RPTTC–VMA Emerge Champion in Iloilo Tourney
Bacolod-based Royal Paddle Table Tennis Club (RPTTC)-Visayan Maritime Academy Global College emerged champion in the just-concluded 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament staged last June 27-29, 2014 in Iloilo City.
The tournament’s elimination round, which was participated by 15 teams, was played at the Sun Yat Sen High School Auditorium while, the championship was staged at the SM City – Iloilo.
Despite being grouped in a tough bracket, the Bacolenos came out strong to outplay their opponents. The RPTTC-VMA Global College was bracketed along with host –Sun Yat Sen Team A which is composed of National PRISAA 1st runner-up players from John B. Lacson Maritime University – Iloilo, Central Philippine University (CPU) High School, and Antique Province – Team B.
CHAMPION. Bacolod-based Royal Paddle-VMA Global College paddlers receiving their championship trophy and the cash prize from the organizer of the 1st Sun Yat Sen Table Tennis Tournament held in Iloilo City.* (Contributed Photo)
En route the finals, the RPTTC-VMA easily subdued the tough CPU College team in the quarterfinals while faced the tough Antique side in the semis. Veteran players Arnie Uy and Marc Angelo Peñaranda scored significant victories to send their team to the finals.
The finals turned out to be the rematch between the visiting RPTTC-VMA and Sun Yat Sen Team A wherein the Bacoleno tandem of Steven Gonzaga and Ryan Buenaventura made an astonishing comeback to overcome their opponents and steal the championship crown.
With the win, RPTTC-VMA went home with a cash prize of P8,000 and a trophy.
Donning the RPTTC-VMA team are Peñaranda, Gonzaga, Buenaventura, Stephen Canto and Uy – as their team captain. They were co-sponsored by Dr. Carlitos Orola of VMA Global College and Francis Jalandoon of Green Lantern Table Tennis Club – La Carlota City.
Organizing the tournament is Arnel Lanaria alongside the Sun Yat Sen High School Alumni Association.* (JGToga)