OVER 300 players led by promising junior players Marcen Gonzales, Emmanuel Fuellas, Chrislyn Sioson and Frances Santiago battle for honors in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala E.L.O. Cup regional age group tennis tournament starting on Thursday at the Valle Verde Country Club in Pasig City.
The five-day Group 2 tournament presented by Technifibre serves as the sixth leg of the 38-stage circuit sanctioned by the Philippine Tennis Association.
Julian Dayrit, Manuel Balce III, Nicole Amistad and Rafaella Villanueva are also seeing action in the premier 18-and-under class of the event held in honor of Philta president and Paranaque Mayor Edwin L. Olivarez.
“With the level of their skills and talent, no one holds a distinct advantage over the other in all categories, guaranteeing fierce action and thrilling finishes,” said Olivarez.
Sioson, Santiago and Villanueva are also vying in a talent-laden 16-under section that includes Bettina Bautista, Alexie Bangayan, Mikaela Vicencio and Miles Vitaliano, while Cenon Gonzales Jr., Jerome Romualdez, Justin Suarez, Fuellas, Jacob Martin, Marraphael Teng and Balce lead the cast in the boys’ 16-U category.
“This Group 2 tournament gives our junior players the exposure they need to earn ranking points and boost their respective games and Palawan Pawnshop will continue to support tennis development by providing top-notch tournaments all year-round,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.
Alexandra Eala and Gaby Zoleta lead the girls’ 12-Under field that also features Macie Carlos, Kryshana Brazal, Bettina Catoto and Justine Maneja, while Miguel Vicencio, Marc Jarata, Edgardo Angara and Daniel Estanislao are expected to crowd it out for the boys’ 12-Under diadem.
Cainta will host next week’s leg at Brookside Hills Tennis Club set Feb. 27-March 2. For details, call 0915-4046464.