MIGUEL Tabuena and Tony Lascuna are in a familiar position ahead of the local charge although still with quite a bit of work to do.
The 22-year-old Tabuena fired a second-round two-under 70, while Lascuna submitted a 68 to lead the Filipinos to the weekend play in the Asian Tour’s Resorts World Manila Masters.
At seven-under 137, the two Filipinos stand eight strokes off pace with 36 holes left to play.
Jyoti Randhawa of India continued his bogey-free run at Manila Southwoods, adding a 65 to his opening 64 to now sit alone on top of the leaderboard after starting the day tied for the lead with four others.
Sutijet Kooratanapisan and Tirawat Kaewsiribandit both shot 66 to share second spot at 13 under.
Tabuena had a quiet round this time after hitting nine birdies in the opener, hitting three against one bogey for a share of 22nd.
Lascuna hit six birdies, four on the back nine, but he also had two bogeys.
Albin Engino fired a 68 for a 138 total and a share of 33rd spot.
A 73 pushed Rufino Bayron from joint 11th to a big group at 45th at five-under 139 with, Jhonnel Ababa (67) and Jay Bayron (68).
Also making it to the third round were Jerson Balasabas, who came up with a second straight 70, and Frankie Minoza, who survived with a 73 after a solid 67.
Clyde Mondilla started the day in joint 11th but wound up missing the cut after adding a 76 to his opening 76, while also out of the tournament were Mars Pucay (68-73) and Elmer Salvador (70-71).
Former Asian Tour top money earner Juvic Pagunsan retired after firing an opening 75.