PHL Boxers earn cash rewards for Asiad feats

26 11 2010
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The 16th Asian Games was the first major tournament for the revamped and enhanced amateur boxing program of the Philippines.  The Philippines have been one of the boxing powers in Asia and produced heroes like Mansueto and Roel Velasco, Roberto Jalnaiz, Leopoldo Serrantes, and many more.  In the recent years, there was a marked decline of performance in international tournaments. Changes were made and PLDT has taken the cudgels of sponsoring a new breed of Filipino amateur boxers. PLDT Phl Team Boxing sent 6 boxers in this years Asiad, half of those earned a medal. The team finished with 1 GOLD 1 SILVER and 1 BRONZE.  Part of the program is giving financial rewards for boxers who earn medals.

Rey Saludar is set to receive a P3 Million windfall after beating the host bet Chang Yong in front a shocked Chinese crowd. Silver medallist Annie Albania will receive P1 Million and Victorio Saludar will be P500,000 richer for his bronze.

caloycomment: This is great for the program.  I hope this will encourage more boxers to train harder in the amateur levels.  There is some money in the amateur levels and if one will be blessed enough to be the first Filipino olympic gold medallist, he or she will surely get a lot of money.  Not as much as Pacquiao but nevertheless, the first Olympic Gold medallist will have his name immortalized.  The boxers have the biggest chance to become legendary Filipino olympians.  Congratulations to the boxers and the sponsors!!!!

I hope that big companies will emulate PLDT and start to embrace other sporting disciplines so that the athletes can have some world-class training and exposure.  Sports like Taekwondo, chess, sepak-takraw, football, and baseball could use some funds.





Saludar wins Gold; Albania settles for Silver

25 11 2010
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Boxing has always been a source of pride of the Philippines in the past Asian Games.  This year the country is fielding by a well-funded team that is manned by the best amateur fighters in the land including a woman. In the 2010 Asian Games, the boxers finished with a 1-1-1 medal tally.  Rey Saludar stunned Chan Yong of the host country to bag the gold in the 52kg or below division. Annie Albania, the lone female Filipino bet lost to a taller Cancan Ren of China to settle for a well-deserved silver. The Philippines raised its games medal totals to 3-3-9.

Other News:

Smart Gilas routed North Korea in the consolation game in Basketball.  They lost their chance to earn a medal when they lost South Korea 66-74 in yesterday’s matches.

Philippine Chess Team will battle China in the gold medal game in Team Chess.





Asian Games: Tabuena earns Silver in Men’s Golf

21 11 2010
(4/365) :: Golf Thursdays

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16 year old Miguel Luis Tabuena emerged as one of the youngest Filipino Asian games heroes by capturing the silver medal in the men’s golf competitions.  He closed out the tournament with an even 72 and ended up just behind Korean Whee Meen Kim who won the competition by a whopping 11 shots.  The Koreans swept all the gold medals in golf in the 2010 Asian Games.  Men’s team ended in a disappointing 5th place after contending most of the week.

The Philippines added 3 more bronze medals from taekwondo.  Paul Romero, John Paul Lizardo, and Kirstie Elaine Alora all lost in their semi-final matches ending their gold medal hopes.  With the medals of the 4, PH has now a tally of 2-2-8 (Gold silver BronzE)

caloycomment: It was a marvelous performance by the young parbuster.  I foresee another future Filipino golfing star that will do well in the Asian Tour.  The golfing competition though was a testament to Korea’s reputation as the hotbed of golf stars in Asia.  The Koreans simply overwhelmed the competitions, it was never even close. As for the takewondo jins, it was great to see them earning medals.  Although the Philippine Sports Commission would have wanted to see more.  I think taekwondo is one of the sports we can actually somehow win an Olympic medal. This sport should be actively introduced and developed in the grassroots level.





Asian Games: Philippine quintet loses to Japan; Tsomlee Go bags taekwondo bronze

20 11 2010
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The Smart-Gilas Philippine Basketball Team fell to Japan in its Group F match 58-60 in the 2010 Asian Games Basketball competition.  The Philippine team has to beat India and Chinese-Taipei to further advance in the tournament. It was a tough loss for Filipino cagers since they started the game with a 14-9 lead and had a chance to win or tie in the final seconds.

