Korean Hwang Min Jeong hopes to sustain the amateurs’ surge on the Ladies Philippine Golf Tour as she leads eight other young players slugging it out with the pros in the ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship firing off today at the Orchard Golf and Country Club’s Player course in Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Bernice Olivarez-Ilas and Sam Martirez posted a 1-2 finish by the amateurs at the Beverly Place leg in Pampanga last April then Yuka Saso beat Korean Kang Ji-won, Thai Chatprapa Siriprakob Princess Superal to reign in the last LPGT stop at Eagle Ridge last month.
Hwang, 15, has actually beaten the pros when she won the Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic last year, besting now LPGA Tour campaigner Cyna Rodriguez and Superal among others, making the Grade 10 student at Holy Infact School in Muntinlupa the player to watch in this week’s P750,000 event sponsored by ICTSI.
She drew veteran campaigners Anya Tanpinco and Lina de Guzman in the 10:10 a.m. flight, hopeful of producing a strong start for the needed momentum against a compact field that includes fellow amateurs Daniella Uy, Felicia Medalla, Chanelle Avaricio, Sheryl Villasencio, Marvi Monsalve, Ashia Nocum, Tomita Arejola and Ginelyn Hepoit.
Fil-Am Cristina Corpus, seeking a follow-up to her breakthrough victory at Luisita last year, banners the pro roster that includes former leg winners Jayvie Agojo and Sarah Ababa along with former Philippine Ladies Open champion Heidi Chua, Apple Fudolin, Lovleyn Guioguo, England’s Sarah Henderson, Korean Euna Koh, Lucy Landicho, Eva Miñoza, Majorie Pulumbarit and Tracy Que.
Chihiro Ikeda is also in the fold with the former SEA Games individual gold medalist resuming her hunt for the elusive victory in the circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments Inc. and backed by Custom Clubmakers, adidas, KZG, Sharp, Summit Mineral Water, Srixon, Champion, TaylorMade and Pacsports.
Ikeda will play alongside Miñoza and Nocum at 10:30 a.m., Agojo is grouped with Henderson and Monsalve at 11:10 a.m., while Ababa will start at 11 a.m. with Pulumbarit and Villasencio.
Despite being the lone undefeated team in the ongoing 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, Phoenix is still far from the form coach Eric Gonzales wants it to be in.
"Ilang games na namin yan nao-obserbahan. Parang walang fire yung mga players," he said.
And today, the Accelerators gun to find that consistency anew as they take on the cellar dwelling Topstar ZC Mindanao at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig at 4 p.m.
Though Gonzales is happy that his wards are coming through with their talent, he knows that that should never be the case for every game.
"Yung good news lang is kahit paano naitatawid namin yung panalo. Pero work in progress pa rin kami and it's something we have to work on, ‘yung fire ng players," he said.
That game will immediately be followed by the duel between Blustar Detergent and AMA Online Education, as the league shifts its timeslot and pushes its second game at 6 p.m.
The Dragons are on a high after a morale boosting 89-75 victory over the Aguilas last Thursday and will be gunning to make it two straight as they brace for the challenge of the hungry Titans.
Blustar coach Goh Cheng Huat was happy to note the change of mentality from his locals, saying, "Now, they have gotten over the fear of facing the Filipino players. It's a good sign because now, they won't get beaten easily and they are adapting to the Filipino style of play."
"One of our main objective coming here is to adapt to the style of play of the Filipinos that we are appreciating for a long time. It's a good opportunity and I hope the players are getting that style of play," he said.
By Ma.Glaiza Lee, Contributor
As the gondola glided through the water in the man-made canal inside the Venice Grand Canal Mall at the Upper McKinley, joyous laughter, followed by the sound of clinking glasses, broke the serene atmosphere that the scene evoked. The celebratory sound emanated from Toni & Sergio Gastro Italiano, one of the restaurants that lined up along the reconstructed Venetian canal.
A restaurant where Italy meets Spain, Toni & Sergio officially opened its doors recently. From the same mind behind Parmigiano Ristorante Pizzeria in Newport City, the Italian-Spanish restaurant was named after Toni Iapino, a businessman who has a few restaurants and pubs in Italy, and his brother Sergio who is a well-known TV director in Italy, Spain and Argentina.
The brothers’ preference to Italian and Spanish cuisine, as well as their passion for sharing food with their friends and loved ones, were the inspiration behind the latest dining venture.
“We want our guests to experience how Europeans eat and enjoy their food. They are most welcome to spend hours at Toni & Sergio, while enjoying the flavors of cuisines that the Italians and the Spanish have become famous for,” shared Eatalian Inc. president Giulius Ceazar Iapino, who is the son of Toni.
It seems that dream is quite achievable, with the family’s vast experience in the food business and a good location to boot. Fronting the mall’s Venetian canal, the restaurant has a cool and relaxing air-conditioned indoor dining area, complemented by the al fresco dining right by the canal which is perfect for a romantic night under the stars.
But more than the cozy ambiance, people come here to sample the sumptuous Italian and Spanish dishes that the restaurant has to offer. According to the young entrepreneur, their chefs use authentic ingredients which are imported in Italy and Spain and are meticulously prepared to give diners an authentic Italian-Spanish meal.
“In Toni & Sergio, we aim to please guests and their families who deserve good food and drinks, while having good times with each other. We are serving quality dishes that are affordable, but are prepared without any shortcuts,” said Giuius. Adding that, their menu items are meant to be shared among family and friends.
There are over 70 Italian and Spanish dishes on their menu. For first time diners, Giulius recommends their brick oven pizza, with hand-tossed dough that is freshly made from scratch using the finest ingredients. You might want to try their Gamberetti con Rucola, Tre Salsicia or Vegeterania for those who want less meat.
Their pasta selection is quite varied. There are also risotto and other main dishes such as their Bistecca alla Sergio, a sinful meaty dish. For some taste of Spain, try their paella and tapas such as the Paella Nero, which made with squid ink.
Since it is a restaurant pub, one can expect some bar chow such as nachos and burgers. Have some Pizzaiolo Burger, a fusion of pizza and burger, chicken wings, chorizo croquettas and nachos with pulled pork. Of course, what is a pub without an impressive selection of drinks? They have Italian wines, liquors, local and imported beers, and signature drinks such as Capiso shot, Cedro, Menta, Anguria and Frapole, among others.
If you are not into alcoholic drinks, why not have some Italian sodas that come in different flavors such as strawberry, raspberry, green apple and blueberry?
“We want Toni & Sergio to be a place where good friends meet. But more importantly, we want to hear diners to say that they will come back because that is the only time we will feel satisfied,” concluded Giulius.
Toni & Sergio is located at G/F Venice Grand Canal Mall, Upper McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. For inquiries, email toni.sergio.phgmail.com.
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