THE much-awaited fifth staging of the annual Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Golf for a Cause will finally tee off January 16 at the par 61 Baguio Country Club links.

Originally set for October 17, 2009, the tournament was moved in view of typhoon Pepeng's destruction of roads to Baguio and in deference to the victims.

Four divisions will see action in the one day tournament in partnership with Texas Instruments which will include the men's, ladies', seniors' and juniors' which will tee off at 7 in the morning.

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Up for grabs in the golf for a cause are Nike CCI Irons worth P41,000 courtesy of Pacsports; two round-trip tickets to any domestic destination courtesy of Philippine Airlines; Balenciaga dress watch; Rudy Project sports watches; and a Sunday buffet at Mario's and Baguio Country Club.

Tickets at P1,500 include a dinner and green fees. Proceeds will benefit our enterprising poor women in Baguio and suburbs.

The activity aims to raise funds for development projects in Baguio and its surrounding areas. Last year the 4th JVOFI Golf for a Cause generated P616,800. It attracted 113 golfers from all over the country.

The funds generated from the tournament were used to assist the livelihood activities of women in Baguio City and La Trinidad. The women are engaged in vending, carving and handicrafts which add at least P500 monthly to their husbands' unstable incomes and help support their families meet their basic needs.

Also, the additional income they gain from their small businesses supports their children's education.

The annual golf tournament was able to attract dozens of sponsors and players in the past, which golfers continue to look forward to. The annual tournament is known for offering affordable tickets, attractive prizes, and fun-filled awards.

This year, golfers will be entitled to a 50 percent discount off the Oktoberfest after the awards dinner at the Baguio Country Club.

It is assured the 5th Golf-for-a-Cause Tournament will be more exciting as well as a socially significant event which would make other families' lives better.

For more information you can contact the following Timmie Tenedero: 0918.901.6475, Marichu Lopez: 0920.921.9387, JVOFI Office No.: 0920.917.5293, 074-446-2843 or 074-446-2809 or you can send email through info@jvofi.org.