potential quarterfinal opponent, according to Cuarto.

The Koreans whitewashed Saudi Arabia, 6-0, 6-0, in the first round Wednesday.

In the semifinals, Cuarto said No. 4 India awaits the Filipinos.

“It’s going to be tough,” Cuarto said.

The last time the Filipinos went home with a medal from the Asiad was in 2006 in Doha, Qatar where Cecil Mamiit took the bronze in the men’s singles and teamed up with Frederick Taino for another bronze in men’s doubles.

The men’s and women’s singles events got under way at the Yeorumul tennis courts with PJ Tierro hurdling his first assignment against Leung Ho Tin Marco of Macau, 6-2, 6-1.

Tierro, however, faces a tough second round opponent in Korean Chung Hyeon.

Tierro thwarts Arcilla, bags Palawan crown
3:54 pm | Monday, September 29, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines – PJ Tierro toughened up in the decider and defanged Johnny Arcilla, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, to capture the men’s Open singles crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival 2014 at the Gen. Santos City courts in Gen. Santos City yesterday.

The top-seeded Tierro leaned on his solid serves and near-flawless ground strokes to neutralize Arcilla in the tightly-fought third set then came away with backhand drive winners to clinch the victory worth P40,000 in two hours and 10 minutes.

Tierro, who retired due to cramps in losing the Olivarez Cup crown to Arcilla last year, banked on his forehand winners to break Arcilla once and take the opening set. But Arcilla, who beat Vicenta Anasta last week to complete a three-peat in the Olivarez Cup, dominated the second to force a decider.

Tierro, however, recovered his bearing and rhythm in time, keeping his rival on the defensive with his solid groundstrokes and winners to hack out the victory, capping the week-long tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Padala and hosted by Gen. Santos City with Technifibre as official ball.

“Tierro and Arcilla, along with other national team and pool mainstays, always inspire our young players to strive for excellence. And we thank Palawan Pawnshop for putting up this tournament which surely encourages them to dish out their best in their side of the tennis festival,” said Philta president and Paranaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Arcilla, who pocketed P20,000, foiled Tierro’s bid for a twinkill as he teamed up with Ronard Joven to beat Tierro and Rolando Ruel, 6-4, 6-4, and pocket the doubles title in the event which also featured the country’s leading and rising junior players and held as part of Gen. Santos City’s Tuna Festival celebration.

“Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre have been in the forefront of tennis development for years and we will continue putting up top-level tournaments to inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Shaira Hope Riviera completed a golden double by topping the girls’ 16- and 18-and-Under sections with Carlyn Bless Guarde and Ma. Angelica Novis snaring the 14- and 12-and-U plums, respectively.

Rivera, a Davao City find, scored a 6-2, 2-6, (ret.) win over Sharyl delos Santos to clinch the 16-and-U crown then overpowered Patricia Velez, 6-1, 6-2, to annex the premier 18-and-U championship, while Guarde outsteadied Velez, 7-5, 7-6(7), to snatch the 14-and-U plum and Novis dominated April Bentillo, 6-3, 6-1, in the 12-and-U final.

Jeric delos Santos subdued Brylle Chatto, 6-3, 6-3, to cop the boys’ 18-and-U title while top seed Abson John Alejandre took the 16-and-U plum with a 6-1, 6-3 romp over Stephen Tubbs.

Ranked as top seed, Tubbs clipped Klyde Lagarde, 6-1, 6-4, to bag the 14-and-U diadem, while No. 1 Mark Alfred Directo routed John David Velez, 6-2, 6-2, to win the 12-and-U title.

Bentillo atoned for her failed bid in the girls’ 12-and-U final, edging John Velez, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(9), to clinch the 10-unisex crown.

Arcilla banners Palawan Pawnshop Tuna Fest cast
9:53 am | Thursday, September 4, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines – Johnny Arcilla, fresh from his three-peat feat at Olivarez Cup, heads a tough cast that includes the cream of the country’s tennis crop as action in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival 2014 fires off today at the Gen. Santos City courts in Gen. Santos City.

Arcilla wore down Vicente Anasta in four to annex his third straight crown in the annual Olivarez Cup last Sunday with the veteran campaigner, also a many-time PCA Open champion, seeking to add another crown to his vast trophy room in the six-day championship sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Padala and hosted by Gen. Santos City.

But he will be facing a field teeming with talents, including PJ Tierro, out to atone for this failed bid in Olivarez Cup where he bowed to Anasta in the semis, along with Marc Reyes, Rolando Ruel Jr., Ronard Joven, Roel Capangpangan, Arvin Rule, Mark Alcoseba, Bryan de Casa and Kenneth Salvo.

Local aces have also confirmed their participation in the six-day P160,000 tournament sanctioned by Philta, vowing all-out to spoil the fancied players from the Big City for the top P40,000 purse in the men’s Open singles.

“We thank our national team players for making this tournament a top-level one. Their participation will not only lend prestige but will also inspire the young players to strive for excellence,” said Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

He also cited Palawan Pawnshop’s long-term commitment to develop the sport and give those in the countryside a chance to compete in top-level tournaments.

“It has been the commitment of Palawan Pawnshop to support and develop our players by providing top-notch tournaments like this which will surely inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

“We would like to invite all tennis aficionados and sports to watch this big tournament which features the country’s leading players and rising stars,” said event host Atty. Jun Lagare.

