Sinimulan ang badminton cup sa pagkanta ng ating National Anthem at isang Opening Prayer na sinundan ng aking ceremonial serve kasama ang mga badminton champs na sina Kennevic at Kennie Asuncion.
Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat ng mga artistang dumalo at nakisaya tulad nina Ai Ai delas Alas, AJ Dee, Emilio Garcia, Tom Rodriguez, Laarni Lozada at Paolo Ballesteros.
Kung naging kapana-panabik ang bawat laro ay lalong mas exciting ang awarding ceremonies. Hindi magkamayaw ang lahat nang i-announce ang mga nanalo at i-award ang kanilang mga prizes. Champions Clem Diwas and Philippe Quito received P20,000, badminton racket, trophy and medal; first runners-up Larry Castillo and Geth Savellano (P15,000, badminton racket, trophy and medal); 2nd runners-up M Baretto and Dominic Karl Roque (P10,000, badminton racket, trophy and medal); and 3rd runners-up Jimmy Torres and Jon Yumul (P5,000, badminton racket and medal).
Sa isang laro ay may panalo at may talo pero ito ang badminton tournament na walang umuwing luhaan. Kapag player ka, tiyak nang panalo ka. Maliban sa mga raffle prizes, ang bawat participant ay nag-uwi rin ng badminton racket, grip, string, headband at bag.
Nakisaya rin sa event ang sampung mag-aaral from different schools gaya ng Krus na Ligas High School, Payatas High School, Batasan Hills High School, Jose P. Laurel High School at Balara High School. They are my scholars who are vying for Valedictorian and Salutatorian in their schools. Each of the ten scholars received cash and grocery items which were handed by me and Charlene Gonzales who was my special guest during the awarding ceremonies. Nakakatuwang interbyuhin ang mga estudyante because their voices spoke of their determination to fulfill their dreams. Ang iba sa kanila ay gustong maging chemist, engineer, tourist guide at media practitioner. Sana ay matupad nila ang kanilang mga pangarap sa buhay. I want to see all of them five years from now na mga ganap na propesyonal sa kanilang piniling larangan at nakatutulong sa kanilang pamilya at kapwa.
Nagpapasalamat din ako sa mga sponsors which made the event possible. The 2nd BABC was presented by La Carmela de Boracay and Café La Carmela. Major Sponsors ang Astoria Plaza, R.A. Gapuz Review Center, R.A. Gapuz, Ariel, Puregold and Puregold Junior, Senator Edgardo Angara, Read Foundation, Iriga City Mayor Madeleine Gazmen, Zest Air at Argentina Corned Beef. Minor Sponsors ang Nikon, Pages and Coffee, Sierra Madre Alkaline Drinking Water, Aquasoft Purified Drinking Water, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Fish Out of Water, The Flying Pig, The Red Crab Alimango House, Boy Abunda’s BBQ, Berting’s Grill, Owie Boy Gapuz, Fern C, Fern C Coffee, Mongol, Calayan Surgi Center, Del Monte Fit ‘N Right at GAOC.
Kaibigan, usap tayo muli!
Points of Boy
by Boy Abunda