‘Tatang’ Pinoy

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Wednesday, January 29, 2014


IF THERE is one person happiest today it is no other than "Tatang" Pinoy, the father of Batang Pinoy. After all, it was his brainchild way back in 1998-1999 while sitting as a commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission.

Monico Puentevella, now mayor of Bacolod City and a former congressman of the lone district, never ceased to enjoy playing the games he loved. He is warm all over despite the cold weather we are experiencing now for he remains a sportsman.

He is always game and the Batang Pinoy 2013 National Finals is more than a homecoming for him. Who would imagine that the pet project he started during the time of President Erap will last for 15 years and counting.

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It now costs the PSC P30 million, a far cry from the P1 million inaugural budget, in holding this sports spectacle for the Under 15 in and out-of-school youth. But who cares?

Except for the malicious ones who never stop thinking of throwing mud at others’ good ideas. The Batang Pinoy remains one of the sports development programs of the PSC that provides the youth a chance to see action in the national pool.

Commissioner Jolly Gomez never hesitated in yesterday's presscon at the Panaad in christening Newks as "Tatang" Pinoy, the man behind Batang Pinoy. Age does not matter as long as the matter doesn't age.

MOP will be 68 in July 2 and his looks are deceiving.

He will not stop until an Olympic gold is worn by a Filipino athlete.
And without saying it, he hopes somebody from the Batang Pinoy athletes today will get that elusive medal for the country.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on January 29, 2014.

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