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Canlubang’s young ones take center stage

 

DAVAO CITY – After the Canlubang Golf and Country Club’s young once accomplished half of their mission, the young ones take over in their first-ever double four-peat bid in the Philippine Airlines Interclub championships here.
Luigi Yulo, the Canlubang team manager, is expected to announce tomorrow members of his troop who will start as the 62 nd men’s regular tournament reels off at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country.

But Freddie Mendoza, Yulo’s opposite number, said yesterday The Country Club team will celebrate its debut in what is considered as the national team championship with Anthony Fernando, Dante Beciera, Jobim Carlos, Tonlits Asistio and Joey Huerva.

A Canlubang victory will give the Sugar Barons from Laguna their fourth consecutive men’s regular championship division trophy to go with their fourth straight title in the seniors division last week.

“I know no team has ever won both divisions four years straight,” said Yulo yesterday. “But like we did last week, we will be giving our best shots to do that against a new set of rivals.”

What Yulo’s troop did last Sunday was to shoot a final round 146 at Apo for 581 to beat Luisita Golf and Country Club by eight to capture the Seniors championship.
A The Country Club victory will equal Cangolf’s feat of winning in its debut in 1977 in the series that began in 1948.

“It will be an interesting tournament,” Mendoza said yesterday as he and coach Bong Lopez treated their chargers to a catfish lunch downtown. “Canlubang has the stronger team based on its 10 players, but we have a stronger team based on five.”

Completing the Country Club’s team are Ferdie Aunzo, Rufino Bayron, Art Arbole, Peter Villaber and J.R. Tanpinco.

Carrying the Canlubang colors are Jonel Aba, Mario Labajo, Joseph Labajo, Zanie Boy Gialon, Paul Echaves, Jessie Balasabas, Alvin Engino and Mark Fernando.

Another team expected to provide another serious challenge is Manila Southwoods with Erwin Vinluan, Jong Min-kim, Jun Jun Plana, Miko Yee, Miggy Yee, Justin Limjap, Park Jung-Soo, Joseph Tambunting, Allan Guy and playing skipper Jeric Hechanova.

In the men’s regular competition, a team is allowed to have 10 players and five for each round with the best four scores to be counted.

The tournament’s platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports.
Action Asia , Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major sponsors while PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel.

Honda Cars Davao and Honda Megamotors Corp. are the holes-in-one sponsors.

Source:  http://www.philippineairlines.com

Canlubang-Luisita cliff-hanger windup on

DAVAO CITY – Canlubang Golf and Country Club shot 153 yesterday and boosted its chances for a fourth straight Philippine Airlines Interclub senior championship.
Dave Hernandez, Jose Mari Hechanova and Tony Olives all toured the par 72 Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course with 75s to power Cangolf with 153 points to finally dislodge Luisita Golf and Country Club at the top in the race for the premier division trophy with 435.

Luisita, which sparkled with an opening day 158, struggled with 148 and had to settle for second place on the 50 points Francis Gaston and Richie Garcia each and Bong de Guzman’s 46.
Together with its second round 129 points, Luisita goes back to the Apo Golf and Country Club with Canlubang- for today’s final round at at 434 – with just a measly point separating them.
The format requires each team to field four players a round but only the best three players would count. Freddie Mendoza made 41 for Luisita and Philip Brodett shot 47 for Canlubang.
With another display of dramatic performances both fierce rivals made dramatic assessments of what to expect in the final day.

Said Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla of Luisita: “We’ve never been in this kind of position in the past so we don’t to squander it. We have no choice but to give our best shots tomorrow to win. ”

Said Tommy Manotoc, Clavecilla’s opposite number as Cangolf’s top gun: “On paper, Luisita will be fielding a stronger lineup tomorrow. They should win if we play their best. If they don’t, we would.”

Despite another nerve-frazzling duel, the sweet swingers from Laguna and San Miguel, Tarlac have to share the spotlight with Negros Occidental Golf and Country Club’s Rene Silos who scored the event’s first hole-in-on.

Silos, 56, bucked 10,000 to one odds to ace Apo’s par three 147-yard fourth hole with a Callaway Fusion eight iron and a Noodle No. 1 ball to finally make his 30-year-old dream a reality.