Spicing up the event is the age-group tournament which features the future of Philippine tennis, including John David Velez, Shaira Hope Rivera, Patricia Velez, Kyle and JM Sing of Davao, Nicole Bautista, Ma. Angelica Novis, Antoni Firman of Malita, Jyle Cyrin Martinez of Digos, AJ Alejandre of Midsayap;

Merwin Estrellado, Marco Barrios, Shane Barrios of Kidapawan, Minet April Bentillo, Ramwel Bentillo, Mark Alfred Directo, Carlyn Bless Guarde, Vince EJ Tugade of Sultan Kudarat, Jazzele and Tennielle Madis, Cedric and Andrei Pamplona of M’lang, Kathleen Arandia, Nicolo Gorospe, LJ Mangudadatu of Koronadal, Sharyl Mae delos Santos, Jelic delos Santos of Gen. Santos City, Kobe Suico and Gil Molina of Tadeco, and Vergel Corpuz and Brylle Chatto of Glan.

Arcilla, Tierro banner Olivarez Cup roster
5:49 pm | Wednesday, August 13, 2014

olivaresMANILA, Philippines – The country’s aces and rising stars as well as the leading players from the juniors, collegiate and interclub ranks brace for a fierce battle for top honors when the fifth Olivarez Open, one of the country’s premier tennis tournaments, is fired off Aug. 15 at the Olivarez Sports Complex in Sucat, Parañaque City.

The four-in-one event, presented by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Padala and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association, will feature the Open, a Group A tournament among members of the national team and pool and a slew of upcoming junior players. It will be held Aug. 23-31 with the Qualifier set Aug. 20-22.

Johnny Arcilla and PJ Tierro will banner the field in the men’s Open along with Marc Reyes, Vicente Anasta and junior aces Eric Jed Olivarez Jr. and Jerome Romualdez while Clarice Patrimonio will head the ladies side, which will also include Marinel Rudas, Edilyn Balanga, Kim Iglupas, Maia Balce and Aileen Rogan.

The Group I age-group tournament is slated Aug. 15-20 with the top finishers in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala nationwide circuit expected to see action in what promises to be the biggest gathering of the country’s future stars.

The Interclub tournament, featuring the country’s leading corporate and government teams, is set Aug. 16-31 while the top UAAP and NCAA teams will lead the cast in the Inter-college championship on Aug. 18-31.

Registration is ongoing with deadline set on Aug. 10. For details, contact tournament-in-charge/director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.

“While this is part of our commitment to support the sport and at the same time develop our players by providing top-notch tournaments like this, this event also serves as our thanksgiving for our patrons who have been supporting us through the years,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the upcoming Olivarez Cup is part of a year-long, nationwide program put up Philta and Palawan Pawnshop for the country’s top players and junior stars.

“After 15 straight tournaments on the Palawan Pawnshop Regional age-group nationwide circuit since January, including the President’s ELO Cup in Luzon and Mindanao, we never cease to discover new faces and fresh talents, including those from the countryside,” said Olivarez. “We will develop and train them to become members of the national pool and the Phl team.”

After the Olivarez Open, the Palawan Pawnshop-Tuna Festival Open will be held in Gen. Santos City from Sept. 5-10. It will feature the country’s top men’s players and local aces in Mindanao. Also on tap is a month-long Palawan Pawnshop Regional Group 1 age-grouper in Gen. Santos City, Koronadal, Kidapawan and M’lang.

Villanueva, Gonzales top Palawan ELO Cup
12:35 am | Friday, July 25, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines – Rafaella Villanueva smashed her way to two victories while Cenon Gonzales nailed one win and turned in a runner-up finish in Series 58 Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup Regional Age Group tennis circuit presented by Technifibre at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque Thursday.

The second-seeded Villanueva, who hacked out tough victories in the quarters and semis, overpowered Bea Acena in the finals, coming through wit a 6-1, 6-0 romp to clinch the girls’ 16-and-under crown.

As the top-ranked player in the 14-and-U section, Villanueva lived up to the hype and blanked Blanche Lagrisola, 6-0, 6-0, to complete a golden double in the week-long tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by Philta under president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Gonzales, coming off scary wins over Jeremiah Macias III, 7-5, 7-5, in the quarters and Vincent Alanis, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the semis, repulsed Jacob Martin, 7-5, 6-1, to pocket the boys’ 16-and-U diadem. He, however, fell short of his bid to match Villanueva’s two-title romp, bowing to top seed Marcen Gonzales, 4-6, 1-6, in the 18–U finals.

“By providing our junior players top-level, ranking tournaments like this, we expand the base of our talents, who could be trained and developed to become members of our national pool,” said Olivarez, who also credited Palawan Pawnshop’s continuing support to the sport.

Bettina Bautista took the girls’ 18-U title with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Keannu Flores, while top seed Miles Vitaliano bounced back from a second set setback to foil Alexandra Eala, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2, and cop the girls’ 12-U crown.

