SOME of the world’s top polo players, including scions of a wealthy family from Thailand, battle in the 1st Romero Polo Cup 2013 set March 10 at the Alabang Country Club.
Dubbed as `Sultan Cup,’ the event will be a 10-goal contest to ensure a high-level of competition to both the veterans and young ones, including host Mikee Romero of Harbour Centre.
“It’s going to be a tough tournament since seasoned players from around the globe will see action,” said Romero. “For sure, it’s going to be a close call since a lot is at stake in the event.”
Adding prestige to the tournament is the presence of Srivaddhanaprabha brothers, Alyawatt and Apichet of Thailand – both members of the bronze medal winning team during the 2007 Nakhonrathchasima Southeast Asian Games.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, father of both Alyawatt and Apichet, who heads the famous King Power duty free conglomerate, is one of the acknowledged godfathers of polo in the Asian region.
The elder Srivaddhanaprabha bankrolled the construction of the first professionally lighted polo stadium in Asia that paved way for the hosting of the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand.
“The presence of a prominent Thai family makes the event more glamorous,” added Romero, considered one of the country’s hotshots in polo.
Vichai also hosts the “All Asia Cup” – considered as the Asian Games of polo.
Out to provide excitement are Lucas Lujan and Miguel Diaz of Argentina, Fil-American brothers Anthony and Adrian Garcia, Mexican Isidro Olivas, British Jake Gordon, and 2007 Philippine Polo team captain Antonio Veloso.
Popular Hollywood producer and Alabang Country Club president Jun Juban will banner the low goal players along with son, Santi, Jim Donovan, Freddie and Sonny Borromeo, and Jun Eusebio.