Lingayen - In line with the province’s youth development program, the provincial government together with 2nd District Congressman Leopoldo N. Bataoil, supported the two-day 8th Petron Ladies Beach 3rd Leg Volleyball Tournament that reeled off last August 13 and 14 at the Capitol beachfront here.
“I have been trying to promote sports to highlight our province as sports tourist destination. In the same way, promoting sports among our youth protects them from indulging in criminal activities,” Bataoil said.
De La Salle University Dasmarinas (DLSUD) patriot Jennifer Manzano and Satchel Senupe were challenged by Far Eastern University’s (FEU I) Shaira Gonzales and Shedd dela Pena during the best of three play-offs in the championship game.
Both teams displayed strong defense and service and were tied at 20 in the second set of the play-off giving the audience an intense and breathtaking game that resulted to 21-11 in favor of DLSU.
However, FEU I emerged this year’s champion beating DLSUD in the third set with a 15-7 final score.
Earlier, Ateneo De Manila University’s Krizette Onishi and Sharah So and FEU II’s Vel Faytaren and Janine Penaranda were equally strong contenders with a strong showing during the semi-cross over game.
Spiker Manzano, representing DLSUD who traces her roots at Balangobong, Lingayen was a standout and an early crowd favorite.
Proud fellow Pangasinenses cheered out loud every time Manzano shows her well-loved trademark move in volleyball.
The tournament serves as qualifier for the Battle of Champions which will be held in Puerto Princesa sometime in October.
2nd District Board Member Von Mark Mendoza, who represented the governor, said Pangasinan has the potentials of an economic hub as well as a tourist and sports tourism destination.
“Sports program like this is very much welcome in our province, we are trying to position (Pangasinan) in the field of sports to become the sports capital outside of Manila, dahil mayroon po kaming Narciso Ramos Sports Complex and Civic Center, it is the biggest sports center in Region I”, Mendoza added.
Meanwhile, Modesto Operania, Consultant on Sports of the provincial government said the recently concluded sports activity was aimed at encouraging the youth to join volleyball to unleash their potentials and make it a regular sports.
The tournament started with a motorcade participated in by 12 competing teams consisting of two players each from Metro Manila and Pangasinan.
Among the competing teams were FEU (I and II), DLSUD (I, II and III), Ateneo, University of the East (UE I and II), University of Luzon (I and II), Labrador and Lingayen.
Cong. Bataoil together with Fern-Slim representative awarded trophies and cash prizes to the winners.
Petron, Fern-Slim, Speedo, Mikasa, Tanduay and Victory Liner among others sponsored the prestigious sports event. (PIO/Chona C. Bugayong and Darwin Magalong)