Meanwhile, 2-time Filipino Olympian Tsomlee Go settle for a bronze medal in the men’s under 63 kg division of the taekwondo competitions. Go was defeated in a very close match to eventual Gold medallist Lee Dae Hoon of Korea.  Go won 2 matches before bowing to the Korean representative in the extension period of their match. His bronze the Philippine’s medal tally to 2-1-5 (gold-silver-bronze)





Asian Games: Orcollo bags second gold medal for PH

18 11 2010
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Veteran Dennis Orcullo captured the gold medal of the 9-ball event in billiards of the 2010 Asian Games by beating compatriot Warren Kiamco 9-7. The finals became an all-Filipino duel when Orcullo beat Jeong Young Hwa of Korea 9-3 and Kiamco outlasted Taipei‘s Ko Pin Yi in their respective semifinal duels. The medals from the 9-ball event brought the country’s medal tally to 2-1-4 (G-S-B).

Other Notable Results:

Miguel Luis Tabuena leads individual men’s play in gold by 3 strokes after the 2nd day of competitions.

Hagen Alexander Topacio is second in the first day of trap shooting after scoring a 72

The men’s trap team is running 4th

Swimmer Miguel Molina qualified in the men’s 200m breaststroke finals





Asian Games: PH 5 loses to Iran

17 11 2010
Chris Tiu

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The Smart Gilas Basketball Team lost to the reigning FIBA-Asia champions Iran at the start of Group F competitions of the Asian Games Basketball tournament.  The offense was not able to penetrate the vise-like defense of the Iranians.  The Philippines only managed to score 48 against the 65 of Iran.

Chris Tiu led the scoring with 14 points buoyed by his 4-5 shooting in the 3-point range. Unfortunately he also had 5 of the teams 25 turnovers. Kelly Williams had 8 points and 13 rebounds.

The Smart-Gilas will next face Qatar tonight at Huangpu Gymnasium.

Update: Philippines rip Qatar 90-68, will face Japan next

Other Notable results for the Philippine Asian Games team:

65 kg sanshou of wushu : Mark Eddiva battles China’s Junyon Zhang for a spot in the finals. Eddiva is assured of a bronze

Swimming: Men’s 4 X 100 team is in the finals after finishing with the 6th best time.

Billiards: Iris Ranola beats Haifa’a Alanser of Athletes from Kuwait (9-ball women); Rey Grandea beats Thailand’s Thongchai Punyawee (carom 3 cushions)

caloycomment: Well, I expected them to lose against Iran even without its NBA star. This team was not built to win the Asian Games.  I just hope that they can somehow find the chemistry to be competitive in this tournament.  The talent in the Asian Games is quiet high and it seems that the country has not kept up with its neighbors.  I have read comments that we should not have sent mediocre athletes because we are just wasting money.  I totally disagree. How can we gauge our talent-level if we do not expose our athletes to tough competitions? I think the government though should focus on certain sports that we have infrastructure, and body-type to win. They should not care much about popularity since it will come when the athletes start winning.





Asian Games: Biboy Rivera is the first Filipino gold medallist of the 2010 Games

15 11 2010
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After days of wait, the Philippines finally barged in gold medal tally in the 2010 Asian Games.  The gold is courtesy of bowler Engelberto “Biboy” Rivera in bowling‘s men’s singles event.  He had a total of 1414 pinfalls which was good enough to defeat Kuwaiti Mohammed Algreebah (1404) and the rest of the field of 104 bowlers. Team Philippines also bagged the bronze of the event courtesy of Frederick Ong. The 12 man PH bowling delegation expects more medals in the next few days.

Other meaningful results by the Filipino athletes:

Women’s 8 Ball: Rubilyn Amit 5 - Uyanga Battulga of Mongolia 0; Iris Ranola 5 - Zoljargal Zorigt of Mongolia 3

Chess: GM Wesley So (3.0)  GM Rogelio Antonio (2.5)

Related News:

Bowler Rivera bags first PHL Gold (gmanews.tv)





2010 Asian Games: Dancesport gives the Philippines its first medals

15 11 2010
2010 Asian Games

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The 2010 Asian Games has started and the Philippines is not having a very good start.  Many of the athletes finished in the middle of the pack and out of the medal races.  After a few days of wait, the dancesport team has finally delivered. Ronnie Vergara and Charlea Lagaras bagged 2 bronze medals in the latin cha-cha and pasa doble events in the dancesport competition. Dancesport was once again dominated by the host China that swept all the 10 medals at stake in one of the newest sports in the Asian Games.

