MR. PERKINS, the biology instructor at a posh suburban girl's junior college, said during class, "Miss Chihiro Ikeda, would you please name the organ of the human body, which under the appropriate conditions, expands to six times its normal size, and define the conditions."

Chihiro gasped, then said freezingly, "Mr. Perkins, I do not think that is a proper question to ask me. I assure you my father will hear of this." With that she sat down red-faced.

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Unperturbed, Mr. Perkins called on Miss Johnson and asked the same question. Miss Johnson, with composure, replied, "The pupil of the eye, in dim light." "Correct," said Mr. Perkins.

"And now, Miss Ikeda, I have three things to say to you. One, you have not studied your lesson because you play too much golf. Two, you have a dirty mind. And three, you will someday be faced with a dreadful disappointment."

The time has come for Davao Coty's Chihiro "Chichang" Ikeda to try to reclaim the crown of the Philippine Ladies Open Amateur Championship. It is a 54-hole tournament, meaning three days of play, from January 13 up to the 15th. The venue is Manila Southwoods Legends Course. For those who do not know, Manila Southwoods has two courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. One is the Legends Course, and the other is The Masters.

There are more than 60 players in the competition representing different countries as well as different cities in the Philippines. Around 20 of them are foreign players. Some of the foreign names to watch for are: Shine Lee, Sun Hae Cho, Mi Yeon Kang, and Mingi Kim of Korea, and Ines Putri Chandra of Indonesia.

Last year's winner is not around to defend her title. She is now living in Belgium. Her name is Louise Manalo, a Filipina. Louise Manalo is Chichang's best friend. They have a dog whose name is a combination of both their names, and Coach Bong Lopez is taking care of it. Thank goodness for Facebook. That is how the two girls keep in touch, aside from cellular phones.

Another great contender is Dottie Ardina. Dottie was a part of the Philippine Team, along with Chichang, that won a gold medal in the SEA Games in Laos.

Dottie is not based in the Philippines. She is residing in the US. After this competition, she will probably be heading back to the US to continue her schooling. By the way, Dottie is only 15 years old. Chichang is 18 years old.

Later this afternoon, we will already know who is going to win the 2010 Philippine Ladies Open Amateur Championship. Let us hope it is our very own Chichang Ikeda. Let us not forget another Davao bet--Sarah Ababa. Sarah, along with Cyna Rodriguez, Anya Tanpinco, Andie Unson, Sheryl Villacencio and Regina de Guzman are also after the crown. Davaoenos, let us pray for our two players, Chichang and Sarah, and wish both of them lots of luck.