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Monday, December 07, 2009

Celebrities play for 1st BABC

The First BABC (Boy Abunda Badminton Cup) was recently held at the Kalayaan Badminton Center. The fun tournament served as the birthday celebration of Boy Abunda who is a badminton enthusiast. Celebrities like Ai-Ai de las Alas, AJ Dee, Angelu de Leon, Emilio Garcia, Paolo Ballesteros, Glydel Mercado and Ricky Rivero participated for a day of fun and camaraderie.

The event started with the singing of the National Anthem followed by an opening prayer and the ceremonial serve by Boy and top badminton player Kennevic Asuncion.

The grand prize winner received P20,000 and a titanium badminton racket, the first prize winner (P15,000 and a titanium badminton racket), the second prize winner (P10,000) and the third prize winner (P5,000). Abz Pasamba and Mark Garcia won first place while Angelu and Emilio won second place.

Aside from the major prizes, there were special awards given to the participants like the Dedma Award (Glydel), Best Celebrity Players (Emilio and Angelu), Diktador Award (Ai-Ai), Wipe Award (AJ) and Grace Under Pressure Award (Paolo). Each participant brought home a loot bag that contained a badminton grip and string, a badminton racket, Nesvita and a towel.

The tournament was held for the benefit of Boy’s scholars. Two graduating honor students vying for valedictorian and salutatorian from five public schools such as Krus na Ligas, Payatas, Batasan Hills, Jose P. Laurel and Balara High School were awarded by Boy and Kris Aquino with P10,000, school supplies and grocery items.

The First BABC was presented by La Carmela de Boracay, Café La Carmela, Astoria Plaza, HBC, Rep. Ann Kintanar-Hofer of the Second District of Zamboanga-Sibugay and R.A. Gapuz Review Center.

Sponsors are The Lakeshore, Central Country Estate, Inc., City of Iriga, Nikon Home Appliances, Great Image, Pages & Coffee, LK Global Realty & Development Corp., Cherry Orchard Suites and Puregold. The tournament was supported by Blufish, Clawdaddy’s, Crustasia, Heaven & Eggs, The Flying Pig, The Red Crab, Ray and Pete’s Texas Smoke’Em, Nestlé Nesvita, New Orelans, Seafood Island, Smart, Fish Out of Water and Intermatrix.

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