Published in Sun Star Newspaper on Dec. 29, 2011 Thursday issue
by John Pages, Match Point columnist
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
BOYING Rodriguez: 1) Fred Uytengsu invited Lance Armstrong to the XTERRA—I hope he can make it! Wow! 2) A successful Cobra Ironman Triathlon this August. As of today, 1,200 registered coming from 40 countries! 3) I hope I recover from all the holiday eating and have a decent time in the Cebu Marathon!
Rico Navarro: I pray that the sports industry be united to push Cebu as the country’s sports capital. This covers a lot of ground from: all sports stakeholders to have the same mindset; competent hosting of events; having the most competitive athletes in all events; and having all sports/events/local NSA’s taking a united stand for all their activities.
Al Mendoza: For Pres. Noynoy to chase the masterminds of the illegal loggers that triggered deaths at the height of Sendong’s fury up to the ends of the earth. For the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight not to push through. For me to visit Liverpool, England, the birthplace of The Beatles.
Igi Maximo. To represent Cebu and race for my country in the 2012 Asian Junior Cycling Championships in Malaysia and the World Juniors in Netherlands. To be an example to the youth that being a student-elite athlete is possible. That schools would support cycling and include it in their varsity program.
Graeme Mackinnon: 1) That the AZKALS vs. CF Madrid, DILI KAMO NAG-IISA game at Rizal on Jan. 7 be a success in raising funds for the victims of Sendong. 2) That the 2012 Olympics be controversy-free and be a TV fans paradise. 3) That GLOBAL FC will take out the UFL League in Manila.
Mike Limpag: Another semis stint or two for the Azkals in the Challenge Cup and Suzuki Cup, another slam or two for Maria Sharapova, and I hope to run a couple of 21Ks and my first marathon.
Brian Lim: 1) Sports Tourism in Cebu to grow--emerging sports such as rugby, flag football, airsoft, electronic sports, mixed martial arts, water sports. 2) Get a multipurpose field built - For emerging sports to practice along with traditional sports. 3) To carry out the Great Cebu Sports Festival.. drawing attention to Cebu as a sporting destination.
Jean Henri Lhuillier: Wishing the best for the Philippine Tennis Academy and that these players play to the best of their ability... to the success of the Davis Cup team. Wishing that the Cebuana Gems win the 2nd season of the PBA D-league.
Yong Larrazabal: 1) That Filipinos would love the Philippines even more by stopping illegal logging, illegal poaching of its wildlife and destroying/wasting our natural resources. 2) That Cebu would regain its spot as the no.1 city in terms of quality of life, sports and medical tourism. 3) That only one run be allowed every Sunday in Cebu so as to build a strong camaraderie among runners and not to induce divisiveness.
Noy Jopson: Cobra Ironman 70.3 offering Kona slots again. My wifey Amale improving at least 18 seconds on her 3:46.17 Marathon PR and qualifying for Boston. Our new The Brick Multi-Sport Store at the J Center Mall fulfilling the needs of the Cebu Triathlon community.
Samsam Gullas: Filipino unity. Fighting together, not against each other for one common goal. Everyone will do their part to help out in the recent flooding in Cagayan, Iligan and Dumaguete. Pacquiao fights Floyd and knocks Floyd out. Double championship for UV basketball.
Guy Concepcion: That Lance Armstrong joins the XTERRA Phils. in Liloan. That all participants have a good andsafe race in XTERRA and Ironman 70.3 Phils.
Jack Biantan: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight to push through. More success for the Azkals. Gold medal finish for the Phils. in the London Games.
Jesse Bernad: That leadership in the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association be resolved so that baseball can move on with newer programs. That local leaders continue to support baseball and softball with tournaments and provide an adequate playing field. That Cebu send the best team to the 2012 Little League baseball and softball Philippine Series.
Ricky Ballesteros: To finish the newly-refurbished track oval before March. Cebu Sports Museum and Hall Fame to complement the Cebu City Sports Center. Host the Palarong Pambansa or any international competition.
Michael Aldeguer: 1) For all the Filipinos to unite for the good of our country. 2) Philippine Boxing to bring more pride and joy to the Filipinos all over the world. 3) AJ Banal and Milan Melindo to fight for World titles as both are WBO rated No. 1 and No. 2.(www.pages.ph)