18th FilOil–Unigames opens today-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
THE 18th FilOil University Games (Unigames) kicks off Monday at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) with 49 schools from all over the country vying for honors in the week-long competition scheduled October 20-28.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella and USLS president Bro. Ray Suplido, FSC are set to grace the opening ceremony where host USLS will be joined by city-based West Negros University, Riverside College, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, VMA-Global College and the rest of the delegates who will compete in 13 sport events.
USLS sports moderator Malot Lozada said that they are confident to win the men’s football and badminton events.
USLS football coach Freddie Lazarito opined that with Unigames allowing each team to have 3 foreign players 2 to play in their roster, they are confident to get the crown.
“We expect similar players who saw action in the National Prisaa to play,” Lazarito said.
The Stingers are Florence Ian Agraviador, Hanesin Prince Antony, Alfonso Ballason, J Baguiro, Angelo Gabriel Bayohan, George Balceda III, Joel Bedia Jr., Jo Warren Bedia, John Timothy Bolo, Marson dela Torre.
Jose Emmanuel Thomas Diel, Joshua Dutosme, Ralph Christian Layumas, Nessi Ramos, Jurex Replentes, Paolo Angelo Sanchez, Norman Seloterio Jr., Joebel Siason Jr., Anthony Tongson, and Koreans Seung Hyun Shin, Byeong Jun Yoon, and Jang Ho Yoon.
Badminton coach Jay Binas expects his team to look good in this competition with the addition of international campaigners Aprille Diane Bibiano and Dhessa Mae Arino. With another freshman and former Palarong Pambansa player Aizyl Joy Anuales joining, USLS is considered as one of the country’s top team to watch.
Cadiz City's badminton duo, Bibiano and Arino, last represented the country in the 5th ASEAN Schools Games 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 in third and second years, respectively.
Also to lead the host’s campaign for gold medal include Clarence Valencia, Christian Sison, Christian Pavia, Christian Cuyno, Alem Palmares, Charlton Duron and Keanu Glenn Taclas.
Defending champion in men’s volleyball USLS is quite conservative in keeping the title as Unigames president Roger Banzuela, who also served as coach for the team, said that retaining the title is tough. "With strong players from other provinces suiting up for the Manila-based schools, there is no assurance." Still, he stressed that the team will play harder to keep the crown.
University of the East is spared from joining this year’s edition after the Red Warriors were suspended for skipping the men’s basketball finals last year. A one–year suspension for the school and 2 years for its men’s basketball team is in effect.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 21, 2013.