Lagaras-Vergara Tandem of the PH Dancesport team

Other results for the PH delegation:

Basketball: Philippines 76- Kuwait 69

Tennis (Men’s Team): Chinese Taipei 2 – Philippines 0

Billiards (8-Ball): Roberto Gomez and Efren Reyes are eliminated

Shooting(Air pistol): Mark Manosca 45th Place, Alyanna Chuatoco 44th Place

Judo: Jonh Baylon (0-1) Eliminated, Karen Ann Solomon (1-2) Eliminated in the repechage.

Men’s Triathlon: Nikko Huelgas (11th), Neil Catiil (14th)

 

 





Smart Gilas survives Kuwait in its Asiad debut

15 11 2010
Rajko Toroman.

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76-69.  The elimination match ended with that score in favor of the Philippines.  It was a not so impressive debut of the Smart Gilas Philippine Basketball team in the 16th Asian Games.  Kuwait was so supposed to be an easy prey for the national squad that was formed to make the Philippines qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.  The squad is even reinforced by PBA stars Kelly Williams, Asi Taulava, and Solomon Mercado.  Coach Rajko Toroman felt happy that they qualified in the main draw but recognized that the team still needs to work on their chemistry in order to go deep in this tournament.

With the victory, the team is now in Group F of the main draw bunched with Iran, Qatar, Japan, Chinese Taipei and the winner between Afghanistan and India.  The top 4 teams of the group will qualify to the quarterfinals.  The coach remains confident that the team will make it to the quarterfinals.

caloycomment:  It is good that they are in the main draw for a defeat would have caused a national outrage. In tournaments like this, a win is very important and the scoring margin does not really matter. I’d rather see this team eke out 1-point victories than blowouts because close matches develops a team way more than easy wins.  I expect that the form of this team will get better as the tournament progresses.





3 PBA Stars will reinforce PH Asiad Basketball Squad

9 11 2010
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The Smart-Gilas Philippine National Teams heads to China to acclimatize and prepare for the Guangzhou Asian Games. In tow for the Rajko Toroman- coached squad are three PBA stars. Kelly William of Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters, Asi Taulava of PoweradeTigers, and Solomon Mercado of Rain or Shine will don the national colors to reinforce a well-trained team of young basketball stars. This is the current roster:

F 7 Philippines Ababou, Dylan 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) UST*
F 8 Philippines Aguilar, Japeth 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Western Kentucky*
F/C 12 Philippines Ballesteros, Jason 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 192 lb (87 kg) San Sebastian*
F 10 Philippines Baracael, Mac 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 184 lb (83 kg) FEU*
G 4 Philippines Barroca, Andy (C) 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 174 lb (79 kg) FEU*
G 6 Philippines Casio, J.V. 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) De La Salle*
C 21 United States Douthit, Marcus 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Providence*
G 16 United States Lassiter, Marcio 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Cal State Fullerton*
G 13 United States Lutz, Chris 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Marshall*
G Philippines Mercado, Solomon 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Biola*
F 5 Philippines Ramos, Aldrech 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 185 lb (84 kg) FEU*
C 9 United States Slaughter, Greg 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) UV*
C United States Taulava, Asi 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 275 lb (125 kg) BYU-Hawaii*
G 17 Philippines Tiu, Chris (C) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Ateneo*
F United States Williams, Kelly 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Oakland*

Marcus Douthit who was recently given Filipino citizenship by the Philippine Senate will not be able to join the team for the Asiad but he will reinforce the young core in the future tournaments and its quest to capture an olympic berth for the country.

caloycomment: I am hoping for them to reach the medal round.  They have a strong line-up but the Asian powerhouses like Iran and host China will be sending really formidable teams. A bronze medal would be a great achievement.








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