Thursday, January 22, 2004


Courtesy of Sun Star Newspaper (
Thursday, January 22, 2004 issue

FOR the second straight year, Edward Hayco, the sports director of Team Cebu City–Dancesport, has been voted Sportsman of the Year of the Sportwriters Association of Cebu-San Miguel Corporation All Cebu Sports Awards.

The 22nd SAC-SMC All-Cebu Sports Awards will be on March 6 at a still undisclosed venue. Hayco was the unanimous choice for the prestigious award for his tremendous and unselfish support that paved the way for the resurgence and growing popularity of dancesport in Cebu.

Upon Hayco’s intercession, Team Cebu City-Dancesport has successfully competed in various national and international events in Australia, Hong Kong and Taipei.

Presidential awardees, on the other hand, are Cebu Football Association’s (CebuFA) president Jonathan ‘Maxi’ Maximo and CVCB chairman Patrick ‘Pato’ Gregorio, for their undying and unselfish support in the development of Cebu sports.

Since taking over the presidency of CebuFA, Maximo has brought back the association to life and has gained the trust of the Cebuano football community, while Gregorio, through CVCB, has been relentless in his thrust to promote Cebu as the prime hub of sports tourism in the country.

This year’s Orlando C. Sanchez (Orlacsan) award will go to TCC-Dancesport trainers Leodegario ‘Jun-Jun’ Marante and Maricris Hermosa. The Orlacsan award is given to a person or persons who have done something invaluable for sports development despite meager resources.

Marante and Hermosa have been chosen for the award for sharing their talents to kids with potential in dancesport.

Major awards will also be given to athletes who have made Cebu proud with their spectacular and outstanding performances in international events. For billiards, the hands down choice is Warren Kiamco for clinching the gold in the 9-Ball Doubles event of the 22nd Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.

Best for bowling last year was Sheena Go who took the championship in two events in Guam – the 2nd Guam International Open and the 2nd Pepsi Youth Masters. For his impressive one-round knockout of Gehnki Ohnaka that made him the new OPBF minimum-weight titleholder, Rodel ‘Batang Mandaue’ Mayol will be accorded with the major award in professional boxing, while Caesar Augustus Amonsot is the recipient for amateur boxing after he won three national titles in knockout fashion.

The tandem of Crisaldo ‘Loloi’ Rendon and Eleanor Hayco are the dancesport awardees for bagging the gold in the Masters 1 Latin and bronze in the Masters 1 Standard of the 2003 FATD National Capital Dancesport in Canberra, Australia.

Shining for karatedo are siblings Sugar Ray and Luche Metante. Both finished with bronze medals in the Hanoi, Vietnam SEA Games.

In bodybuilding, Roman V. Cortuna Jr. will be lauded for clinching a silver in the Vietnam SEA Games 65-kilogram category, while Rosielyn Ocampo will be feted for garnering two silver and two bronze medals in the 2nd ASEAN PARAGames in Vietnam.

Lawn tennis major awardee is small but terrible Bernardine “Nino” Siso for maintaining his No.1 ranking in the 10-Under division.

RP mountainbike team mainstays Eusebio “Eboy” QuiƱones and Maritess Bitbit have been cited for their remarkable performances in the Vietnam SEA Games.

All major awardees will contend for the prestigious “Athlete of the Year” award, which will be known during the awarding ceremonies.

Sunday, January 04, 2004


Courtesy of Sun Star Newspaper (
Sunday, January 11, 2004 issue
by Patrick C. Costelo

PLAYERS and football aficionados trooped to the Ayala driving range yesterday as probably the biggest soccer event to open 2004, the 1st Thirsty Football Fiesta, blasted off with seven divisions setting battling it out.

First to emerge above the field was age-group powerhouse Don Bosco Technical Center, which took three slots in the six-a-side Under-8 division semifinal round.

DBTC 1, which cruised through with a six-game winning streak, and DBTC 3 (4-1-1 win-loss-draw) toppled the rest of bracket A in the two-day fiesta to enter the semifinals which kicks off at 7:30 a.m. today.

While DBTC 4 (4-0-1) reaped the top slot in Bracket B followed by Cebu International School (4-0-2) at No.2.

Cebu City Counclior Sylvan “Jack” Jakosalem was there to grace the event’s opening, which started at 7:30 a.m., along with the sanctioning Cebu Football Association president Jonathan Maximo and Thirsty’s operations chief Charlie Pages.

The kickoff was highlighted with the introduction of the teams and the selection of the hottest muse.

DBTC 1 will meet CIS in the crossover semis today as DBTC 3 takes on DBTC 4.

In the U-10 cluster, the four-bracket field saw CIS 1 (3-0-1) and University of San Carlos-Boys High (3-0-1) dominate Bracket A to take to first two quarterfinal slots starting today.

The formidable Springdale (3-0-1) racked up the top slot in Bracket B while CIS 2 (2-2-0) settled for the No.2 spot. DBTC 4 (3-0-0) and Springdale 3 (1-1-1) took the quarterfinal slots in Bracket C while CIS isplay fearsome form as the Rey Calo-coached squad took the top spot in Group A, winning three of four games, going into the semis while the debuting Bright (1-1-2) finished No.2.

CIS, with a perfect four-game slate, and Springdale (2-1-1) plucked the top spots in Bracket B.

Meanwhile, the ultra tough Men’s division will start today with the foreigner-laden Crazy Horse, which debuted at the runner-up spot in the 2003 Aboitiz Cup, anticipated to survive the elimination.