MassKara Badminton Invt’l slated Oct. 19-20-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
TOP badminton players in the country are coming and will give extra color to the Masskara Festival on October 19 and 20 as they join the Mayor Monico Puentevella Masskara Badminton Invitational at the Pohang Badminton Center.
Jay Biñas, lead organizer of the tournament, said that the event will be part of the 34th Masskara Festival and 75th Charter Day Celebration of Bacolod.
Categories to be contested are Under 13 (U13) (Boys Single [BS], Girls Single [GS], Boys Double [BD], Girls Double [GD]), U15 (BS, GS, BD, GD), U17 (BS, GS, BD, GD), Open (Men’s Single [MS], Women’s Single [WS], Men’s Double [MD], Women’s Double [WD]), and 30-Up (Mixed Doubles).
Registration is pegged at P600 (first event), P400 (second event), and P300 (third event). Deadline is set on October 15.
This event, aside from providing local shuttlers a chance to compete in a highly-competitive tournament, will likewise serve as tune-up matches for players seeing action in the 18th Fil Oil-Unigames set to kick-off October 20 to 28, hosted by University of St. La Salle (USLS).
Current Unigames 2nd runner-up USLS women’s team and other top local players will benefit this tournament.
The Lady Stingers are eyeing to regain ground after it failed to win the title last year. With the addition of international campaigners Aprille Diane Bibiano and Dhessa Mae Arino as well as freshman and former Palarong Pambansa player Aizyl Joy Anuales, USLS is considered one of the country’s top teams to watch.
Bibiano and Arino, famous Cadiz City badminton duo, last represented the country in the 5th Asean Schools Games last June 22 to 30 in Hanoi, Vietnam while Anuales has been one of the dominant players in the region.
Also suiting up for the USLS women’s shuttlers are veterans, Ballenas siblings, Precious Mae and Precious Minie, and Izaa Temporosa. Precious Mae is now in her senior year while Temporosa and Precious Minie are in third and second years, respectively.
The event will also help prepare the USLS men’s team composed of Clarence Valencia, Christian Sison, Christian Pavia, Dawn Christian Cuyno, Alem Palmares, Charlton Duron and Keanu Glenn Taclas.
Like the women’s side, this team is also looking to enter the finals in this year’s Unigames.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 31, 2013.