Marcus del Rosario and Nio Tria, two of the country’s junior stars, topped the boys’ 14- and 12-U classes, respectively, with the former thwarting Gabriel Tiamson, 6-4, 6-3, and the latter frustrating Angelo Aparte, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 7 Samuel Nuguit capped his surprise run in the 10-unisex category, upending top seed Rafael Liangco, 4-2, 4-1, to join the roster of winners in the country’s premier, longest-running age-group circuit.

“Palawan Pawnshop’s partnership with Technifibre has been a big boost to Phl tennis and we will continue providing our youth ranking tournaments like this to inspire them to achieve a higher level of play,” said Castro.

Romualdez, Villanueva boost Palawan ELO cast
6:55 pm | Sunday, July 20, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Jerome Romualdez and Rafaella Villanueva signed up for the Series 58 Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup Regional Age Group tennis circuit, completing a stellar cast in the event presented by Technifibre firing off today (Friday, July 18) at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.

Romualdez, one of the country’s top junior players, banners the 32-player boys’ 16-and-under draw and is also entered in the premier 18-and-U section together with No. 1 Marcen Gonzales while Villanueva heads the girls’ 14-and-U category and joins top seed Chloe Mae Saraza in the 18-and-U class of the week-long tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by Philta under president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

“This is going to be another exciting tournament with the country’s leading and rising player set to slug it out a highly competitive level,” said Olivarez under whose honor the event is held.

Marcus del Rosario and Tim Gumban lead the boys’ 14-and-U division while Nio Tria and Angelo Aparte are the players to beat in the 12-and-U category of the tournament serving as part of the year-round, nationwide Palawan Pawnshop Express age-group tournament.

“Through the years, it has been the commitment of Palawan Pawnshop to support and develop our players by providing top-notch tournaments like this,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “This tournament will surely inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play.”

Rivera, Velez bag two Palawan regional net titles
6:43 pm | Sunday, July 20, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines -Shaira Rivera came away with twin victories while John David Velez dominated the younger classes as they led the winners in Series 57 of the Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup regional age-group tennis circuit in Sultan Kudarat recently.

The No. 2 Rivera overpowered top seed Nicole Bautista, 6-2, 6-2, to capture the girls’ 18-and-under crown then the 14-year-old find from Monkayo Compostela Valley repulsed Sharyl delos Santos, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, to annex the 16-and-U plum at the Isulan Capitol Tennis Club.

Velez matched that two-title romp later, holding off Eric Comendador, 6-4, 6-4, to bag the boys’ 12-and-U diadem and turning back April Bentillo, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, for the 10-unisex crown in the week-long event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro and sanctioned by Philta under president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

“Rivera and Velez are two of our rising stars from the junior ranks. By providing top-notch tournaments for the youth nationwide, we hope to produce more of them,” said Olivarez, who also cited Palawan Pawnshop’s long-term commitment to support the sport.

Top seed Patricia Velez whisked off Carlyn Guarde in the decider to carve out a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 victory for the girls’ 14-and-U title while Bentillo made up for her failed bid in the 10-unisex with a 6-2, 7-6(2) win over Ma. Angelica Novis in the 12-and-U finals of the tournament hosted by Gov. Teng Mangudadatu.

Unranked Jeric delos Santos scored a 7-5, 0-6(ret.) win over Mikko Ringia to snatch the boys’ 18-and-U plum; No. 4 Abson Alejandre also hacked out a 1-0(ret.) victory over Janus Ringia to clinch the boys’ 16-and-U title.

Janus Ringia earlier took the 14-and-U diadem with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Jyle Martinez.

Tennis greats to visit PH as Manila hosts first leg of IPTL
5:17 pm | Thursday, July 3, 2014

MANILA, Philippines—Because of the ongoing political unrest in Thailand, the first leg of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) which features the top current and former tennis players in the world will be played here instead of Bangkok.

According to reports, the crisis in Thailand, which has been going on for months and had propelled anti-government protests, “prompted the IPTL organizers to shift the Nov 28-30 event to the Philippines.”

“We had to divert from the original franchise owner in Bangkok as the political unrest forced us to look for an alternative city to ensure the safety of all stakeholders,” ITPL founder Mahesh Bhupathi said in a statement.

“Bringing world class tennis to new audiences has always been one of the objectives of the IPTL and we are happy to announce Manila as the first host city of our tour across Asia,” said Bhupathi.

The competition will also be held in Singapore (Dec 2-4), Mumbai (Dec 7-9) and Dubai (Dec 11-14).

Choosing Manila as the replacement host also wasn’t a hard decision as it turned out.

“Manila quickly emerged as the perfect location to stage the event for the coming years as we have world class indoor venues available which can hold more than 20,000 spectators each and secondly, the city that has not seen professional tennis for the past 20 years,” Bhupathi said.

And what a way for the country, known for its passion for basketball, to experience top notch tennis action with world No.1 Rafael Nadal, No.2 Novak Djokovic and former Grand Slam winners Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras seeing action.

A draft was held last March with Great Britain’s Andy Murray, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Belarus’ Victoria Azarenka picked by Bangkok, will now be playing for Team Manila.

Team Dubai will be bannered by the Serbian sensation Djokovic, Mumbai will bank on Nadal while Singapore has women’s world No.1 Serena Williams in tow.

The teams will participate in five sets consisting of one frame each for men’s and women’s singles, men’s and mixed doubles and men’s legends singles.

