THE GOMA Cup, jointly sponsored by Richard and Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez in cooperation with the Ormoc Gun Club, Inc. and other corporate sponsors, brought in 420 shooting enthusiasts to Ormoc City, aside from their families and friends.
The shootfest is a Level 3 Sanctioned Australasia New Zealand Qualifier Match and held in the city from August 24 to 26. Awarding rites were held at the Ormoc Villa Hotel.
Daniel Torrevillas, whose family owns the Ormoc Gun Club shooting range where the matches were held, said that the Ormoc qualifying matches is the last of around 10 held all over the country. Torrevillas is a world champion himself, and captured his trophy in Ecuador about four years ago.
It was also learned that this year’s shootfest attracted the biggest number of registrants so far, of the competitions that the Ormoc Gun Club have hosted. Richard Gomez, the major sponsor, is not only a renowned actor but also known in the shooting and sporting world, with two national shooting championship trophies to his name.
Aside from the celebrity couple, among the big or “controversial” names who came to Ormoc for the shoot fest was Philippine Practical Shooting Association president Governor Ting Mangudadato of Maguindanao.
Before the awarding, Rosendo Castro, secretary of the PPSA, announced that they would call qualifiers to the Australasia match by phone starting next week. Those who fail to land at the magic list but still make good scores are enjoined to be ready, to step in the shoes of the first qualifiers who fail to make it to NZ.
The qualifying matches here in Ormoc had 15 stages and 276 rounds.
Awarded champions in the division classifications were Edcel Gino (Open), Jay Agayan (Standard), Dio Mari Tayag (production), Christopher Panes (revolver), Jerome Morales (Classic).
For the Category Awards, Mary Grace Tan lorded it over the Lady category; Janette Gonzaga for Standard; and Katherine Mae Anonuevo for Production. Edcel Gino grabbed the top slot for the Junior Category while Benzces Pascual for Standard, Dio mari Tayag for Production and Jun Harron Ebdani for Classic.
In the Senior Category, world champion shotgun shooter Daniel Torrevillas did not disappoint and got the top slot for Open competitions; Wilfredo Anglo for the Standard; Arnel Iriarte for Production; Angel Kanapi for Revolver and Edgar Miralles for Classic.
For the “Super Senior”, champion for the Open category is Rolando Tan and Zoilito Rivera for Standard.
Shooters who came from abroad and competed under the International category were Zaenal Arief, champion (Open) and Tong Kwok Kwong for Standard.
In the category for Lawmen, Christopher Panes showed his mettle with the Revolver; Wilfredo Martin for the Standard; Willard Carrera for Production and Nico Yare, Classic. For LGU participants, Anthony Porras and Daryl Gascon were champions for Production and Classic, respectively.
For the Range Officers, Fermin Alegro was champion for Standard; Danny Arellano for Classic and Allan Ray Lim for the Open.
Meantime, for the Class Awards, Datu Al Wali Mangudadatu was hailed champion for the Open division; William Magalong for Standard; Arnel Ariate for Production; Daryl Gascon for Classic and Angel Kanapi for Revolver.
In his brief talk, Richard Gomez who awarded the winners, said he already had initial talks with Daniel Torrevillas to host a Qualifying Round for the World Shoot on 2014. That is, if they manage to negotiate for government to ease up the gun ban for 2013 because of the national/local elections on May and the barangay/SK elections on October.
He added he was happy to note that the Goma Cup stirred up the local economy, even just for a few days. Hotels and hostels were fully booked, he said.
He hoped that Ormocanons realize the potential of hosting events like this because it creates income and stir up the local economy.
He thanked the guests for coming over and promised they will get more in their next visit, if he is given the mandate to be mayor. Gomez also plans to bring in the Goma Celebrity Golf Cup and many other events to the city.