He became the first player in this annual championship to nail down an ace while playing with Villamor’s Roberto Sabularse, Manila Southwoods’ Mar Naval and Ed Gador of Aguinaldo.
And for his effort, Silos was amply rewarded with a motorcycle from Honda Megamotors Corp. and a business class ticket to the US from PAL.

Players totaling 1,500 from 151 teams around the world are competing in the tournament including in the men’s regular next week with ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.

Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major sponsors with PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network and Century Park Hotel are the other supporters.

Honda Cars Davao and Honda Megamotors Corp. are the hole-in-one sponsors.

Valley Golf and Country Club carded 122 to go with its earlier rounds of 135 and 125 to retain the Founders Division lead with 384. Orchard made 120 to keep second place with 377.

Camp John Hay came up with 128 to vault to third place with 374, followed by Cebu Country Club 117-371, Wack Wack 120-364, Manila Southwoods 112-362, Del Monte 108-360, Negros 113-358 and Aguinaldo 119-341.

Mactan Island combined with 136 to keep the Sportswriters Division lead 393. Apo remained in second spot with 131 and 375, followed by Riviera 121-363, Davao 118-349, PGA British Columbia 115-341 and Philippine Navy 117-340.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

Canlubang’s strong homestretch finish keys its fourth straight senior crown

 

DAVAO CITY – Tommy Manotoc, Luigi Yulo and Rolando Viray came up with a blazing homestretch finish with 146 points yesterday to key Canlubang Golf and Country’s most nerve-frazzling victory in the Philippine Airlines Interclub Seniors’ championship.

Once again, Manotoc played the hero’s hole after he birdied three of the last five holes to shoot a four over par 76 or 50 points at the Apo Golf and Country Club course to give the Laguna sweet swingers their fourth straight crown and 12 th since 1987.

Viray backed up Manotoc with 49 points and Yulo contributed 47. Together with their first round 140 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club, 142 at Apo and 153 back at Palos Verdes, Cangolf wound up with 581.
Luisita Golf and Country Club closed out with 139 on Jose “Pepot” Inigo’s 50, Bong Sison’s 45 and the 44 of Iggy Clavecilla to become victim of the tournament’s most exciting duel in 23 years.

San Miguel, Tarlac’s own sweet swingers staged a blazing start with 158 at Palos Verdes to erect a seemingly insurmountable 18-point lead. But they struggled with 129, 147 and 139 yesterday to settle for second place with 573.
“So far, this is our most satisfying win,” said team owner Yulo. “Coming from 18 points down after the first round, five after day two and finally wresting the lead by a point with 18 holes left is tough.: “This is our biggest win.”
Asked to describe the drama that enveloped the four-day duel, Clavecilla answered: “It’s one sh… of a tournament. We played very good but those guys just played better. They deserved to win.”
So did Inigo, who calls Davao City home sweet home, Apo his home course and now on his 34 th year as PAL international flight purser. Together with his earlier effort of 53, he wound up with 153 to capture the 36-hole individual title.
Manotoc could have won it with rounds of 55 and 50 both at Apo . But since rules call for players to play both courses, he was not eligible.
“It’s all right,” he said. “In the tournament, the important thing is to win the team honors not the individual trophy. “See you Tuesday.”
He was referring to the 62 nd Men’s Regular championship which starts Wednesday also at Apo and Palos Verdes.
If Cangolf comes out on top again, it will become the first team ever to win the men’s regular and senior team titles four straight.
Alabang Country Club closed out with 139 to capture third place with 535 while the Manila Golf and Country Club came up with 120 and 504 to settle for fourth place.
Texas Golf Club made131 to take the next slot with 504, followed by Chamorro 90-416, Team Brookside 95-415, Mercedes Plantation 112-398, Fil-Am Golf of Florida 95-367, Pinoy Vancouver 79-273 and San Francisco Heritage 187.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

Manotoc comes to the rescue for Canlubang

 

DAVAO CITY – The Canlubang Golf and Country Club, showing once again that it has the determination to come back, shot an ego-inflating 142 points yesterday (Feb. 20, 2009) and it’s back in business with its rivalry with the Luisita Golf and Country Club in the Philippine Airlines Interclub’s 23 rd seniors championship.