S Kudarat stages Palawan jr tennis
11:52 pm | Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines – Action in the Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup Regional age-group tennis circuit resumes next week when Series 57 is held July 11-15 at the Isulan Capitol Tennis Club in Sultan Kudarat.

Minette Bentillo, gold medalist in the recent Palarong Pambansa, headlines the talent-laden field that includes Jazelle Madis, Janus Ringia, Red Directo and Vince EJ Tugade, Nicole Gorospe, Dale Gorospe, Kathlenrey Arandia, Harlyn Getalla, Manuel Antoni Firman, Ma. Angele Novis, Shaira Hope Rivera and Carlyn Bless Guarde.

Rising junior players from Gen. Santos City, M’lang, Davao, Digos, Kabacan, Kidapawan City, Koronadal City, Tupi, Alamada and Tacuron have also confirmed participation in the five-day tournament serving as part of the nationwide youth tennis circuit put up by Philta under president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro.

Gov. Teng Mangudadatu is hosting the event which features the boys’ and girls 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-and-under divisions and the 10 unisex category and offers ranking points.

“We are honored to host this tournament again and we guarantee a full-pack field since tennis is very popular here and we have a lot of talented players in Sultan Kudarat waiting to be tapped,” said Mangudadatu.

To accommodate as many entries in the Mindanao leg of the circuit, organizers said registration is free and ongoing. For details, contact Philta referee Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.

“It is our commitment to help develop and boost the sport, especially in the countryside and we hope we can discover a lot of future stars from this nationwide circuit,” said Castro.

Other confirmed entries are Cedric Pamplona, Brent Magno, Eric Comendador, Stephen Tubbs, Marco Barrios, Jyle Martinez, John Merwin Estrellado, LJ Mangudadatu, Jeff Alqueza, Ralph Andrei Pamplona and AJ Alejandre.

“This promises to be an interesting tournament, a duel of the top and rising junior players in Mindanao,” said Olivarez.

AJ Lim captures 2nd straight title
4:17 pm | Friday, June 20, 2014

Top junior netter AJ Lim continued his winning ways in the US circuit as he captured the Plantation Open Circuit III Tournament title in Florida last Tuesday – his second crown in three days.

Lim fashioned out a comfortable 6-1, 6-2 victory over 25-year-old pro netter Alexander Pelaez in the final to highlight another dominating performance.

A protégé of the L’Academie de Tennis, Lim considered his latest success as much tougher and more meaningful than his title conquest last week in the 18-under division of the Andy Lake Pearl at Hawks Landing also in Florida.

“Mas mahirap itong huling tournament, maraming beterano,” said Lim, who won the Andy Lake Pearl title without dropping a set despite being unseeded.

Lim had an easy road to the podium as his first-round opponent, Christopher Kinigopoulo, retired due to injury, 6-2, 3-0.

The Filipino bet then proceeded to dispose of seventh seed Kevin Taco, 6-2, 6-0, in the second round, and Nicolas J. Prieto Pinzon, 6-2, 6-0, in the third round.

Up against fourth pick Gaston Murray in the quarters, the 15-year-old Lim showed great resolve by bringing the 6-foot-2 University of North Carolina sophomore down to his knees, 6-2, 6-0.

His victory over Murray capped a hectic day that saw him play thrice in a day due to late matches in the opening day.

In the semis, Lim shrugged off a listless start to topple top pick Juan Rocha, 2-6, 6-3, 10-4.

Impressed by Lim showing, the coaching staff of the L’Academie de Tennis is now preparing the country’s top junior player for four more major tournaments, including the juniors of the US Open.

Lim is also lined up to see action in the Canadian World Junior and International Hardcourts Junior Championships before coming back to the country to play in the PCA Open.

Del Rosario, Sioson bag ELO Cup crowns
4:02 pm | Thursday, June 19, 2014

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MANILA, Philippines – Top seed Marcus del Rosario shook off a poor start and foiled No. 5 Gabriel Tiamson in three while Chrislyn Coleen Sioson survived a first-set scare to sweep Chloe Mae Saraza as they led the winners in Series 56 Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup Regional Age Group tennis tournament at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Paranaque last Tuesday.

Del Rosario, a Letran mainstay, struggled in the early going but recovered to dominate Tiamson for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 win in the boys’ 14-and-under class finals while Sioson, a standout from the Academy of Queen Mary Orani in Bataan, held off Saraza’s gritty stand and fashioned out a 7-5, 6-2 victory in the girls’ 18-and-U championship.

Sioson actually mastered Saraza as she also scored a 6-2, 6-3 romp to clinch the 16-and-U crown and emerge the lone two-division winner in the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by Philta and held in honor of Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez.

“While the favorites played true to form and stamped their class, a number of strong players emerged with the tournament serving as an inspiration for our young players to strive more and achieve a higher level of play,” said Olivarez, who also cited Palawan Pawnshop’s big role in the sport’s development.

Sixth seed Betto Orendain also rallied from an opening set setback to stun No. 4 Chris Prulla, 5-7, 6-4, 6-0, to snare the boys;’ 18-and-U title, while top seed Bryan Decasa played true to form and bested No. 2 Julian Dayrit, 6-1, 6-1, for the boys’ 16-and-U plum.

