MORE than 200 participants are set to see action in the 1st PLDT Home Fibr Pilipinas International Beach Sports Festival which kicks off on Friday at the Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club in Morong, Bataan.
Foreign and local entries will be competing in three different events, including water polo, which will be a 3-on-3 contest instead of the regular 6-on-6, beach run, and open water swim event.
Aside from local teams, foreign squads are also joining the meet as participants from China, Guam, and Romania are confirmed to take part in the three-day beach festival ending on Sunday.
This also marks the second time water polo will be played in open water since the organizing Optimum Sports, led by former water polo national team member Dale Evangelista, started the event last year.
“We’d like to promote this year not just beach water polo but other beach sport activities, so we decided to include beach run and open water swimming events,” said Evangelista.
“Our main objective is to promote our sport water polo – particularly this beach water polo – and of course, healthy lifestyle,” added Evangelista, who is part of both the men’s and women’s national team coaching staff.
Tani Gomez, the national team captain for men’s water polo, will compete in the event as part of Turbo Philippines. Last year, Gomez was with the winning team that emerged champion in the 1st Pilipinas Water Polo meet.
The beach run and the open water swim competitions will have participants in men’s and women’s to be divided in age groups in tournament also backed by Sureshot Sportsville, Gardenia, Biker’s Café, Seafood Island, Turbo, Aqua Marina, and Sante Barley.