And just when the sweet swingers from San Miguel, Tarlac threatened to run away with their 14 th championship since 1987 after a sparkling 158 at the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club on opening day, Tommy Manotoc came to the rescue for the sweet swingers from Laguna.

Manotoc, whose game improves just like wine through over four decades of playing, sizzled with a one over par 71 to conquer the tree-lined Apo Golf and Country Club course to lead the Canlubang charge with the equivalent of 55 points.

Team owner Luigi Yulo backed up Manotoc with 44 points and Bing Bunye contributed 43 for 142. Together with its 140 at Rancho Palos Verdes , Cangolf has 282 to come back as Luisita’s most serious rival – again.

Luisita had a struggling round of 129 at Apo on Francis Gaston’s 46, the 42 of King Sumulong and the 41 of Freddie Mendoza to retain the lead from 18 to only five going to the third day today with 287.

“Now, we’re back in contention,” said team owner Yulo after congratulating Manotoc. “From 18 to five is something for our team.”

Echoed Manotoc, who started his golf as a teenager at Wack Wack: “The rivalry is on – again. We showed we can come back from disaster.”

Uh, Tommy, how did you do it?

“ Apo is a first class golf course, a natural. And I always enjoy playing this kind of a course. And today was no different.”

Actually, Manotoc scored four birdies against three bogeys as he showed his consistence from tee to green.

“Let’s just say my teammates and I played as a team. After all, the PAL Interclub is a team event.”

Alabang Country Club carded 127 to with a first-day 137 to place third in the championship division, followed by Manila Golf and Country Club with 120-250, Texas Golf 106-245 and Chamorro 106-212.
The Valley Golf and Country Club could only score 125 on club president Bonifacio Sumbilla’s 45 and the 40 each of Robert Alarilla and Rafael Estanislao but it was enough to retain the Founders Division lead with 260.

The Orchard Golf and Country Club came up with 138 on Louie Garcia’s 50 points, the 45 of Joe Gonzales and Mel Malabanan 43 to gain precious ground on Valley at 257. Cebu Country Club shot 138 to go with its earlier 119 to be next at 254, followed by Del Monte 129-252.

Wack Wack scored 123 to share the next place with Camp John Hay at 244, followed byVillamor 112-220, South Cotabato 94-182, EZ Par Golf 75-166, Zamboanga 83-160, SFO Alliance of Golfers 71-153 and Pittsburg 80-138.

In this event which has ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.

Action Asia , Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major backers with PAGCOR, Rajay Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel as the other sponsors. Honda Cars Davao is the hole-in-one sponsor.

Promoting tourism in ASEAN - PAL wins best tourism photo

An award-winning image of a flock of migratory birds crammed on an islet at the Tubbataha Reef was recently judged Best ASEAN Tourism Photo by the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) during the 23rd ASEANTA Awards for Excellence in Tourism 2009 held recently at Hanoi, Vietnam.

Philippine Airlines (PAL) submitted the photo as an entry to the ASEANTA Excellence Awards after it appeared in PAL's inflight magazine, Mabuhay.

Erwin T. Lim, a 38-year-old dentist-photographer from Cebu City, captured the image while on a four-day live-aboard dive safari to the Tubbataha Reef. Erwin recounts, "The scene was so picturesque that I almost didn't feel my skin burning under the heat of the sun. Lying flat on the sand, I slowly crawled my way toward the birds."

Erwin's photo, taken with a Nikon D200 camera using a 70-200 mm f2.8 VR lens, was one of the 10 finalists (landscape division, professional category) in the first PAL Photo Contest held June to September 2007. Mabuhay magazine featured the finalists in its April 2008 issue.

This time, the photo was picked among 40 entries that vied for seven awards recognizing excellence in tourism promotion in ASEAN.

"There were many good entries, but we could only give awards to the best-of-the-best," said Felix J. Cruz, president of ASEANTA who is also Vice President for Marketing of Philippine Airlines.