“We support Philta’s junior tennis program as part of our long-term commitment to promote sports as one of the primary focus of our corporate social responsibility,“ said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “We regularly sponsor sports activities as our way of giving back to the community part of our blessings and encouraging people to engage in sports for healthier lives,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

No. 1 Rafaella Villanueva broke Saraza once in the first set then overpowered her rival in the next to complete a 6-4, 6-2 romp and cop the girls’ 14-and-U title while top seed Miles Vitaliano clobbered second seed Lourdes Pe, 6-1, 6-2, to pocket the 12-and-U diadem.

Second seed Aljon Talatayod subdued unranked Matthew Garcia, 6-1, 6-4, to clinch the boys;’ 12-and-U crown while unseeded Samuel Nuguit turned back No. 2 Macie Carlos, 6-4, 6-4, to bag the 10-unisex title.

Vitaliano, So cruise to ELO Cup semifinal breeze
5:22 pm | Monday, June 16, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Top seed Miles Vitaliano and No. 4 Mia So sustained their fine form and eased out their respective rivals via straight-set wins to seal a semifinal duel in the girls 12-and-under class of Series 56 Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup Regional Age Group tennis tournament at the Olivarez Sports Center in Parañaque yesterday.

Vitaliano, who drew a first round bye then swept Sabine Cerrado, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round, overpowered top 10-unisex bet Macie Carlos, 6-2, 6-2, while So, who whisked off Riana Quiroz, 6-0, 6-1, and Lyndsay Enriquez, 6-2, 6-1, in the first two rounds, broke Kyrene Espedido once in each set and pounded out a 6-4, 6-4 win. They dispute the first finals berth at 8 a.m. today.

Battling for the two other semis berths at presstime were No. 3 Kryshana Brazal and fifth-ranked Mariana Po, and second seed Lourdes Pe and No. 8 Cindy Nuguit.

Jose Nicolas Cano, meantime, stunned No. 8 Marcus del Rosario, 6-2, 6-2, to clinch the first quarterfinal berth in the boys’ 18-and-U class of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by Philta.

Second seed Julian Dayrit swept past Jolo Rusco, 6-0, 6-0, to arrange a Last 16 showdown with Joseph Saraza, who upended Jan Enicame, 6-0, 6-0. Others who advanced were top seed Bryan Decasa, Jose San Buenaventura, Jeremiah Macias III, Vincent Alanis, Cenon Gonzales Jr., Tim Gumban, Justin Suarez, Chris Prulla, Marraphael Teng, Jacob Martin, John Sarabillo, Emmanuel Fuellas, John Tomacruz and Miguel del Rosario.

Daniel Estanislao III hacked out a thrilling 7-6(4), 1-6, 10-8 victory over No. 4 Red Ante to barge into the quarters of the boys’ 12-and-U category along with Samuel Nuguit, who won by default, while top seed Rafael Liangco blanked Sean Bernardo, 6-0, 6-0, to lead the Last 16 cast in the 10-unisex division.

Huey-Inglot collides with 6-foot-8 African, pal
8:58 am | Thursday, June 12, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — Treat Huey and British partner Dominic Inglot face Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Jonathan Erlich of Israel in the men’s doubles second round of the Aegon Championships, a major tune-up event for Wimbledon.

As sixth seeds, Huey and Inglot took a bye to the next round to face the 6-foot-8 Anderson, who is No. 18 in the world in singles, and former world No. 8 Erlich. Anderson and Erlich downed Matthew Ebden of Australia and Mariusz Frystenberg of Poland, 6-3, 6-4, in the opening round.

Huey and Inglot, whose best Grand Slam performance was reaching the quarterfinals in the last Australian Open and the 2013 US Open, are looking for their first title this year after reaching the semifinals in Acapulco.

But the draw doesn’t look bright for Huey and Inglot as they are set to collide with top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States in the quarterfinals.

The longtime tandem from University of Virginia reached second round in the French Open last week.

Huey is currently No. 26 in the world in doubles after reaching a career-high of 20 in March, while Inglot is now No. 22.

MANILA, Philippines — Treat Huey and British partner Dominic Inglot face Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Jonathan Erlich of Israel in the men’s doubles second round of the Aegon Championships, a major tune-up event for Wimbledon.

As sixth seeds, Huey and Inglot took a bye to the next round to face the 6-foot-8 Anderson, who is No. 18 in the world in singles, and former world No. 8 Erlich. Anderson and Erlich downed Matthew Ebden of Australia and Mariusz Frystenberg of Poland, 6-3, 6-4, in the opening round.

Huey and Inglot, whose best Grand Slam performance was reaching the quarterfinals in the last Australian Open and the 2013 US Open, are looking for their first title this year after reaching the semifinals in Acapulco.

But the draw doesn’t look bright for Huey and Inglot as they are set to collide with top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan of the United States in the quarterfinals.

The longtime tandem from University of Virginia reached second round in the French Open last week.

Huey is currently No. 26 in the world in doubles after reaching a career-high of 20 in March, while Inglot is now No. 22.

ELO Cup regional netfest unfolds at Olivarez Center
8:52 am | Thursday, June 12, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Hostilities in the boys’ 16-and-under, girls’ 12- and 14-and-U and the 10-unisex kick off a busy opener in Series 56 Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup Regional Age Group tennis tournament today at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.

