Mangkas Spinners Dominates 42nd Pasalamat Festival Table Tennis Invitational Tournament

LA CARLOTA CITY, April 23, 2024 – The 42nd Pasalamat Festival Invitational Tournament reached its exhilarating climax, painting the gymnasium of La Carlota City with vibrant hues of table tennis excellence from April 19-21, 2024. With paddles poised and hearts racing, players across various categories etched their names into the annals of table tennis history with displays of skill, strategy, and sheer determination.

In the fiercely contested 45 UP Executive category, it was the formidable squad from Mangkas Spinners – A who emerged victorious, leaving a trail of awe in their wake. Francis Jalando-on, Arnie Uy, Pastor Richard Ginete, and Garry Trasporto orchestrated a symphony of precision and experience, clinching the championship title with a masterclass in strategic play and lightning-fast reflexes.

In a riveting display of teamwork and precision, the Mangkas – Bicycle squad emerged as the undisputed champions of the Open Team Event. Led by the dynamic trio of Mark Jimenez, Nonoy Gubaton, and Nicky Puentevella, they showcased unparalleled synergy and strategic prowess, leaving their opponents in awe.

Tournament results.

In a breathtaking display of mastery and expertise, the Mangkas Executive Exclusive division bore witness to the dazzling brilliance of seasoned veterans. Engr. Jose Ainar Apdol, Pastor Dorim Greg Dumdum, April May Benitez, and Jowen John Aurelio, a quartet steeped in years of honing their craft, showcased a symphony of synchronized movements and tactical genius that left spectators in awe. Their triumph not only highlighted their individual prowess but also illuminated the invaluable role of cohesion and synergy in the relentless pursuit of table tennis excellence.

However, it was not just the seasoned veterans who stole the spotlight. In the youth categories, emerging talents illuminated the courts with their raw potential and boundless energy. Sheirel Denise Siaboc of San Carlos City asserted her dominance in the 17U Girls category with an agile and aggressive playstyle that kept opponents on the back foot. Meanwhile, Dirk Atilano of Mangkas Spinners showcased his prodigious talent in the 17U Boys division, unleashing powerful smashes and deceptive spins to emerge victorious.

The 14U Girls and 14U Boys categories witnessed epic battles as Kristine Ong of Cadiz Sweet Caroline and Daryl John Gorecho of Mangkas Spinners showcased their exceptional skills and competitive spirit. Their performances served as a testament to the depth of talent within the Philippine table tennis scene, offering a glimpse into a promising future for the sport.

At the grassroots level, the 12U Girls and 12U Boys events provided a platform for young prodigies to shine. Sheirel Denise Siaboc of San Carlos City and Samuel Agudo of Cadiz Sweet Caroline displayed remarkable control and maturity beyond their years, hinting at a bright future for the next generation of table tennis stars.

Stephen Andrew S. Timson, the Head and Tournament Director of the Mangkas Spinners Program, expressed heartfelt appreciation to Mayor Rex Jalando-on, City Tourism Head Ms. Karen Aguirre, and all involved in the recent 3-day event. Timson credited Mayor Jalando-on and Ms. Aguirre’s leadership for the successful realization of their aspirations and thanked them for their unwavering support. He acknowledged the participants, including parents, coaches, and friends, for their passion and sportsmanship, noting the significant impact they made on the community. Timson emphasized the crucial role of parental, coaching, and friend support in the program’s achievements, underscoring their encouragement as a driving force. Reflecting on the tournament’s memories, he encouraged continued collaboration in the pursuit of excellence. The sentiments were shared in light of the 42nd Pasalamat Festival Table Tennis Invitational Tournament.

Beyond the medals and accolades, the 42nd Pasalamat Festival Invitational Tournament embodied the true spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie. Players, coaches, and spectators alike united in their passion for the game, creating an atmosphere of jubilation and mutual respect that reverberated long after the final point was scored.

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