Awards were also given to the best tourism article ("Penang Past & Present" from Silver Kris, Singapore), best tour package ("Intrepid: South East Asia" by Intrepid Ltd. of Thailand), best new tourist attraction ("Singapore Flyer"), best cultural preservation effort ("Cua Van Floating Cultural Center – Ha Long Bay Eco-Museum" from Vietnam) and best conservation effort ("A Journey to Keep the World Beautiful with Thai" by Thai Airways).

Through the awards, ASEANTA encourages tourism development and promotion among companies, organizations and individuals coming from ASEAN.

ASEANTA was formed in 1981 as the “umbrella” organization of national airlines and national travel agencies and hotel associations of the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam).

Clavecilla’s 70 paces Luisita in PAL Seniors Interclub

DAVAO CITY – Luisita Golf and Country Club combined for 158 points to stun pre-tournament favorite Canlubang Golf and Country Club at the start of the 23rd Philippine Airlines Seniors’ championship.

Former national seniors champion Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla humbled the 585-yard Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club course with an eagle-aided two under par 70 to blaze the trail for the sweet swingers from San Miguel, Tarlac.

Based on the modified PAL scoring system that awards a point for a double bogey, two bogeys, three par and so on, Clavecilla earned 56 points. Together with Pepot Inigo’s 53 and Richie Garcia’s 49, Luisita came up with 158 – and a commanding 18-point spread in the championship division.

In the tournament among players who are 55 or older, each team is allowed to have eight players. It can only use four players each round but only best three scorers would count. Bong de Guzman was Luisita’s fourth man with 44.

Luisita’s sparkling start humbled the star-studded opposition headed by Canlubang Golf and Country Club which is seeking its fourth consecutive team championship.

Tony Olives came up with a four over par 76 – or 50 points – to pace the sweet swingers from Laguna province in Luzon. Together with Dave Hernandez’s 46 and the 44 of either Rollie Viray or Phillip Brodett, Canlubang is a far second with 140.

Clavecilla, the ebullient campaigner from Luisita, nailed down his eagle at the par five, 496-yard Rancho Palos Verdes with a seven iron on his third shot from 160 yards.

Bacolod City’s Nene Tanpingco shared the opening day spotlight with Clavecilla when he sank his seven-iron second shot Apo’s par four, 323-yard 16th hole to register also for an eagle.

He didn’t win a price for his deuce but his Guinhalaran teammates Manny Parroco, Lito Jison, Joey Laurel, Raul Gamban, Boy Jalandoni, Paquito Infante and Ferdie Maranon swapped fives with him for it.
He went on to shoot 33 points via the modified PAL scoring system that awards a point for a double bogey, two bogeys. His round, which was 11 over par, was so-so, but his feat was memorable nevertheless.

“It’s a good shot,” said the father of national champion Anya and noted player J.R. “I don’t want to sound boastful but it’s my eighth eagle in my 50 years playing golf.”

PAL president and chief operating officer Jaime J. Bautista said other team crowns being contested are in the Sportswriters, Founders and Friendship divisions in the event launched in 1987 to continue providing the tournament for golfers who are 55 and older to go with the Men’s regular championship.

Texas Golf Club shot 139 on Samuel Lardizabal’s 48, the 46 of Miguel Asero and Emiliano Acuna’s 45 to power Texas Golf Club to third place in the championship division with 139.

Alabang Country Club combined for 137 to take fourth place while Manila Golf and Country Club made 130 to be at 130. Completing the top 10 are Fil-Am Golf of Florida 110, Team Brookside 109, Mercees Plantation 107, Chamorro Golf Club 106, San Francisco Heritage 87 and Pinoy Vancouver Golf 63.

This year’s event has ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports as platinum sponsors.

The major backers are Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 with PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network, Century Park Hotel are the other supporters. Honda Cars Davao is the hole-in-one sponsor.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

PAL again lowers its fuel surcharge

MANILA – Philippine Airlines again reduced its fuel surcharge by as much as USD38 on selected international flights originating from Manila in response to the past months’ improvement in world oil prices.

Passengers on some international flights started enjoying the lower fuel surcharge since last February 14. The last in a week-long series of surcharge reductions takes effect on February 20.

The latest surcharge reduction is being applied on each one-way ticket from Manila to selected international destinations.

