JUNIOR polo players take center stage as they mix it up with veterans in the 1st AirAsia Crystal Cup starting on March 9 at the Alabang Country Club.
Expected to grab a piece of the limelight in the low goal tournament – a 5 chukker affair – are Santi Juban, Jam, Massu and Nicole Eusebio, Milka Romero, Binibining La Salle winner Kimberly Lofgren and actor Diether Ocampo.
Juban, son of Hollywood producer Jun Juban, spearheads Team A in the battle against two other equally strong teams in the two-day polo festival organized by Mikee Romero.
The highlight of the event is the staging of the Globalport’s Sultan Cup 2013 on Sunday where professional players from polo-playing countries will show their mettle and luxury cars from Maseratti, Jaguar and Land Rover will be put on display.
Juban, who was the location manager of the blockbuster movie Bourne Legacy when it was filmed in part in Manila, said the participation of the young players in the event is a shot in the arm for the sport.
“This will greatly help in the development of polo players,” said the 24-year-old Juban. “We need this kind of exposure.”
In the opening day of AirAsia Cup, the Eusebios will team up with Milka Romero and Freddie Borromero when they take on the team of Ocampo that includes Eduardo Lopez, Lofgren, Darryl Matti and Butch Albert.
In the three-team high goal event, Mikee Romero leads Team I along with Sonny Borromeo, British Jake Gordon and Fil-Am pro Anthony Garcia. Comprising Team II are Thai patron Tal, Santi Juban, Antonio Veloso and Argentian pro Miguel Diaz while Jun Juban, Jim Donovan, Adrian Garcia and Mexican pro Isidro Olivas will make up Team III.