Top seed Bryan Decasa and No. 2 Julian Dayrit take on John Rosales and Jolo Rusco, respectively, both looking for victories and the momentum in the full-packed 64-player draw in the 16-and Usection of the Group 2 tournament which lured over 200 players from the metropolis and nearby towns and provinces.

No. 1 Rafaella Villanueva battles Ysabella Esteban while second seed Chloe Mae Saraza faces off with Jobelle Saliksi in two of the featured matches in girls 14-and-U while third ranked Kryshana Brazal and No. 4 Mia So square off with Kathrina Santos and Rianna Quiroz, respectively, in the girls’ 12-and-U category with the top two ranked players Miles Vitaliano and Lourdes Pe drawing opening round byes.

Top seed Rafael Liango collides with Sean Bernardo while No. 2 Macie Carlos battles Alyssa Rosales in the 10-unisex division, which also drew a full roster of 64 players that further underscored Philta and Palawan Pawnshop’s sound development junior program that has continued to attract the younger crop of players.

“We are humbled by the tremendous response of the players, especially the younger ones. With Palawan Pawnshop’s long-term commitment, we promise to provide these kids a regular venue where they could hone their talent and skills,” said Philta president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, under whose name the event is held.

Four matches in the girls’ 16-and-U class are also on tap with Mae Perez mixing it up with Danielle Poblador, Sophia Yap tangling with Karamina Atangan, Megan Reyes clashing with Marie Bejer and Mika Bona slugging it out with Digna Lapez for berths in the Last 16 phase.

No. 4 Melanie Dizon takes on Keanu Flores in the lone girls’ 18-and-U clash while No. 7 Claudio Canlas tests Jeremiah Co’s mettle, No. 8 Marcus del Rosario battles Orient Gabutina, Emmanuel Fuellas colldes with Miguel dela Paz, and Paul Sarabillo faces off with Miguel del Rosario in the boys’ premier category.

“Palawan Pawnshop has been in the forefront of tennis development for years and we will continue providing our youth top-notch tournaments like this, which will surely inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

In boys’ 14-and-U class, top seed Marcus del Rosario opens his bid against Migo Bona. Jules Lazaro tangles with Matthew Garcia, Jos Apilado clashes with Lorenzo Suarez, and No. 8 Aldwyn Rosales takes on Kurt Molina.

Cloud nine for Nadal in Paris
5:24 pm | Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ROLAND GARROS, PARIS: Rafael Nadal continued his astonishing Roland Garros domination with a 36 62 75 64 victory over Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final for a ninth title in Paris.

It was Djokovic who secured the first set, capitalising on several uncharacteristically weak forehands from Nadal to give himself the initial advantage. Nadal was soon back in the match however, breaking the Serb for a 4-2 lead which he duly squandered following a nervy service game. It wasn’t long before he recorded a decisive break and the match was one-set all.

The sweltering conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier started to take their toll, with Djokovic in particular struggling in the third set. A double break ensued and Nadal found himself in that familiar leading position on the clay courts of Paris. The fourth set wasn’t all plain sailing for the Spaniard as he too started to falter in the heat; Djokovic pegged back an early break for 4-4 but a solid service game from Nadal piled the pressure on the world No. 2 who recorded a double fault on Nadal’s first match point.

“I don’t really care that much about the records. I’ll still play with a lot of intensity. I’ll still be motivated,” said Nadal. “Time will tell if I can have another record or not.  For the time being, I’m so happy to have reached 14 Grand Slams.”

“It was a great start; came back in the second.  Could have gone to the tiebreak and was quite even.  I lost that service game 6‑5, and then the momentums went his side,” explained Djokovic. “I started playing quite bad and didn’t move as well.  Struggled a little bit physically throughout that third set. Then in the fourth started to feel a little bit better, but then just crucial points he played better.  I wasn’t playing at the level that I wanted, especially in the second part of the match.”

Earlier in the day the doubles pairing of Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai defeated Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 64 61 to win the women’s doubles title.

2013 Wimbledon doubles champions Hsieh Su-Wei of Chinese Taipei and Peng Shuai of China have received support from the Grand Slam Development Fund. Hsieh and Peng first met in 1999 when they were both members of ITF/GSDF 14 & under touring teams.

Cruz, Gonzales cop Palawan net crowns
2:20 pm | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Monica Therese Cruz enhanced her promising tennis career by racking up two titles while Valle Verde’s Cenon Gonzales Jr. copped the boys’ 16-and-under crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit presented by Technifibre at the Brookside Hills Tennis Club in Cainta, Rizal recently.

Cruz, a 13-year-old rising star from Naga City, shocked top seed Chloe Mae Saraza twice, scoring a 6-3, 6-1, to pocket the girls’ 16-and-U title and pulling off a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win in the 14-and-U finals of the week-long event hosted by Cainta Mayor Kit Nieto and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop.

The 14-year-old Gonzales, on the other hand, bested Chris Prulla, 6-4, 6-2, to lead the winners in the boys’ side of the event which drew over 200 junior players and supported by the Cainta’s LGUs and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by Philta president and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Top seed Marcen Gonzales took the 18-and-U diadem with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Andrew Joshua Cano; second seed Manuel Balce III upended No. 1 Marcus del Rosario, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, for the 14-and-U crown; Aljon Talatayod surprised top seed Nio Tria, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, for the 12-and-U title; while Macie Carlos copped the 10-unisex title with a 6-2, 6-3 romp over Kryshana Brazal.

