Top shuttlers in Bacolod for MassKara Badminton Invt'l-A A +A
Saturday, October 19, 2013
TOP badminton players in the country are in Bacolod today to compete in the 2-day Mayor Monico Puentevella-MassKara Badminton Invitational at the Pohang Badminton Center.
Jay Binas, lead organizer of the tournament, said that the event will be part of the 34th MassKara Festival and 75th Charter Day Celebration.
Among the categories to be contested include: U13 (BS, GS, BD, GD), U15 (BS, GS, BD, GD), U17 (BS, GS, BD, GD), OPEN (MS, WS, MD, WD), and 30-UP (Mixed Doubles).
Aside from providing the local players with a highly-competitive tournament, the event will likewise serve as tune-up matches for those shuttlers who will see action in the 18th FilOil-Unigames which kickoffs October 20-28, hosted by University of St.La Salle.
Seeing action in the Men’s Open are Alex Borromeo, Mike Minuluan, Jornelous Castro, Dawn Christian Cuyno, Christian Sison, Christian Pavia and Augustine Montano.
Battling for the men’s doubles title are the team of Borromeo and Salvador Diesmo, USLS’ Christian Pavia and Christian Sison, Iloilo’s Jornelous Castro and Joey Lozada, and tandem of Keith Reyes and EJ Villoria.
In the U19 Boys are Dawn Christian Cuyno, Glen Carlo Lopez, Joshua Rios and Heinrick Jude Garcia. For Binas, who is also USLS’ head coach, this tournament will help his team regain improve after failing 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 team to watch.
Cadiz City badminton duo, Bibiano and Arino, last represented the country in the 5th ASEAN Schools Games held last June 22-30 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 junior and sophomore, respectively.
The competition will also help fortify the preparation of USLS men’s team of Clarence Valencia, Sison, Pavia, Cuyno, Alem Palmares, Charlton Duron and Keanu Glenn Taclas which hopes to enter the finals in this year’s Unigames.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 19, 2013.