PAL will continue to pass on to each customer the effects of lower oil prices in the world market.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

PAL Interclub lures 151 teams from six countries

DAVAO CITY - The Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, which for the last two decades has distinguished itself as the country's national team golf championship, reels off February 19 at two challenging courses here.

An international field of 151 teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, China, Saudi Arabia and host Philippines is lined up at the annual tournament involving senior players and men's regular golfers.

Kicking off this year's tournament, that had its auspicious beginnings in 1948, is the 23rd Senior's contest starting February 19. Then, the 62nd men's regular tournament takes center stage February 25.

Hosts of the action are Apo Golf and Country Club and Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club.
"Once again, our tournament has lured a big number of golfers from around the world," said PAL president Jaime J. Bautista yesterday. "And this early, we wish all our guests in both divisions good luck."

On behalf of PAL, we would also like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors this year which has for its theme – 'You're No. 1'," said tournament committee chairman Domingo Duerme, PAL's senior assistant vice president for Mindanao sales.

The platinum sponsors are ABS-CBN Cable Channels & Print Media Group, Airbus, Boeing, Business Mirror, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network and Solar Sports.

Action Asia, Bombo Radyo, Crossover 105.1 People Asia Royal Caribbean and XFM 92.3 are the major backers. Completing the list are Inquirer.net, PAGCOR, Rajah Broadcasting Network and Century Park Hotel. The hole-in-one sponsor is Honda Cars Davao.

Highlighting the start of the 23rd Seniors event is the hitting of the traditional ceremonial drives at Rancho Palos Verdes. Special guests invited to do the honors are Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Gen. Andy Caro, directorate for integrated operations-Eastern Mindanao; and Mindanao Business Council chairman Vic Lao.

Those invited to do the honors in the Men's regular tournament at Apo are Mayor Duterte, North Cotabato Vice Gov. Manny Pinol and Davao City Chamber of Commerce president Simeon Marfori.

The Canlubang Golf and Country Club heads the championship field. Other teams seeing action are Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Del Monte Golf Club, Luisita Golf and Country Club and Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

PAL Interclub lures RP's past, present and future champs

If one goes over the list of players who have participated in the Philippine Airlines Interclub Golf Tournament, it would be safe to conclude that the annual golfing event that had its auspicious beginnings in 1948 has lured the country’s past, present and future champions.

Here’s why: in the inaugural tournament, Wack Wack Golf and Country Club played host to five other teams: Manila Golf Club, Buayas Link, Negros Occidental, Cebu Country Club and the United States Army.

What highlighted the event was the presence of four men who conceptualized and then launched what is now generally considered as the country’s national team championship: PAL senior vice president Buenaventura Veloso, Col. Ramon Zosa, Ben Gaston and Leopoldo Rovira.

Since then, the list of the player was virtually an RP golf who’s who, starting with pioneers Johnny Cuadrado, Stewart Barnett, Sol Alcantara, Carlos Coscolluela, Mervyn Simpson, Benny Laperal and Pedro Lopez.

After that, the list just keeps on improving like wine: Luis “Golem” Silverio, Agustin Coscolluela, Jr., Manuel Rodriguez, Alex Prieto, Manuel Nieto, Alex Montelibano, Jose “Tetu” Santos, Steve Cuenca, Francis Gaston, Tommy Monotoc and Alan Gaston.

After that came Frankie Minoza, Howie Hagedorn, Felix de Leon, Emilio Tuason, Cassius Casas, Gil Ababa, Mario Manibay, Antolin Fernando, Norman Sto. Domingo, Delano Bangay, Rudy Basak, Jr., Robert Pactolerin and Nestor “Jun Jun” Plana, Jr.

The list goes on: Panchito Garcia, Jose Cedo, Jr., Dave Hernandez, Rolando Viray, Cesar Ababa, Danny Zarate, Bong Lopez, Jake Tan, Ruben Sasutil, Wigberto “Iggy” Clavecilla, Richard Singueo, Juan Miguel Rocha, Angelo Que, Jonel Ababa, Mark Fernando and Erwin Vinluan.

