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Ormoc City to open its world class-inspired “Boxing Gym”

It’s almost done.

Para sa Bayan: Mayor Richard Gomez with Boxing icon Onyok Velasco.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard “Goma” Gomez inspects the newly-built Boxing Gym inside the Ormoc City Sports Complex yesterday.

The Boxers: Teenagers was seen sparring during the ocular inspection of Mayor Gomez.

The 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Mayor of Ormoc personally visits the boxing gym that will hold the upcoming Regional Game competion in the City.

“Beside of supporting the campaign of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte against any kind of illegal drugs. Nais natin suportahan at bigyan inspirasyon ang ating mga atleta lalo na ang mga kabataan na malaki ang potensyal na magdala ng ginto or karangalan sa ating Banda,’ says Gomez.

One of the coaching staff of the boxing gym is no other than Olympic Silver Medalist Mr. Onyok Velasco.

Richard Gomez goes back to his roots by playing in inaugural men’s volley league

ACTOR and sportsman Richard Gomez once again answered the call to help resuscitate men’s volleyball by lending his name and image to one of the teams playing in the men’s division of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix 2013.

Gomez, a Southeast Asian Games medallist as a rower and fencer, will be playing for PLDT, one of the four teams competing in the inaugural men’s club tournament which will be held alongside the six-team women’s competition starting on Sunday. Maybank, Systema and Gilligan’s Restaurant are the other squads competing in the men’s division, which will have its own tournament after several years of inactivity.

Aside from serving as a member of the national squads of fencing and rowing, Gomez is also known as a golfer and motocross enthusiast, among the many other sports he has played. He also played volleyball in high school and college, and PSL president Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara, once a national youth ace himself, said Gomez’s presence will help boost interest in the other side of the sport long overshadowed by its female counterparts.

Unknown to many, Gomez was also instrumental in the major comeback fight of Manny Pacquiao when he secured the funding and government support while he was the Youth and Sports Adviser to President Joseph Estrada. He helped the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) host Pacquiao’s comeback triumph over Reynante Jamili on December 12, 1999. That fight signalled Pacquiao’s rise to become the only eight-division world champion after his knockout loss to Medgoen Singsurat of Thailand on September 17, 1999.

“Richard knows the extent of our undertaking in trying to revive men’s volleyball. He selflessly agreed to help us and we are grateful,” Suzara said.

The event, which will be held mostly at The Arena in San Juan, has also partnered with San Juan Mayor Guia Gomez’s effort to help the victims of the recent major earthquake which devastated the province of Bohol.

Ticket sales for the opening games will be donated to the earthquake victims through the City of San Juan’s relief programs. Tickets are now on sale at the SportsCore office, Unit 220, City Land Vito Cruz Tower 1, 720 Vito Cruz St., Manila. Interested parties may also call 353-3935. For the opening games at 1 pm on Sunday, tickets will be sold in the booths of the San Juan Arena.

The event is backed by Asics, Mikasa, LGR and Jinling Sports. Solar Sports Entertainment remains as the PSL’s broadcast partner and is dubbed as ‘The Home of the PSL.’

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Goma Cup attracts tourists, 420 shooters

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.

By Lalaine M. Jimenea, EVMail News