KUWAIT CITY, Dec 12: As one of its advocacies is also reaching out to the less fortunate, Republika ng Sports sa Kuwait (RSK), for the second year holds “Palo Mo, Bangka Ko” – a one-day badminton and charity event being held in the month of December at Kazma Sports Club in Adailiya.
Being sponsored this time by Vista Land International in Kuwait, the cup was named in acknowledgement of the real estate Company’s support to the event’s cause – which is to donate yellow boats or “bangka” used for fishing and transportation by less fortunate families in some rural areas in the Philippines, through the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.
160 badminton players of different categories joined-in motivated not only by the prizes at stake and the competition, but also by the thought that every smash of their racket is meant for charity.
With family and friends, and visitors coming in to witness the day’s event that started on the dot at 8:00 a.m., the wooden courts got literally crowded after an hour as the matches went full-swing in all categories.
A tournament-for-a-cause as it is themed; players though can’t resist giving it their toughest moves, their level best in the competition as their athleticism unleashes every time they go into their matches, as elegant wooden plaques for champions and runner ups await, plus shimmering medals for the most valuable players (MVP) and Model Player awards.
Cash incentives are also allotted for the winners, and special awards including Best in Sports Uniform for the day, Best in Sportsmanship, Most Promising Player, Best Performer, and RSK Ka-Tropa (with most invites) were also in-store for the deserving participants.
In addition to the above prizes, Mediacom Kuwait courtesy of Shanker Lakhani also gave away cool items for the lucky winners, while blue tourney shirts for participants were given away by Vista Land International team.
As customary, the group took a break at mid-day for a fun-filled group photo with a sterling song number from RSK Talent Kris Zarcal, doing a karaoke rendition of ‘Sana Ngayong Pasko’. Vista Land Managing Director in the Middle East Abraham “Abe” Malicdem was also introduced by RSK Chairman Felix Besanez, who gave a short message on Vista Land’s support for OFWs and to various causes such as the day’s event.
The day also served as reunion of sort for badminton groups as they gather to bond and cheer for their respective playing members. Seen were Tropang Gising, Monkies, Buddyminton, Hapi Pipol, RSK Angry Birds, and even players from other nationalities.
Next Friday, RSK is set to hold its first ever Family and Sportsfest, featuring basketball and volleyball and other traditional games. The event is entitled “Maiba Naman!” an exciting full-day event where members get to try other sports other than badminton, to be held at the smaller basketball court of Kazma Sports Club, Adailiya.
Below is the full list of victorious names in RSK’s “Palo Mo, Bangka Ko” – Vista Land Cup:
Level A+/A+ Doubles
Champion: Anaikumar Radhakrishnan & Jose Mathew; Runner Up: Jonnie Gratil & Albert Marcelo; Most Valuable Player: Anaikumar Radhakrishnan; Model Player: F-Jay Awa.
Level A-/A- Doubles
Champion: Rhod Layugan & Noel Zagada; Runner Up: Joel Aguirre & Bryan Casil; Most Valuable Player: Rhod Layugan; Model Player: Ryan Rivera.
Level B Doubles
Champion: Alyssa Lindquist & Choi Comendador; Runner Up: Rahul Amin & Mary Ann Gimena; Most Valuable Player: Rahul Amin; Model Player: Ben Maglaque.
Level C Doubles
Champion: Santosh Sunwar & Anne Reyes; Runner Up: Charlotte Gimoros & Joel Yarte; Most Valuable Player: Santosh Sunwar; Model Player: Nancy Calderon.
Level D Doubles
Champion: Kris Zarcal & Mars Amor Mendez; Runner Up: Praveen Kumar & Vanessa Khrisna Hinolan; Most Valuable Player: Mars Amor Mendez; Model Player: Rey Franco.
Pormang RSK Sports (Best in Uniform): Rosemarie Gomez & Adrian Maning; RSK Sportsmanship Award: Glen Catral; RSK Ka-Tropa Award: Jonnie Gratil (Tropang Gising); Most Promising Player: Fia Dao; Best Performer: Kris Zarcal.