This year’s action starts February 19 with the staging of the 22nd Senior's championship, followed by the 62nd Men’s regular tournament February 25. The Apo Golf and Country Club and Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club of Davao are the hosts.

This year’s platinum sponsors are Solar Sports, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror, Lifestyle (ABS-CBN cable network), Airbus and Boeing.

The major backers are XFM 92.3, Crossover 105.5, Bombo Radyo, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and Crown Asia, with Inquirer.net and PAGCOR as corporate supporters.

Completing the sponsor’s list are Century Park Hotel and Rajah Broadcasting Network.

The traditional hitting of ceremonial drives will highlight both events on February 18 in the Senior's event at Rancho Palos Verdes and February 25 at Apo for the Men’s regular.

PAL Assistant Senior VP for Mindanao Domingo Duerme is tournament chairman.

Seventy seven international teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Asia and the Philippines are competing in the Senior's event and 76 in the Men’s regular. To be contested are team and individual trophies in the Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions.

Source: http://www.philippineairlines.com

PAL Interclub tees off at Davao

The Philippine Airlines Interclub tournament, the annual gathering of the country’s leading golfers and their opposite numbers in many parts of the world, reel off later this month in two championship courses in Davao City.

The golfing elders first take center stage with the holding of the 22nd Seniors championship February 19 to 22. Then the 62nd Men’s regular event picks it up from there February 25 to 28.

“Hosting both championships are the Apo Golf and Country Club and the Rancho Palos Verdes Golf and Country Club,” tournament committee chairman Domingo Duerme said yesterday. Duerme is also PAL senior assistant vice president for Mindanao.

“This early, I would like to welcome the participants and other guests from all over the world and wish them all the luck,” he said, adding: “On behalf of PAL, I would also like to express our thanks to officials of both clubs for graciously hosting them as well as all our sponsors.”

Duerme also said the ceremonial tee off to officially start the tournament will be on February 18 for the Seniors at Rancho Palos Verdes and February 24 for Men’s regular at Apo. “We will announce our special guests who will do the honors later on,” he said.

Solar Sports, Mizuno, MTV Philippines, Radio Mindanao Network, Business Mirror, Lifestyle (ABS-CBN cable network), Airbus and Boeing are this year’s platinum sponsors of the event that has for its theme, “You’re No. 1.”

XFM 92.3, Crossover 105.5, Bombo Radyo, People Asia, Royal Caribbean and Action Asia are the major backers. The corporate sponsors are Inquirer.net and PAGCOR. Other supporters are Century Park Hotel and Rajah Broadcasting Network.

Seventy-six teams – 32 from abroad including those from the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia, 19 from Luzon, 12 Visayas and 13 Mindanao – are taking part in the Men’s regular championship and 77 squads in the Seniors.

Up for grabs in both tournaments are team and individual trophies in the Championship, Founders, Sportswriters and Friendship divisions. The PAL scoring system will be used.

All eyes will be on the parbusters of Canlubang Golf and Country Club. They produced the biggest numbers in last year’s tournament in Bacolod to capture their third consecutive Men’s regular and Seniors championship trophies.

The tournament has its humble beginning in 1947 right after the Second World War when PAL was just two years old. PAL senior vice president Buenaventura M. Veloso, Col. Ramon Zosa, Ben Gaston and Leopoldo Rovira were having coffee at the office when one of them suggested: “Why not hold a club tournament with participants from different PAL destinations.”

After consuming their brew, the PAL Interclub was born with Wack Wack Golf and Country Club hosting the event from January 31 to February 1, 1947 with 100 players from six clubs – Wack Wack, Manila Golf Club, Buayas Links, Negros, Cebu and the US Army.

New Laoag Terminal


NEW LAOAG TERMINAL.

The newly expanded and renovated passenger terminal building of Laoag International Airport was formally opened January 30, 2009 with Dir. Ruben Ciron of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Jaime J. Bautista, president of Philippine Airlines, cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Photo shows Ilocos Norte Rep. Roque Ablan, Jr. welcoming the PAL President upon arriving at Laoag. Also present at the simple blessing ceremonies were Ronald Estabillo, Laoag airport manager; Delfin Canonizado, PAL's Laoag branch manager; and Mrs. Victorina Ablan.