CAGAYAN de Oro City – The PLDT-ABAP Mindanao Area Tournament reeled off on Monday at the posh and air-conditioned Tourism Hall here with 86 boxers from 14 teams throughout the island participating.
ABAP vice chairman and CDO City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno welcomed the participants and exhorted everyone to do their best and contribute to the efforts of ABAP chairman Manny V. Pangilinan and president Ricky Vargas to garner the country's first Olympic gold via the sport of boxing.
For his part, ABAP vice-president and former Baguio City Mayor Peter Rey Bautista rallied not only the boxers and coaches but also the parents of the participants to encourage their children to get into sports and excel in their chosen disciplines.
Initial results include CDO-B's Lorenz Labrada's light flyweight match win over Reny Oblad of Baungon, Bukidnon in the juniors Category (15-16 years old), Jaybe Canedo of Camiguin over Ramil Masado of Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat in the Pinweight class of the Youth Boys category (17-18 years old), Jeronel Borres of CDO-A winning against Ressen Pronco of Aglayan, Bukidnon (youth, pinweight).
Lutayan's Reymark Ibones (Youth, flyweight) decisioned Pacman Team's Edgardo Cartagena while Marvin Tabamo of CDO-A won over Gilbert Rey Jerosalem of Camiguin.
In the Youth Lightweight class, John Bryan Noces of Calinan, Davao prevailed over Mendez's Xavier Piastro while Valentine Linio of Lutayan defeated Jonal Tamial of Pacman.
Tournament supervisor is AIBA 3-star International Referee-Judge Roger Fortaleza while competition manager is AIBA international technical Official (ITO) Karina Picson. Liaisoning for the CDO team is Oscar H. Cinco.
Among the officials are AIBA 1-star International Referees-Judges Ludy Ceriales of Misamis Oriental, Michael Monton of Bohol, Fernie Lou Abing of CDO, Guillermo Retiban of Talisay, Negros Occidental and Martin Sonido of Iloilo.