Top seed Chrislyn Coleen Sioson played true to form and trounced Nicole Amistad, 6-4, 6-2, to nail the premier girls’ 18-and-U crown, so did No. 1 Miles Vitaliano, who blasted Denise Bernardo, 6-3, 6-1, to secure the 12-and-U crown.

“The reversals and a slew of three-set finals matches further underscored the level playing field with Cruz’s twin victories expected to inspire the young players to strive more,” said Olivarez, who also took notice of Palawan Pawnshop’s continuing commitment to help develop the sport and provide a venue for the country’s leading and rising junior players.

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“Palawan Pawnshop will continue providing our youth top-notch tournaments like this,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “This tournament will surely inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play.”

Santos makes dent in Palawan netfest
2:18 pm | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Alexie Santos flashed top form and came away with a three-title romp in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit presented by Technifibre, including the girls’ 18-and-under crown in Puerto Princesa over the weekend.

Santos, one of the Puerto Princesa’s rising stars, overpowered Khyshana Hitosis, 6-2, 6-3, to cap her domination of the premier division of the week-long event that also served as part of the host city’s summer festival.

Earlier, the No. 2 Santos mastered top seed Averille Sacapano with her solid baseline game, scoring a 6-2, 6-1 win for the 16-and-U title after fashioning out a 6-1, 6-1 triumph in the 14-and-U finals of the Group 2 tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop and sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.

The young Sacapano settled for the 12-and-U diadem as she routed Stephanie Cornello, 6-0, 6-0, while Jerry Louis Ong took the 10-unisex crown with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Lance Ubay.

Iloilo’s Luke Flores, on the other hand, captured two titles in the boys’ side, beating Nathan Songco, 6-1, 6-3, in the 18-and-U finals and holding off Matthew Flores, 6-4, 6-4, to annex the 16-and-U plum.

“Santos, Flores and Sacapano represent the future of Philippine tennis. By providing this series of nationwide tournaments, we hope to discover and produce more players who could be tapped and developed to become members of the national pool,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.

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Second seed Maxine Paul Ong stunned top seed Matthew Flores, 6-1, 6-1, to snare the boys’ 14-and-U crown while No. 2 Raven Hitosis also shocked top seed Sebastian Santos, 7-6(5), 6-1, to pocket the 12-and-U title.

Santos on course for Palawan romp
2:17 pm | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Puerto Princesa’s Alexie Santos continued to dish out top form as he beat three rivals to make it to the semifinal round of the girls’ 14-, 16- and 18-and-under classes of the Cebu leg of the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit presented by Technifibre at the Consolacion Tennis Club, Laray, Cebu yesterday.

The 14-year-old Santos, who swept three titles in the Palawan and Mactan legs of the circuit, routed Precious Coderos, 6-0, 6-0, to arrange a semis duel with No. 3 Mae Bornia, who clipped Olive Enriquez, 6-2, 6-0, while No. 2 Kristine Salimbangon downed Mae Toledo, 6-1, 6-1, for a Final Four encounter with No. 4 Zethley Alferez, who blanked Lady Espinosa, 6-0, 6-0, in the girls’ premier division.

Unranked in the 16-and-U class, Santos beat Salimbangon, 6-0, 6-0, but will have her hands full in the semis against top seed Alferez, who also blanked Espinosa, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 2 Averille Sacapano trounced Toledo, 6-4, 6-1, for a semis duel with Bornia, who stunned No. 4 Patricia Velez, 6-2, 6-0, in the week-long event sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro.

As No. 5 in the 14-and-U section, Santos dominated Sacapano, 6-0, 6-0, for a semis clash with Alferez, who defeated Lyra Repollo, 6-1, 6-1, while the top seeded Patricia Velez rolled past Anica Cari, 6-3, 6-1, to set up a duel with No. 4 Salimbangon, who blanked Shedel Gica, 6-0, 6-0.

In boys’ play, top seed Luke Flores held off Peter Cantillas, 6-3, 6-3, to seal a semis duel with Geo Pepito, who survived a second set scare from Jules Cari, 6-3, 7-6(3), in the 18-and-U class of the tournament sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Nathan Songco scored a walkover win over No. 4 Marc Abangan to gain a crack at the other finals berth against Vhon Tudtod, who dominated Lou Daclan, 6-0, 6-1.

Flores also advanced to the semis of the 16-U section, holding off Francis Lambayan, 6-0, 7-5, while No. 8 Songco upset No. 2 Matthew Flores, 6-1, 6-3, for semis duel with No. 7 Stephen Tubbs, who also shocked No. 3 Francis Navales, 6-1, 6-2.

The No. 2 Cari beat Claire Nocos, 6-1, 6-3, to advance to the semis of the girls’ 12-U division against No. 3 Lyra Repollo, who dominated Bless Coderos, 6-1, 6-1, while No. 1 Sacapano booted out Lorrein Montanes, 6-4, 6-0, for a semis clash with unseeded Wayne Albarazin, who upended No. 6 CJ Suson, 6-3, 6-4.

Top seed John Velez David routed GM Basalo, 6-0, 6-0, to lead the semifinalists in the 10-unisex along with Claire Nocos, who upset No, 3 Harland Hogan, 6-3, 6-3; No. 2 Ceasar Salimbangon, who blanked Pepito Camay, 6-0, 6-0; and No. 4 Eric Longakit, who smothered Revo Lao, 6-2 6-0.

Velez also lined himself up for a crack at the finals in 12-U as he whipped John Tenepre, 6-1, 6-2, for a semis clash with No. 4 Venz Alforque, who scored a walkover win over Russel Canete.

Ceasar Salimbangon beat Joshua Torres, 6-1, 6-0, to arrange a clash with No. 3 Sebastian Santos, who beat Nonito Pepito, 6-3, 6-2, for the other finals berth.

Unranked Lorenzo Legaspi trounced Mark Albarazin, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the boys’ 14-U semis against Alforque, who shocked No. 4 Paul Ong in a marathon 5-7, 6-3, 15-13 win while Francis Lambayan thumped Patrick Camello, 6-0, 6-0, to clinch the other semis seat.

Santos, Flores rule Palawan netfest
2:14 pm | Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Alexie Santos re-staked her claim as one of the rising stars of junior tennis as she completed another three-title romp in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala regional age-group tennis circuit at the Consolacion Tennis Club in Laray, Cebu over the weekend.

The Puerto Princesa bet, 14, toppled Mae Alferez, 6-4, 6-0, to capture the 18-and-under crown then as No. 5 dominated top seed Patricia Velez, 6-0, 6-1, in the 14-and-U finals before holding off Mae Bornia, 7-5, 6-2, to bag the 16-and-U title where she was one of the unranked players.

The string of victories came after she racked up the same titles in the Palawan and Mactan legs of the nationwide circuit presented by Technifibre and sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop through COO Bobby Castro, putting her among the top prospects for future national teams.

“Alexie’s feats should not go unnoticed. With proper training and exposure, she will be surely a big help to our future national teams,” said Castro.

Central Phl U-Iloilo’s Luke Flores, meanwhile, overpowered Nathan Songco, 6-3, 6-1, to nail the boys’ 16-and-U title although the latter, also from Puerto Princesa, foiled the 15-year-old bet’s bid for a double as he copped the 18-U plum with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Francis Lambayan of Cebu clipped Venz Alforque, 6-1, 6-1, to bag the boys 14-U diadem while Alforque, from Naga City, took the 12-U crown with a tough 6-4, 7-5 win over Joshua Torres, and John David Velez of Davao City beat Ceasar Salimbangon, 6-2, 6-4, to pocket the 100-unisex crown in the event sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association headed by Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Gonzales, Saraza banner Pres ELO Cup netfest
4:59 pm | Saturday, June 7, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Marcen Angelo Gonzales and Chloe Mae Saraza, two of the rising players from the junior ranks, headline the star-studded field in Series 56 Palawan Pawnshop President’s ELO Cup Regional Age Group which gets going June 12 at the Olivarez Sports Center in Sucat, Parañaque.

Gonzales and Saraza have dished out impressive games in various age group tournaments, making them the players to watch in the upcoming six-day championship, a Group 2 tournament tipped to draw over 200 players from all over the metropolis and nearby towns and provinces.

“These young players are the future of Philippine tennis and this event will showcase their skills and talent in a highly competitive level, this being a Group 2 tournament,” said Philta president and Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, under whose name the event is held.

Joining Gonzales in the boys’ side of the tournament, sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop, are brothers Estefan and Justin Suarez, Shant and Samuel Nuguit, and Marcus and Miguel Del Rosario, Marraphael Teng, Tomas Puno, Jeremiah Macias, Paolo So, Miguel Dela Paz, Vincent Alanis, Tim Gumban, Athan Arejola, Santino Vistan, Daniel Estanislao, Abraham lawyer, Alfonso Lacuna, EJ Geluz, Elijah Guillermo, Marc Jarata and Aljon Talatayod,

“Through the years, it has been the commitment of Palawan Pawnshop to support and develop our players by providing top-notch tournaments like this,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro. “This tournament will surely inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play.”

Expected to crowd Saraza in the girls’ section are Camille So, Melanie Faye Dizon, Karamina Atangan, Jana Hernandez, Sophia Yap, Keanu Flores, Megan Reyes, Bianca Catoto, Mariane and Meriene Ferry, Lourdes Pe, Mariana Po, Miles Vitalliano, Macie Carlos, Kryshana Brazal, Justine Maneja, Devie Pearl Patoc, Mia and Mariel So.

The President’s Cup serves as the Luzon stage of the regional age circuit of the Palawan Pawnshop series, which includes legs in the Visayas and Mindanao in Philta’s effort to provide a venue for all aspiring junior players and give them a feel of tournament play.

The Visayas stage will be held in Bacolod on Oct. 10-14 and in Iloilo on Oct. 24-29 while Gen. Santos City will host the Mindanao stage on Sept. 5-8.

Registration is ongoing. Events on tap are the boys and girls’ 12-, 14, 16- and 18-and-under class and the 10-unisex section.

For details, call up Philta referee and tournament director Bobby Mangunay at 0915-4046464.

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4:52 pm | Friday, March 7, 2014

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